*Denotes a coach inducted into the USTFCCCA Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.
USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame
Adamson won the 1980 NCAA Division III steeplechase title for Rowan in 9:01.37. Adamson’s range include 800m to 10,000m distances. He competed for Jamaica on both Olympic teams and World cross country teams. Although he qualified to the Jamaican team for the 1980 Olympics in the steeplechase, he was not added to the team’s roster. However, he qualified to the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games in the marathon for Jamaica. Adamson is a three-time winner of the Philadelphia Marathon and seven-time Jamaican cross country champion.
|Joan Benoit Samuelson|
A 1979 Bowdoin graduate, Joan Benoit Samuelson is one of the most famous runners in the world. A two-time champion at the Boston Marathon (1979 and 1983), she won the 1984 Jesse Owens Award and in 1985 she earned the Sullivan Award as the top U.S. amateur athlete. Benoit Samuelson is remembered for her dominating gold-medal performance in the first-ever women\'s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games (2:24.52). The four-time All-American held numerous Bowdoin and New England indoor and outdoor records, including regional marks in the 1500m and 3000m races and the U.S. women\'s record for the 10,000m. She set an American women\'s marathon record of 2:21:21. While at Bowdoin, Joan also played on the field hockey team. A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Benoit Samuelson was named #20 on the 1999 Sports Illustrated Top 100 Women Athletes of the Twentieth Century.
Gwyn Hardesty-Coogan captured her second consecutive NCAA Division III title in the 3000m run in 1986, but the first time winning it for Smith College, after spending a year as an exchange student at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. At Smith, her name is prominent in the record books, as she holds the indoor and outdoor marks in the 1500m and 3000m, as well as the indoor mark in the 1-mile. Post-graduation, Hardesty-Coogan trained for and competed in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, where she finished 13th in the 10,000m race. She also was an alternate for the women’s marathon in the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
A 1988 graduate of Simpson College, Janvrin had an outstanding collegiate career, winning three NCAA Division III championships in the decathlon, including a (new-javelin) Division III decathlon record of 7528 points in 1987. In addition, Janvrin won individual titles in the pole vault (16-5 1/2”/5.02m) and 400m hurdles (52.02) in 1988. For years Janvrin was ranked as one of the world’s top decathletes, winning the 2001 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He reached the pinnacle of his career in 2000 as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in the Sydney Olympic Games. In Sydney, Janvrin, the oldest U.S. decathlete to ever compete in the Olympics, placed 21st and was the winner in the 1500m. He is the world record holder for most career decathlon wins (41) and the American record holder for most career decathlons over 8,000 points (26). After placing fourth in the decathlon trials, Janvrin just missed making the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Later that summer, he scored a personal-best 8,462 points, which, at the time, made him the sixth-highest performer in U.S. decathlon history. In the fall of 2003, Janvrin set a world record in the double decathlon, competing in 20 track & field events over two days in Turku, Finland.
Kuehl attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and won three straight Division III discus title from 1990-1992—throwing a Division III record of 180’6” in winning the 1992 title. Following graduation, Kuehl competed nationally and internationally until 2005, earning a #1 U.S. and #7 world ranking in 2002. Kuehl was the 2002 USA champion, and won the silver medal at the 1999 Pan American after gaining the bronze four years earlier. She competed at the 2000 Olympic Games, and her personal best was 214’4” in 2000.
After beginning his track and field career in the 110m Hurdles and the 400m races, Moses turned to the 400m hurdles and skyrocketed to fame. As a Morehouse College junior, Moses qualified to the U.S. team that competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, setting a world record 47.63. Moses won the 1977 Division III meet in a championship record 49.59. In addition, he earned second title in 1977 by winning the 110m hurdles in 13.8. Moses went on to a stellar international career, winning 122 consecutive 400m hurdles races between September 1977 and June 1987, including a second Olympic Gold medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and two World Championship gold medals in 1983 (Helsinki) and 1987 (Rome). Moses ran sub-48 seconds in the 400m hurdles a total of 27 times. Moses holds the NCAA Division III all-time record of 47.75 set in 1977.
Mueller earned 11 NCAA Division III All-America awards and three individual national titles to help the UW-Oshkosh women’s track & field team to two national titles and five WIAC championships from 1991-94 before excelling as a pole vaulter after her collegiate career. Mueller led UW-Oshkosh to the outdoor national championship in 1991 and the indoor title in 1994. The nine-time conference champion was also a member of WIAC Indoor Championship teams from 1991-93 and WIAC Outdoor Championship squads in 1991 and 1994. Individually, Mueller won the 1993 outdoor national crown in the high jump and added indoor titles in 1994 in both the high jump and 55-meter hurdles on her way to being named the United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) Division III Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Mueller, a member of the WIAC All-Time Women’s Track & Field Team announced in 2012, earned five All-America awards in the high jump, two in both the 55- and 100-meter hurdles, one in the long jump and one as a member of the Titans’ 400-meter relay team. Mueller’s pole vault career included qualifying for the 2000 Olympic Games, setting two national indoor records and winning the 2003 Pan American Games by establishing a meet record.
