Davis, Judy McLaughlin


When Judy, a member of the Ohio AAU women’s track team in high school, first came to Otterbein in 1974, the school did not have a women’s track program. Bob Mersy started a women’s team in 1976 and Judy took flight. In her junior year, Judy set three conference and meet records in the 880-yard run (2:16), mile run (5:10), and two-mile run (11:10) at the Bowling Green State University Invitational. She qualified for the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women’s national track and field meet in the 880-yard run and placed sixth in 2:08.2—7.1 seconds better than her personal best—to earn All-American honors. Upon graduating from Otterbein, Judy accepted a graduate assistantship to Indiana University in adapted physical education. She continued to run track, turning in a personal best 4:56.2 in the mile. Upon graduation, she returned to her former Ohio AAU track team in hopes of making it to the 1980 Olympics. Although she did not make the Olympic team, Judy continues to hold several Otterbein records, including ones in the indoor 880-yard and mile runs, and outdoor 800 meters. Judy, a two-time nominee for Teacher of the Year in the Newark City Schools system, is in her 20th year of teaching.