NCAA Division II Athlete Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Announced
NEW ORLEANS — Six former standouts at the NCAA Division II level will be enshrined into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame as the Class of 2020.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday that Melissa Agnew (U-Mary), Micah Chelimo (Alaska Anchorage), Dinsdale Morgan (Pittsburg State), Chris Reed (Minnesota State), Bryan Vickers (Ashland) and Danielle Williams (Johnson C. Smith) were tabbed to join the prestigious ranks.
This is the 25th class to be inducted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame, which inducted its first class 24 years ago in 1996.
Very few athletes were more successful over a two-year span as Melissa Agnew from 2012 to 2013, but it’s what she did throughout her legendary career that landed her in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.
Between her junior and senior year, the UMary standout combined to win three national titles, seven of her eight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles and seven of her nine career All-America honors in track & field.
Agnew’s senior year probably stood out the most. Not only did she become the first woman in NSIC history to win three consecutive 1000-meter titles indoors, but she was part of the DMR that gave the Marauders their first national title at the NCAA level. Agnew wasn’t done there, though, as she won the indoor mile and capped her career with a 1500-meter crown outdoors.
This is the first time in program history that an athlete from UMary has been inducted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.
Micah Chelimo was as consistent as they come in distance events during his illustrious career at Alaska Anchorage. That’s a big reason as to why he’s being inducted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.
A year didn’t go by that Chelimo didn’t either win an NCAA title, capture a conference title in the always-loaded Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and/or earn multiple All-America honors.
From 2010 to 2014, Chelimo won three NCAA titles (four, if you count cross country), placed runner-up at the national level twice more, added 10 conference crowns – including the only indoor mile-3000-5000 sweep by a male athlete in conference history in 2013 – and finished among the top-8 athletes at the NCAA meet eight total times.
Many won’t soon forget the riveting performance Chelimo turned in at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, where he won the 3000-meter title by .01 seconds over Kevin Batt of Adams State and finished runner-up by .03 seconds to the same man in the 5000.
Chelimo is the first athlete in UAA program history to be inducted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.
It’s safe to say Dinsdale Morgan left a palpable impact on the NCAA Division II level despite only spending two years at Pittsburg State following a transfer from Kansas City (Kan.) CC.
After earning a pair of All-America honors in 1995 with top-5 finishes both indoors (400) and outdoors (400 Hurdles), Morgan hit his stride as a senior. He placed runner-up in the indoor 400 and then won the 400H title, the first of four in a row for the Gorilla track & field program (Class of 2006 inductee Brian Moorman won three consecutive from 1997 to 1999).
Morgan truly starred at the conference level, where he captured seven MIAA crowns in two years. He completed the 400-400H double twice outdoors and snagged two quarter-mile crowns indoors, in addition to winning the indoor 200 in 1996.
This is the third time that an athlete from Pittsburg State has been inducted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame. Morgan joins the aforementioned Moorman and Christine Allen Logue (Class of 1999) in that regard.
Chris Reed put himself into contention as one of the best throwers to ever come through the NCAA Division II level in his four-year career at Minnesota State.
That’s why Reed is now enshrined in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame as only the second Maverick to earn the prestigious honor.
By the time Reed graduated in 2014, he won two NCAA titles and placed runner-up twice more at the national level, captured 13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) crowns and earned 11 All-America honors between indoor and outdoor track & field.
Reed also left his mark on the NCAA DII record book as the then-No. 2 performer in the indoor shot put at 20.07m (65-10¼) and the then-No. 3 performer in the outdoor shot put at 19.99m (65-7).
He was especially prolific outdoors, where he starred in three of the four throwing events offered: discus, hammer and shot put. Reed nabbed All-America honors in each of those events as a junior and senior, and swept the slate clean at the 2014 NSIC Outdoor Championships.
Four NCAA individual titles.
Four NCAA runner-up finishes.
USTFCCCA National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
Sounds like a Hall of Fame-worthy résumé.
Bryan Vickers had a legendary career at Ashland. So much so that he is now the fourth Eagle inducted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Adriane Blewitt (Class of 2018), Jackie Jeschelnig (Class of 2018) and Sean Robbins (Class of 2017).
If one had to point to the moment where Vickers solidified his Hall-of-Fame billing, it came back in 2006 at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. He became just the second man in NCAA DII history to sweep national titles in both the shot put and weight throw and broke the meet record in the former with a heave of 19.60m (64-3¾).
Vickers’ name still dots the divisional record book as he is the No. 7 performer in both the indoor and outdoor shot put from marks he recorded in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
If there wasn’t a mandatory five-year moratorium on induction into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame, Danielle Williams of Johnson C. Smith probably would have been welcomed immediately after she stepped off the track for the last time as a collegian at the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Simply put: Williams transcended the NCAA Division II level.
Between 2013 and 2014, Williams won nine NCAA titles (eight individual, one relay), 13 CIAA championships (11 individual, two relay), earned 13 All-America honors and was named either USTFCCCA National Women’s Indoor Track or Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year three times.
That doesn’t even count the mark she left on the NCAA DII record book, which includes three divisional all-time bests and a slew of other marks that reside in the top-10 annals of history.
Williams turned in arguably the greatest two-day performance in NCAA DII history at the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Pueblo, Colorado, where she helped lead the Golden Bulls to their second consecutive runner-up finish in the team standings.
The future IAAF world champion scored 30½ points thanks to event titles in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay, as well as a runner-up finish in the 100 Hurdles. She set current divisional records in the 200 (22.62) and 4×100 relay (44.05), clocked the second fastest performance in divisional history in the 100H (12.89) and notched the fifth fastest performance in the 100 (11.24).
Williams is the third athlete from Johnson C. Smith inducted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame in the past four years, joining Leford Green (Class of 2017) and her sister Shermaine Williams (Class of 2018).