Louise Gerrish

Louise Gerrish (born 1948 in Livonia, Michigan) was a nationally renowned track and field athlete.

During the mid-1960s, Gerrish was a high school All-American and one of the best javelin throwers in the United States; an impressive accomplishment, in light of the fact that the javelin throw is not an official Michigan High School Athletic Association event.

As a Livonia-Franklin High School sophomore, Gerrish finished third at the 1964 USA Amateur Athletic Union national championships; she reprised her bronze medal performance at the 1966 AAU finals. The following year, Miss Gerrish placed third at the Pan-American Games Trials; she also recorded a lifetime best throw of 54.50 meters, to rank 11th worldwide in 1967.[1][2]

Joined by Olympians Francie Kraker and Micki King, Louise Gerrish was one of several world-class sportswomen to represent the Michigammes Athletic Club of Ann Arbor, Michigan.[3]


  1. ^ http://www.michtrack.org/AOY.htm
  2. ^ History of American Track and Field
  3. ^ http://michigammes.com/michigammes.htm