PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A former two-time Olympian who later became the first black woman to coach at Ohio State has been killed in a car crash in northern Ohio.
The State Highway Patrol says 74-year-old Mamie Rallins died Monday in multi-vehicle accident near Port Clinton where she lived.
Investigators say Rallins’ car crossed the center line and struck two tractor-trailers before colliding with another car. No one else was seriously injured.
Rallins, a Chicago native, ran track at Tennessee State and competed as a hurdler at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.
She later helped start and was hired as coach of the women’s track and cross country teams at Ohio State in the mid-1970s.