MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
2012 JU Athletics Hall of Fame Class Inducted

Four former Jacksonville University athletes and one benefactor were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame during the weekend.

Tara Burton, Maritt Foss, Paul Runge, Hurley Haywood, and Pembrook Burrows, the 2012 class of inductees, were honored Saturday at Negaard Rowing Center.

The honorees along with their friends and family, other members of the Hall of Fame, JU President Kerry Romesburg and members of the school’s Board of Trustees were just some of the people in attendance that made up the standing room only crowd. 

Local radio personality Cole Pepper of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the host for the night, introducing each of the inductees and their presenters.  

Each new member of the Hall of Fame was introduced by someone of importance to them by a special video recording or in the case of Burrows, in person.  Burton was presented by her father who in addition to being her parent, was her basketball coach growing up.  Former women’s soccer coach Mike Johnson introduced Foss as he was her coach during her time as a Dolphin.  Runge’s presenter was Dolphin head baseball coach Terry Alexander.  He was an assistant coach during the time that Runge spent at JU.  Heywood’s business partner and friend Dan Davis of the Brumos Companies recorded his message at the Brumos Museum containing several of Heywood’s famous championship vehicles.  The final presenter of the night was JU Hall of Famer Tom Wasdin.  He was Burrows assistant coach during the magical 1970 season. 

After being introduced, each of the honorees took to the podium where they all shared feelings of great gratitude and respect for being recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to JU athletics. 

Videos of the presentations and the acceptance speeches will be made available online. 

Tara Burton 
Volleyball star from 1997-1998 ... was the Trans America Athletic Conference “Player of the Year” in 1998 while being named to first team all-conference and achieving academic all-conference honors … in that same year, she led the Dolphins with 385 kills (4.10 kpg), 217 digs, 27 solo blocks and 52 block assists … posted 65 career service aces … in 1997, led the team with a .267 hitting average … played professionally on the beach volleyball circuit and is coaching high school volleyball.

Marit Foss 
Offensive leader for the Dolphins from 1997-2000 … 3rd Team All-America (2000) … NSCAA Regional 2nd Team All-America, twice in 1998 and 2000 … Soccer Buzz Regional All-America - 1st Team and 3rd Team, 2000 and 1999 respectively … tied for 4th all-time with three goals in a game … 3rd all-time with 16 goals in a season … 2nd all-time with 39 career goals … career leader in assists in a game (6) … 28 and 20 single season assists, 1st and 2nd all-time, 2000 and 1998 respectively … all-time leader in assists (70) … tied for 3rd all-time with 8 points in a single game … 52 and 44 Points in a Season, 1st and 2nd all-time, 1998 and 2000 respectively … all-time leader in career points (148) … business administration major in undergraduate studies with a GPA of 3.425 … received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from JU.

Paul Runge 
Three-year member of the program (1977-79) … led the Dolphins in batting average (.365), runs (55), hits (65) and home runs (5) his senior season…drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Braves in 1979 … played eight seasons with the Braves (1981-88) … spent 10 seasons as a manager in the minor leagues …currently a minor league field coordinator for the Houston Astros.

Hurley Haywood 
A benefactor to the University … inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005… finished 18th in the 1980 Indianapolis 500….. represented the International Motor Sports Association in the International Race of Champions 4 times… excelled on the race track as the winningest driver at the 24 Hours of Daytona with 5 … a three-time winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans … one of the leaders behind the Brumos Automotive dealerships.

Pembrook Burrows 
Played basketball from 1969-71 … was a starter on the legendary 1970 team that finished as the national runner-up to UCLA, going 27-2…formed one half of the 7-foot duo with Artis Gilmore… holds the season (.670, 132-197) and career (.646, 256-396) marks for field goal percentage … led team in field goal percentage in ’70 (.622) and ’71 (.670) … tied for first with a perfect shooting night (1.000, 9-9 vs. Biscayne 12-1-70).