UTEP Athletics to Induct 2011 Hall of Fame Class Friday

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 9:16pm

Obadele Thompson, Jack Curtice, Soma Dutta, Jim Forbes and Thad Steele will be inducted as the 10th class of the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame this Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at the Larry K. Durham Center Hall of Champions at 6 p.m.

A native of Bangladesh, India, Soma Dutta fired a school-record 1,171 en route to capturing the 1991 NCAA smallbore title. Dutta earned All-American honors for the Orange and Blue in 1990, 1991 and 1992. Following her successful career at UTEP, she represented India in the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic games. She became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, South Korea, taking the silver in smallbore and the bronze in air rifle.

Obadele Thompson was a four-time NCAA champion at UTEP. He established a school-record time of 20.36 to win his first national title in the 200 meters at the 1986 NCAA Indoor Meet. He claimed three NCAA crowns in 1997 - in the 200 meters indoors and outdoors, and the 100 meters outdoors. Thompson was an 11-time All-American during his career. He was a 16-time WAC champion, setting three conference records - all of which still stand. Thompson became just the 11th Miner to win an Olympic medal, taking the bronze in the 100m at the 2000 Olympics. He became the first Olympic medalist from Barbados in the process.

A two-time second team All-WAC selection, Jim Forbes is one of the top rebounders in UTEP history. Forbes recorded 20 double-doubles in 61 games played during his career. He ranks sixth in career rebounding average (9.1) and was the Miners’ leading rebounder as a sophomore (10.7 avg.) and senior (7.4 avg.). Forbes snared 290 rebounds during the 1971-72 campaign, sixth-most in a season in school history. He was part of the 1972 Olympic basketball team.

An all-around athlete at UTEP from 1928-31, Thad Steele earned four letters in football, two in basketball and one in baseball. He was a three-time Southwestern All-Star football selection as a center and served as the team’s co-captain for three seasons. The Miners posted a combined 20-3-3 record over his last three seasons on the playing field.

Jack Curtice was head coach of the Miner football program from 1946-49. The team – then known as Texas College of the Mines and later Texas Western College - posted a 24-13-3 record during that period. Curtice led the Miners to the first bowl win in school history with a 33-20 victory over Georgetown in the Sun Bowl on Jan. 2, 1950. Curtice’s 1948 and 1949 squads led the nation in rushing.

The five inductees will be presented during Saturday’s football game against Southern Miss. Individual tickets are $25; tables of eight are available for $160. For more information please contact the Miner Athletic Club at (915) 747-8759 or via e-mail at mac@utep.edu.


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