A record-setting weight thrower of national scope, Ann Turbyne (now Ann Turbyne Andrews) missed out on two likely Olympic appearances, one due to injury in 1976 and the other the U.S. boycott of the world games in 1980. But there was no denying the Winslow native's overall performance as she later added world-class power lifting to her glossy repertoire.
Ann, a protege of Waterville weight guru Ernie Gilbert, was state shot put champion all four years for Winslow High School. Her senior fling of the 8-pound shot was a national record at 52 feet, 6 1/2 inches in 1975.
She was also state discus champion her last three years at Winslow. Turbyne won the Junior Nationals in 1975 with a heave of 48 feet, 4 3/4 inches with the 4-kilo shot, a still standing record. Ann took sixth in the junior discus and sixth in the senior nationals.
In the course of her training, Turbyne became more than a casual weight lifter she went competitive to the extent of national titles in 1978, '79, and '80. She set three world records in 1980, including a dead lift of 410 pounds as the only female in the meet.
Still bent on the Olympics in 1980 via her shot put prowess, Turbyne threw 56 feet, 8 1/2 inches to qualify second in the U.S. Trials, only to be thwarted by the U.S. boycott in protest to Russia's invasion of Afghanistan.
Turbyne then retired from competition but not from track. She returned home to teach elementary physical education in Albion and Clinton and coach track at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, where she met and married head boys track coach Chuck Andrews. They have two daughters, Elizabeth Ann and Amanda Jane.
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