Husain became Gettysburg’s first national champion by winning the 200m at the 1993 NCAA Division III Outdoor meet. Along the way, earned eight All American honors, and won nearly 100 races. He finished seventh in the 100m and sixth in the 200m at the 1991 NCAA Division III outdoor championships to earn his first two All-America accolades. He added All-America honors in the 55-meter dash at the 1992 NCAA indoor championships and was again an outdoor All-American in the 100m and 200m during his junior season. Husain competed for Pakistan at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics before returning to complete his collegiate career by winning the 1993 NCAA Division III 200m title.
Juskus won the NCAA Division III Championship in the javelin throw in 1978, 1980 and 1981. He is the only Glassboro State athlete to win the NCAA Division I Championship (1981). Juskus earned All-America honors seven times and competed in Europe for the AAU. He was selected to the U.S. Olympic Development camp in 1980.
Oden, a native of Grand Island, Neb., earned 30 All-American honors and set 12 school records as a track and field athlete at Nebraska Wesleyan, where she participated in the high jump, triple jump, long jump, heptathlon, javelin and hurdles. Oden also compiled 10 national titles winning the outdoor high jump four times, the heptathlon three times and the indoor high jump three times. The seven individual national titles that she won at the Outdoor Championships ties her for first place in NCAA Division III history for the most in a career. As a senior, Honda honored Oden as the NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year and Most Outstanding Track & Field Athlete in the nation.
Terry Strouf was a standout in football and track and field during his time at UW-LaCrosse from 1985-1989. Strouf was on the track and field teams that captured three NCAA Division III titles – indoors in 1987 and 1988 and outdoors in 1988. The teams also won conference titles all four years. Individually in track and field, Strouf was a national champion nine times and earned All-American honors 13 times. He won six shot put titles – 3 indoors and 3 outdoors, 2 weight titles, and 1 discus crown. His shot put mark of 62’7 3/4” set in winning the 1988 title was the #3 all-time Division III mark. He participated in the Olympic trials for the shot put in 1992. From 1986-1989 Strouf played on football teams which earned NAIA II runner-up titles in 1988 and 1989, and the conference title in 1989. Strouf was a football All-American and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1990. He was a free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 1992.
As a collegiate competing for Lincoln, Terrelonge earned 19 Division III All-America honors in the 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay. He is a former NCAA two-time 400m champion, three-time 800m champion, and set the 800m NCAA Division III outdoor champs record of 1:47.56 in winning the 1991 title. He was an accomplished professional athlete as a World Champion and two-time Olympian for Jamaica, competing in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. At the 1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Terrelonge became the first Jamaican to win a World Championship gold medal in the 800m.
Moore started the men’s track and field program in 1971 and coached until 1993. He guided the team to 18 straight New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championships. The men’s track and field team competed at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships 20 straight years and won the team title five times (1980-84). The Profs also took second in 1978 and 1979 at the national championship. Moore produced over 130 All-Americans and 21 national champions. He was also head coach of the women’s track and field team for seven years and assistant coach for the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Moore took over the women’s track and field program in the summer of 1986. The women won their first NJAC Championship in 1992 and 13 earned All-American honors.
|Ngozi (Mwanamwambwa) Asinga|
Mwanamwambwa Asinga graduated from Principia College in 1993. She was a 7-time All American in the sprints and was the NCAA 200 meter champion in 1992. Mwanamwambwa Asinga has impressive lifetime bests of 11.9, 24.98 and 54.5. She is a 2-time Olympian having represented Zambia in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Her country honored her in 1992 by carrying the Zambian flag in the Olympic opening ceremonies.
Coates graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1996. Coates won four individual national championships during his college career. He was the indoor 400 champion in 1994, the outdoor 400m champion in 1994 and was the 200m champion in 1991 and again in 1994. Coates was also a part of the 1992 championship 4x400m relay team. Coates ended his collegiate career with a total of 22 conference championships and was a 17-time All American. Coates continued to compete post-collegiately and anchored the North 4x400m team at the 1995 Olympic festival and ran in the 1994 and 1995 USA championships.
Horejs Lambert a 1992 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh graduate was a 4-time NCAA champion. Horejs won the outdoor 1500m title as a junior in 1991 and then as a senior won a championship in each of the three competitive seasons by winning the cross country championship, the indoor 1500m and the outdoor 1500m. Horejs finished her career as a 9-time All American who lead her team to national cross country team titles in 1989 and 1991 and outdoor track & field titles in 1990 and 1991.
Manders is a 1983 graduate of Hamline University. Manders was a 6-time NCAA national champion, winning both the shot put and discus at the 1980, 1982 and 1983 championships. He still holds the NCAA records of 65’8” in the shot and 205’0” in the discus. His indoor shot put mark in 1983 ranked him #4 in the world at the time. Manders was named the most outstanding athlete in the MIAC in 1980, 1982 and 1983. Upon graduating from Hamline, Manders was awarded an NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship.
Rucker is a 2003 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. Rucker was a 3-time NCAA champion in the shot put by winning titles at the 1991 outdoor meet, the 1992 indoor meet and the 1992 outdoor meet. Rucker also added a discus national championship in 1992. A 7-time All American, Rucker was named the NCAC most valuable field performer four times.
