Oct. 30, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--Six new members will join the Colorado State Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night during the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins (425 W. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, 80526). The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the hotel atrium, followed at 6:30 by dinner and the induction ceremonies. The event will be emceed by 9News sports anchor and CSU alumna Susie Wargin.
The Class of 2013 includes:
- Bradlee Van Pelt--Football (2001-03)
- Marne Richardson--Track & Field/Cross Country (1994-99)
- Willis Holland--Wrestling (1953-56)
- Ralph Hutton--Swimming (1968-71)
- Allison Peckham--Volleyball (1998-2001)
- Joey Porter--Football (1995-98)
Colorado State's Hall of Fame Weekend also will include the annual Legends Reunion of former football student-athletes, surrounding CSU's home football game vs. Boise State. The 4-4 Rams take on the 5-3 Broncos at 6 p.m. at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in a game that will factor significantly in the Mountain Division standing of the Mountain West Conference. Boise State and Utah State are tied at 3-1, while Colorado State is 2-1 in conference games.
Fans in attendance Saturday evening will enjoy a special opportunity to see Hall of Fame head coach Sonny Lubick and Rams Legends lead the Colorado State team onto the field just before kickoff. The six new inductees to the Hall of Fame also will be recognized on the field at halftime of the game.
Each of the six new Hall-of-Famers excelled at the highest level of competition and will now be immortalized among the all-time best student-athletes to compete for Colorado State. The brand new CSU Athletics Hall of Fame is nearing completion on the south concourse of Moby Arena, allowing their stories to be told for generations to come.
Tickets to the banquet are available by calling (877) 498-7787, or online at http://www.Advancing.colostate.edu/HallofFame2013.
Tickets for the Rams' game against Boise State are available for purchase online at http://www.csurams.com/tickets or by calling (970) 491-RAMS (7267).
Please see below for capsules on the Colorado State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013:
Marne Findlay--Track & Field/Cross Country (1994-99)
Marne Findlay is arguably one of the most courageous athletes to adorn the Green and Gold.
A former swimmer, Findlay made the switch to running after suffering a torn rotator cuff in high school. She quickly turned heads, becoming just the second CSU runner ever to earn a spot at the NCAA cross country championships her sophomore year.
She later earned two All-American awards in cross country in 1996 and 1997, with a best finish of 13th place in 1996. The Parker, Colo., native also won a WAC title in the 5,000-meter run in 1997, just one of her numerous all-conference accolades.
The Ponderosa High School product was named first-team all-region in cross country three times in her illustrious CSU career. She is a three-time academic All-American and four-time academic all-conference award winner.
Findlay is still ranked among the top 10 in CSU history in the 5,000 meters.
The CSU great was named the Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in 1998 for her bravery in overcoming a brain tumor and returning to competition in 1997. That year she led the Rams to their highest ever ranking, No. 12 in the nation.
Willis Holland--Wrestling (1953-1956)
Few wrestlers have matched the success of the heralded Willis Holland.
Holland put on a show for wrestling fans at Colorado A&M from 1953 to 1956, garnering All-America accolades twice for the Aggies along the way.
After qualifying for the NCAA championships in 1954, Holland finished in an impressive fourth place at the 1955 NCAA championships, and as an encore, followed that achievement up with another fourth-place finish in the 1956 campaign. His success helped lead his team to the Skyline Conference championships in both 1955 and 1956.
The 1956 Aggies squad finished seventh in the NCAA championships, scoring the most team points at the tournament in school history.
Ralph Hutton--Swimming (1968-1971)
CSU swimming legend Ralph Hutton was born to be in the water.
In 1968, he set the NCAA record, the national swimming record, and the world record in the 400 freestyle. From 1969 to 1971, Hutton set numerous Colorado State swimming records and stroked his way to three individual Western Athletic Conference championships.
In the 1970 campaign, the British Columbia native set the conference record in the 200-, 500- and 1650-freestyle events. Closing out the year at the 1970 NCAA Championships, Hutton placed second in the 500 freestyle and the 1650 freestyle and fourth in the 200 freestyle, earning three All-America awards.
Hutton's college success was just a glimpse of what would become a storied career in the pool. He won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national title in the 400 freestyle while finishing second in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 1500 freestyle.
