Patricia Melton

Even though Patricia fell into track by accident, she is one of the most acclaimed athletes in Heps history. At Yale she garnered seven individual Heps championships and was named as the League’s most outstanding performer at both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. A sprinter and hurdler for the Bulldogs, she transitioned to the 800-meter run after college and advanced to the final of the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988. Following her track career, she began working in the field of education and eventually served as the Chief Academic Officer in the Evansville, Ind., school district. She and HepsTrack founder Brett Hoover have founded Schools Building Communities, which is establishing public charter schools in Indianapolis. In 2007, the NCAA acknowledged Patricia’s work, both on and off the track, by awarding her the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. Last summer she recruited 13 Early College Fellows, which included four Ivy League athletes, to serve X-Mester, a college residential experience designed for inner-city high school juniors.