Janet Benford
Janet Benford
Sport: Track and Field
Inducted: 1999

A pioneer in women's athletics during her career at Cal Poly, Janet Benford will be remembered as the first female athlete to earn All-American status. The first in not just track & field, but for any sport at Cal Poly. As a competitor in the 100-meter hurdles and the 4 x 100 meter relay team, Benford was undefeated in dual meets during her career at Cal Poly and still ranks fourth in the school's all-time 100 meter hurdle list. She was also a two-time All-America selection.

In 1974 and 1975 she placed second at the AIAW National Championships, the equivalent of the NCAA Championships, in times of 13.76 and 13.89. In 1976, she reached the semifinals at the United State Olympic Trials, in Eugene, Oregon.

Benford is currently the lead nurse at the Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo, California.