2006 K-State Hall of Fame Class Announced

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Department of Athletics will honor a group of seven outstanding individuals with induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame this October, athletics director Tim Weiser announced Wednesday.

The 2006 class of the K-State's Athletics Hall of Fame includes former student-athletes Jerome Howe (men's track & field/cross country), Ed Nealy (men's basketball, 1979-82), Ivan Riley (men's track & field, 1921-23), Gwen Wentland (women's track & field, 1991-95) and Chuckie Williams (men's basketball, 1973-76), as well as long-time supporters Bob and Betty Tointon.

The class is the eighth in the history of the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame, including the charter class of 1990, and will be honored during the weekend of K-State's football game vs. Oklahoma State on Oct. 7

The official induction of the 2006 class will take place during ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 6. The class will also be recognized at halftime of the game against Oklahoma State on Oct. 7.

Tickets for the dinner and induction ceremony can be purchased by calling the Kansas State Athletics Department at (785) 532-6912.

Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame - Class of 2006
Jerome Howe
Men's track & field/cross country (1969-72)

A two-time cross country All-American... The 1969 and 1971 Big 8 cross country champion... The 1969 and 1972 Big 8 Conference indoor mile champion... Part of K-State's 1969 NCAA national champion quartet in the 4x800 relay... A 1971 and 1972 NCAA Indoor All-American... Won both the 1971 and 1972 Big 8 outdoor titles in the mile... Took second in the 1,500-meter run at the 1972 NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-American honors... National AAU champion 1500 meters 1972... Member of the world record distance medley relay team 1972... Alternate for the 1972 Olympics - 1,500 meters.

Ed Nealy
Men's basketball (1979-82)

A 1982 honorable mention All-American and first team All-Big Eight pick... Earned Academic All-America honors in 1981 and 1982... A three-time Academic All-Big Eight first teamer (1980, 1981, 1982)... Kansas State's all-time leading rebounder with 1,069 boards... The only Wildcat with over 1,000 points and rebounds in a career... Holds the Wildcat career record for double-digit rebound games with 45 and ranks second all-time in career double-doubles with 36... Helped lead K-State to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1980 Elite Eight and 1981 Sweet Sixteen... Played 11 NBA seasons with four different teams... Member of the Chicago Bulls' NBA Championship teams in 1991 and 1993.

Ivan Riley
Men's track & field/cross country (1921-23)

A two-time All-American at the 1923 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship... The 1923 NCAA champion in the 120-yard hurdles... Also placed sixth in the 220-yard hurdles... Bronze medalist in the 400-meter hurdles in the 1924 Paris Olympics... Won the 440-yard hurdles at the 1923 USA Track & Field Championships... Served as both a business manager and a coach for the USA Track & Field team at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics... A native of Great Bend, Kan.

Gwen Wentland
Women's track & field (1991-95)

A four-time All-American... Still holds the K-State women's indoor high jump record with a clearance of 6-05.00 and the school outdoor record in the high jump at a height of 6-04.50... The 1995 Big 8 Conference indoor champion in the high jump... Placed second at the 1995 NCAA Indoor meet to earn All-America honors... Also a 1993 All-American indoors with a second-place finish... Won Big 8 outdoor high jump titles in both 1993 and 1995 and placed second each season at the NCAA outdoor meet... USA indoor champion in the high jump in 1995 and 2005... Placed second at the 2002 USA outdoor national championships.

Chuckie Williams
Men's basketball (1973-76)

A 1976 All-American... Earned All-Big 8 honors in both 1975 and 1976... Ranks sixth on K-State's all-time scoring list with 1,364 points... His 640 points in 1975 are the most in school history by a junior... Owns the K-State record for field goals in a season with 290 in 1975 and a game with 22 against Holy Cross in 1975... Finished the Holy Cross game with 47 points, the second-most ever by a Wildcat... Helped guide the Wildcats to the 1975 Elite Eight... Averaged 29.0 points during the 1975 NCAA Tournament, earning East Regional MVP honors... First-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1976 NBA Draft... A member of the Kansas State All-Century basketball team... Had his K-State jersey retired in 2006..

Bob and Betty Tointon

Principle benefactors of Tointon Family Stadium, a $3.1 million renovation to K-State's baseball facility... Members of the K-State President's club since 1980... KSU Foundation trustees... Members of the K-State Athletics Director's circle since 1991... Have be key benefactor of numerous projects, including the recent Vanier Complex renovation... Betty Tointon served on the Alumni Association's board of directors from 1982 to 1985... Bob Tointon received the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Engineering in 1987.