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ITHACA, N.Y. — Eleven new members, including three All-Americans, have been selected for induction into the Cornell University Athletics Hall of Fame at the 38th annual ceremonies to be held Friday, Sept. 18 on the Cornell campus. After this year’s class is inducted, the membership in the Hall will stand at 577.
The All-Americans who will be inducted are Erica Holveck ’04, women’s lacrosse; Travis Lee ’05, wrestling; and Lauren May ’05, softball.
Also selected to be enshrined in September are Ka’Ron Barnes ’04, men’s basketball; Dick Blood, softball coach; Jessica Brown ’05, women’s track and field; Shonda Brown ’05, women’s track and field; Lou Duesing, women’s track and field coach; Colin Farrell ’05, men’s lightweight rowing; Karen Force ’04, women’s basketball; and Pete Noyes, football coach.
In addition to the formal induction ceremonies on Friday evening, the honorees will be recognized at halftime of the Cornell-Bucknell football game the following afternoon.
The Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame was initiated in 1978. It became a reality through the thoughtfulness and generosity of the late Ellis H. Robison ’18, whose devotion, advice and financial support to his alma mater started immediately upon graduation from the university.
A brief biography of each of the 11 inductees follows.
Ka’Ron Barnes ’04, Men’s Basketball
A unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, Barnes was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) all-district team as a senior, becoming just the ninth Cornell player so honored. He graduated ranked fifth all-time at Cornell in scoring (1,382 points), fourth in free throws made (308) and assists (327), and third in steals (150) and games started (88). Barnes was a two-year captain who led the conference in scoring (19.6 ppg.) and was second in both assists (4.6 apg.) and steals (1.9 spg.) as a senior and was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week. He was named team MVP after becoming the fourth player in school history to score 500 points in a season, ending the year third all-time with 544 points. Barnes was a second-team All-Ivy League pick as a junior after averaging 14.2 points. He was the 18th 1,000-point scorer in school history and became the first player in Cornell history to record at least 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career. He still owns the single-game assist school and the Newman Arena record with 13 against Lafayette during his junior campaign.
Dick Blood, Softball Coach
Blood, Cornell’s all-time winningest coach in a single sport in school history, accumulated an impressive 623-347-2 career record at the helm of the softball program, including a 208-113 mark in Ivy play. He ranked among the NCAA’s winningest all-time coaches by winning percentage (43rd, .642). Blood’s coaching numbers are staggering – an Ivy League softball-record 623 wins to go along with five Ivy League titles (1999, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010). His 208 Ivy wins were also a conference record. He was one of just three Ivy League coaches to surpass 600 wins in a sport in league history (645 by Dave Fish of Harvard from 1977-present in men’s tennis; 634 by Bob Seddon of Penn from 1971-2005 in baseball). His teams won 30 or more games 13 times, all coming in a 14-year span (1997-2010), with four of the eight 40-win campaigns in Ivy League history. The Big Red won four of the first eight Ivy League South Division crowns after the conference moved to a divisional format in 2007, and his teams finished first or second in the Ancient Eight in 13 of his final 19 seasons. Blood tutored many of the school’s top female athletes in school history. His players were named to the All-Ivy first team 48 times, Ivy League Player of the Year four times, Ivy League Rookie of the Year four times and Ivy League Pitcher of the Year three times. Three of his players were named to the Capital One Academic All-America team, 12 earned Academic All-District nods and 20 captured NFCA All-Region accolades. Lauren May ’05 became the school’s first-ever NFCA All-American with a third-team selection as a senior. Cornell had at least one first-team All-Ivy League selection in each of his final 18 years, and five of his former players have been inducted into the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jessica Brown ’05, Women’s Track and Field
Brown had a fantastic career on the track for the Big Red. A stalwart in the middle distances, particularly the 800 meter and relay events, she was the holder of seven Cornell records and 11 top five marks at the conclusion of her career. She still holds a pair of freshmen records in the Indoor 500 meters and indoor high jump, while she remains in the top 10 in several events. A consummate team player, she helped the Cornell women to two historic achievements during her senior season in 2005. She anchored the 4×800 relay team that became the first Ivy League team to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. She also helped the squad become the first team in Ivy League history to sweep both the Indoor and Outdoor Heptagonal Meets during all four of her years on East Hill. She was a 10-time All-Ivy and All-East Region honoree between the indoor and outdoor seasons during her career, while she also was an Academic All-Ivy selection in 2005.
