Four To Be Inducted Into NCAA DIII Athlete Hall of Fame
NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) added some exceptional men and women to its NCAA Division III Athlete Hall of Fame over the years.
The Class of 2016 — announced Tuesday by the organization — is no different.
The husband-and-wife duo of Andrew Rock (UW-La Crosse) and Missy Buttry-Rock (Wartburg College) will join Jan Cado of North Central (Ill.) and Kristy Laramee of Middlebury College at an induction ceremony prior to the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Waverly, Iowa.
Learn more about each inductee by clicking their name or reading below.
Here are those athletes already enshrined in the Hall of Fame, dating back to its inception in 2004.
Dominant doesn’t begin to describe Missy Buttry-Rock’s (nee Buttry) career at Wartburg College.
By the time Buttry-Rock stepped off the track for the last time as a member of the Knights, she already made her claim as to the best female runner in DIII history.
Buttry-Rock nabbed 18 All-America honors (eight outdoor, six indoor, four cross country) and 14 NCAA titles (11 track, three cross country). Those three cross-country titles were special as Buttry-Rock became the first woman in NCAA history to win three consecutive individual crowns (2002-04).
She still holds three DIII records: Indoor mile (4:43.92), indoor 1500 (4:24.95) and outdoor 5000 (15:51.23). No one has come closer than 30 seconds of Buttry-Rock’s mark in the latter.
Post-collegiately, Buttry-Rock shined brightest as a member of the USA World Cross Country team in 2004 and 2005. In 2005, she won a bronze medal at the World Cross Country Championships.
Buttry-Rock is currently an assistant cross country coach at Bethel University.
No man loomed as large over the world of horizontal jumps from 1989 to 1990 than North Central (Ill.)’s Jan Cado.
The Czechoslovakian swept the slate clean at NCAAs, both indoors and outdoors. He captured the indoor and outdoor long jump and triple jumps titles in 1989 and decided it was such much fun that he’d do it again the following year.
Cado set DIII records in each discipline and still holds the standard in the indoor triple jump (16.10m/52-10) and outdoor triple jump (17.20m/56-5¼).
Eight of his 10 All-America nods are from the horizontal jumps, with the final two coming by way of the 4×100 relay outdoors.
From 1999 until 2001, Middlebury College’s Kristy Laramee — now known as Kristy Kerin — reached unprecedented heights in the high jump.
In 1999, Laramee tied the DIII outdoor record of 1.81 meters (5-11¼) en route to her first national title. The following year, she established the indoor mark that matched the one from outdoors.
Larmee, who served as a volunteer assistant coach at Middlebury from 2002-11, earned six All-America honors (four outdoors, two indoors) and is the program’s record holder in both the indoor and outdoor high jump.
Andrew Rock went from one of the greatest 400-meter sprinters in DIII history to Olympic gold medalist in the span of one year.
After his storied collegiate career wrapped up at UW-La Crosse, Rock earned a spot on Team USA’s 4×400 team at the 2004 Olympic Games. Rock helped Team USA reach the finals and it was in the final where the Americans pulled out the victory.
The following year Rock continued to shine bright on the world stage with a silver medal in the open 400 and a gold in the 4×400 relay at the 2005 IAAF World Championships. Then in 2006, Rock became the U.S. champion at 400 meters and was ranked third in the world at that distance.
As a DIII Eagle, Rock claimed nine national titles (five indoors, four outdoors) to go along with 17 All-America nods and two division records (indoor and outdoor 400).
To this day, Rock holds three individual records at UW-La Crosse and was part of four teams that established standards for the storied program.
Rock is currently the head coach of the men’s and women’s track & field programs at Bethel University.