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Tina Krebs to Join Ring of Honor on Saturday

Tina Krebs to Join Ring of Honor on Saturday

Sept. 5, 2003

Seventeen years after completing her athletic career for the Lady Tigers, Tina Krebs (Bahn) continues to garner awards that reflect the quality of her contributions on and off the cross country course and track. The native of Holbaek, Denmark, will be inducted into the Clemson Ring of Honor on Saturday during ceremonies prior to the Clemson vs. Furman Football game at Clemson Memorial Stadium.

Krebs made an impression in the Clemson and ACC athletic record books and academic annals that time has not diminished. That is one of the major criteria for selection to the Clemson Ring of Honor. An athlete must have made a significant contribution to the athletic heritage of Clemson University on an individual and team basis. The recipient must also be a college graduate and a member of the Clemson Hall of Fame.

It has been quite a year of recognition for Krebs. She was named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary teams in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track last fall, then was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame last May. On Saturday she will become the first track athlete inducted into the Clemson Ring of Honor and just the second female athlete to receive the honor.

A cross country, distance and middle distance runner for the Lady Tigers from 1982-1986, her versatility helped shape Clemson women’s track and field. She was a key component of a team that was a distance-only program until 1985, to a full track and field program beginning in the 1986 season. She was a big reason Clemson had seven top 15 final rankings in cross country and indoor track during her four years with the program.

Krebs is one of the most decorated athletes in Clemson history. She was an eight-time All-American in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and was a three-time NCAA Champion. She was the first athlete in any Clemson sport to win three NCAA Championships. She placed seventh and fifth at the 1983 and 1984 Cross Country Championships, respectively, two of the highest finishes in Lady Tiger cross country history.

Krebs won her first NCAA Championship in 1983, claiming the 1000-yard indoor with a time of 2:28.58. She won her second NCAA title in 1985, winning the 1500m indoor in 4:17.45. That same year, she set a then-collegiate record of 4:10. She captured her third NCAA title in 1986, winning the mile run indoors with a time of 4:40.82.

Outdoor, Krebs still holds the Lady Tigers’ 800m and 1500m school records, and was the ACC record-holder in the 800m from 1983 until this past season. She holds the ACC meet record in the 800m, a time of 2:02.81 set in Chapel Hill in 1984. She was the first Atlantic Coast Conference female athlete to win four consecutive titles in the same event, claiming the 800m run in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986. Only six other ACC track and field athletes have ever accomplished that feat.

Krebs earned an undergraduate degree and a masters degree in architecture from Clemson and is now an architect in Denmark.

Krebs Accomplishments *Clemson’s first three-time NCAA Champion in any sport, male or female. *The Lady Tigers track program’s first Clemson Hall of Fame member. *A South Carolina Hall of Fame honoree, inducted in 2003 *Eight-time All-American in cross country, indoor and outdoor track in five events. *Former collegiate record holder in the indoor 1500m. *The ACC’s first four-time same-event champion in track. *GTE Academic All-American with an undergraduate and master’s degree in Architecture. *Named one of the Top 50 Female Athletes in ACC History *Named to ACC 50 Year Anniversary teams in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Clemson Ring of Honor Members

Name Sport Years Inducted
Rusty Adkins Baseball 1965-67 1997
Jerry Butler Football 1975-78 1999
Fred Cone Football 1948-50 1997
Dale Davis Basketball 1987-91 1999
Jeff Davis Football 1978-81 1995
Steve Fuller Football 1975-78 1994
Frank Howard Football 1940-69 1994
Barbara Kennedy W. Basketball 1978-82 1999
Terry Kinard Football 1978-82 2001
Tina Krebs Women’s Track 1983-86 2003
Banks McFadden Football/Basketball 1937-40 1994