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She is 103 years old and has cemented her title as the oldest woman to compete on an American track after finishing the 50 – 100 meters dashes at the National Senior games in New Mexico. She went crossing the line just over 46 seconds beating her previous record. She started cycling Competition in her 80s and was the only one in her division so her children told her to try running and she chose the 100 meters dash at age 100.

She is very fit and attributes it to years of cycling for her very strong legs. Eating right, not drinking nor smoking has helped her longevity she said. As a retired teacher, she spends her time in a combination of things that keeps her going. From Yard work around her home and the competitions. She has an acre of land and she works all the time. She has 30 bonsai bushes up to 40 to 50 years that keeps her busy and active.

She was born on February 9 1916. She graduated with a teaching degree from the Louisiana State University in 1938 where she met her husband Murray Hawkins who served in the Navy. They married after her survived the Pearl Harbour bombing and they have four children.



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