Anne Sullivan Hird
Anne Sullivan Hird
Hometown: Providence, RI
Team: Track & Field

Anne Sullivan Hird '82
Providence, RI
Track & Field
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Harvard’s loss was Brown’s gain in 1979, when distance runner Anne Sullivan transferred to Brown (and in doing so, returned to her home state). The outstanding track and cross-country athlete went on to set a number of University, Ivy, and national records. Among the highlights of her years at Brown were setting Ivy records in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters at the outdoor championships in 1979 and being selected the Outstanding Performer at that event. She also placed sixth in the 10,000 meters in the outdoor track nationals in 1979, eighteenth in the national cross country championships in 1980, and fourth in the Olympic Trails (10,000 meters) in 1980. She set a record in the indoor track American Collegiate three-mile in 1980 – a record previously held by Joan Benoit. In April of 1980, Sports Illustrated magazine featured Hird in its “Faces in the Crowd” section for setting an American women’s record in the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Road Race with a time of 55:34 – eight seconds off the old record. She set Brown records in the 1,500 meters, the 3,000 meters (indoors and outdoors), the 5,000 meters, and the 10,000 meters. The last of those records still stands. She was named All-East and All-Ivy in both 1979 and 1980. After graduating, Hird continued to pursue her running career. She has set national records at ten miles and 30 kilometers, has won such major marathons as the Ocean State, the Toronto Marathon, and Grandma’s in Minnesota, and each year has been nationally ranked at various distances. She ran in the 1984 Olympic trials marathon and currently is training with the 1988 Olympics in mind. Clearly, twin daughters haven’t slowed Hird down a bit. She lives with them and her husband, Jonathon, in Providence.