Hall of Fame

Darlene Beckford Pearson
Track & field

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Hall of Fame

Harvard Athletic Achievements

Darlene is still one of Harvard’s greatest all-around runners. Over her four years, she set school records in five different events: 400m, 600m, 800m, 1500m, and the mile. In 1979, she set the collegiate mile record by 15 seconds. She was a seven-time Ivy League champion in cross-country and track events, a four-time Heps champion, a two-time Heps record-holder, and a 1980 All-American. In 1981, she was the NCAA indoor 800m champion; in 1982, she was the NCAA indoor mile champion. Outside of Harvard, she was a finalist at the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1500m.