Inducted: November 11, 2007
Former South Dakota State University distance running standout Lori Bocklund was inducted as the 48th member of the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 10th Annual Festival of Champions on Nov. 11, 2007.
A native of Burnsville, Minn., Bocklund excelled both athletically and academically at South Dakota State while competing at a time when women’s sports transitioned from AIAW to NCAA affiliation. Bocklund was a key member of both the 1980 women’s cross country squad that won the final AIAW national championship and the 1981 team which claimed the inaugural NCAA Division II title with a score of 26 points — a record that stands today.
“I view this award as a tribute to women’s sports, SDSU’s cross country program, and the team I had the honor to be a part of from 1979 to 1983,” Bocklund said. “That team was an amazing group of young women — as athletes, students, and friends. We were fortunate that the timing of college for us coincided with the impact of Title IX really starting to be felt. We grew up thinking we could do anything and weren’t constrained by stereotypes of what young women should do, what they should study, or how much they should sweat.”
Individually, Bocklund earned All-America honors five times. Four of her All-America honors came in cross country as she recorded an eighth-place finish as a freshman, placed fifth as a sophomore, finished ninth as a junior, and then capped her career with a national runner-up finish during her senior season in 1982.
Bocklund also earned All-America honors in the 5,000-meter run at the AIAW Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1981. She made return trips to the national meet in 1982 and 1983.
At the conference level, Bocklund claimed a pair of North Central Conference individual titles. She won the 3,000-meter outdoor title in 1981 and added a 3,000-meter indoor title during the 1983 season. She also recorded a third-place individual finish in cross country as a senior and fourth-place effort as a junior, but never placed behind a runner who was not a teammate at a conference meet her last three years.
In the classroom, Bocklund majored in electrical engineering and graduated from SDSU in 1983 with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The school’s first female GTE Academic All-American and the first recipient of the Stan Marshall Award as the NCC’s top female student-athlete during the 1982-83 academic year,
Bocklund went on to obtain a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University in 1986. A recognized industry expert in contact centers, Bocklund has worked in the systems engineering and telecommunications fields, as well as serving as a consultant for the past 24 years.
At the time of her induction, Bocklund served as president as Strategic Contact, the independent consulting firm she founded.