Shonda Brown ’05, Women’s Track and Field
Brown is one of the most highly decorated athletes in the history of the Cornell women’s program. A contributor in almost every one of the middle distance events, as well as a stalwart on the squad’s relay teams, she helped the Cornell women achieve two historic feats in 2005. She was a primary cog in helping the program sweep the Indoor and Outdoor Heptagonal Championships during all four of her years on East Hill, while she ran a leg of Cornell’s 4×800 relay team that became the first Ivy League team to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the event. She won 13 career Heptagonal titles between the Indoor and Outdoor seasons, while she was an All-Ivy and All-East honoree 15 times each. At the conclusion of her career, Brown held six program records. The perfect embodiment of what it means to be a student-athlete, she was a three-time Academic All-Ivy selection. She also was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Team during her junior and senior seasons, earning ESPN The Magazine Third Team Academic All-America accolades during her senior season. Her Heps titles include: four-time outdoor 4×100 relay champion (2002-05), four-time outdoor 4×400 relay champion (2002-05), two-time indoor 4×400 relay champion (2003-04), and three-time outdoor 400 meter hurdle champion (2003-05). She still holds the program record in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.87.
Lou Duesing, Women’s Track & Field Coach
Duesing spent more than 25 years with Cornell track, including 21 years as the head coach of the women’s program and nine of those seasons also directing the men’s. His tenure as head coach set a precedent for Ivy League and national success for Cornell women’s cross country and track. Duesing’s 21 years at the helm of the Big Red women’s programs were marked by 26 Heptagonal team championships. He was named the USTFCCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year a total of 10 times (six times outdoors, four times indoors). In cross country, depth and consistent improvement meant six championships and, also unprecedented in the league, three consecutive top four finishes at the NCAA cross country championships from 1991-93. Duesing coached 58 All-Americans in cross country and track and field (45 at Cornell), 209 Heptagonal Champions, three Penn Relays Champions, one NCAA champion and had five individuals place in the top 10 at the NCAA Cross Country championships. Two of his student-athletes, Morgan Uceny (1500 meters) and Jamie Greubel (bronze medal, bobsled), have been U.S. Olympians and several others have competed in world championships in both cross country and track and field. Five of Duesing’s student-athletes have won NCAA postgraduate scholarships, six have earned Phi Beta Kappa recognition and 10 have been named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, most recently, Emily Bartlett ’09. Ginny Ryan ’95 was a finalist for the Walter Byers Scholarship, was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and earned a full scholarship to medical school, while two other athletes, Samantha Olyha ’14 and Emily Shearer ’14, earned Marshall Scholarships. Jennifer Cobb was a top 10 finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year in 1992. In 1998, Duesing was appointed to the prestigious NCAA Track and Field Committee for a four-year term. He was also honored by his peers in serving as the team leader and head coach for the USA women’s cross country team that competed in South Africa at the IAAF XXIV World Cross Country Championships in March 1996. In 1989, Duesing was the head coach of the USA women’s cross country team, which won a bronze medal at the IAAF XVII World Championships in Stavanger, Norway. He has also been a coach at the U.S. Olympic Festival.
Colin Farrell ’05, Men’s Lightweight Rowing
Farrell was one of the fastest rowers in the nation during his time with the Big Red, leading all four of his varsity boats to medals at the Eastern Sprints. As stroke of the varsity crew, he led Cornell to a combined record of 17-2 over his final two seasons, including a mark of 10-2 in Ivy competition, the best record by a Cornellian as a two-year stroke in more than 50 years. The effort during his senior year was particularly impressive, as the boat suffered injuries that led to four sophomores moving into the varsity eight, but the crew still managed to rise as high as No. 3 in the EARC rankings. As a senior captain, he won Cornell’s Mario St. George Boiardi Leadership Award for the athlete most embodying leadership, athleticism, and strong work ethic. Following the season he was the only collegiate rower to be invited to the US national team tryouts. He went on to become a three-time U.S. National team rower, winning a Gold Medal at the 2008 World Championships in the lightweight eight after trips to Worlds in 2006 and 2007 in lightweight fours. He is currently the head coach of the Penn men’s lightweight team.
Karen Force ’04, Women’s Basketball
Force ended her career as one of the top point guards in Ivy League history, becoming the first Ivy women’s basketball player to record totals of more than 1,250 points and 400 assists in a career. After earning Ivy All-Rookie team honors in 2000-01, she was an All-Ivy honorable mention selection as a sophomore, and following the 2002-03 campaign, she became the first junior in program history to be named to the All-Ivy first team. She was a second-team pick as a senior. Force became the 10th player in program history to score more than 1,000 points in a career, and her total of 1,257 points ranked fourth on the Big Red’s all-time scoring list. Her 459 career assists were the most ever recorded by any Cornell basketball player and was the fifth most in Ivy women’s history upon graduation. Force was given the Ronald P. Lynch Senior Spirit Award, given to student-athletes whose leadership on and off the field contributes positively to Big Red athletics.
