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Josephine Jereb Gregg

She may be small in stature, standing five foot and weighing a mere 100 pounds, but Josephine Gregg has been mighty when it comes to competing in the Senior Olympics. In fact, in 14 years of competition she has become the most decorated senior Olympian in Summit County history. Gregg did not begin competing until she was 76. At the insistence of her oldest daughter, Sandra Gallagher, Gregg signed up and won all three events she entered at The University of Akron Senior Olympic Regional in 1988. That qualified her for the state meet where in eight biennial events she has accumulated the enviable record of capturing 36 gold medals and one silver medal in the 37 events she entered. Those events were the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500-meter runs and the 1500-meter race walk. Gregg's efforts at seven nationals has produced 28 medals, 13 gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals. In 1993 at the National Senior Olympics in Baton Rouge, LA, the then 81-year old Gregg set the world record in her age group with a time of 5:13.76 in the 800 meters. At the nationals in Tucson, AZ in 1997, she captured gold medals in all six events entered. Two years later at the nationals in Orlando, FL, she won five gold medals and a silver medal in the 1500-meter race walk. Tonight the 90-year old phenomenon becomes the second oldest individual to be honored in SCSHOF history. By five months and 12 days, a friend of Gregg's, Clayton Schlemmer, who received the Palich Award last year, is the oldest. Gregg, who credits dancing the polka for much of her success, is looking forward to competing in her eighth National Senior Olympics next summer in Virginia.

Inducted 2002 | Track & Field