A four-time NCAA All-America thrower, Quenna Beasley served as one of the pioneers in the world of women’s track and field that transcended from the governance of the AIAW to the NCAA. Migrating as a four-sport athlete from Pasco High School, the Washington state high school shot put and discus champion quickly progressed from 10th on the collegiate list in the discus as an Oregon freshman to a key cog for the Ducks’ first NCAA women’s championship in 1985. After twice setting school records in the shot put as a sophomore, she proceeded to eclipse that pinnacle on six occasions in 1983 and four times in the discus over the course of the ’83 and 1985 seasons. While ranking among the top seven discus throwers in the country her senior year, her collegiate best of 53-1 ½ in the shot put and 180-9 in the discus remained atop the Oregon charts for more than two decades. The four-time national collegiate championship qualifier posted her best finish in the NCAA championships in 1985, with her pair of sixth-place showings contributing to the Ducks’ 52 points to outlast Florida State and LSU in Austin, Texas. Redshirting her 1984 season in order to concentrate her efforts on preparing for that year’s U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, she was the recipient of the school’s Mary Officer Award for her accumulation of the team’s most points in 1983 and 1985.
Quenna was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016 for her exemplary accomplishments as a four-time NCAA All-American thrower for Oregon Track & Field.