Faye Perkins is perhaps the most versatile athlete in Cyclone history, competing in three sports at a high level of excellence. In track, she was an All-America performer. Perkins led the 1976 and 1978 Cyclones to conference titles in softball. In basketball, she played on teams that finished with some of the finest marks in history.


The Cresco, Iowa, native was a star shortstop for the ISU softball team, leading the 1976 Cyclone softball squad in hitting with a .353 average, including five home runs and 27 RBI. ISU captured its first Big Eight Conference Tournament championship by defeating Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.


Perkins led the Cyclones to another league crown in 1978 in Norman, Okla., defeating Nebraska, Kansas State and Oklahoma twice to bring the crown back to Ames for the second time in three years. She was named to the Big Eight all-tournament team in 1978.


Perkins lettered in track for the Cyclones in 1975, receiving All-America honors in the 880-yard medley relay. The relay team, made up of Debbie Carroll, Perkins, Pat Augustyn and Deb Ward, finished sixth at the 1975 AIAW outdoor national championship meet. At the outdoor conference meet, she ran on the Cyclones’ league champion 4x110-yard relay team.


Perkins lettered in basketball from 1974-78 under head coach Lynn Wheeler. The Cyclones compiled a 64-43 mark during that time period. She scored 376 points in her four-year career.