Coach Carius has been the head track and cross-country coach at North Central College since 1968. During that time Coach Carius’s teams have won 12 NCAA cross-country team championships. His teams have won 34 of the last 35 CCIW cross-country team titles. Coach Carius’s track teams have won three NCAA team championships. His athletes have earned 82 cross country All American awards and 310 track and field All American awards. Seven of his runners have won individual cross country titles, and his track men have won 35 individual championships.
|North Central (Ill.)||2006|
Resch-Bostwick is a 1994 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. A 6-time All American in the shot put, Resch-Bostwick won National Championships at the 1990 outdoor meet, the 1991 outdoor meet and the 1992 indoor and outdoor championship meets. She set the school record in the shot at Oshkosh and helped her team to outdoor team titles in 1990 and 1991. At the 1992 WIAC outdoor championship meet, Resch-Bostwick was named the outstanding field athlete.
A 1992 graduate of Occidental College, Dent had an excellent career, which included being a 4-time National Champion and 7-time All-American. In 1991 she won the 400m in 54.95, placed third in the 200m, and anchored her 4x400m relay team to the national title. She followed that up in 1992 with National Championships in the 400m (54.26) and 800m run (2:12.27), and a fourth place finish in the 200m. Dent’s PRs rank her second in the 800 (2:06.62) and sixth in the 400 (54.26) on the Division III all-time lists. Dent still holds Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) records in the 800m and the 4x400m relay at 3:47.60. Dent qualified for the U.S. National Championships, and ran in the first round of U.S. Olympic Trials in New Orleans in 1992.
Porter is a 1985 graduate of Occidental College. In Porter’s freshman year he placed second in the Decathlon and third in the Pole Vault at the NCAA national meet. The next year (1983) Doug earned his first national championship by winning the decathlon with 7216 points. Doug also won the national championship in the pole vault with a new meet record of 16’5.5”. 1984 saw Doug repeat as national decathlon champion. In 1985 Doug evidently decided the 10 events of the decathlon and the pole vault were not enough as he also competed in the javelin at the NCAA meet. That year Doug was second in the decathlon, second in the pole vault and eighth in the javelin. All told that adds up to eight All American awards, three national championships and a national record.
Schroeder is a 1994 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Schroeder earned 17 All American awards during his career including an incredible six awards at the 1993 outdoor championship. Schroeder was the 1992 NCAA indoor triple jump champion and the 1993 outdoor long jump champion. A great all-around athlete, Schroeder had PR’s of 10.60 in the 100, 21.59 in the 200, a long jump of 25’6; triple jump of 51’ and a 208’ javelin throw. Drafted in the sixth round of the 1994 NFL Draft, Schroeder played 11 seasons in the NFL and was a member of the 1996 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers.
Homon is in his 28th season as Mount Union’s men’s cross country and track & field coach has won more Ohio Athletic Conference Championships (47) than any coach in conference history. His impressive resume includes 11 cross country, 19 indoor and 17 outdoor OAC conference titles, as well as numerous top-10 finishes at the Division III Nationals including 2 runner up teams. Coach Homon has coached 178 All Americans and 32 NCAA national champions. In 2006, he was named the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) men\'s outdoor track coach of the year.
A 1994 graduate of North Central College, Mayer holds numerous North Central College, College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, and NCAA Div. III National records. He is the Division III National Record holder for the indoor 5K at 13:53.17 and outdoor 10K at 28:53.22. A 6-time National Champion, Mayer won the 1993 outdoor 5k and 10k National Championships. The following academic year of 1993-94, he came back to win the XC National Championship, indoor 5k, outdoor 5k, and 10k titles. He led his 1993 North Central College Cross Country team to a National Championship by scoring 32 points, a record which still stands today. He followed that up by helping North Central College win the Outdoor National title the following spring. Mayer competed in the 1996 Olympic trials in the 10K entering the meet with the fourth fastest time by an American of 28:19. He also competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials for the marathon finishing at 2:23.44. For all his accomplishments and contributions to North Central College Cross Country and Track & Field, Mayer was selected to their Athletic Hall of Fame.
|North Central (Ill.)||2008|
A 1987 graduate of Grinnell College, Platzer dominated the discus and shot put during her collegiate career. During her collegiate career she lost a discus competition only once as she placed second at nationals in 1983. She is a 3-time National Champion in the discus in 1985, 1986 and 1987. As a shot putter outdoors, she placed 2nd in 1985, 3rd in 1983, 5th in 1987, and 6th in 1986. Indoors she placed 2nd in 1985 and 5th in 1987. Platzer is still the current Grinnell College school record holder in the discus as well as the indoor and outdoor shot put. She still holds the Midwest Conference record for the discus and indoor shot. From 1988-90 she served as men and women’s throws coach at St. Olaf College helping to produce an All-American javelin thrower. Platzer is part of the Grinnell College Hall of Fame and was honored as the NCAA Div. III Track & Field Athlete of the Decade (1980-1990). Since that time she has changed her sport to rowing and continued her incredible level of success. During her time as coach at the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia and currently as Associate Head Coach at the University of Michigan she has won NCAA titles in rowing and served as Junior Nationals coach.