Hutton would parlay his AAU and college success into an illustrious Olympic career, capturing a silver medal in 1968 as a member of the Canadian Olympic team, finishing second behind the United States' Mike Burton in the 400 freestyle.
Hutton competed on two consecutive Canadian Olympic teams from 1968 to the Munich games in 1972.
He won more than 20 national titles in Canada and set more than 20 national records from 1963 to 1972.
In international competition, he brought home 24 total medals, including his silver medal in the 1968 Olympics.
The CSU graduate is a member of the Canadian Swimming Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Allison Peckham--Volleyball (1998-2001)
From 1998 to 2001, the Colorado State women's volleyball team brought home four straight WAC and Mountain West titles. Standout Allison Peckham was a large reason for that success.
Peckham was named second-team all-Mountain West as a setter her sophomore and followed that up with two MW Setter of the Year awards her junior and senior campaigns. She was also first-team all-conference during those seasons.
Voted all-district in 2001, the London, Ontario, native was named the Mencimer Award winner in 2001 as the school's most outstanding female scholar-athlete.
Three times the Oakridge Secondary School product was named to the conference all-tournament team as a setter. In 2000, she was named to the NACWAA State Farm Classic All-tournament team. She finished her illustrious career with 4,844 assists, ranking fourth all time in the CSU record books.
Peckham was part of a Rams team that made four straight NCAA tournament appearances, including the 2000 squad that won a school record 32 matches. A three-time academic all-conference award winner and former business major, she continues to be ranked among the school's career leaders in several statistical categories including assists per set (12.33; fourth) and single-season assists (1,588 in 2000; fifth).
Joey Porter--Football (1995-98)
From 1995 to 1998 there were few players more feared in college football than Colorado State defensive end Joey Porter.
Under the tutelage of legendary Rams coach Sonny Lubick, Porter helped lead CSU to some of the greatest seasons in school history.
In his four years in Fort Collins, Porter recorded 20 quarterback sacks, a number that still ranks in the top five all-time at CSU.
The 1998 campaign was a special one for Porter, as he racked up 14 sacks, the second-most in school history. He notched three sacks in a game against UNLV, as the Rams finished with an 8-4 record and their fifth consecutive winning season.
The Kansas City native capped the 1998 season with first-team all-WAC honors. Porter went on to play in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl all-star game in 1998 at the conclusion of his CSU career.
Porter was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round in 1999 and played in the NFL for 13 seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times, and in 2005 led the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
In April of 2005, just before earning a Super Bowl XL ring as a defensive leader on the Pittsburgh Steelers' world championship team, the former CSU star donated $200,000 to renovate the Rams' football locker room inside the Moby Arena building. The Joey Porter Locker Room helped transform CSU's facilities to some of the best in the Mountain West.
Bradlee Van Pelt--Football (2001-03)
The name Bradlee Van Pelt has become synonymous with Colorado State football since he joined the team in 2001.
His fearless style of play and eye-popping numbers have made Van Pelt a fan favorite to this day. The Michigan State transfer was a three-year starter for the Rams from 2001-03.
Van Pelt is the only player in CSU football history to be named the conference's offensive player of the year twice, earning that honor in 2002 and '03.
To this day, the tough-as-nails quarterback still holds CSU's career record for total yards (8,579) and single-season standard for total offense (3,754 in 2003).
Van Pelt joined an illustrious group in 2003 when he became only the fourth player in NCAA history to throw for at least 5,000 yards and rush for more than 2,000 yards during a career.
The son of a former NFL player, the late Brad Van Pelt, Bradlee would be named to the Mountain West all-conference team in both 2002 and 2003.
Van Pelt led the Rams to three consecutive bowl games, including a 2001 win over Sun Belt Conference champion North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl.
The Santa Barbara, Calif., native followed up the 2001 campaign by leading Colorado State to the 2002 Mountain West Conference championship and a berth in the Liberty Bowl, before guiding the Rams to their fifth consecutive bowl appearance one year later in the 2003 San Francisco Bowl.
The quarterback participated in both the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl all-star games in 2003 before being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2004. Van Pelt also went on to play with the NFL's Houston Texans.