1977 EHS Women’s Sprint Relay Team
The Elyria Sports Hall of Fame welcomes its second track relay team to the exclusive list of inductees. The 1977 Elyria High Women’s 880-Medley Relay team won the state title with a record shattering time of 1:49.1. Gloria Barbee (sophomore), Betsy Riccardi (senior), Tammy Porter (junior) and Betty Halliburton (sophomore) took first place in record time. The girls also scored points at the state meet in the Mile Relay by breaking the four minute barrier for the first time, finishing with a time of 3:59.6 to finish second behind Upper Arlington. Rhonda Ransom (senior) and Tina Brown (sophomore) joined Riccardi and Halliburton on the mile relay team. The record time in the mile relay stood as an Elyria High record for 29 years. Elyria’s girls finished seventh overall with 19 points, one point shy of a four-way tie for fourth place. It was the first time an Elyria relay team became state champions in a single event. It’s only the second EHS relay team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 1935 men’s mile relay team was honored in 2000.