Erica Holveck ’03, Women’s Lacrosse
A two-time IWLCA All-American, Holveck was part of the most successful era in Cornell women’s lacrosse history, and her impact on the team can still be seen today in its record books. Holveck has the second-most caused turnovers in program history (96) and the third-most ground balls (152). A second-team All-American in 2002, she was a third-team pick in 2003. She was a first-team IWLCA all-region pick in 2002 and 2003 and was a first-team All-Ivy selection as a senior after earning second team honors in her junior campaign. Her caused turnovers per game remains the second-best number in Big Red history (1.48), and she is sixth in ground balls per game as well (2.34). Holveck’s 2003 season remains the greatest caused turnover year ever at Cornell with her 33, and she also had the ninth-most ground balls in a single season that year (47). Holveck’s Big Red teams were among the greatest ever at Cornell, as she helped the team to its first ever national semifinal game. She was part of 49 victories in her Big Red career, the highest win total over a four-year span in team history.
Travis Lee ’05, Wrestling
Lee became the school’s second two-time national champion in wrestling in 2005, capping off a tremendous senior season that saw him earn Ivy League Wrestler of the Year honors for the second time. Lee also became the first Ivy wrestler to earn All-America honors four times and became the all-time Cornell and Ivy League leader in wins with 143. Lee won Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) titles all four years and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler twice. He posted an unbeaten season en route to a national title at 125 pounds as a sophomore, and then recorded a 37-1 record as a senior, avenging his only loss of the year in the NCAA finals at 133 pounds to capture the 2005 title. He played a major role in the Big Red’s fourth-place team finish that year at the NCAA championships, its highest finish in 52 years. The finish was also the second highest in both school and Ivy League history at the NCAA championships.
Lauren May ’05, Softball
May was an NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) third team All-America selection as a senior. A two-time Ivy League Player of the Year (2004, 2005), she was also named the 2002 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. She earned Ivy League accolades all four years she played for the Big Red, including first team honors three times. May was the 2005 ECAC Player of the Year and a three-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region First Team selection. She set nine single-season and career school records, including a season slugging percentage of .930, which ranked first among NCAA Division I players in 2004. She also graduated with six Ivy League marks, including four which she still holds. May had top marks for games played (55 season), hits (69 season, 226 career), home runs (16 season, 58 career), RBI (56 season, 190 career), batting average (.496 season, .415 career), total bases (132 season, 443 career), career slugging percentage (.814), career walks (79), on-base percentage (.578 season, .483 career) and assists (130 season, 384 career) in Cornell history.
Pete Noyes, Football Coach
Noyes worked for Cornell football for 36 years, serving as an assistant coach, director of football operations, and coordinator of football alumni relations. Noyes came to Cornell in 1977 as head defensive and linebackers coach. In 1981, he was named as the defensive coordinator by Coach Bob Blackman. Until 1998, he filled a variety of roles: defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator (1983-93), offensive line coach, and defensive backs coach. He was also the assistant head coach from 1986 to 1989. Noyes’ coached the defense to Division I-AA runner-up for fewest points allowed per game in 1986 and a seventh-place finish in I-AA in 1988. In both 1986 and 1988, Noyes’ defense topped the Ivy League and the East in the same category. The defense’s 1986 performance was also the best-ever at Cornell since the formation of the Ivy League. In 1990, while Noyes was the offensive line coach, Cornell had three first-team All-Ivy linemen for the first time ever. In 1993, the Big Red was sixth in the nation in total defense, 13th in scoring defense, 17th in rushing defense and 21st in pass efficiency defense. Overall, his teams recorded 21 career shutouts, including 12 with Cornell. His overall record vs. Harvard and Yale was 26-15-1 (20-15-1 as a defensive coordinator), including a school-record 11-game win streak vs. Harvard (1986-96). During his 21 years of coaching at Cornell, Noyes recruited 18 captains and coached or recruited 25 first-team and 83 total All-Ivy selections. Included among his recruits are Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame members Derrick Harmon ’84, Scott Malaga ’89, Chris Zingo ’94 and John McNiff ’91. He recruited 10 starters on the 1988 Ivy championship team and 14 starters from the 1990 championship squad. During his 10 years as recruiting coordinator, Cornell played for an Ivy League title three times, winning twice (1988 and 1990) and had an Ivy League record of 39-30-1 and 51-42-2 overall. In 1995, Noyes coached in his fourth Ivy League title game, the most of any Big Red football coach since the formation of the Ancient Eight.
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