Runner remembers 1971 gold performance


Mary Deveny received the first gold medal presented
at the inaugural Nebraska girls state track and field
meet on May 15, 1971, in Grand Island. NSAA official
E. Lee Todd presented the award. Deveny won the
880-yard run with a time of 2 minutes, 27.7 seconds
in the opening event of state that year.

Back in 1971, Hastings St. Cecilia girls track standout Mary Deveny stood where no girl from Nebraska had stood before.

The fourth-year runner won the first gold metal ever awarded at the inaugural Nebraska girls state track and field meet on May 15, 1971, logging a winning time of 2 minutes, 27.7 seconds in the 880-yard run. It was the first event that year in which medals were given.

Presenting her with the award for her winning efforts as she stood high atop the winner’s platform at the Grand Island Senior High track was E. Lee Todd, an Olympic qualifier and Nebraska School Activities Association official.

Her gold medal at state hangs framed in the TV room of her Lincoln townhouse.
“It was nice,” she said of the medal. “I think later on you realize how special it is.”

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