2022 Hall of Fame Reveal – Multi-Talented Woodside Produced Greatness At MSU

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When Dianne Woodside arrived at Murray State from the Bahamas in the fall of 1987, her talent and competitive spirit helped her create a lasting legacy in women’s track & field as she set standard in several events from 1987-90. Woodside is now part of the 2022 class of the Murray State Hall of Fame.
 
GoRacers.com is revealing the eight-person class one day at a time in July. Those already revealed include Reggie Swinton and Mike Cherry of MSU Football, Michelle Wenning of women’s basketball, Paul King of men’s basketball, Melissa Spencer of women’s tennis and Jessica Twaddle of softball.
 
Murray State fans are invited to attend the Hall of Fame dinner on the night of Nov. 11 at the CFSB Center. The 2022 class will also be recognized Nov. 12 at the Racer football game against Robert Morris (1 p.m. kick off) and a men’s basketball game against a yet to be determined opponent. Tickets to the dinner can be purchased online through the MSU ticket office.
 

When Coach Margaret Simmons founded the MSU women’s track & field program in 1968, talented young people like Diane Woodside was the kind of student-athlete Simmons envisioned attracting to Murray.
 
One example of Woodside’s lasting ability is the fact that she still holds records at Murray State for what is approaching 24 years and some that are 30 years old. Her career is still the standard in the long jump and the triple jump for indoors at MSU and 24 years after she set the outdoor triple jump mark in 1988, her record is still there at MSU. In 1988, Woodside had the MSU record in the javelin and she also set the record for the 100m hurdles in 1989.
 

Diane Woodside becomes the ninth to be inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame in women’s track & field.
 
2022 Hall of Fame – Dianne Woodside – Track & Field – 1987-90

  • Competed for MSU Hall of Fame Coach Margaret Simmons
  • Becomes the ninth from women’s track & field to be inducted and is the first since Pat Ward-Seib in 2019.
  • Set the MSU indoor triple jump record of 12.53m (41 feet, 1.5inches) in 1988 as a sophomore. The closest to topping her was Natasha Brown in 1991, who was a half inch away. Since that time, Jabreuna Brimlett got close to Woodside with a leap of more than 39 feet in 2019.
  • In 1990, Woodside set the long jump record for indoors with a leap of 6.16m (20 feet, 2.5 inches) and it still stands in 2020 and is still the record in the OVC.
  • Held the 100m hurdles record for outdoors (13.81) from 1989 to 2013 when it was bested by Sharda Bettis. Woodside’s mark is still third today in MSU history and would’ve been fourth last spring in the OVC.
  • In outdoors, she set the triple-jump record in 1988 of 12.24m (40 feet, 2 inches). Her mark is still third in 2022 and would’ve been second at the OVC championship.
  • Her long jump in 1989 of 6.20m (20 feet, 4.25 inches) is fourth today at MSU.
  • In 1988, she set the MSU javelin mark of 41.02m (134feet, 7 inches), a mark that is still fifth all-time at MSU in 2022.

2022 Hall of Fame Dinner & Program
The annual Hall of Fame dinner is on the night of Nov. 11 at the CFSB Center. The 2022 class will also be recognized Nov. 12 at the Racer football game against Robert Morris (1 p.m. kick off) and a men’s basketball game against a yet to be determined opponent. Hall of Fame dinner tickets may be purchased through the MSU ticket office online at GoRacers.com. https://am.ticketmaster.com/murray/2022hofdinner
 
Racer Football Mini-Ticket Plan
Racer football three-game mini-plan packages are now available for purchase. The package includes a general admission ticket for the home opener vs. Jacksonville State (Sept. 10), vs. Eastern Illinois (Sept. 24) and vs. Robert Morris (Nov. 12). The home opener will be a night to remember as we “Light up the Stew” and giveaway 3,000 LED blue and gold glow boom sticks presented by CFSB. The Racers return home two weeks later for the always popular “Family Weekend”, and finish out the season at home with Hall of Fame and Military Day. Fans can purchase their mini-plans here: https://am.ticketmaster.com/murray/2022footballminiplan Each purchase of a 3-game mini-plan will also include one general admission ticket to a Racers home basketball game at CFSB Center during the 2022-23 season.
 
About Murray State Athletics

Located in Murray, Kentucky, the athletics department of Murray State University is a NCAA Division I member and plays in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs including men’s teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, football and golf and women’s teams for basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball, as well as a mixed gender rifle team. The Racers became members of the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022. The Racers will become a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2023.
 


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