A 1988 graduate of Susquehanna University, Spangler was a 4-time National Champion. His run started in 1985 by winning the 200m and placing second in the 400m. During 1985 he was also a part of the US Junior National 4x400m relay team. Spangler returned to NCAA Division III nationals and won titles in the 400m in 1986, 1987, and 1988. Mike was also part of 4x400m relay teams from Susquehanna University that placed second in 1985 and 1987. In 1987 Spangler was clocked at 44.7 in the prelims to advance his team to finals in the 4x400m relay. Spangler is a 7-time All-American holding 18 Middle Atlantic Conference titles and was selected as Middle Atlantic Conference Athlete of the Year three times. Spangler completed his Middle Atlantic Conference career undefeated in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. His 46.22 400m time still ranks #7 on the All-Time list for NCAA Division III. In 1988 he was selected GTE Academic All-American Second Team.
A 1984 graduate of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Watson had an outstanding career in the jumping events. Stan is a 3-time National Champion and 7-time All-American. He won the high jump National Championships in 1981 and in 1982 where he set the meet record at 7’0.50”. After finishing 4th in 1983, Watson returned and won the high jump for a 3rd time in 1984 at 7-0”. Not only a high jumper Watson placed second in the triple jump in 1982 at 49’6.25”, fourth in 1983 and fifth in 1984. He holds his school’s record in the high jump at 7’ 0¾” and is a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Hall of Fame.
|Kiyomi (Parish) Griffey|
Parish won three NCAA Division III national titles in the hammer throw, and set a National Record in both her junior and senior years. Her best mark of 196′6\" from 1997 was the NCAA Division III best mark for nine years, and still stands as the third-best all-time Division III mark. Parish qualified to Nationals all four years, finishing fourth as a freshman before winning back-to-back-to-back national titles. Parish won four straight hammer titles at the SCIAC Championships for Pomona-Pitzer and set four meet records, including the still-standing mark of 179′9\". She also won two SCIAC titles in the shot put and was the conference track and field MVP in 1995. Following the NCAA meets, Parish competed in the USA Track & Field Championships in 1995, 1996, and 1997, finishing third in the 1996 Olympic Trials.
Rebenciuc was an all-around distance ace. He won four national titles in track and field while at Augustana, winning 1992 national titles in the 1500m and 10,000m. In 1993 he won two more national titles, winning the 1500 meters for the second straight year and also winning the 3,000m steeplechase. Rebenciuc was an 11-time track and field All-American
Rippy was a 10-time All-American for the Purple Raiders. He won six national championships during his time at Mount Union. Rippy won both the 100m and 200m titles during the 1983 outdoor season and was part of the winning 4×100 meter relay team that same year. Rippy followed up his successful 1983 campaign with a repeat in the 1984 season, again winning both the 100m and 200m races and running on the winning 4×100m relay team. His 10.18 time in the 100m from 1983 still stands as the Mount Union school record as well as the best time ever recorded in Division III track and field.
Trice, the most decorated athlete in NCAA Track and Field history, finished her storied career with 32 All-American honors and 15 national championships. Her first national title came in 1987 as part of CNU’s winning 4×100m relay team. From that point on Trice would set the track on fire, winning four more national titles in 1988, six in 1989, and four in 1990. Of her 15 national titles, eight came from the indoor season and seven from the outdoor season.
In 1997, Paranya ran the first sub-4-minute mile in Division III with a time of 3:57. A 12-time All-American in the 800m and 1500m, Paranya also earned three All American awards in cross country. Paranya was a 9-time NCAA Champ in the 800m and 1500m, giving him a tie for most NCAA Division III men’s titles. He was selected Division III male track athlete of the year in 1997. Paranya holds Centennial Conference Indoor Records in the 800m, 1000m, 1500m, and mile, and Outdoor Records in 800m, 1500m, and 5000m. He finished second in the 1997 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 1500m and was part of world record-setting 4X800 relay in 2000. Paranya qualified for the 1996 Olympic Trials in the 1500m and was a semifinalist in the 2000 Olympic Trials.
Eddins was a 17-time All American, including winning eight individual titles in the 400m and 800m, and six in the 4x400m relay. She set Division III indoor records in the 400m and 800m, and also ran on NCAA Championship record-setting 4x400m relay both indoors and outdoors. During her tenure, the UMass-Boston women’s team won four national titles. Eddins competed in the 800m at the 1996 Olympic Trials, and was a 2003 inaugural inductee into the UMass-Boston Hall of Fame.
Jones was a three-time indoor national champ in the 55H, and a five-time outdoor champ--three in the 100m, and twice in the 200m, and ran on three 4X100m relays between 1991-1995. Among those victories are a meet record in the 55H, and a championship record in the 100m. Jones is his School record holder in the 55m.
|Melissa (Oleson) Tassone|
Oleson is a 16-time All American in the shot put, weight throw, discus and hammer throw. She is a 4-time NCAA Champion in the shot put and weight throw in 1996-1997, and she set an NCAA meet record in the weight throw. A member of the national indoor championship team in 1996, Oleson was named WIAC Scholar-Athlete in 1997.
