A media site dedicated to the promotion of track & field and cross country
The people of the prairies are at the center of everything we do and are the foundation for our success. The site was built to help promote our culture of excellence. Please join gojacks.org as we look to the future and continue to build our legacy.
Gojacks.org was inspired by Cleveland "Cleve" Abbott whose leadership changed the track and field world. After graduating in 1916 from South Dakota State College his teaching, training and coaching pioneered women's track and field for more than four decades. Abbott ran a developmental program at Tuskegee University which opened track and field to women in the United States.
He inspired athletes such as Alice Coachman, Mildred McDaniel, and Nell Jackson. Coachman was the first African-American woman to win a gold medal, taking the high jump title at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. McDaniel repeated the feat in 1956 with a world-record jump of five feet, nine inches at the Helsinki Olympics.
Evelyn Lawler Lewis (1949 Tuskegee graduate), mother of multiple Olympic track & field gold medalist Carl Lewis and Olympian, World Championship bronze medalist and sports announcer Carol Lewis named her second son, Cleveland Abbott, after him. After college, she went on to compete in the 1951 Pan American Games in Argentina, and like “Cleve,” she also turned to coaching.