Three track stars honored by ACC

From staff reports

Three former Prince William County track standouts were among the 51 women named Wednesday to either the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary Women’s Outdoor or Indoor Track and Field Teams.

Kim Graham, a 1989 Stonewall Jackson High School graduate who competed at Clemson, was the only one to make both teams.

For her indoor career, Graham was the 1992 ACC Indoor Championships MVP, a six-time ACC champion and a 1993 all-American in the 200 meters.

For her outdoor career, Graham was a four-time all-American, a three-time ACC Outdoor Championships MVP (1991, 1992, 1993) and an eight-time ACC champion.

Graham holds the school record in the 400 meters with a time of 51.88 and ranks second on Clemson’s all-time list in the 200 meters with a time of 22.64.

Graham also was an Olympian, winning the gold medal in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta as a member of the United States’ 1,600-meter relay team.

Paula Girven, a 1976 Gar-Field High School graduate, was honored on the ACC’s outdoor team after being a two-time all-American in the high jump at the University of Maryland. Girven, who holds the school records for high jump (6-2, set in 1980) and the 55-meter hurdles (7.97 set in 1979), was Prince William County’s first Olympian.

Girven participated in the 1976 Summer Olympics as a high jumper and was a member of the United States Olympic team that did not compete in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of the boycott.

Like Graham, Monyetta Haynesworth, a 1991 Potomac High School graduate, competed at Clemson. She was honored for her efforts during her indoor career.

In 1993, Haynesworth won all-American honors in the long jump after finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships (20’3).

Haynesworth was also the 1992 ACC champion in the long jump and was all-conference in 1993 in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 7.79. She holds the school record in the long jump (21’3).

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