A four-time distance running NCAA Champion, Henderson clocked Division III all-time marks in the 5000m (13:50) and 10,000m (29:23). Henderson won the 10,000m national title in 1978, and 5000m national titles in 1979 and 1980. Henderson still holds the NCAA outdoor 5000m championships record with a 13:55.0 run recorded in winning his first of back-to-back national D-III titles at the distance in 1979. Henderson also claimed the national cross country title in 1978, and then recorded the highest Division III finish at the Division I championships (10th place in 1978) when Division III Champions were allowed to compete. Henderson was Wheaton College’s Athlete of the Year in 1979 and was inducted to Wheaton’s Hall of Fame in 1990. Henderson is Wheaton’s current Indoor Record Holder in the mile and two-mile, and Outdoor Record Holder in Mile, 1500m, Two-Mile, 5K, 10K, Marathon, and DMR. Henderson finished sixth in the 5000m at 1984 Olympic Trials.
A native New Yorker, Mitchell is a 7-time NCAA Champ across an amazing range of distances: twice in the 1500m, once in the 3000m, twice in the 5000m, once in the 10,000m and once in cross country. In addition, Mitchell is a 10-time All-American (two in cross country, four indoor, and three outdoor). Inducted to Cortland Hall of Fame in 2004. Mitchell competed in the 10,000m at the 1996 Olympic Trials, and qualified for 2000 Marathon Trials. She earned spots on five USA National teams.
An 18-time All-American, Watson won four indoor NCAA titles and five outdoor NCAA titles in the horizontal jumps. Indoors, Watson won his third long jump crown in 1999 with a current-meet record of 25-3¼ (7.70m). Outdoors, a long jump crown in 1999 made him a four-time titlist in the event, making Watson one of only four men to have swept outdoor crowns in a single event in Division III. In addition, during his freshman campaign in 1996, Watson claimed the indoor-outdoor sweep of both long and triple jumps. The school record holder in all four events, Watson owns the longest two long jump marks ever earned in NCAA Division III Championship competition. He was a four-time OAC Most Outstanding Indoor Field Athlete and three-time outdoor recipient. Watson was a U.S. Olympic Trials participant in the long jump in 1996 and 2000.
The 1995 Division III Indoor National Athlete of the Year, Zhelezov completed her collegiate career with nine individual NCAA titles. Zhelezov, with eight NCAA triple jump titles from 1992 to 1995, is the only the second athlete, man or woman, in NCAA track & field history, in all divisions, to sweep a single event four times both indoors and outdoors. During her freshman season in 1992, Zhelezov added an indoor national long jump title. All told, Zhelezov was a 15-time All-American, 14-time UAA Champion and 13-time New England D-III Champion. The Brandeis Hall of Fame member still holds school records in both horizontal jumps.
Jones is the all-time Division III indoor leader in individual NCAA Championship titles, having won seven in jumping events. He won an NCAA record three national crowns at the 1994 national indoor championships with winning performances in the high, long, and triple jumps. All told, Jones won nine total NCAA crowns, tied for most among any male Division III athlete in any sport. Outdoors, Jones won back-to-back long jump titles in 1992 and 1993. Indoors, Jones was the long jump’s best man in 1991, 1992, and 1994. With 19 USTFCCCA All-America nods, Jones is tied for the most such honors among all Division III men all-time. Also during his collegiate career, he set four MIAC Championship records. Jones was a three-sport athlete at St. Thomas where he also played football and basketball. He was discovered as a possible jumping prospect after showing stellar dunking skills on the basketball court. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Jones qualified for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump.
|University of St. Thomas||2012|
Jones, a 16-time overall NCAA Champion, holds the NCAA record among all divisions and both genders for winning nine national outdoor individual crowns in her outstanding career. Jones won the 100m, 200m, and 100m hurdles in 1999, 2000, and 2001 at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships for the nine individual outdoor crowns. At the 1999 and 2000 outdoor championships, Jones also anchored Lincoln to 4×100m crowns. In 1999, Jones clocked the current NCAA-meet record in the 200m of 23.72. Indoors, Jones won five national crowns, which included a three-year sweep of the 55m hurdles in 1999, 2000, and 2001. She also won the 55m dash in 1999 and 2000. Jones was a member of the USTFCCCA Division III Silver Anniversary Team (2006) and was inducted into the Delaware Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2009.
Stenhouse was a sprint-jump legend in Division III, capturing eight NCAA titles and 23 USTFCCCA All-America honors. She won four national crowns in the triple jump, three coming outdoors in 1989, 1990, and 1991. At the 1991 outdoor championships at Baldwin-Wallace, Stenhouse won national crowns in the 200m, 400m, and triple jump and was a Honda Award nominee that year for her efforts. Stenhouse holds the ECAC Division III triple jump record (40-5½, 12.33m). Stenhouse, originally from Jamaica Estates, N.Y., earned an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and competed at the USATF Championships after college.
Wasserman, a 15-time USTFCCCA All-American, is the only man in Division III history to win three indoor NCAA 5000m crowns – he did so with three-straight wins in 1991, 1992, and 1993. Wasserman won the 1992 NCAA cross country title as well. Wasserman was a four-year NCAA scorer in the indoor 5000m, outdoor 5000m and 10,000m, and is one of ten men in DIII history to be a four-time All-American in the same event indoors and outdoors. Wasserman is the all-time Division III top ten in the indoor 5000m and outdoor 10,000m. Inducted into the Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003, Wasserman was an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner.
