Hughes, Gibson Named to Mason-Dixon Games HOF
March 22, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two Indiana track and field alumni were recently inducted into the Mason-Dixon Games Hall of Fame. Tommy Hughes and Dr. Ken Gibson were both among 10 enshrined by the Louisville, Ky., based meet.
Hughes, a Jeffersonville, Ind., native, set the Mason-Dixon Games high school record in the 800m run at 1:54.50 in 1976, a record that still stands today. Hughes was a two-time All-American for Indiana, in the indoor 600 yard dash in 1977 and the indoor 440y in 1978. He won three Big Ten titles and graduated from IU in 1982 with a B.S. in public and environmental affairs. Hughes lives in his hometown of Jeffersonville with his wife Jill and sons Max and Alex.
Gibson lettered at IU in track and field and cross country in 1954 and 1955 and graduated with a B.S. in biology education. After graduation, Gibson did two years of military service before returning to IU as a graduate assistant coach and earning an M.S. in health and safety education. Gibson was an accomplished track and field coach, including leading Kentucky State to an NCAA Div. II national title in 1971. Gibson was the first African American coach at the University of Mississippi in any sport. He has served on US national coaching staffs, including the 1988 Olympic team staff. He is now a masters level USATF official and a member of several halls of fame (US Track Coaches Hall of Fame, Kentucky Track Coaches & Officials Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky State Athletics Hall of Fame). He has been married to Betty Gibson for more than 50 years and has two daughters.
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