Year Inducted: 2012
Cyndie ran for Kettering Fairmont East High School where she was part of the first girls team her senior year. In fact, it was the first year (1978) the state of Ohio had girls cross country. During her junior year, she actually ran on the boys team. Cyndie won every cross country race she ran her senior year except for the state meet where she finished in 2nd place. She ran three years of track going to the state meet in the mile both her junior and senior years.
Cyndie also ran for the Kettering Striders in the 1978 AAU National Championship meets in both cross country and indoor track.
She attended and graduated from Indiana University (1979-1983) where she ran four years of cross country and track. During her college career, she posted PR's of ... 9:26 in 3000 meters; 16:10 in 5000 meters; 34:07 in 10,000 meters.
Cyndie reached her greatest heights in racing as she became one of the best marathoners in the world during the late 1980's. In 1987, she was ranked as the #1 female American marathoner and in that same year was ranked 6th in the world. Cyndie also excelled in other distances on the roads as evidenced by her outstanding finishes at national caliper races. A partial list of her races include: qualified for Olympic Trails in her first marathon (Columbus 1983); won the St Louis marathon in both 1984 and 1985; 2nd place at Bix 7 miler in 1985; 3rd in 1985 and 2nd in 1988 at the Dayton River Corridor Classic; 1st at Cincinnati Mini-marathon 15K in 1986; 4th at Peachtree 10K in 1986; 2nd at Pittsburgh Great Race 10K in 1986 and 1987; 2nd at Pittsburgh marathon in 1987 (fastest American time of year); won the Honolulu marathon in 1988.
She was featured on the covers of The Runner, Running Times, and Runner's World magazines.