A Century of Champions: Carolyn Ross Isaak

Carolyn Ross Isaak

The most decorated individual student-athlete in Augsburg history, Carolyn Ross Isaak earned five individual national titles, nine All-American honors and 13 MIAC individual championships in track and field. In 1988, Ross Isaak became the first woman in NCAA Division III history to crack the 60-second barrier in the 400 hurdles when she broke the tape in 59.65. Ross Isaak lowered that record the next season when she clocked a time of 58.99. No other woman would go sub-60 in the 400 hurdles for another 12 years.

Ross Isaak earned NCAA Division III titles in the indoor 400-meter dash in 1988 and 1989, the outdoor 400-meter hurdles in 1988 and 1989, and the outdoor 400-meter dash in 1989. Her 1989 championship time of 58.99 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles is still the NCAA Division III national meet record. She also competed in women’s soccer at Augsburg. After graduation, Ross Isaak became a medalist at the 1990 U.S. Olympics festival and was a U.S. Olympic trials participant in 1992. She was inducted into the Augsburg Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Athlete Hall of Fame in 2018.

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