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Former safety Paul Sorensen headlines newest WSU Hall of Fame class

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210 names are already enshrined in the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and this fall, they’ll be joined by seven more.

The WSU Athletic Department announced the newest class of inductees on Tuesday. The new inductees include six individuals and one team that helped put Washington State on the map.

To the casual fan, one of the more recognizable names on the list is former football player Paul Sorensen. The safety transferred to WSU in 1980 from Diablo Valley Junior College and, in 1981, helped lead the Cougs to the Holiday Bowl, their first bowl berth since 1931. Sorensen went on to become a 5th round pick in the NFL draft to the Bengals in 1982. He played two seasons in the league and transitioned into a broadcasting career.

While Sorensen is likely the most recognizable name, this year’s class is all about track and field. Included in the inductees are 1996 110m hurdle champion Dominique Arnold, five-time track all-american Diana Pickler (2004-07), as well as the entire 1968 men’s track and field team that missed a national championship by just one point.

Other members of the class include former women’s basketball and volleyball coach Sue Durrant (1963-82), former major league outfielder Mike Kinkade (1992-95) and four year letterwinning basketball player Marcia Miles (1982-86).

For a full recap of each inductee, check out the WSU release here.

The induction dinner will take place on September 22 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. The class will also be recognized the next day at the Washington State vs. Nevada football game.

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