Ex-Olympian, pioneering coach at Ohio State, dies in crash

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.

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