Katie Hnida

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Katharine Anne Hnida (Katie Hnida) (born May 17, 1981) is a native of Denver, Colorado who, on August 30 of 2003 made history by becoming the first woman ever to score in a NCAA Division I football game. She entered the game against Texas State in the fourth quarter to kick an extra point, which passed nearly perfectly between the uprights.

She was the homecoming queen at Chatfield High School in Littleton, where she was a member of the football team. She was 4 for 5 in field goal attempts, and 83 for 87 in extra point attempts. She was a member of the varsity team, and was named one of America's 20 most influential teens by Teen People Magazine.

She joined her first NCAA Division I team when she entered the University of Colorado, joining their team as a walk-on freshman placekicker. She never saw play there, however, so after two years, she was released and she transferred to the University of New Mexico, where she once again made the football team as a walk-on. This led eventually to her participation in the Christmas 2002 Las Vegas Bowl against UCLA, where she made women's sports history the moment she kicked the football. Unfortunately, the attempt at an extra point was blocked.

Hnida made more headlines in February 2004 when she joined a group of women that accused her former teammates of rape, telling Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly that she had been sexually molested and abused by some of her teammates, and raped by one of them.

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