Inducted: Oct. 15, 2011
One in a long list of women's distance running standouts at South Dakota State University, Audrey (Stavrum) Riggs was inducted into the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame during on-campus ceremonies in the fall of 2011.
Riggs holds the distinction of being the first Jackrabbit female student-athlete to win an individual national title. Part of an outstanding group of distance runners, Riggs claimed the 10,000-meter run at the 1982 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships and went on to earn All-America honors five other times in cross country and on the track.
A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Riggs was runner-up in the 1,500 meters at the 1985 Division II Indoor Championships and added a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 1983 outdoor nationals. Twice she finished fifth individually at the Division II Cross Country Championships (1981, 1982) and earned her third All-America honor with a 17th-place effort in 1983. Riggs also won three North Central Conference individual titles in the 10K (1982, 1983, 1985) and posted three top-five finishes at NCC cross country championship meets. With Riggs in the lineup, Jackrabbit cross country teams claimed three NCC titles (1981, 1982, 1984), as well as the 1981 NCAA Division II national title. SDSU also swept NCC track titles in 1982, winning both the indoor and outdoor championships.
A 1985 graduate of SDSU, Riggs was residing in Portland, Ore., at the time of her induction. She worked 20 years for the State of Oregon Department of Human Services, before moving on to the position of regional director for Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest.