COLUMBUS – Janae Chochon of O'Neill and a Columbus native was recently nominated to be inducted into the Columbus Lakeview Hall of fame on Sept. 6 in Columbus.
As a member of the track, basketball, volleyball, and cross country teams, Chochon was an outstanding athlete in Lakeview’s sports history.
While Chochon received accolades in each of the sports in which she participated, her most prominent talent was in track. She was a four-year letter winner and participated at the state meet all four years. Chochon was a four-time Central Conference Champion in the 400M dash. Her freshman season culminated in a fourth place finish in the 800M run and a state championship in the 400M dash, with a time of 58.26 seconds. At her sophomore state meet, she finished 15th as a member of the 4x100M relay, third in the 800M run, and second in the 400M dash. Her junior year, Chochon boasted a 10th place finish in the 800M run, fourth in the 200M dash, and another state championship in the 400M dash with a time of 57.726 seconds. Finally, her senior year, Chochon ended fifth in the 200M dash, third in the 800M run, and second in the 400M dash at the state meet.
Chochon's other sports honors included being a two-year letter winner and highest serve receive percentage in volleyball, two-year letter winner, honorable mention all-conference, all-city second team in basketball and one-year letter winner in cross country.
Chochon continued her track career at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where she was named First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2007, 2008), Big 12 Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2005, 2006 and Big 12 Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2006, 2007) among many others.