Frances Childs dominated on the track and in the field during her four years at Penn, culminating in 1988, when she co-captained the Red and Blue. Childs set four school records, two of which still stand at time of induction. Childs was the former record-holder for the pentathlon and heptathlon, but her marks in the outdoor long jump (19 feet, 6 ¼ inches, set in 1985) and indoor shuttle hurdle relay (only Penn team to run in under 30 seconds) still stand.
Childs won All-Ivy League honors, both indoors and outdoors, each of her four seasons. In 1985, she won the 100-meter hurdles and long jump at the Heptagonals, thus garnering first team All-Ivy status. In 1986 and 1988, Childs won the heptathlon competiion at the league championships, and in 1987 she was the league’s best long jumper.
With 4,886 points, Childs won the Penn Relays heptathlon competition, becoming Penn’s first and only female to win a Relays championship event.
Since 1992, Childs has been an official at Olympic Festival competitions, the Penn relays, Olympic Trials,