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Six to be inducted into Buffalo State Athletics Hall of Fame

Husband and wife, two-time NCAA track and field champion Willie Hordge and six-time track All-American Latoya Edwards-Hordge, lead a class of six into the Buffalo State Athletics Hall of Fame to be inducted on Friday night in the Sports Arena.

Xavier Mateen (track, ’11), Ashley Parker (lacrosse, ’08), Mary Cohen (hockey, ’08), and legendary late football assistant coach Gene Zinni (Honorary) will complete the Class of 2016.

Hordge captured NCAA Division III titles in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the 2007 outdoor championships. He swept the 100 and 200 as well as in the 4x100-meter relay in the SUNYAC meet. Hordge also won the indoor SUNYAC title in the 200-meter dash 2007 and went on to be an All-American, placing fourth in the 55-meter dash.

He also won SUNYAC outdoor titles in the 100 and 200 in 2009. He also played two seasons with the Bengals’ football team, including scoring 10 touchdowns while rushing for 607 yards on 131 carries as a running back in 2009.

Edwards-Hordge helped deliver Buffalo State’s first-ever SUNYAC Indoor Championships in 2009 and 2010. She finished her career as a 12-time SUNYAC Champion. She also earned six All-America certificates, including two with the 4x100-meter relay. She was also a three-time All-American in the 55-meter dash, including a third place in 2008, and added a fourth place in the 200-meter at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Mateen captured the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor title in the 55-meter dash. He also won the event at the SUNYAC Championships that season and placed third in the 200-meter dash.

Parker will be the first women’s lacrosse player inducted into the Hall. A twice was a first team All-SUNYAC selection as a defender, and the second team once. She holds the school record for most ground balls in a season (58) and in a career (135), and also has the career mark for caused turnover (82).

Cohen was a two-time All-ECAC West selection as a defenseman with the women’s hockey team, earning honorable mention status twice. She was also named to the league’s All-Rookie team in 2004-05. A three-year captain, she holds the career records for goals (15) and assists (25) by a defenseman. and single-season marks for assists (10) and points (16) by a defenseman.

Zinni, who died in February, was offensive line coach for nearly 20 years with the Bengals’ football team. He played a vital role in helping Buffalo State earn 10-consecutive postseason berths from 1991-2000.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be part of Homecoming/Family Weekend. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 on the floor of the Sports Arena followed by the induction ceremony. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by contacting Senior Associate Athletics Director Tom Koller at 878-6514 or kollertc@buffalostate.edu.

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