Maicel (Malone) Green, one of the most-decorated athletes in the history of Indiana high school track and field and the most dominant sprinter the state had seen for more than 30 years, will be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame this summer with 11 others.
Green is part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class that also includes Dave Logan of Colorado, Tim Couch of Kentucky, Matt Holliday of Oklahoma and Alex English of South Carolina. She is also one of three women in the class who went on to win Olympic gold.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Wednesday, July 1, in Denver as a highlight of the annual National Federation of State High School Associations Summer Meeting.
Green, an Indianapolis native who graduated from North Central High School, was suggested by many to be the first statewide superstar in any Indiana girls sport. She was an 11-time state champion in the 12 sprint events she entered in high school, sweeping the 100 and 400 meters all four years and winning the 200 meters three times (state runner-up in the 200-meter final as a sophomore in 1985).
To this day, she is the current state record holder in the 200 meters (23.12 set in 1986) and 400 meters (52.42 set in 1986). Her 100-meter state record (11.52 set in 1986) stood until 2015.
Green, who became the first freshman to win three state championships in 1984, is still the only Indiana girl to set three state records (100, 200, 400 meters) in the same 1986 meet. Her 200 and 400 times also were national bests then. She was a member of North Central’s state championship-winning teams in 1984 and 1987 and also was selected as the recipient of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award following the 1987 state meet for mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability during her four years of high school.
Her talents ultimately earned her a spot representing our country. She won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the United States 4x400 meter relay team (ran second leg) at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. She would also win five more gold medals in international competition as a member of USA Track & Field.
After high school, Green went on to Arizona State University, where she finished her collegiate career as a four-time NCAA champion in the 400 meters (1990-92; outdoors 1990) and a member of two NCAA championship relay teams (4x400 in 1991 and 4x100 in 1988).
She was inducted into the Indiana Track & Field Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility in 1993. She later worked as a volunteer women’s track and field coach at the University of Florida (1993-99), an assistant coach at Florida State University (1999-2005) and head coach at Florida A&M University (2005-09).
Green and her husband reside in Havana, Florida.
The 2020 Hall of Fame Class was chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee composed of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. Nominations were made through NFHS member associations.
Green becomes the 17th individual from Indiana to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.