Former Husker Rhonda Blanford-Green has been included in the latest class of the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame (CHSAA).
Considered the finest female track athlete ever from Colorado, Blanford-Green was a three-sport athlete at Aurora Central, where she still holds the school records in the 100 and 200 meters. At Nebraska she was an NCAA champion in the indoor 55 meter hurdles and the 4x220 yard relay as well as an outdoor champion in the 100 meter hurdles and the 4x100 meter relay. Blanford-Green was also an undefeated Big Eight champion in the indoor and outdoor hurdles and an 11-time All-American. She still holds three individual NU school records and was part of four school-record relay teams.
Following her career at Nebraska, Blanford-Green was a member and team captain for several U.S. teams that competed internationally. She served 14 years as a CHSAA administrator, including two as associate commissioner and is now the Nebraska Schools Activities Association executive director.
She is currently the chair of the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) Citizenship and Equity Committee and NFHS Spirit Committee. She has also served on the Track and Field Committee. She is recognized nationally for her commitment to education in the areas of spirit, equity, and student participation. Blanford-Green was the first minority administrator hired to the CHSAA staff and she is the first African-American female Executive Director in the nation.
Joining Blanford-Green from the participants ranks are Chauncey Billups and Duane Lewis. They are joined by volleyball coach Pam Fagerlund, coach Jim Dorsey and coach Joe Strain, along with public address announcer Frank Palmeri.
The seven individuals will be inducted during a banquet ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast.