RICHMOND, Ind. - Four individuals and two teams joined the Earlham Athletics Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony put on by the College and the department of athletics on Friday evening.
Long-time and former cross country coach Pat Thomas headlined the 2016 inductees. Thomas came to Earlham in the fall of 1987 has head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach. He also served Earlham as sports information director for five seasons and head track and & field coach for 16 years. Thomas led the Quakers to back-to-back North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships in 1995 and 1996.
The 1996 squad joined its coach in being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The Quakers tallied 75 points at the conference meet, tying with Wittenberg University for the league title, Earlham's second in as many seasons. Senior Dave Cleveland and juniors Troy Gottfried and Tim Kidder earned All-NCAC recognition.
Another of Thomas' former student-athletes, Tashi Johnson, earned her spot in the Hall of Fame as well. The second-highest scorer in the NCAA era of the Earlham track and field program, Johnson is a two-time national qualifier in the 100-meter dash. The 2005 Earlham graduate holds the school record in the 55-meter dash, 100-meter dash, and 200-meter dash.
The 1966 men's track and field team claimed the Hoosier Conference championship while also placing third at the Big State Meet behind only Indiana State University and Ball State University. During the season, the Quakers earned dual victories over Ferris State University, Wittenberg University, Hanover College, Anderson University, and Indiana Central University.
Former quarterback Justin Rummell was named as a member of the Hall of Fame on Friday evening. Rummell holds 18 school records including six career records – total plays, total offense, passing attempts, passing completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes. Four of those records are also records for the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Peter Close, class of 1973, was a four-year member of the men's soccer team for the Quakers. He finished his career with 29 goals and 29 assists including 15 assists his senior year. Close led Earlham to the NAIA Tournament in two of his four seasons including being a co-captain in 1972.
After the ceremony on Friday, Earlham will play four home athletics contests on Saturday as part of homecoming weekend.