Eleanor Montgomery

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Eleanor Montgomery
Eleanor Montgomery 1967.jpg
Montgomery in 1967
Personal information
BornNovember 13, 1946
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedDecember 28, 2013 (aged 67)[1]
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Alma materTennessee State University
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
Event(s)High jump, long jump
ClubTSU Tigers, Nashville
Coached byEd Temple
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)HJ – 1.80 m (1969)
LJ – 5.52 m (1962)[2][3]

Eleanor Inez Montgomery (November 13, 1946 – December 28, 2013) was an American high jumper. She was a two-time Olympian, placing 8th in 1964 and 19th in 1968,[2] and a Tigerbelle, the name of the Tennessee State University women's track and field program. Montgomery set her personal best in the high jump (1.80 m) on July 6, 1969 at the US National Championships in Dayton, which was an American record at that time. She also competed in the long jump and the pentathlon during her career.[3]

After retiring from competitions Montgomery worked for the Cleveland Municipal School District and participated in the Interchurch Youth Activities Program as an organizer and official at athletics competitions. Montgomery was also the Executive Director of the National Football League Players' Association Youth Camp and assisted with the Special Olympics.[2] In 1976 she was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame,[4] and in 2013 into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[5]


Year Tournament Venue Result Height
1962 US National Championships Los Angeles, California 6th 1.52 m
1963 US National Championships Dayton, Ohio 1st 1.73 m
Pan American Games São Paulo, Brazil 1st 1.68 m
1964 US National Championships Hanford, California 1st 1.73 m
Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 8th 1.71 m
1965 US National Championships Columbus, Ohio 1st 1.70 m
1966 US National Championships Frederick, Maryland 1st 1.70 m
1967 US National Championships Santa Barbara, California 1st 1.68 m
Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 1st 1.78 m
1968 Olympic Games Mexico City, Mexico 19th 1.68 m
1969 US National Championships Dayton, Ohio 1st 1.80 m


  1. ^ Eleanor Montgomery's obituary. The Plain Dealer (January 1, 2014)
  2. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Eleanor Montgomery". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Eleanor Montgomery. trackfield.brinkster.net
  4. ^ Eleanor Montgomery. Cleveland HOF
  5. ^ Tim Warsinskey (November 13, 2013) Cleveland high jumper Eleanor Montgomery named to U.S. Track Hall of Fame. cleveland.com