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Candy Young

Track and Field ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candy Young became synonymous with the hurdles almost immediately upon entering competition as a high school freshman in 1977. That year, she gained notoriety when she broke thee existing junior Olympic record, not once, but twice in the same day. The following year, she took fifth out of a field of 24 world class hurdlers at Madison Square Garden in New York. She became an international sensation when she broke the 60 meters hurdle record, also at MSG, with a time of 7.5 seconds. Candy was named the nationís Most Outstanding High School Athlete in 1979. A Pennsylvania state champ in her specialty each year she competed, Candy qualified for the 1980 US Olympic team but she and her teammates were unable to compete because of a boycott imposed on the games in Moscow by President Carter. Candy maintained world class status during her All American career at Farleigh-Dickinson University. In 1982, she and Stephanie Hightower finished in a dead heat in the 60 meter hurdles, both establishing a world indoor mark of 7.38 seconds. In 1984, she capped her collegiate career by winning the NCAA Indoor Hurdles championship. Candy maintained her contact with track and she coached for three years at Farleigh-Dickinson and three years at Seton Hall.