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: she won the cross country title, an indoor 3000m crown in meet-record fashion and the outdoor 5000m championship. Kirtland won indoor 3000m titles in 1985 and 1987, and outdoor titles at 5000m in consecutive years from 1985 to 1987, and at 10,000m in back-to-back seasons in 1986 and 1987. Kirtland was honored with one of the highest awards presented to athletes in Olympic sport events - the Olympia Award - in 1986. She also won the March of Dimes Individual Athlete of the Year that same year, along with CoSida Academic All-America honors. Kirtland 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.
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 5000m titles in 1976 and 1977. He set school records starting at 1000m all the way to 10,000m. 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.
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 Division III athlete to earn DI All-America status — a feat he accomplished once each in both cross country and outdoor track. He won both the 5000m and 10,000m outdoor Division III titles in 1990 and 1991, and claimed the DIII NCAA title in cross country in 1990. He still holds school records outdoors at 10,000m and indoors at 3000m and 5000m. Following his collegiate career, he went on to qualify for the finals of the 1992 Olympic Trials 10,000m, 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 won six NCAA Division III titles between cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field, and earned seven All-America honors — including a Division I 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 3000m and 5000m NCAA Division III titles in 1983 and 5000m and 10,000m titles in 1984. To this day she still holds the outdoor UW-La Crosse records at 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m. 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.
The 1985 track & field season was one to remember for Tracey Armstead and her SUNY Cortland women’s squad, capping a career that no one associated with the program will soon forget. In leading the Red Dragons to their lone outdoor team title in program history, the Monticello, N.Y., native won the Division III outdoor long jump title and earned All-America honors both at 100 and 200 meters. In winning the long jump title, she qualified to compete at the NCAA Division I National Championships. Even before that outdoor season started, she dominated the indoor competition to win both the 55-meter and long jump titles at the Indoor Championships, qualifying for the Division I Championships in the former. All told, that 1985 season produced three of her five career national titles and five of her 13 total All-America honors between the AIAW and NCAA, as well as indoor and outdoor long jump records that still stand to this day. She also set outdoor school records at 100 and 200 meters – events in which she won 1983 national titles – and an indoor 55 meters record that all still stand as of publication. Armstead was inducted into the SUNY Cortland Hall of Fame in 2012.
Once David Cooper won his first individual NCAA Division III national title in 1997, an indoor 5000 meters title, there was no looking back for the final two years of his career at Mount Union. Between the 1997 and 1998 indoor and outdoor campaigns, the Parma, Ohio, native amassed seven national titles ranging from the indoor 1500m to the outdoor 10,000m twice, and 13 total All-America honors (including two from cross country). He claimed both the outdoor 5000m and 10,000m national titles in back-to-back seasons in 1997 and 1998, earning him the distinction of being the most recent of only three Division III men to have accomplished that feat. Sandwiched in between those outdoor sweeps came a 1500m/5000m sweep at the 1998 indoor championships – the first and only time that feat has been accomplished, even when considering the current mile event rather than the discontinued 1500. An OAC cross country champion four times over, Cooper still holds indoor school records in the mile and two mile and at 3000m and 5000m, as well as an outdoor record as a member of the 4×800m relay. Cooper ran professionally for Puma and Brooks as a post-collegian.
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A six-time NCAA Division III champion whose name became synonymous with 10,000m domination, Kelly Copps-Wood earned a spot in the USTFCCCA Division III Athlete Hall of Fame as one of DIII’s best-ever distance runners. During a span from 1993 through 1995, Copps was unbeatable at 10,000m on the biggest stage: the NCAA Championships. She claimed three consecutive national crowns in 1993, 1994 and 1995, making her the only woman in Division III history to have won three straight titles at the distance. Her prowess wasn’t limited to 10 kilometers, however. She paired her 10,000m title in 1994 with both indoor and outdoor 5000m titles, and her 1995 10,000m title came after she won the indoor 5000m crown. Following her titles in 1995, she earned Minnesota Woman of the Year honors from the NCAA. At the end of her career, she finished as an 11-time All-American between cross country and track, with 11 MIAC titles to her name. Her accolades off the track were just as impressive as her exploits on it. She was an Academic All-America selection and the recipient of an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. Copps was inducted into the St. Thomas (Minn.) Hall of Fame in 2001 and was a member of the 2006 USTFCCCA Silver Anniversary Team.
|University of St. Thomas||2014|
After being recruited to Rowan as a soccer player, Dixon graduated as one of the greatest track & field athletes not only in school history, but Division III history. A member of Rowan’s Athletics Hall of Fame as both a soccer player and a track & field athlete, Dixon was ultimately a natural on the track after his soccer coach encouraged him to join the Profs’ T&F squad. By the time all was said and done, Dixon accumulated five NCAA titles between the 400m and 4×400m relay and 11 total All-America honors. Not a single year passed from 1997 through 2000 that didn’t see Dixon claim a national title at 400m. His first came outdoors in 1997, followed by a successful title defense in 1998. He wouldn’t win another individual outdoor crown – though he earned All-America honors in the event four times – but he would keep the streak going outdoors. He claimed his first of two indoor 400m national crowns in 1999 – in meet-record fashion, no less – before capping his career as the first quarter-mile national champion of the new millennium in 2000. He also added an outdoor national 4×400m title in 1999 as the anchor leg. To this day, he still holds indoor school records at both 200m and 400m, as well as one as a member of the 4×400m relay. As a 2009 Hall of Famer at Rowan in both track & field and soccer, he scored 25 goals and had 31 assists for a career total of 81 points as a soccer forward.
|Ambo Bati||Augustana (Ill.)||2015|
|Kathy Darling||Rowan/Johns Hopkins||2015|
|Michelle LaFleur||SUNY Cortland||2015|
|Tim McCrossen||St. Lawrence||2015|
Andrew Rock went from one of the greatest 400m sprinters in Division III 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 4×400m 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 400m and a gold in the 4×400m relay at the 2005 IAAF World Championships. Then in 2006, Rock became the U.S. champion at 400m and was ranked third in the world at that distance. As a Division III 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 400m). 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.
