MSU Denver inducted three student-athletes, one team and one contributor on Feb. 17 at the 2017 Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Charlie Blueback and John Liese represented the MSU Denver track and field team.
One of Blueback’s notable highlights is finishing in third place in the mile run at the 1982 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national meet. Liese was a NAIA all-american in 1983 and 1984.
Kira Sharp is remembered for an important goal that came in the 2006 national championship game against Grand Valley State. In overtime with the score tied at zero, Sharp stepped up to take a penalty kick and buried it scoring the only goal of the game. She secured the national championship for the Roadrunners.
The 1993 volleyball team that went 32-5 overall was also honored at the ceremony.
Outgoing MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan was the contributor inducted. He touted the value of athletics during his eight minute acceptance speech.
“It is absolutely true that athletics prepares people for adversity. It prepares you for losing and picking yourself up and going at it again,” Jordan said. “Athletics is an amazing way that we prepare
young people for a future life, and I’ve always felt as a president it was my responsibility to foster that kind of environment at any university that I was responsible for leading.”
MSU Denver Director of Athletics Dr. Anthony Grant was on hand to present the award to the many recipients.