Teammates:

  • Kathryn Agar (Chicago, IL)
  • Floreida Batson (New Orleans, LA)
  • Maybelle Gilliland (Bogota, NJ)
  • Lucile Godbold (Estill, SC)
  • Esther Greene (Canal Zone, Panama)
  • Anne Harwick (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Frances Mead (Tarrytown, NY)
  • Maud Rosenbaum (Chicago, IL)
  • Camille Sabie (Newark, NJ)
  • Janet Snow (Rye, NY)
  • Elizabeth Stine (Bogota, NJ)
  • Louise Voorhees (Long Island, NY)
  • Nancy Voorhees (Long Island, NY)

    Notable People, places:

  • Lucy Fletcher (Greensboro, FL)
  • Helen Krepps (Cleveland, OH)
  • Mme. Alice Milliat
  • Winifred Edgerton Merrill
  • Suzanne Becker Young
  • Coach Joseph D'Angola
  • Oaksmere School
  • Mary Lines
  • Sophie Elliott Lynn
  • They Set the Mark: United States teammates who competed in the First International Track Meet for Women

    Pershing Stadium, Paris, France,
    August 20, 1922.

    On Sunday, August 20, 1922, history was made in women's track and field at an international meet in Paris, France. Not only were there eighteen world records set, but the team of women from the United States made history by competing at all. Never before had a team of women from the US competed in track and field on the international level. Pictured are:(standing L to R): Lucile Godbold, Frances Mead, Nancy Voorhees, Assistant Coach Suzanne Becker, Louise Voorhees, Ann Harwick, Esther Green. (kneeling L to R): Maybelle Gilliland, Elizabeth Stine, Florida Batson, Janet Snow, Camille Sabie. Kathryn Agar (Chicago, IL) is not in the picture but was on board
    and Maud Rosenbaum (Chicago, IL) was already in Paris.

    The daunting effort to bring a team to Paris was headed by Dr. Harry Eaton Stewart. Thirteen US women competed in eleven events against competition from Great Britain, France, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia. The United States also demonstrated the hop, step, and jump, the basketball and baseball throws after the Meet. The Meet was organized by Mme. Alice Milliat and the the Federation Sportive Feminine Internationale (FSFI) of France after the International Olympic Committee refused to include women's track and field events in the 1920 Olympic Games. The Meet was commonly referred to in that day as the Women's Olymic Games. The U.S. team placed second to the more experienced team from Great Britain.

    This photograph shows 11 of 13 athletes and one assistant coach aboard
    the Cunard Liner Aquitania as it sailed from New York to Cherbourg, France.

    Learn more about these pioneers in athletics:
    Meet the team members
    Read newspaper accounts of the International Meet
    Results from the First International Track Meet for Women
    Official List of Contestants from Program

    by Jane P. Tuttle
    Head Reference & Librarian
    Edens Library, Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A. (803) 786-3337
    jtuttle@columbiasc.edu

    Please contact me at jtuttle@columbiasc.edu if you have any additional information about the team members.

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