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Olympic Gold Medallist Chandra Cheeseborough to Attend Amherst - WNEC Women's Basketball Game

December 4, 2001

Head Coach Billy McBride
A fellow Tennesse State University graduate, Amherst head coach Billy McBride (pictured) invited Cheeseborough to speak at Smith College
AMHERST, MA - Olympic gold medal sprinter Chandra Cheeseborough will be in attendance at tonight's (Tuesday, Dec. 4) 7 p.m. Amherst College women's basketball game against visiting Western New England College as the special guest of Amherst head women's basketball coach Billy McBride. Cheeseborough - who currently serves as the head women's track coach at her alma mater, Tennessee State University - is the most notable of several speakers invited by McBride on behalf of the Exercise and Sports Studies graduate program at Smith College. She will speak at a public lecture, set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Smith College's Helen Hills Hills Chapel.

Cheeseborough qualified for three U.S. Olympic track and field teams - 1976, 1980 (boycotted by the U.S.) and 1984 - and was the first female athlete to earn gold medals on two different relay teams in the same Olympics, winning the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relays in Los Angeles in 1984. She also won a bronze medal in the 100 meters at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 and was a silver medallist in the 400 meters in Los Angeles.

Cheeseborough took over as the head coach at Tennessee State in 1994 and has since served as an assistant at the Sports Festival in Colorado Springs in 1995 and helped coach the U.S. Pan-American junior team in 1999. She also coached the winning 4 x 100 meter relay team at the 2001 World Championships, and led Tennessee State to its first Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship en route to conference Coach of the Year honors that same year.