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UChicago introduces Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016

UChicago introduces Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago announced the 14th induction class of its Athletics Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 31. The seven honorees will be formally inducted Friday evening, October 14, 2016, as part of the University's Homecoming celebration.

  • Bob Carrigan (class of 1989) is one of only six wrestlers in UChicago history with multiple All-American awards. At the NCAA Division III Championships, he placed seventh at 126 pounds in 1988 and fifth at 134 pounds in 1989. He was also a University Athletic Association (UAA) champion both of those years in the first seasons of official UAA competition. As a two-time team captain, Carrigan also contributed to UChicago wrestling’s first UAA team title in 1989. In his two All-American seasons, he posted a combined 41-18 record.
  • Jacqui DeLeon (class of 2006) helped lead UChicago women’s soccer to its best four-year stretch in program history. The Maroons went 65-12-9 (.808 winning percentage) with four trips to the NCAA postseason. UChicago reached the NCAA title match in 2003 and the NCAA semifinals in 2005. As a left outside midfielder, DeLeon holds the school’s career assists record (29) and is ranked No. 10 in career points (59). She was a two-time All-American (2004-05) and two-time NCAA Division III All-Tournament Team selection. DeLeon was also First Team All-Region and First Team All-UAA three times from 2003-05.
  • Virgil "Beau" Gist (class of 1929) was one of the best middle distance runners in the country for the Maroon men’s track and field team. Gist’s crowning moment came in 1928 when he won the national championship at 880 yards. He was a three-time All-American at that distance, finishing NCAA runner-up in 1929 and third in 1927. His efforts in 1929 helped UChicago place 10th as a team at the national meet. Gist was also a captain on the Maroon basketball team. He led the team in scoring three times and ranked as a top 10 scorer in the Big Ten in his final two seasons.
  • Alan Jacobs (1957-59) established school records in men’s track and field that still stand more than 50 years later. As a sprinter, Jacobs holds the top marks in the outdoor 100 meters (10.34), outdoor 200 meters (21.14), and indoor and outdoor 4x200-meter relays. He also ranks third in the indoor 200 meters, indoor 55 meters and indoor 60 meters. While a collegian, Jacobs also tied the world record in the 70-yard dash with a time of 7.0 seconds. He earned the Bond Medal in 1959.
  • Erin Slone (class of 2001) was a prolific hitter for the Maroon softball team who left her mark in the school record books. Playing primarily at third base and catcher, Slone collected three All-Region accolades and was a Third Team All-American in 1998. She stands in the program’s top five in seven career categories and five season categories. Slone is the all-time leader in runs (107) to go with a .440 batting average (4th), 164 hits (3rd), 60 stolen bases (2nd), 37 doubles (2nd), 17 home runs (2nd) and 85 RBI (2nd). Over her four years, UChicago posted a record of 95-45-3 (.675 winning percentage) with two berths in the NCAA postseason.
  • Patrick Sullivan (class of 2004) excelled as a runner for the Maroon men’s track and field and cross country teams. He earned First Team All-UAA distinction in cross country three times in his career. On the track, his best event was the 1,500 meters, where he won five total UAA titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons. Sullivan held the UAA record in the outdoor 1,500 meters for 12 years. Nationally, he was a three-time All-American in the 1,500 meters, including a third-place finish at the 2004 indoor national meet. In the school records, Sullivan ranks second in the outdoor 1,500 meters (3:49.38), indoor one mile (4:12.42) and indoor 3,000 meters (8:20.06).
  • Barret Van Sicklen (class of 2003) utilized his offensive prowess to become the top UChicago men’s soccer scorer of the last 40 years. His 32 goals and 85 points stand fourth in the career school rankings and his 21 assists are third. Van Sicklen’s 16 goals in 2001 netted him First Team All-Region accolades, and he followed up with a Second Team All-Region honor in 2002. He was also First Team All-UAA in both of those years. During Van Sicklen’s time on the team, the Maroons won 44 matches – the program’s best four-year win total up until that point.

Inductees were selected by a committee composed of University of Chicago faculty, staff, alumni and Athletics Hall of Fame members. Twenty-five individuals were chosen for the inaugural class in 2003. A maximum of eight individuals have been and will be selected on an annual basis.

To be eligible for induction into the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame, athletes must have attended the University, competed in an intercollegiate sport, and completed their participation in intercollegiate sports a minimum of five years prior to induction. Coaches or administrators must also have ceased service in that capacity at least five years prior to induction.