Albion College will induct 11 individuals and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion teams in men's track & field and women's tennis into its Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 5-6, Athletic Director Matt Arend announced today.
The honorees will join the current 316 individuals of the Albion Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction dinner will be held Oct. 5 at Baldwin Hall with the 2018 class also being recognized before the Albion take the field for the Homecoming football game against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival Hope College.
The list of 11 individuals for the 2018 class includes:
Brandon Crawford, '06 (men's basketball): A two-time all-MIAA first team pick, he was the MIAA's Most Valuable Player and an All-American with averages of 22.1 points and 11.3 rebounds in 2006. He scored 574 points, the most by an Albion player in a single season.
Amiee Greene Downey, '03 (women's tennis): A three-time all-MIAA first team award winner, Downey was a senior on the 2003 women's tennis team that captured the MIAA championship. Downey and her doubles partner, Emily Dumas, were the runners-up at No. 1 doubles in the 2003 MIAA Tournament.
Christian Hall, '96 (men's track & field): A two-time all-MIAA award winner, he was the MIAA champion in the 800 meters in 1996.
Jim Heaslip, '95 (football, men's track & field): A defensive lineman, Heaslip was an all-MIAA first team pick in football in 1992 and 1993 and he was the Britons Lineman of the Year in 1992. His best performance in the MIAA Track & Field Championship was a runner-up finish in the shot put in 1995.
Dustin Louwaert, '05 (football): Louwaert was the MIAA's Most Valuable Player on offense in 2004 after rushing for 932 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven games against league rivals. Rushing for 2,308 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career, Louwaert was an all-MIAA second team pick in 2002 placed on the list of honorable mention players in the MIAA in 2003.
Ivan Meiring, '05 (football, men's track & field): Ivan Meiring was a two-time All-American in the discus throw, finishing third in the NCAA Division III Championships in 2004 and seventh in 2003. On the MIAA level, Meiring was a three-time all-MIAA award winner. A defensive lineman in football, he was placed on the list of honorable mention players in the MIAA after wrapping up four quarterback sacks and recovering a fumble in 2004.
Nick Mockeridge, '04 (men's cross country, men's track & field): Mockeridge finished his career as Albion's first four-time all-MIAA performer in cross country and as the league's Most Valuable Runner in track & field for the 2003 season. The four-time cross country team MVP and four-time all-region performer twice advanced to the NCAA Championship.
Katie Tornga Grostic, '06 (women's tennis): A four-time all-MIAA pick, Grostic was a member of MIAA championship teams in 2003, 2005 and 2006. She was a three-time runner-up in singles and a three-time doubles champion with Emily Stocker when the MIAA contested flight tournament at the end of the season.
Derek Tracy, '07 (football, baseball): Tracy hit nine homeruns, a figure which still places him second in a season at Albion, and 10 doubles for a .672 slugging percentage as he gained the MIAA Most Valuable Player award for the 2006 baseball season. He also was an all-MIAA first team pick in 2007 after hitting .344 with eight doubles, seven homeruns and 35 runs batted in.
Mike Van Houten (faculty athletic representative): Van Houten has served as a faculty representative to the NCAA and MIAA since 1992. In that role, he has certified eligibility and served as a bridge between the academic and athletic divisions of the college. In addition, Van Houten has volunteered his services to the athletic department, working in the football press box at and operating the scoreboard at men's basketball games for many years.
Stephen Wasil, '06 (football): Wasil still holds the school mark with 3,313 passing yards in 2005 when he quarterbacked Albion to the MIAA championship and was named the league's Offensive Most Valuable Player. He was an all-MIAA second team pick after throwing for 1,719 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2004. In all, Wasil threw for 6,018 yards and 62 touchdowns in his three years as the starting quarterback.
More about the teams slated for induction:
1979 men's track & field: Led by Dexter Davis, the unanimous pick as MIAA MVP, Albion edged Calvin by two points to capture the MIAA championship. Davis was the MIAA champion in the long jump and the 100- and 220-yard dashes and he joined Don Gmelin, Pat Kennell and Daryl Mitchell on the winning 440-yard relay and Kennell, Tom Ball and Ken Bray on the winning mile relay.
Kennell, Mitchell and Mark Smith joined Davis on the all-MIAA team. Smith was league champion in the shotput.
2003 women's tennis: Led by all-MIAA first team picks Amiee Greene Downey and Katie Tornga Grostic, and second team pick Betsy Netherton, Albion achieved a 7-0 record against its MIAA rivals in dual matches and became the first Albion women's tennis team to advance to NCAA Tournament competition. Caitlin Campbell and Karen Dumas were the runners-up in their respective singles flights, while Downey and Emily Dumas and Karen Dumas and Amy Esh did likewise in doubles flights in the MIAA Tournament at the end of the season.