Even though Patricia — who co-founded this site in 2009 — fell into track by accident, she is one of the most acclaimed athletes in Heps history. At Yale she garnered seven individual Heps championships and was named as the League’s most outstanding performer at both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. A sprinter and hurdler for the Bulldogs, she transitioned to the 800-meter run after college and advanced to the final of the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988.
Following her track career, she began working in the field of education and eventually served as the Chief Academic Officer in the Evansville, Ind., school district. In 2007, the NCAA acknowledged Patricia’s work, both on and off the track, by awarding her the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.
She and Brett Hoover have not only co-founded HepsTrack, they teamed up to establish Schools Building Communities, designed to educationally serve students in Indianapolis. Over the last three summers she and Hoover have recruited 51 Early College Fellows — which includes 15 Ivy League athletes — to serve X-Mester, a college residential experience designed for inner-city high school juniors.
In July 2012, Melton was named the Executive Director of New Haven Promise — a college initiative dedicated to improving outcomes for New Haven public school students, established by Yale University and other city stakeholders in 2010.
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