Ria Megnin had quite the rise to stardom.
After finishing fifth in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships as a freshman in 1997 for her first of six career All-America honors, Megnin became a fixture in the top-2 over the next two years. She won the NCAA outdoor title in 1998 and doubled back with the NCAA indoor title the following year. And when she wasn’t on top of the podium, she finished runner-up.
Her performance at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships left a lasting mark on the record books. She and Kristy Laramee went toe-to-toe and when the competition finished, both of them established a meet record of 1.81m (5-11¼) that hasn’t been touched since, which also has the duo as the current No. 2 performers in divisional history.
Megnin is the first athlete from Hartwick College to be inducted into the NCAA DIII Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.