Kirtland, Kramer, McElligott & Neubauer-Muesing Named to DIII Athlete Hall of Fame
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Kirtland, Kramer, McElligott & Neubauer-Muesing Named to DIII Athlete Hall of Fame

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Friday that it will induct four new members to its Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame. Julia Kirtland of Macalester College, Dale Kramer of Carleton College, the late Seamus McElligott of Haverford College and Tori Neubauer-Muesing of UW-La Crosse are set to be honored during an induction ceremony held Wednesday, May 22, in La Crosse, Wis., held prior to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.

The 2013 Inductees

Kirtland

Julia Kirtland
Macalester College

A native of Auburn, N.Y., Kirtland was a nine-time NCAA Division III individual champion,  16-time All-America honoree and 22-time MIAC champion between cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field. Three of her national titles came in 1984-85 when she became the first female in NCAA history to claim three titles in three different sports in one academic year when she won the cross country title, an indoor 3000 meters crown in meet-record fashion and the outdoor 5000 meters championship. She won indoor 3000 titles in 1985 and 1987, and outdoor titles at 5000 meters in consecutive years from 1985 to 1987, and at 10,000 meters in back-to-back seasons in 1986 and 1987.

She continued to run competitively following her graduation from Macalester, eventually moving up to the marathon. She finished 14th at the 1996 Olympic Marathon Trials and won the U.S. Marathon Championships the following year. She finished 23rd at the 2000 Olympic Marathon Trials. Kirtland now owns Core 3 Sports Massage in Portland, Maine.

Kramer

Dale Kramer
Carleton College

Kramer became one of Division III’s all-time best distance runners during his time at Carleton College, winning four national titles between cross country and track & field and nine Midwest Conference titles, in addition to seven All-America honors. He won back-to-back NCAA DIII cross country individual titles in 1977 and 1978, and consecutive 5000 meters titles in 1976 and 1977. He set school records starting at 1000 meters all the way to 10,000 meters.

Kramer was inducted into the Carleton College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988, and was further honored in being named to the DIII Men’s Cross Country All-Century Team in 1999. He was one of six former NCAA student-athletes between all divisions honored by the NCAA with the Silver Anniversary Award in 2003. He now serves as a financial planner and the vice president of Morgan Stanley in Massena, N.Y., while keeping active volunteering with the Rotary Club and his church.

McElligott

Seamus McElligott
Haverford College

The late McElligott, a native of Rose Valley, Pa., was a six-time national champion between cross country and outdoor track & field, and also holds the distinction of being the last DIII student-athlete to earn DI All-America status — a feat he accomplished once each in both cross country and outdoor track. He won both the 5000 and 10,000 outdoor DIII titles in 1990 and 1991, and claimed the DIII NCAA title in cross country in 1990. He still holds school records outdoors at 10,000 meters and indoors at 3000 and 5000 meters.

Following his collegiate career, he went on to qualify for the finals of the 1992 Olympic Trials 10,000 meters and was a member of the 1996 World U.S. Cross Country team. He unexpectedly passed away in 1998 at the age of 29 from smoke inhalation. He was a computer consultant who had been accepted by seven law schools and was undecided which to attend at the time of his accident.

Neubauer-Muesing

Tori Neubauer-Muesing
UW-La Crosse

A native of nearby Oshkosh, Wis., Neubauer-Muesing won six NCAA DIII titles between cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field, and earned seven All-America honors — including a DI award for cross country in 1983. She is one of just four women in Division III cross country history to win multiple individual titles, doing so in 1982 and 1983. During her outdoor track career she claimed 3000 and 5000 meter NCAA DIII titles in 1983 and 5000 and 10,000 meter titles in 1984. To this day she still holds the outdoor UW-La Crosse records at 3000, 5000 and 10,000 meters.

She continued to compete following her collegiate career, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1984 and 1988. She was inducted into the UW-La Crosse Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994, and now has a meet named in her honor at the school. She works as a special education paraprofessional in Minnesota.