- First Marathon: 1999 Richmond Marathon - Time: 2.49.28
- First Sub Three-Hour Marathon: 1999 Richmond Marathon - Time: 2.49.28
- Fastest Marathon: 1999 Richmond Marathon - Time: 2.49.28
- Number of Marathons Completed: 4
- Number Open Marathon Wins: 1
- Number of Open Marathons Places: 2
- Number of Master Division Wins: 1
- Number of Master Division Places: 1
Hometown: Manassas, Virginia
Spouse: Leslie H. McFarling
- Virginia M. Hill (daughter)
- Skylar H. McFarling (son)
Thomas Jefferson High School (Alexandria, VA) Highlight
- Graduated in1983
- Kinney Footlocker Cross Country National Finalist - 1982
- Virginia State High School T&F Champion (Indoor) - 1600m, 1000m - 1983
- Virginia State High School T&F Champion (Outdoor) - 1600m, 800m - 1983
- U.S. Junior National Team Member - 800m, 1500m, & 3000m - 1983
- #1-ranked High School 1600m/Mile - 1983
University of Tennessee Highlights
- Graduated in 1988 with B.A. Speech Communications
- Track & Field/Cross Country, 1984-87
- SEC Indoor Champion, 4 x 800m Relay, 1984
- SEC Indoor Champion, 1000m, 1986
- SEC Indoor Champion, 1000m, 1987
- SEC Indoor Champion, 1500m, 1987
- SEC Outdoor Champion, 1500m, 1984, 1985, 1987
- SEC Outdoor Champion, 800m, 1986, 1987
- SEC Indoor Meet Record, 1000m, 1987 (2:44.33)
- SEC Indoor Meet Record, 1500m, 1987 (4:22.05)
- NCAA Indoor Champion, 4 x 800m Relay, 1984
- NCAA Outdoor Champion, 1500m, 1986
- Nine-Time All-American
- NCAA Outdoor Runner-up, 800m & 1500m, 1987
- U.S. World University Games Team Member, 1987
- Head Coach George Mason High School, Cross Country & T&F, 2013 & 2014
- Coached 200m & 800m State Champions, Outdoor T&F, 2014
- Assistant Coach Battlefield High School, T&F, 2012
- Coached 800m & 4 x 400m State Champions, Outdoor 2012
- Women's Distance Coach, George Mason University, 2003-2005
- Coached CAA Conference Champion & Runner-up, Women's 800m, 2005
Professional Career Highlights:
- Holds World Indoor record for the 800m in the 45 to 49 age group division.
- Holds the American Indoor records for the 800m in the 40 to 44, 45 to 49, and 50 to 54 age group divisions.
- Holds the American Outdoor records for the 800m in the 40 to 44 and the 45 to 49 age group divisions.
- Previously held the world indoor record for the mile in both the women’s 35 to 39 and the 40 to 44 age group divisions.
- Qualified for the 800M at the 2008 US Olympic Trials at 42 years old.
- Ran a 2:49:28 marathon in 1999 to qualify for the Olympic trials.
- Set an American record in the mile at 4:46.29 in 2006, the year she turned 40.
- Outright won the 2006 Army 10 Miler and set a masters record of 59:00.
- Is the only four-time winner of the Army 10 Miler (1998, 1999, 2003, and 2006).
- Ranked in the US top ten in the 1500 meters eight years in a row from 1986 through 1993. In 1994, she took off for maternity leave, but returned to the list in 1998 and 1999.
- Achieved the number 1 ranking in the 1500M in 1993.
- Ranked in the US top ten in the 800 meters six times between 1988 and 1996.
- Became the 24th American woman to break 4:30 for a mile in 1998.
- Won the 1991 and 1999 New York City Fifth Avenue Mile.
- A member the University of Tennessee 4×800 team that set the NCAA record.
- Won the 1986 NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship at 1500 meters.
- Writing my autobiography with a fellow runner.
- Training to break American age-group records at 400m, 800m, & Mile.
- Training to run a sub-19:00 5K
Feelings/Statements about being inducted:
I am thrilled to be a part of such accomplished and motivated Black women runners. For decades I have not shied away from being the only Black female; in the classroom, on the starting line, or on the team. My solitude is now being rewarded. Being a member of the NBMA inductees has given me a chance to mingle with my kindred spirits. This opportunity is an extremely satisfying highlight to my career.