PALATINE HILL -- The 1991 football team, the 2005-06 women's rowing team and five individuals have been chosen for induction into the 40th Annual Lewis & Clark Hall of Fame this upcoming October. In addition, the Pioneers' Newfoundland dog mascot, Buddy, will receive the Meritorious Service Award.
The Lewis & Clark Hall of Fame Committee announced the inductees on Thursday. Jeremy Cox (Football), Chris Edison (Men's Swimming), Carla McHattie (Women's Cross Country, Track and Field), Dick Voll (Football) and Jerry Walker (Football, Track and Field) will enter the Hall of Fame as individuals during the annual Hall of Fame Dinner on Oct. 20 as part of Homecoming and Family Weekend. The Pioneers football team is scheduled to play Pacific in the homecoming game at 1 p.m. on Oct. 21 and women's soccer hosts Linfield on Oct. 22.
The 1991 football team was the last to win a conference championship, tying for the title with Linfield after finishing with a 5-1 record and a 7-2-1 mark overall. Lewis & Clark qualified for the NAIA national playoffs that season. This Pioneers team included Dan Ruhl, who was an NAIA First-Team selection. Ruhl was inducted into the Lewis & Clark Hall of Fame in 2002. Fellow Hall of Famers Brandon Ito and Jake Smith were members of the team and Brent Pavlicek was also an NAIA Honorable Mention selection that season.
The 2005-06 women's rowing team was the first to earn an NCAA nationals bid and is the only team to do so since rowing became an intercollegiate sport at Lewis & Clark. The Pioneers won the petite final at the NCAA 39s that season and finished in sixth place in the first varsity eight nationally. At the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships, the team won the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four, defeating the NCAA Division II champions in the process.
A member of the football team from 1994-97, Cox was a two-time All-Conference First-Team Linebacker and a three-time All-Conference selection overall. In 1996, he led the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges in tackles for loss and was third in takeaways, while totaling over 100 tackles. In 1997, he finished with 20-plus tackles in two separate games on his way to over 100 tackles overall again. He also served as the team captain. In 1998, Cox was named to the USA III Mardi Gras All-Star Classic and was the defensive captain for his assigned team.
Edison is a former NAIA All-American for men's swimming from 1980-84. He set two top-five all-time school marks in the 1,650 and 200 Freestyle, respectively. Additionally, Edison was part of the school's second-best 800 Freestyle relay team. He competed in two relays and three other races at the NAIA National Championships in 1980-81. In the 800 Freestyle relay, the team finished fifth overall and placed sixth the following year as well.
McHattie was the first Lewis & Clark women's cross country runner to win a conference championship as an individual. The 2005 champion, McHattie was named Northwest Conference Women's Athlete of the Year and All-NWC First-Team. That season, she earned four NWC Runner of the Week awards and the team was second at the NWC Championships, their highest finish since 1978. She had seven top-10 finishes in 2005, winning four events while also setting a course and meet record at two separate races. She was an All-West Region winner in 2004. As a track and field competitor, she set school records in the 800 and 1,500 meters, the former still standing today. She ranked in the top 20 in the 400-meter hurdles, 5K, heptathlon and was part of the 4 x 400-meter relay team. During her senior season, she won three individual NWC Championships event titles.
Voll earned All-Conference First-Team honors as a defensive back in 1950 and 1951 and was a three-year starter on defense. In 1952, Voll was pressed into the starting quarterback role after an injury sidelined the starter in the season's second game. In 1950, Lewis & Clark led 457 schools in the NCAA College Division in rushing defense and was second in total defense. Voll was the primary punter for three seasons and averaged 37.6 yards per kick. He later served as an assistant coach.
A two-sport athlete from 1988-92, Walker is a three-time track and field conference champion, a team captain, holds the school record for the 400 meters and was a member of the record-setting 4 x 400-meter relay team. Additionally, his mark in the 200 meters still sits in the school's all-time top 10. He won the 400 meters twice (1991, 1992) and was part of three conference champion relay teams. Already a member of the 1989 Lewis & Clark football team, which was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, Walker was also part of the 1991 football team that will be inducted this year. Walker earned All-Columbia Football Association First-Team honors in 1991, the year he was the team's defensive captain.
Buddy has been synonymous with Lewis & Clark since 2008 when the current Pioneers logos debuted, which include a Newfoundland dog. The breed accompanied Meriweather Lewis and William Clark on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Buddy has been highly involved on campus over the last 10 years including leading the football team onto the field at each home game and making appearances with his companion, Pete Forgey, at other Pioneers sporting and non-athletic events as well. Buddy has been featured in The Oregonian and The Columbian newspapers and Newftides, the official magazine of the Newfoundland Club of America.