Eight new members will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame today, including a graduate of Calallen High School.
Invitation-only ceremonies were held in the Hall of Fame, which is located in the J.D. Morgan Intercollegiate Athletics Center and in Covel Commons. In addition, the new inductees will also be introduced during halftime of the Nov. 10 UCLA-Arizona State football game at the Rose Bowl.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2007 brings the total membership to 215. The 2007 inductees include Amy Acuff, a 1993 graduate of Calallen High School.
Acuff, a record-breaking high jumper on UCLA's track & field team from 1994-97, won the Pac-10 high jump title each of her four years as she became the first woman in conference history to win four-straight Pac-10 individual titles. During her career, Acuff also won a collective five NCAA high jump titles (three indoor in 1994, '95, '97 and two outdoor in 1995-96). In 1995, Acuff also established a UCLA and national collegiate record by clearing 6-feet-6 inches
As a Bruin, she helped pace UCLA to three Pac-10 team championships while twice being named Pac-10 Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She also led the Bruins to two third place and one second place team finish at the NCAA championships. Acuff has ranked in the top three in the United States in high jump in 12 of the last 13 years, including five years at No. 1, and has captured five U.S. outdoor championships and two indoor championships.
Acuff also set her personal record at 6-feet-7 inches while winning the 1997 World University Games. Acuff has also competed in three Olympic Games, with a career best fourth place finish in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Before arriving at UCLA, Acuff was named the 1993 Gatorade Prep Track and Field High School Athlete of the Year. She also set a national junior high jump mark in 1992 and reestablished it in 1993 at 6-feet 4-inches.