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 Division III 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 Division III records: Indoor mile (4:43.92), indoor 1500m (4:24.95) and outdoor 5000m (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.
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 then repeated it again the following year. Cado set Division III 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 ten All-America nods are from the horizontal jumps, with the final two coming by way of the 4×100m relay outdoors.
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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 Division III 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. Laramee, 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.
There is dominant. Then there is Amber James. From 2001 to 2004, James won 17 NCAA titles as a member of the Wheaton College track & field team – 11 of those via individual events. Nearly half of those titles (8) came in the 400m, where James swept the NCAA crowns from the moment she stepped on the track as a freshman until stepped off as a senior. James is one of only two women to win four individual event titles in a row indoors and one of five women to do so outdoors. James added six more titles to her haul in relay events (five in the 4×400m, one in the 4×100m) and the last three came in the outdoor 200m, which she won from 2002 to 2004. With her success at the NCAA level, all the Wheaton Lyons had to do was climb on her shoulders and let her carry them to victory. Wheaton completed the indoor-outdoor team title sweep from 2001 to 2003. When it comes to the NCAA Division III record books, James still holds the divisional record in the indoor 400m at 54.48 and currently sits third on the outdoor chart (53.58) in the same event. James also owns the 4th fastest mark in NCAA Division III history over 200m outdoors (23.73w).
From 2003 to 2006, Jarocki won 10 NCAA titles across four throwing events with four coming in the shot put, three in the weight throw, two in the discus throw and one in the hammer throw. Jarocki still holds the NCAA Division III record in the outdoor shot put with a heave of 16.77m (55-0¼), sits fifth on the chart for the discus throw (52.34m/171-8) and is the ninth best performer in NCAA DIII history in the hammer throw (58.80m/192-11). She starred at the NCAA championships and owns indoor championship records in the shot put and weight throw and the outdoor championship record in the shot put. UW-Oshkosh flourished while Jarocki was on campus, winning five national titles including indoor and outdoor titles in 2004 and 2006. The Titans also won the indoor title in 2005.
There aren’t as many pole vaulters as tall as the 6-foot-9 Jeremy Scott. Then again, there aren’t many pole vaulters as good as Scott either. Scott started slow at Allegheny College as he posted runner-up finishes at both the 2000 and 2001 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships – but quickly left his mark in a big way. As a junior in 2002, Scott became the first vaulter in NCAA Division III history to clear 18 feet. He captured his first NCAA title with a vault of 5.50m (18-0½), which turned out to be the best clearance across all three NCAA divisions that year. Scott carried that success into the outdoor season as he completed the indoor-outdoor NCAA sweep. The native of Norfolk, Nebraska holds the all-competitions NCAA Division III record in the pole vault with his clearance of 5.70m (18-8¼) at the 2002 USATF Championships. Scott kept it rolling for 10 more years as he finished runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Over the span of his career, Nick Symmonds found incredible success outdoors. While at Willamette, Symmonds won seven NCAA individual titles and is the only man to do so in NCAA Division III history. Symmonds swept the outdoor 800m title from 2003 to 2006 and won 1500m crowns in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He became just the second man in NCAA DIII history to win the 800m and 1500m during the same outdoor meet and the only man to do it three times in a career (Haverford’s Karl Paranya completed the first 800-1500 sweep in 1997). The NCAA Division III record book is littered with Symmonds’ name as well, as he holds the season record at 800m (1:47.34) and the all-conditions standard of 1:45.83. When Symmonds left Willamette, however, he proved to everybody once again that division doesn’t matter: talent does. Symmonds won five consecutive U.S. titles from 2008 to 2012 – added another in 2015 – and made two Olympic teams in the process (2008 and 2012). The native of Boise, Idaho, reached the semifinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and finished 5th at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The following year he won sliver at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.
For 23 years, Kevin Foley was the only man in NCAA DIII history to win three national 1500-meter titles in a career. While that distinction fell in 2006 when fellow Hall of Famer Nick Symmonds won his third, Foley remains the only man to accomplish that feat in consecutive years. Back in the early 1980s, Foley dominated the outdoor mid-distance scene. Foley won his first NCAA title in 1981, followed that up with another in 1982 and the final one in 1983. It was in 1982 that Foley set what still stands as the meet record in the event (3:44.50). Foley went undefeated against NCAA DIII competition in his last three years with the Fords. “On their best days, we’ve had a few guys who could match Kevin Foley as a competitor, but we’ve never had anybody who could surpass him,” Haverford coach Tom Donnelly once told the college’s athletic website. Foley is the third athlete from Haverford College to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Karl Paranya in 2010 and Seamus McElligott in 2013.
