Lynn (Olson) Hayden
Cross Country & Track, 1972-73
Hayden, who competed in both cross country along with track and field, made Ferris history as a freshman in 1973 when she became the first female to earn a varsity letter in men's indoor and outdoor track and field. She was also a member of the 1973 NAIA District 23 indoor track championship team. Hayden made her mark as a race walker. She placed first in the Eastern Michigan University Collegiate Women's Indoor Track and Field meet's one-mile competition and became the national women’s AAU race-walk champion along with becoming the first American record-holder in the event at a competition held in New York's Madison Square Garden. Hayden was the first woman to compete in the NAIA Men's District 23 Outdoor Track Championships, placing second in the two-mile race walk and qualifying for the national outdoor meet where she was the first of her gender to ever compete. She was later honored for her athletic accomplishments by the Michigan Legislature in a Special Tribute. She and her husband, Steven, have five children and presently live in Portland, Ore.