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If you're looking for an example of the athleticism of Tracy Hanlon, her high school field hockey career provides an excellent illustration. While a freshman in physical education class, the athletic director recruited her to play field hockey. Hanlo
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories profiling the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inductees, Class of 2009. GoARMYsports.com will take a look at these outstanding athletes and their accomplishments, leading into the induction on Sept. 11.
WEST POINT, N.Y. – If you’re looking for an example of the athleticism of Tracy Hanlon, her high school field hockey career provides an excellent illustration.
While a freshman in physical education class, the athletic director recruited her to play field hockey. Hanlon had never touched a stick, didn’t know the rules or the uniform. She had played soccer, though, and that was enough for the administrator.
So Hanlon played field hockey, started as a freshman at forward and helped the team to the state tournament. In just her second season of playing, she was the league’s leading scorer.
That athleticism led Hanlon to West Point where she starred in track and field and basketball prior to her graduation in 1984 and now a spot in the Army Sports Hall of Fame.
Hanlon is one of eight who will be inducted this year. The Class of 2009 also includes Bill Carpenter (football and lacrosse), Ralph Chesnauskas (football and hockey), Mike Krzyzewski (men’s basketball player and coach), Ray Murphy (Athletic Director and football, basketball and lacrosse player), Nicki Robbins (softball), Jack Rust (lacrosse) and Thomas Truxton (lacrosse and men’s soccer).
The eight honorees will officially be inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 11. A special afternoon plaque unveiling ceremony will be held in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside Kimsey Center, with the formal black-tie banquet presented by Lockheed Martin set for Eisenhower Hall later that evening. The group will also be recognized during Army’s football game against Duke the next day at Michie Stadium with a special photograph and autograph session planned in Black Knights Alley prior to the contest.
The Army Sports Hall of Fame is a subset of the Kenna Hall of Army Sports, a comprehensive museum displaying Army’s rich and proud intercollegiate athletic program. It is located on the third floor of the Kimsey Athletic Center, Army’s massive football training facility.
Hanlon was a member of the fifth class of females to be admitted to West Point and was honored as the Army Athletic Association winner.
She was a five-time All-American in track and field, earning citations each of her four seasons, including two in her final campaign. She was the NAIA outdoor champion in the long jump in 1982 and still holds four Academy records in the pentathlon, heptathlon, javelin and 100-meter hurdles. A team captain her senior season, Hanlon graduated as the school-record holder in the 60-meter high hurdles and was invited to participate in the track and field Olympic Trials.
On the basketball court, Hanlon earned two varsity letters and set a single-game record with 32 points against Fordham her sophomore season. The mark currently lists as the school’s eighth highest single-game total.
Following her graduation, Hanlon served as a helicopter pilot, before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent. Her initial assignment was El Paso, Texas, before moving to California.
Hanlon is the second consecutive FBI agent to earn induction, following women’s soccer honoree Alexis Albano.
Catch Us Up On What You Have Been Doing Since Graduating: “I branched Aviation out of West Point and went to Fort Rucker to learn to fly helicopters. I was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. I was a Pilot in Command and at the time there weren’t a lot of women who held that position. I loved being a platoon officer and being in the Army but decided I wanted to see what was available outside of the Army. I was recruited by the FBI and am now stationed in the Los Angeles field office.”
Reaction When Received Letter You Were Chosen: “I was a little bit surprised. For me, being on the West Coast, I haven’t been back to West Point since I graduated. It’s not that I just don’t want to but with the travel and all, I haven’t been able to get back. I’m honored, obviously. I didn’t realize the Hall of Fame existed, because they didn’t have it when I was a cadet so it was something I had to look into to. This is pretty amazing."
Favorite Athletic Memory: “I took more pleasure in being an assist-maker not a scorer but I remember the game when I scored 32 points. It was one of those games where you couldn’t miss. It didn’t matter where I was shooting from, it was going in. I was a point guard, a distributor, but this was one of those day’s where I couldn’t not shoot.”
Favorite West Point Memory: “One of most amazing things about cadet basic training is how your outlook changes. It could be the worst of times but yet when something goes right, it is such an amazing feeling. I remember watching the movie Patton and that just got you psyched up to go back out there and try harder. I was a squad leader as a firstie for cadet basic training and it was a lot of fun. That and being a female cadet. I must have been in hundreds of family photos. If I was walking along the road, people snapped their necks and wanted to take photos because I was a female cadet.”
Who Had The Biggest Influence On Your Athletic Career: “My parents (Sue and Wally) were very supportive of whatever sports I wanted to participate in. I was very fortunate. I was gifted as a young child and I took to whatever sports I played and had a very supportive family.”
What’s The Biggest Difference At West Point Since You Were A Cadet: “I haven’t had the chance to be back at West Point since I graduated but from looking at the pictures, the security is certainly different since Sept. 11.”
Tickets for the event are available to the public and can be purchased by calling Army's External Operations Office at 845-938-2322. Proceeds will be directed to a fund that supports the daily care, maintenance and growth of the Kenna Hall of Army Sports and Army Sports Hall of Fame.