By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WACO, Texas - Valerie Tulloch Cramer, one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Rice University history, is one of nine standouts who make up the 2016 Southwest Conference Hall of Fame induction class, announced by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Tulloch will be inducted along with Joe Kleine (Arkansas), Roger Goree (Baylor), Doug Drabek (Houston), Janet Ely (SMU), Travis Mays (Texas), Dave Elmendorf (Texas A&M), Mike Renfro (TCU) and Del Ray Mounts (Texas Tech).
Tulloch, who threw the javelin at Rice from 1992-95, was a four-time Southwest Conference champion and a three-time NCAA Outdoor javelin champion. She earned All-America honors in each of her four years at Rice, and holds the Canadian, Rice and Southwest Conference records with a throw of 198-9 on March 19, 1995, at the Pan American Games where she earned a bronze medal.
In 1992, Tulloch won the NCAA javelin title and was the only SWC athlete - male or female - to capture an individual championship. She was the first-ever collegian to win three women's javelin titles at any division level and was a four-time NCAA Outdoor Track and Field All-America selection from 1992-95.
The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within the Texas Sports Hall of Fame's physical structure. They include the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and now, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
Sponsored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Monday, Sept. 26 (11:30 a.m.) at the historic Hilton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. To reserve event tickets, visit www.tshof.org/buy-tickets or call the Texas Sports Hall of Fame at 800-567-9561.