Patsy Sharples Scherer
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 09/16/2008
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Perhaps the greatest female distance runner in Idaho track and field history, Patsy Sharples Scherer holds four school records at Idaho. Sharples Scherer didn’t waste any time projecting herself as a top national runner as she took home the AIAW Division II cross country national title as a true freshman in 1980. She also went on to win the 1982 AIAW national title in the women’s 5,000-meter run and earn AIAW All-America honors in the 10,000-meter run. The school records that Sharples Scherer set in her four years as a Vandal have been seemingly untouchable in the 25 seasons since she graduated. Her 10,000-meter run record of 33:34.85 is a full minute faster than the No. 2 time and her 3,000-meter time is a full 35 seconds faster than second-best. When the Vandals made the move from AIAW Division II to NCAA Division I, Scherer took it right in stride and ran to a 12th-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the 1984 NCAA Championships. Sharples Scherer’s honors weren’t only noticed on the Palouse, though, as she earned the 1984 Broderick Sports Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top female athlete. Overall, she is tied for second all-time among Vandal women’s track athletes with six career conference titles to her name.

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