Top 12 Athletics Achievements
From school records to national titles, Cal Poly Pomona teams and athletes have certainly made their mark on campus and around the world. Here are our top 12 athletic achievements in CPP history. Go Broncos!
1. Women’s Basketball
Women’s basketball has two back-to-back national championship wins: 1985 & 1986 and 2001 & 2002. The program also won the first-ever NCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship in 1982. The total of five national titles is the most for any current Division II institution.
The men’s cross country team has finished in the top 5 of the NCAA championships five times, winning once in 1983.
2. Men's Cross Country
3. Men's Basketball
The men’s basketball team made consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II championship game in 2009 and 2010. They won their first national title in 2010 with a 65-53 victory over Indiana (Pa.).
4. Violet Palmer
In 1997, Violet Palmer became the first female to officiate in the NBA. Palmer guided the women’s basketball team to national titles in 1985 and 1986.
The men’s baseball team has three national championships under its belt, bringing the title home in 1976, 1980 and 1983.
6. Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn is one of the most acclaimed student athletes in Cal Poly Pomona history. Not only did he establish 44 school records for football, but he starred with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in the 1970s and was a head coach for the Washington Redskins 2008-09.
7. Alan Fowlkes
Baseball pitcher Alan Fowlkes set the single season record of 21 wins in 1980. At the time, that was the most wins by any collegiate pitcher — Division I, II or III — in NCAA history.
After college, Fowlkes spent 10 years in professional baseball and played for the San Francisco Giants in 1982. He started 15 big-league games and had one complete game for the 1982 Giants.
8. Chi Cheng
Chi Cheng, representing Taiwan, won a bronze medal for hurdles in the 1968 Olympics.
Cheng, considered one of the greatest female Asian athletes of the 20th century, studied kinesiology at Cal Poly Pomona and graduated in 1971. She still holds five school records for women’s track and field.
9. Una Morris-Chong
Representing Jamaica, track star Una Morris-Chong participated in the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics. She finished fourth in the 200-meter race in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Morris-Chong graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1970 with a zoology degree and went on to the UC San Francisco to earn a medical degree. She invested another three years to become a diagnostic radiologist and practices in the Pasadena area. Morris-Chong provides personal and financial support to Cal Poly Pomona's Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES) program, which promotes diversity among science students.
10. Kim Rhode
Kim Rhode made history at the 2012 Summer Olympics, becoming the first American to win medals in five consecutive games. She’s won three gold, one silver and one bronze in double trap and skeet shooting.
11. Women's Tennis
The women’s tennis program captured four national titles in 1980, 1981, 1991 and 1992. Five women’s tennis student-athletes are in the Broncos’ Hall of Fame: Xenia Anastasiadou, Susan Gozansky, Lorelee Miller, Jill Morton-Beck and Tracy Wills-Worley.
Since 1957, Cal Poly Pomona athletes have earned more than 400 All-American titles.
What do you think is the #1 athletics achievement in CPP history?