Portales, NM – June 19, 2023 – Jennifer Poyer, who starred at Eastern New Mexico University in Women's Basketball and Volleyball, will be enshrined in the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2022. Poyer will become the first former ENMU student athlete inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.
"This was a wonderful surprise," said Poyer. "It is truly humbling to be honored with so many great people involved in New Mexico sports."
Poyer came to Eastern New Mexico University in the fall of 1990 and immediately starred on the basketball court. She was twice the LSC Player Co-Player of the Year and the LSC Freshmen of the Year. She was a four-time All-LSC pick, leaving ENMU as the all-time scoring leader with 1,852 points. She also left ENMU as the top per-game scoring average for a season (23.9 in 91-92) and a career (20.4). She led the Zia's to a regular season LSC basketball title and their best-ever record (23-5) in 92-93.
In Volleyball, Poyer was a four-time first-team All-Lone Star Conference (LSC) pick and named the LSC player or co-player of the year all four years. She finished her career with several ENMU and LSC volleyball records and lead ENMU to their best-ever volleyball record (33-6) in 1993 en route to the LSC regular season and tournament titles. Poyer was also named the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year in 1993 and voted the Greatest Zia in all four years she played.
In 1999 Poyer was named a member of ENMU's All-Century and All-Decade (1990s) volleyball teams, and in 2000, she was inducted into Eastern New Mexico University's Athletics Hall of Honor. In 2011, Poyer was elected to the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor, and in 2012, ENMU retired her basketball and volleyball jersey numbers, making her the most decorated athlete in Eastern New Mexico University history.
"On behalf of ENMU, I extend a heartfelt congratulations to Jennifer," said James Johnston, ENMU Chancellor. "What an incredible athlete and journey! ENMU is honored by her achievements, and we thank her for being such an outstanding representative of the Greyhound Family. "
The New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information on the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame or to purchase tickets for the banquet, visit NMSHOF.org.