Okagbare Set For Induction Into Hall Of Fame
Blessing Okagbare, Cynthia Ruelas-Macias, Antonio Davis, Seth Joyner and Paul Stankowski have been selected as the next set of inductees into the University of Texas, El Paso Athletics Hall of Fame.
These deserving athletes will be honored at the induction banquet on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Larry K. Durham Sports Center.
Highlighting her track record which earned her a Hall of Fame nomination, Okagbare notched NCAA crowns in the 100 meters and long jump during the 2010 outdoor season, the first athlete in collegiate history to achieve such a feat.
During the 2010 indoor season, she won national titles in the 60 meters and long jump, setting a meet record in the latter event.
She was a silver medalist in the long jump at the 2008 Olympic Games.
She also won silver in the long jump and a bronze medalist in the 200 meters at the 2013 World Championships.
Okagbare has also captured gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the All-Africa Games, the African Championships and the IAAF World Relays.
Aside Okagbare, the other quartet to be inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame include Seth Joyner (Football) who joined the UTEP football team in 1982 as a walk-on and left the team in 1985 as an NFL draft pick.
Also, Cynthia Ruelas is set to become the first volleyball player to be inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame.
The duo of Paul Stankowski (Golf) and Antonio Davis (Basketball) complete the list of awaiting inductees.