Weber State to induct trio into 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame

Jan 20 2013 - 8:41pm

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OGDEN -- The Weber State University Wildcat Club announced the 2013 class of inductees to the Weber State Athletics Hall of Fame this week. A two-time conference MVP, a three-time conference champion and a team that captured a national championship highlight this year's class that will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in February.

The 2013 Hall of Fame inductees are: Julie Gjertsen-Meurer (women's basketball), Michelle Green-Froerer (women's track and field/cross country) and the 1982 Weber State women's golf team.

The group will be honored at the Wildcat Club Hall of Fame Banquet on Feb. 8 at the Ogden Marriott.

Gjertsen-Meurer

Gjertsen is one of the best women's basketball players in Weber State and Big Sky history. As a standout player for the Wildcat squad from 2001-05, she led Weber State to two Big Sky titles and earned two conference MVP awards.

The Arvada, Colo., native ranks third in school history and seventh in Big Sky history in career scoring with 1,752 points. She also ranks second in school history in 3-point field goals, fourth in scoring average, seventh in field goals and 10th in rebounding.

Gjertsen led the Wildcats to Big Sky titles and their first trips to the NCAA tournament as a freshman and sophomore. She was named Big Sky MVP after her sophomore season.

As a junior in 2003-04 Gjertsen averaged 17.1 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. Her senior year of 2004-05 Gjertsen was once again named Big Sky MVP and led the Wildcats to a 21-8 record, advancing to the finals of the Big Sky tournament for the third time in four years.

Green-Froerer

Michelle Green was a standout for the Weber State women's track and field and cross country teams from 1984-87. In her career she won three Big Sky titles and earned all-conference honors seven times.

After never running track in high school, she came to Weber State as a walk-on. She made history at the 1986 Big Sky outdoor championships in Moscow, Idaho, winning three distance events. She captured first place in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. The following season she repeated as conference champion in the 10,000 meters to earn all-conference honors.

In cross country, Green earned all-conference honors three times in her career. She finished seventh at the Big Sky meet in 1984, fifth in 1985, and was third in 1986.

1982 women's golf team

The 1981-82 Weber State women's golf team made history by becoming the first Weber State team to win a national championship since Weber State became a four-year institution.

The team was coached by Mike Farrell, who was in his third season with the Wildcats. Farrell was a native of Ogden and had attended Weber College. He also ran Golf City and was a PGA teaching pro for more than 15 years.

The championship team consisted of Kerri Clark, Julie Kelly, Denise Sontag, Lori Vegwert, Elisabet Wahlquist and Heidi Wallin.

The Wildcats captured the AIAW Division II National Championships, held May 25-28, 1982 at the Eisenhower Golf Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. It was Weber State's first national championship in any sport as a four-year school.

Weber State posted a four-round total of 1,260 to defeat Troy State by 15 shots. Heidi Wallin took individual national honors by finishing first place overall. She had rounds of 76, 77, 74 and 79 to claim first place by four shots.

Wallin, a graduate of Weber High School, was also the Utah State Amateur champion and was a six-time Utah State junior champion.

The Wildcats had three athletes in the top five and four in the top eight of the individual standings. Kerri Clark was fourth at 314 with Lori Vegwert fifth. Wallin, Clark and Vegwert all earned All-American honors.

Clark had the best finish of any Wildcat in each tournament that spring leading up to the national championships. She had an average score of 78.3 per round throughout the spring schedule.

Julie Kelly finished eighth overall at the national tournament with Elisabet Wahlquist 17th and Denise Sontag 36th.

The class will also be recognized at the WSU's home men's basketball game against Southern Utah on Feb. 9. For more information about Hall of Fame weekend contact, the WSU Wildcat Club.

 

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