Orediggers’ Friehauf tops RMAC Hall of Fame class
The first winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference headlines the conference’s 2013 Hall of Fame class, announced Thursday.
Former Colorado School of Mines quarterback Chad Friehauf won the Harlon Hill, awarded to the top player in Division II football, in 2004. He led the Orediggers to a 12-1 record that season and to the school’s first NCAA playoff appearance.
He’s one of seven individuals and three teams in the 11th induction class. The Hall of Fame ceremony is July 12 at the Colorado Springs Marriott.
Four other athletes were voted into the Hall of Fame.
Chadron State All-American linebacker Casey Beran (1995–99), who recorded a school-record 36.5 career sacks, joins Friehauf from the football ranks.
Mark Worthington (2001-05), who led Metro State to the 2002 men’s national basketball championship and was the Division II national player of the year, rounds out the male athletes honored.
Two female athletes were voted in.
Brenda Jarvis-Eriksson, a three-time NAIA national champion in track at Adams State (1983–86), will be inducted along with Crystal Krebs, a two-time All-American catcher for the CU-Colorado Springs softball team (2003–05) who broke the NCAA Division II home run record.
Two Adams State wrestling coaches will enter the Hall of Fame, Frank Powell (1961–69) and Richard Ulrich (1973–82), both of whom won NAIA national championships.
Three national championship teams from Adams State, the 1990 and 1992 men’s indoor track and field teams and the 1990 wrestling team, will be honored with induction.