Turena Johnson had a legendary career at Luther College. From 1996 to 1997, if there was a distance event contested at an NCAA meet, Johnson would likely be the first across the finish line. In fact, Johnson captured five of the eight NCAA titles during that span (NCAA DIII didn’t run the 3000 between 1991 and 2013). In 1996, Johnson won the individual cross country title and added the 10000-meter crown outdoors in a time of 36:01.7. The following year, Johnson won the indoor 5000 and completed the distance double at the outdoor championships. Johnson continued her career post-collegiately, which has been highlighted by a third-place effort at the USA 25K Championships and a sixth-place finish at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon. She is the first athlete from Luther College to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Carolyn Ross was historically fast. Back in 1988, Ross became the first woman in NCAA DIII history to crack the 60-second barrier in the 400 hurdles when she broke the tape in 59.65. Ross lowered that record the very next year as she clocked a time of 58.99 to win one of her five NCAA DIII titles. Here are two fun facts: Another woman wouldn’t go sub-60 in the 400 hurdles until 12 years later and Ross’ record in the event stood until 2014. Ross also earned nine All-America honors in addition to those five national titles. She is the first athlete from Augsburg College inducted into the Hall of Fame.
As an athlete at UW-Stevens Point, Arnie Schraeder did his best work outdoors. Between 1985 and 1987, Schraeder won three national titles on the track with two of them coming on the outdoor circuit. Schraeder captured back-to-back titles in the 1500 in 1985 and 1986 is one of nine men in NCAA DIII history to accomplish that feat. His other national title came in 1987 when he won the indoor 5000 crown. Schraeder also fared well in the outdoor version of the 5000 despite not winning a national crown. He sits as the fifth fastest man in NCAA DIII history with his time of 13:57.0. And while this doesn’t pertain to the track, Schraeder dazzled in 1986. Schraeder won the individual title at the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships in Fredonia, New York, then turned around the following Monday to finish 11th at the NCAA DI Championships in Arizona. Schraeder is the first athlete from UW-Stevens Point inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Rachel Anderson knew how to win. When Anderson stepped on the track in a championship setting, chances are she’d be on top of the podium – or close to it – during the awards ceremony. By the end of her collegiate career, Anderson racked up seven NCAA titles (six of the individual variety) and 16 All-America honors. The former Titan standout found a niche in the 400. She became just the third woman in NCAA DIII history to win three consecutive 400-meter crowns outdoors and swept the quarter-mile slate clean in 2008. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say 2008 was Anderson’s best year, either. She wrapped the calendar year with six All-America honors and four NCAA titles. In addition to those quarter-mile crowns, she won the outdoor 200 and helped IWU to victory in the 4×400 relay at that same meet. Anderson is the first athlete from Illinois Wesleyan University to be inducted into the NCAA DIII Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.
No man dominated the short sprints more than Chaz Clemons between 2000 and 2003. Clemons, who competed for Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, won six NCAA individual titles and helped the Lions to three more in relay events. He became the only man in NCAA DIII history to win four consecutive 100-meter crowns from 2000 to 2003, won back-to-back 55-meter titles in 2001 and 2002, and carried LU to three consecutive relay titles in the 4×100 relay. The former Lion standout, who earned 13 All-America honors, left his mark on the NCAA DIII record book as well. He still holds the second fastest wind-legal mark in the 100 in NCAA DIII history at 10.19, which also doubles as the current championships record. The 4×100 relay teams Clemons was a part of own the third fastest and fifth fastest marks in that event. Clemons is now the fourth athlete from Lincoln University to be inducted into the NCAA DIII Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame, joining Brandon Jones (2010), Rhondale Jones (2012) and Clive Terrelonge (2005).
Jim Gathje might have finished his collegiate career in 1986, but his performances still ring true 33 years later. Gathje became the first man in NCAA DIII history to win back-to-back NCAA steeplechase titles in 1985 and 1986. His winning time of 8:46.71 in 1985 was both the divisional record and the meet record until he lowered the bar to 8:43.93 the following year. That second mark, which is still the meet record to this day, also stood as the divisional record for 22 years until Peter Kosgei squeaked under it at 8:43.78. It was in 1986 where Gathje also competed at the NCAA DI Championships in the steeplechase. He narrowly missed the final, but notched what is now the eighth fastest performance all-time in NCAA DIII. Gathje is the first athlete from Saint John’s University to be inducted into the NCAA DIII Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.
|Saint John's (Minn.)||2019|
Ria Megnin had quite the rise to stardom. After finishing fifth in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships as a freshman in 1997 for her first of six career All-America honors, Megnin became a fixture in the top-2 over the next two years. She won the NCAA outdoor title in 1998 and doubled back with the NCAA indoor title the following year. And when she wasn’t on top of the podium, she finished runner-up. Her performance at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships left a lasting mark on the record books. She and Kristy Laramee went toe-to-toe and when the competition finished, both of them established a meet record of 1.81m (5-11¼) that hasn’t been touched since, which also has the duo as the current No. 2 performers in divisional history. Megnin is the first athlete from Hartwick College to be inducted into the NCAA DIII Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame.