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Parkway's Tracy (Gaerke) Seeley To Enter BGSU Athletic Hall Of Fame
Bowling Green, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Athletics Department has announced that three individuals will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame this fall, including Parkway grad and Rockford native Tracy (Gaerke) Seeley.
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"With humility, honor and excitement, I am thrilled to be selected as a BGSU Athletic Hall Of Fame inductee. There are many people along my 'running route' who deserve a thank you. First of all, my siblings played an important role in my desire to run track in the first place. Then, of course, my high school coaches, and finally my college coaches: Lee Labadie, Nancy Shafer and Steve Price. They had faith in my abilities and used their talents to get the very best out of me. These coaches were more than just coaches; they treated me as family. From them, I learned about my sport but more importantly learned the imperative skills of time management, hard work, perseverance and dedication."
Seeley's four BGSU records have all stood for at least 25 years. Her 800 time of 2:08.41 during outdoor season was set in 1988 and she set the same record for indoor with a time of 2:08.37 in the same year. She holds three of the five all-time fastest races in the 1500, posting a school record 4:24.03 that has lasted since 1989. As part of the 1991 distance medley relay team, she sits atop the record book with a time of 11:38.62.
Seeley was the first Falcon to qualify for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field National Championships, placing eighth in the country in 1988 with a time of 2:12.75. In fact, her school record time in the event came in the semifinals at those national championships.
Gaerke won the outdoor MAC Championship in the high jump in 1987 as well as the 1500 in 1989. She also ranks third all-time in the high jump for both the outdoor and indoor seasons.
Gaerke was named the Most Outstanding Athlete at the 1989 MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships after winning the 1500, placing second in the 800, third in the high jump and competing on the 1600 relay team.
"Athletics at BGSU opened many doors for me including numerous friendships and meeting the man whom I would eventually marry. Moreover, now I am looking forward to participating in the festivities surrounding this prestigious event."
Gaerke was also the 1990 BGSU Homecoming Queen, she is married to Paul Seeley, a BGSU alumnus in both football and track and field, and is beginning her 26th year as a teacher. She has three children – Madison, Mackenzie and Pauly.
Seeley, who graduated from Parkway in 1986 was inducted into the Panther Hall of Fame in 2011, along with her twin sister Teri (Gaerke) Howe.Parkway's
At Parkway, Seeley set seven school records in girls’ track. She was named Most Valuable Player in girls’ track in both 1985 and 1986. During her four year career, she recorded eight first place finishes at the regional track meet. Tracy was a member of the 800 meter relay team that won state in 1984 and 1985. She was state runner-up in the 400 meter dash in 1985. Tracy was a member of the 1600 meter relay team that finished as state runners-up in 1984. Tracy finished second in the state in high jump in 1986. She was a member of the 800 meter relay team that finished second in the state in 1986. Tracy was named All-Ohio in track eight times.
The official HOF induction ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 21. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $15 for Falcon Club members and can be ordered by calling 877-BGSU TICKET. Tickets will be good for the cocktail hour (heavy hors d'oeuvres) starting at 6:30 pm and for the induction ceremony, scheduled for 7:30-9 pm. The class will be recognized on the field during the BGSU-Miami football game the next day at Doyt L. Perry Stadium.
1991 Ohio High School Regional Championship basketball game. Last second shot by Jill Froning for unranked Celina wins the game over Ohio's #1 rated Pickerington (were also rated in USA Today Top 5)...Celina went on to win the Ohio D1 State Championsip game. Game was played at Bellefontaine HS, Dave Schmidt doing the play-by-by for Celina Cable TV.