DeLoach to join Colorado State University Hall of Fame

August 6, 2017

Janay DeLoach track

Janay DeLoach

Long before she became world renowned in the long jump, Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks did her thing at Colorado State University.

She racked up five school records and four All-American finishes before becoming the school’s first women’s track and field athlete to medal at the Olympics.

She’s one of the greatest athletes in CSU history, so naturally it was only a matter of time before the Hall of Fame called her name.

That time is now.

DeLoach will be recognized as part of the official Hall of Fame at a Class of 2017 induction ceremony on the night of Oct. 27 in Fort Collins at the new on-campus football stadium.

Last year, she was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

DeLoach, of Eielson High fame, was 7-time state champion in high school from 2000 to 2003. She won three in the 100 meters and four in the long jump, an event in which she still holds the Alaska state record of 19-5.

Nonetheless, she was terrifically talented and remarkably raw when she arrived at Colorado State, where the coaches maximized her potential and molded her into something special.

In addition to her All-America status, DeLoach was a two-time recipient of the Virginia K. Frank Award given the most outstanding female athlete at CSU.

In 2012, she became the first CSU women’s track star to earn an Olympic medal when she won a bronze in the long jump in London. She made another trip to the Summer Olympics in 2016 in Rio De Janeiro.