Oct. 26, 2010
By Kaitlyn Comiskey
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – This Friday, five former Colorado State student-athletes will be inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies 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.
Former track and field and football athlete Dan Beattie originates from Fort Collins, and achieved far beyond his successful career as an athlete at CSU. Beattie is well-known for serving Fort Collins High School for over four decades, as he taught math and sciences, and coached track and football at the school.
Following his retirement, Beattie Elementary School was opened in 1972 and named after him, honoring all that he has done for the Fort Collins community. Beattie passed away March 20, 1982.
Beattie as well as the other four 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:
Dan Beattie (football and track & field): Fort Collins native … Was the first All-American in school history… Member of both the student council and student athletic council…Vice president of his freshman class and the treasurer of his sophomore class… Three-time letter winner as a fullback and end in football (1927-29)… Won the Nye Trophy as outstanding male athlete in 1930… Four-time letter winner in track & field (1926-30)… Participated in discus, shot put and hammer throw…Set a number of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference records in track & field… Led the Aggies to the 1928-29 conference championship… Broke the conference discus record with a throw of 43.21 meters (141 feet, ¾ inches) at conference championship… Won first place three times at the CU meet and earned All-America honors in both the discus and hammer throw…Named team captain for the track & field team as a senior… Won the shot put and discus at the Triangular meet against DU and CU... Set two more conference records in 1930-31, including the shot put with a toss of 14.60 meters (47-9.25)….Embarked on a four-decade career at Fort Collins High School in math and science…Served as the coach for both track and football … Beattie Elementary School was opened in 1972 and named after him… Passed away in Fort Collins on March 20, 1982.
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 as a three-time first-team all-conference selection… Named MVP of both the UCI Marriott Classic and Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in 1997…Was her team’s ‘Chairman of the Boards’ her sophomore and junior years… Played and started in every game in her career… Named WAC Player of the Week twice her senior season (1998-99)… Honored as Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in 1999… Finished her senior season second on the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game… Led the Rams in rebounds with 7.2 per game in 1999… Ended her career ranked second in scoring and rebounding in the WAC… Set a career high in her final game in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament against UCLA with six three-pointers… Finished within the top three in nine of CSU’s all-time women’s basketball records… Attended the USA Basketball Trials in 1999…Played professional basketball in Israel, Germany and Sweden… Coached at Seton Hall as well as Santa Clara… Played three seasons with the Colorado Chill (2004-06) of the NWBL.
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 Meet in July 1972… Named the U.S. junior national champion as a sophomore… Won the discus event at Wichita and Kansas Relays, as well as the Colorado Invitational… Placed third in the NCAA championships and fourth in the AAU championships in 1974… Set a CSU record with a throw of 198 feet, 7 inches in 1974… Won the Collegiate triple crown with wins at Texas, Drake, and Kansas in 1974…Won second straight WAC discus title in 1974… Placed fourth in AAU championships…Ranked among the world’s top discus throwers in the 1974 season…Recognized on the January 1975 Track and Field News world list of recognized top individuals for his event.