Six HC athletes earn national academic honor

Fall season successful for Foresters

Huntington, Ind.—The joy of victory is never as sweet as when it combines feats on the playing field with success in the classroom. During the 2001 fall semester at Huntington College, six individual Forester athletes were nationally recognized for their academic achievement.

Greg Byrum, Rick Hammer, Carrie Reese, Erin Abbey, Kara Shoemaker and Tim Thompson each earned the high honor of All-America Scholar Athlete by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Byrum, a senior Math Education major from Twelve Mile, Ind., Hammer, a junior Business Management major from Hudson, Ind., and Reese, a junior History major from Mount Cory, Ohio, each ran on the cross country team. Abbey, a senior English Education major from Millbury, Ohio, Shoemaker, a junior psychology major from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Thompson, a senior Business Management major from Bluffton, Ohio, each played on their respective soccer teams.

“Huntington College stresses the importance of its student-athletes’ success in the classroom as well as on the athletic field,” said HC athletic director, Gary Turner. “We are blessed to have a number of students each year who are recognized as All-America Scholar Athletes. We feel this a vital part of the educational process at HC.”

In addition to the academic honors, Forester athletes also poured many accomplishments into the record books this past semester. Huntington College produced two All-Americans in cross country. John Ngure, a junior from Thaika, Kenya, earned his third straight cross country All-America honor by finishing runner-up at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships. Danielle Vohs, a senior from Huntington, Ind., became HC’s first women’s cross country All-American with a 15th-place finish at the national meet.

Ngure and Vohs joined a list of Forester athletes who earned All-Conference honors in the Mid-Central Conference (MCC). Other HC cross country All-Conference members were Cameron Norris, a senior from Huntington, Ind., Natalie Guenin, a junior from Wabash, Ind., and Jenny Cook, a sophomore from Gregory, Mich. Shoemaker and Luke Caldwell, a freshman from Mansfield, Ohio, represented their respective soccer teams while Jacob Miles, a junior from London, Ont., was named to the conference tennis team. In volleyball, Crissy Collins, a senior from Mooresville, Ind., and Jennifer Bechtel, a senior from Goshen, Ind., were named All-MCC.

The women’s cross country team highlighted the fall season athletic programs with an 18th-place finish at the national meet. The men ended their team season at regionals with a sixth-place effort. The men’s soccer team had a winning season, posting a record of 11-7, and the women’s soccer team matched their winning high, calculating five wins on the season.

The men’s tennis team posted a 9-1 fall season record, finishing second in the MCC tournament and qualifying to the NAIA Region VIII tournament in the spring. Ben Eggleston, a junior from Elkhart, Ind., notched the only conference victory for the Foresters at the MCC Tournament. The women’s tennis team finished with a 4-7 overall record. After a slow start for the volleyball season, the Lady Foresters rallied at the end of the season, winning 12 of their last 16 matches. They finished the season pulling even at 19-19.

Founded in 1897, Huntington College is a Christian college of the liberal arts, offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in nearly 50 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks the College among the best Midwestern liberal arts colleges. Huntington College has also been listed among the “201 Best Colleges for the Real World.” Huntington College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the Foresters compete in 14 sports for men and women.

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Heather Barkley
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Joanne Green
Sports Information Director