Five will enter Missouri's Hall of Fame

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | 4:33 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Five former student-athletes have been selected for induction into the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.  They will represent the 23rd induction class since the inception of the Hall in 1990.

The class will be formally inducted Feb. 1, 2013, in an evening banquet and celebration to be held at the Courtyard by Marriott. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the induction dinner at 7 p.m.  Fans can purchase tickets by calling Lorraine Rodriguez of the Tiger Scholarship Fund at 882-0710.

 The next day, when the Missouri men’s basketball team takes on Vanderbilt, the group will be recognized at halftime.

Ian Kinsler – baseball (2003) from Tucson, Ariz.

He played only one year at Missouri but was instrumental in helping lead the resurgence of Missouri’s baseball program. Currently plays for the American League's Texas Rangers.

Christi Myers – volleyball/track & field (1999-2003) from Raytown

Missouri’s first-ever AVCA volleyball All-American, she also was a three-time All-Big 12 high jumper.

Justin Smith – football (1998-2000) from Holts Summit

A mid-Missouri native, he became one of the top defensive players to ever wear the Tiger uniform, and he’s since gone on to a stellar NFL career.

James Taylor – football (1975-77) from Peoria, Ill.

One of the most feared and punishing offensive linemen of his time, Taylor was a 1st-Team All-Big Eight selection in 1977 and was a second-round NFL Draft Pick in 1978.

Helen Wilson – tennis (1980-82) from  Miami

The first-ever tennis inductee into the Hall of Fame, she was one of the top singles and doubles players ever for the Tigers.

The Hall’s constitution and bylaws express its purpose —  “… to recognize and honor those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of the University of Missouri in the field of athletics, and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives, the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics.”

The current class will up the membership to 186 individuals and four teams in the Hall of Fame. Inductees are honored in a display located in the main entrance at Mizzou Arena.

Nominations are accepted year-round by sending support material to: Chad Moller, director of athletics media relations, Mizzou Athletics, P.O. Box 677, Hearnes Center, Columbia, MO 65205.

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