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Beth Manson

Beth (Manson) Puckett was a two-year letterwinner at Bowling Green after spending her first two years at Ashland College. She was the first female track athlete to earn outdoor All-America honors in the history of the program after finishing sixth in the discus in the NCAA meet as a senior and eighth as a junior. When she graduated, she was one of only two female athletes in MAC history to earn All-America honors at least twice in track. Puckett held the MAC record in the discus until 1998 and was a two-time MAC champion in that event.

The native of Magnolia, Ohio (Sandy Valley High School) also won the MAC title in the shot put twice and was a two-time MAC academic at-large selection. In 1988, she won the pentathlon at the MAC Indoor Track Invitational. She served eight years as the head women’s track and field coach at Davidson (NC) until ending her tenure in the spring of 2000.

Puckett coached 20 all-conference athletes, including one conference champion and an NCAA provisional qualifier. Nearly 30 indoor and outdoor school records were broken under her tutelage.

She was inducted in the BG Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

(Information on this page was compiled from a bgsufalcons.com press release, July 12, 2000.)

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