Five to join CSU Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 29
Oct. 5, 2010
By Kaitlyn Comiskey
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Five former Colorado State student-athletes will be inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies Oct. 29 at the Fort Collins Marriott.
The group includes Jennifer Buford, a former softball and basketball player; Sandy (Ham) Fetzer, a former cross country/track & field runner; Marshall Smith, also a former track and field athlete; Dan Beattie, who made his mark as a football player and track athlete; and Katie Cronin, a former basketball star.
The inductees will be honored during CSU's annual Hall of Fame Banquet sponsored by the Varsity Athletes Club, Oct. 29, at the Fort Collins Marriott. The banquet will take place at 5:30 p.m., tickets are $50 and reservations can be made by calling 970/491-4601.
Colorado State's Sports Hall of Fame honors former Rams and Aggies athletes, coaches and administrators for their achievements and contributions to the university. Many outstanding individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1988.
2010 Hall of Fame biographies:
Jennifer Buford (softball and women’s basketball): All-state selection at Grand Junction High School in both softball and basketball…Tied for fifth in most runs scored (26) as a freshman in 1995… Played second base for the No. 10-ranked CSU team in 1997… Led the team as a junior with a .448 on-base percentage… Ranked among the WAC’s top five in runs scored… Named second-team all-West Region… All-American in 1997 and 1998… Set single-season records in stolen bases (31) and runs scored (60)… Named WAC Player of the Week after hitting .555 in six games as a senior… Recognized in 1998 by the Sportswomen of Colorado for contributions to CSU softball… Led CSU in hitting as a senior (.385)… Played on most successful softball team in school history; team was one out away from advancing to the College World Series…Walked on to CSU basketball team in 1999 as a point guard… Saw action in 25 games, averaging 5.4 points… Had a career-high 14 points against Air Force… Also played for CSU’s most successful women’s basketball team… Participated in the NCAA Sweet 16…Played softball professionally for both the Carolina Diamonds and Florida Wahoos.
Katie Cronin (women’s basketball): Earned honorable mention all-conference honors and a spot on the WAC’s all-newcomer team as a freshman in 1996…Finished her career
Sandy (Ham) Fetzer (cross country and track & field): One of most versatile distance runners in CSU history… First-ever CSU cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA championships… Was CSU’s first female All-American in cross country, in 1991…Named to as one of the athletic director’s top 30 scholar-athletes… Also a WAC Scholar Athlete and cross country academic All-American in 1992…All-American in both cross country and track & field…Took third place in the 1992 Olympic Trials in the 5,000 meters… Nationally ranked in the top 10 in the United States by Track & Field News in the 5,000 meters, both indoors and outdoors, in 1992… Was considered one of the top female distance runners in the United States…Finished 10th overall in the NCAA cross country championships as a senior… Honored as one of the top Sportswomen of Colorado…Was the WAC conference champion in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters in 1993.
Marshall Smith (track & field): Broke the freshman record for the discus in 1972… Won in the US-USSR Junior World