Karen Bakewell

Karen Bakewell
Karen Bakewell
b. 1965

Track & Field
Year Inducted

The only athlete in Chautauqua County history to win an individual NCAA Division 1 track and field championship, and to set a meet record in doing so, has become a 2024 inductee of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.

Karen Bakewell, running for Miami (OH) University, broke the tape first in the 800 meters sprint, with a meet record of 2:00.85, at the 1986 NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bakewell’s talent for running fast became evident at Washington Middle School and blossomed at Jamestown High School and with the Chautauqua Striders under the direction of CSHOF inductee Ron Graham. In 1983, she broke the JHS 200m mark and was a member of teams that set new JHS records in the 4 X 200m and 4 X 400m relays.

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