Sept. 6, 2016
Check back daily as we unveil features for the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
Justin Kronauge, Men’s Tennis (2006-10)
Ohio State has surged to the top of men’s tennis in the last decade and Justin Kronauge has had as much influence on the program as anyone during that time. As a player from 2006-10, Kronauge won more singles and doubles matches than any Buckeye in history and currently has the ninth-most all-time wins of any collegiate tennis player with 280. The two-time All-American and three-time unanimous first team All-Big Ten honoree led the Buckeyes to four Big Ten regular season and tournament titles as a player. His teams never lost a match to a Big Ten team in four years. As a junior in 2009, Kronauge led the team to an NCAA runner-up finish and the program’s first No. 1 team ranking. In addition to earning All-America honors in 2009, he was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. In the classroom, Kronauge was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Paul Zelenak, Pistol (1999-2001)
During a two year stretch from 1999-2001, Zelenak was nearly unbeatable. He led his team to two free pistol national championships, a standard pistol title and an overall team national championship. During that time he earned two national titles in both the 3-gun aggregate and free pistol and he earned top-three finishes in standard and air pistol as well. All six of his All-America distinctions were awarded during this timeframe: two each for free, standard, and air pistol.
Jantel Lavender, Women’s Basketball (2008-11)
Jantel Lavender graduated as arguably the greatest Buckeye in the history of women’s basketball. She became the first Big Ten player, male or female, to be named the Big Ten Player of the Year four times and the only women’s basketball player in a Power Five conference to accomplish that feat. She also became just Ohio State’s second three-time All-American in the history of the program.
Evan Turner, Men’s Basketball (2008-10)
Evan Turner, a 2010 first team consensus All-American, earned National Player of the Year accolades to go with 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year honors. The Chicago native, who earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 2009 and 2010, was the Buckeyes’ second conference player of the year and first national player of the year in the Thad Matta era.
Dan Taylor, Men’s Track & Field (2001-04)
Nine-time All-American, seven-time Big Ten champion and two-time NCAA champion Dan Taylor was a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio State track and field team from 2000-04. A former NCAA record-holder in the weight throw (24.01 meters/78-9.25), Taylor still owns school records in the weight, hammer (69.34 meters/227-6.00) and discus (58.17 meters/190-10.00) throws. He was a Big Ten record holder in the weight throw and hammer throw until 2015.
Randy Larson, Men’s Diving (1964-66)
A national champion and All-American, Randy Larson is one of the most decorated divers Ohio State has ever seen. The 1964 NCAA Champion on three-meter and three-time All-American on both one and three-meter, he set a standard by which all Ohio State divers should be measured and added another chapter to Ohio State outstanding history of diving.
Sam Marder, Softball (2007-10)
The only three-time All-American in program history, Sam Marder finished her career at Ohio State by cementing her status as one of the greatest power hitters in Ohio State history after setting both the single-season and career records for home runs (19 and 61, respectively). The 2010 OSU Female Athlete of the Year from Calabasas, Calif., wrapped up her career with a .384 batting average, .778 slugging percentage and .571 on-base percentage, all records at OSU. She also holds the record for RBI (191), total bases (438) and walks (232). A four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, Marder’s walk total ranks No. 5 all-time in NCAA Division I history, while she is also 26th in career home runs and her slugging percentage is the 15th-highest.
John Machado, Baseball (1962-64)
John Machado was a three-year letterwinner on the baseball team from 1962-64. He was named a second team All-American in 1963 after leading the Buckeyes in runs scored (36), RBI (32) and home runs. Machado was the first three-time first team All-Big Ten selection (1962-64) in school history and was a captain during the 1964 campaign. His 12 home runs in 1963, during the wooden bat era, stood as the program record for 20 years and are currently tied for 19th in the OSU record book for a single season. In both 1962 and ’63 he was the recipient of the Potter Run Maker’s Cup, awarded to the Buckeye baseball player who has “been the greatest value on offense.”