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July 8, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Womens and Mens Varsity O Alumni Associations today announced 13 inductees to the Ohio State University Sports Hall of Fame. The Womens Varsity O will be inducting five new members, while the Mens Varsity O will induct eight.

The 1999 class includes: track and field athlete Mark Croghan (1988-91), baseballs Mike Durant (1989-91), swimmers Holly Humphrey Eastman (1990-94) and William Neunzig (1937-38), football standouts Jim Lachey (1981-84), Marcus Marek (1979-82) and Frank “Moose” Machinsky (1954-56), diver Thomas Gompf (1959-61), rifle standouts George Martin (1947-50) and Robin Wilkie McCall (1990-93), softball player Shauna Bowman Miller (1988-91), volleyball standout Holly OLeary Overmyer (1987-90), field hockey coach Harriet Reynolds (1973-86) and basketball star Herb Williams (1978-81).

The induction ceremonies will be held Friday, September 10, 1999. The womens banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn on the Lane and the mens will be at the Ohio Union. The class will then be recognized the following day at halftime of the Ohio State-UCLA football game (Sept. 11).

Following are brief capsules on the accomplishments of the 1999 inductees:

MARK CROGHAN…Track and Field, Cross Country…OSU letterwinner 1988-91…1989 All-American in cross country…Two-time Outdoor All-American in 3,000-meter steeplechase…Big Ten Outdoor champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 1990 and 1991 Winner of the 1991 Jumbo Elliott Award, symbolic of top male or female collegiate track athlete…Set OSU records in 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:10.69) and indoor record for 1,000-meter run (2:26.04)…Competed in 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase…Co-captain of 1991 team…A former OSU assistant coach.

MIKE DURANT…Baseball…OSU letterwinner 1989-91…Named second team All-America by Baseball America and third team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1991…First team All-Midwest Region and Big Ten in 1991… Two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete… Academic All-Big Ten in 1990… 1991 team co-captain… Member of the OSU Big Ten championship team in 1991… Second round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins.

HOLLY HUMPHREY EASTMAN… Swimming… OSU letterwinner 1990-94… Ohio State record-holder in 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and member of OSU record-setting 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays… All-American in 1991, 1992 and 1993… Four-time Big Ten champion… Two-time All-Big Ten selection.

THOMAS GOMPF… Diving and Gymnastics… OSU letterwinner 1959-61 in diving and gymnastics… Three-time first team All-American… Bronze medalist in 10-meter diving at the 1964 Olympic Games, missing gold medal by two points… National runner-up in three-meter diving competition in 1959… Led OSU to national runner-up finish in 1959… NCAA gymnastics champion on the trampoline in 1961… Three-time All-American in gymnastics… Currently a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors.

JIM LACHEY… Football… OSU letterwinner 1981-84… 1984 first team All-American and all-Big Ten Conference… Won three pairs of gold pants as part of OSU wins over Michigan… His Buckeye teams won 1981 and 1984 Big Ten championships… Buckeyes won nine games in each of Lachey’s four seasons… A 1985 first-round draft choice, No. 12 overall, of the San Diego Chargers.

FRANK “MOOSE” MACHINSKY… Football… Loyalty Award… OSU letterwinner 1954-56… All-Big Ten selection in 1954 at tackle… Co-captain in 1956… Played in the Shrine Bowl and Hula Bowl following his senior season… Played professional football with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League… Past president of the Ohio State University Varsity O Alumni organization… Member of The Ohio State University Presidents Club.

MARCUS MAREK… Football… OSU letterwinner 1979-82… 1982 All-American… Three times selected first team all-Big Ten Conference… 1982 co-captain… Played in three “Gold Pants” victories over Michigan… Ranks first at Ohio State with 572 career tackles… Ranks first at Ohio State with 316 assisted tackles.

GEORGE MARTIN… Rifle and Pistol… Pioneer Award… OSU letterwinner 1947-50… Four-time All-American… Only OSU four-time Rifle All-American… Team captain during his sophomore, junior and senior years… Became a member of the team in 1947 after volunteering in World War II.

ROBIN WILKIE McCALL… Rifle… OSU letterwinner 1991-92… 1992 All-American… Competed on U.S. National Team… Three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete… Two-time Academic All-American… 1991 National Champion, National Junior Champion and National Collegiate Champion… Earned 21 national records during her career… Earned gold medal at 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival… Guided team to second place finish in smallbore and third place overall finish at NCAA Championship.

SHAUNA BOWMAN MILLER… Softball… OSU letterwinner 1988-91… Led OSU to the NCAA Regional and its first-ever Big Ten Championship (1990)… Third team All-American in 1991… First team All-Great Lakes Region in 1990 and 1991… Three-time Academic all-Big Ten… Four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete… Currently serves as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes.

WILLIAM NEUNZIG… Swimming… Pioneer Award… OSU letterwinner 1937-38… All-American in 150-yard backstroke in 1937 and 1938… Won NCAA backstroke title, setting a new NCAA record, while becoming the first Buckeye to win an NCAA title… Two-time Big Ten champion in 150-yard backstroke… Won six gold medals in national competition as part of relays… Swam competitively until 1949 and was a medalist until his last meet… Instrumental in starting the Ohio State University Alumni Association in Hawaii.

HOLLY OLEARY OVERMYER… Volleyball… OSU letterwinner 1987-90… 1989 Big Ten Player of the Year… Two-time all-Big Ten (1989 and 1990)… Second-team All-American in 1989… Third-team All-American in 1990… Three-time all-region pick… OSU record-holder in career kills (1,802) and attempts (4,473)… Selected to the USA “B” Team during the summer of 1990… Four-time winner of Big Ten Player of the Week accolades… Named to the Big Ten second team All-Decade team… OSU Female Athlete of the Year in 1991… Led Ohio State to NCAA Tournament in 1989 and 1990… Member of OSU’s 1989 Big Ten Championship team.

HARRIET REYNOLDS… Field hockey and softball coach… Served as Ohio State’s head field hockey coach from 1973-1986… Accumulated a 142-77-24 record during her 14-year tenure… Member of United States field hockey team… Impacted community by getting media and the public involved in womens sports… Gave time to coaching until she succumbed to cancer in 1987.

HERB WILLIAMS… Basketball… OSU letterwinner 1978-81… Second in OSU career scoring with 2,011 points… Second in career rebounding (1,411)… Only OSU player to score 2,000 player and pull down 1,000 rebounds… His 834 career field goals are the most in OSU history… All-Big Ten pick in 1980… Led Buckeyes to 21-8 record and NCAA Regionals in 1980… OSU’s all-time leading shot blocker with 328… First round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers… Now in his 16th NBA season, he currently is a member of the New York Knicks.

-Go Bucks!-