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OVERTIME SPORTS ARTICLE
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07/20/2018
NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Countdown - Heidi Mann Vittengl


Author: Claire Deegan, Intern


Heidi Mann Vittengl is one of the most accomplished three-sport athletes in New York State. She graduated from Queensbury High School of Section II in 1982, then attended the University of Florida in 1987 where she lettered and excelled in field hockey, basketball, and outdoor track and field.

 

“It's an amazing honor.  It's a once-in-a-lifetime honor...I'm extremely elated and I am humbled,” said Mann Vittengl. “It is extremely gratifying to have my athletic accomplishments recognized by such a tremendous organization such as the NYSPHSAA.”

 

While playing field hockey, Heidi was a two-year varsity athlete and led her team to the Section II and Class A Regional Championships. During her senior year, Heidi set the Section II record with 25 career goals, 15 assists, and 65 total points. She also lettered in basketball for four years and led her team to Section II titles her junior and senior seasons. During her senior season, she set the Section II career scoring record with an astonishing 1,660 points. Heidi was named the 1982 Section II Most Valuable Player and an All-New York State First Team selection. While Mann Vittengl had great successes in field hockey and basketball, she saw her greatest accomplishments in track and field.

 

Heidi set a New York State record in the pentathlon as a sophomore and broke her record in the same event the following season as a junior. Additionally, in her junior year she competed at the Athletic Congress Junior Track and Field Championships in Spokane, WA where she broke her own national high school record in the heptathlon. She became the second highest scoring high school pentathlete on the east coast. Mann Vittengl still holds the NYSPHSAA heptathlon record with 4,953 points to this day. Heidi also participated in the Scholastic Empire State Games receiving gold two consecutive summers. Her success and accomplishments earned her a spot in the Empire State Games Hall of Fame.

 

After graduating from high school, Heidi continued her track and field career at Florida. Her achievements include becoming a two-time NCAA All-American and a three-time Penn Relays Champion in the heptathlon. She also earned All-Academic Southeastern (SEC) First Team honors four times as well as winning the 1987 Southeastern Conference Heptathlon Championship at Florida. In the same year, Heidi qualified for the Olympic Trials in the heptathlon after breaking the Penn Relay’s heptathlon meet record. She overcame two career-threatening injuries; ankle ligament damage during her senior basketball season which set her back for spring track and an ankle wound after being struck by a javelin at a college meet.

 

By the late 1980s, she picked up golf and excelled so quickly, she earned a slot on the LPGA Futures Tour playing in ten pro golf events. Heidi plays with a 4 handicap and has won 12 club championships.
 

The 2018 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on Wednesday, July 25th at 6 pm at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY.