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Sue Vigil MacEachen

Arguably UNM’s most decorated middle distance runner, Sue Vigil MacEachen was a three-time All-American in the 800 meters, including the 1979 women’s collegiate national champion.

As of May 2010, Sue still held two school records that she set in 1979: the indoor 800 meters (2:09.3) and the outdoor 800 (2:04.1).

A native of Albuquerque, Sue began her career as a Duke City Dasher under coach Tony Sandoval. From 1970-75, she was one of the team’s strongest members, helping the organization capture numerous awards and titles. Sue competed in AAU national championships from 1971-75. She was also a member of the U.S. Junior Olympic team in 1973 and 1974 and the U.S. Junior National team in 1975.

One of her many amateur highlights was winning the 800 in a dual meet against the Soviet Union while a member of the U.S. Junior National team.

Sue served her alma mater as an assistant track coach and as a staff member of the UNM Alumni Association. She is also on the UNM Alumni Lettermen’s Association Board of Directors.