Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report:
As part of the Pac-12’s 2022 Hall of Honor class, Arizona track & field star Tanya Hughes will be the school’s inductee at a ceremony this week at the conference’s men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas.
Hughes won four NCAA championships in the high jump, represented the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and was selected as the NCAA Woman of the year in 1994.
A seven-time All-American, Hughes medaled in a variety of marquee competitions, including a high jump championship at the 1993 World University Games and earning a podium finish in the Pan-American Junior Championships in 1991. Her run of NCAA championships began in 1991 when she swept the indoor and outdoor high jump titles. She would go on to win the NCAA Women’s Outdoor High Jump championship again in 1992 and 1993.
Hughes held the school record in the high jump for 19 years with a mark of 1.99 meters before Brigetta Barrett broke the record in 2012. She was also the Pac-10 outdoor high jump champion for three consecutive years, beginning in 1991.
The excellence of Hughes went beyond the track. She was the 1994 NCAA Woman of the Year, the 1992 NCAA Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Hughes went on to graduate cum laude from Arizona and began a successful career in financial services technology while continuing her passion to help women develop personally and professionally as a coach, advisor and consultant.
She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Sport and Social Justice.
The 2022 Hall of Honor class will be the Pac-12’s 20th since its creation in 2002, and the second to feature legendary figures from an array of sports after the Pac-12 last season expanded the field to be inclusive of the broad-based athletics success.
Formal induction will take place during a ceremony prior to the semifinals of the tournament in Las Vegas on Friday.