Sonya Ahmed, M.D., ’03, who was a member of the University of Missouri-Kansas City track and field team and still holds the team records in the women’s pole vault, was one of eight inductees into the UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony Friday, Jan. 21, at the Plaza Hampton Inn.
Ahmed currently serves as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston where she is a foot and ankle specialist with a focus on sports injuries.
Ahmed was a two-time Academic All-American as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She earned third-team honors in 2000 and was a first-team Academic All-American in 2002.
In 2002, Ahmed won the Mid-Continent Conference outdoor championship in the women’s pole vault. She also established two UMKC school records for the women’s pole vault that year, setting the indoor mark at 11-feet, 5 ¼-inches and later soaring to school-best 11-6 ¼ during the outdoor season.
Ahmed’s coach, Dave Krueger, was also a member of this year’s induction class into the UMKC Hall of Fame. This year’s other inductees include Grant Dennis (men’s track and field), Craig Gansen (men’s tennis), Dan Hilson (men’s soccer), Katy Kampschroeder-True (volleyball), David Robinson (men’s basketball), and Penny Waggener (women’s basketball).
The inductees were also recognized during halftime of the UMKC men’s basketball game Saturday night, Jan. 22, against Western Illinois.
More on Sonya Ahmed: http://www.umkckangaroos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18300&ATCLID=205079778
UMKC Hall of Fame Induction ceremony: http://www.umkckangaroos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18300&ATCLID=205081061
UMKC Hall of Fame photo gallery: http://www.umkckangaroos.com/PhotoAlbum.dbml?SPSID=89908&SPID=10780&DB_OEM_ID=18300&PALBID=386177