ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Three former NAIA All-Americans, Charity (Miles) DeLawyer, Hillary (Hanno) Gingerich and Cody Van Sloten will be inducted into the Northwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 30.
These honorees will bring the number of Hall of Famers to 113. They, along with two coaches of the year (Cory Brandt, Mike Meyer) and Barnabas Award recipients Kristen (TeGrootenhuis) Olson and Derrick Rensink, will be recognized at an 11 a.m. luncheon in the Vermeer South Dining Room, then at halftime of the football game against Morningside which will begin at 1:30 p.m.
A 2011 graduate, DeLawyer earned All-American honors in cross country with a fifth-place finish. She attained All-American track status in the 5,000 four times with second-place finishes at the 2009 and 2011 outdoor national meets along with thirds at the 2008 and 2011 indoor nationals. She was also a member of the 4x800 relay that took third at the 2011 outdoor meet.
A four-time cross country national qualifier, DeLawyer was also a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete in cross country and track. She’s still Northwestern’s indoor and outdoor record holder in the 3,000 and the 5,000.
Gingerich, a former Bishop Heelan High School athlete who graduated from Northwestern in 2011, is the Red Raiders’ career leader with 2,011 kills. She also recorded 138 ace serves, 226 block assists and 312 total blocks for a squad that compiled a 133-26 record over four years which included a 61-4 Great Plains Athletic Conference mark.
A December 2008 graduate, Van Sloten was a defensive end who received All-America football honors in 2007 and 2008. The Boyden-Hull High School graduate is sixth in Northwestern history with 24.5 sacks and also has 122 assisted tackles and 46 tackles for loss.
Brandt, who graduated from Northwestern in 1992, led last year’s Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley football team to a 12-1 record and the Class 2A state championship. He has compiled a 154-70 career record.
Meyer, a 1979 Northwestern graduate, has posted a 274-127 record in 12 seasons as Le Mars Gehlen Catholic’s volleyball coach, where seven of his teams have competed at the Class 1A state tournament. He has coached for 36 years, 16 of those at Northwestern.
Olson is a 1993 Northwestern graduate who lettered four years in both cross country and track and qualified multiple times for nationals. A resident of Kalamazoo, Mich., Olson is a home-school mom and volunteer coach for the Kalamazoo Cougars home school cross country team.
The late Derick Rensink will receive the Barnabas Award posthumously, as he died following a May 2013 car accident. A 2011 graduate, he lettered two years in football and was also a member of the basketball team. He taught fourth grade and was the head girls basketball coach and junior high baseball coach for the South O’Brien school district.
The public is invited to attend the luncheon. Tickets are $10 apiece. For more information, contact Kara Smit in Northwestern’s athletic department at (712) 707-7280 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.