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Leslie Heywood

Olympian in track and field and professional bowler, was born in Malden, Massachusetts, the eldest of six children of William Stokes, a gardener, and Mary Wesley, a domestic worker. Stokes began her running career during her time at Beebe Junior High in Malden when one of her basketball teammates suggested, because of her speed, that she join the local Onteora Track Club, sponsored by William H. Quaine, Malden's park commissioner. At the club, she soon began to excel in the sprints and jumping events.

At Malden High School where she also played basketball Louise repeatedly set records in track She was awarded the James Michael Curley Cup as a junior for outstanding track performance of the year She set the New England record in the 100 meters and tied the world record in the standing broad jump jumping eight feet five and three quarter inches She ...