GJ grad Jennifer Buford to be inducted to Colorado State Sports Hall of Fame

Jennifer Buford, a Grand Junction High School graduate, is one of five athletes scheduled to be inducted Oct. 29 into the Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame.

Buford was an all-state softball and basketball player for the Tigers and had a stellar college career for the Rams’ softball team. The second baseman led the team with a .448 on-base percentage as a junior and set single-season records in stolen bases (31) and runs scored (60) during her career.

She was a two-time All-American (1997, ‘98) and played on the most successful CSU softball team in school history, when the Rams were ranked 10th in the nation in 1997. CSU was one out away from reaching the College World Series that season.

In 1999, Buford walked on to the women’s basketball team and played in 25 games, averaging 5.4 points a game, including a career-high 14 against Air Force. That season, the Rams reached the NCAA Sweet 16.

Buford played professional softball for the Carolina Diamonds and Florida Wahoos after graduating, and now lives in Fort Collins.

Also going into CSU’s Hall of Fame are Dan Beattie (football, track & field), Katie Cronin (women’s basketball), Sandy (Ham) Fetzer (cross country, track & field) and Marshall Smith (track & field).


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