FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos has announced the newest members of the 2013 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame class. Making up the class is cross country/track & field U.S. Olympian Lopez Lomong, inaugural women's soccer player Raegin Eyre and three-time women's basketball All-Big Sky honoree Jess LeBlanc.
"I am proud to announce this year's Hall of Fame Class," said Dr. Campos. "It is special to be able to recognize these outstanding former student-athletes who have impacted Northern Arizona University Athletics over the years and embody what it means to be a Lumberjack. This year's class of inductees proves, once again, that the people who have worn the Blue and Gold are world-class. I am honored to be a part of this inspiring event and look forward to welcoming back and inducting this year's class into the NAU Athletics Hall of Fame."
The three new members will be formally inducted during the NAU Hall of Fame Banquet on Nov. 1. The banquet will be from 5:30-8 p.m. at the High Country Conference Center. Tickets for the event are $40 each and can be purchased online by clicking here.
Lopez Lomong, Men's Track and Field, 2005-07
Lomong qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 1500 meters (3:41.00)...He placed 5th in the 800m finals during the 2008 US Olympic Trials...He was the flag bearer for the United States during the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony...He won his first national title when he finished first in the 1500 at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships in 3:41.68...He repeated as men's champion by winning the 1500 at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships...He placed third in the 5,000 meters at the 2012 US Olympic Trials to secure a spot on the team...Two-time USA Outdoor 1,500m champion – 2009 (3:41.68); 2010 (3:50.83)...2012 USA Indoor 3,000m runner-up (7:51.75)...Third at 2013 USA Outdoor championships 1,500m (3:45.69)...2007 NCAA Outdoor 1,500m champion (3:37.07)...2007 NCAA Indoor 3,000m champion (7:49.74)...Third at 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships (29:45)...2012 Visa Humanitarian of the Year for establishing the Lopez Lomong Foundation...2007 NCAA Mountain Region Male Track Athlete of the Year.
Raegin Eyre, Soccer, 1997-2000
Eyre was a member of the inaugural women's soccer team...Was a four-time All-Big Sky selection...Ranks second on the NAU career chart in points with 79...Holds the second-best goals scored record in school history with 33...Attempted 211 shots during her career for the second most in school history...Recorded seven game-winning goals during her career for the third-most all-time...She's one of four players to score at least 10 goals in a single season...Registered five multiple goals matches for second all-time...Is one of three players to ever record a hat trick...Played in 73 consecutive matches...Recorded the fourth-most points in a single season in 1998 with 25...Ranks seventh on the all-time assists chart with 13...Led the team in goals, points and shots in each of the program's first three years.
Jess LeBlanc, Women's Basketball, 1995-99
LeBlanc was a three time All-Big Sky selection (1997, 1998 and 1999)...Named the Big Sky Outstanding Freshman and Outstanding Sixth Player of the Year in 1996...Was a four-time Big Sky All-Academic Team member and Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award winner...Big Sky All-Tournament Team honoree in 1997...A winner of the Marie M. Rolle team MVP award in 1997...Scored 1,450 points, which is the third highest career point total in program history...Ranks in the NAU Top 10 in career points per game (6th-13.2ppg), field goals made (3rd-554), field goal attempts (3rd-1,242), 3-point field goal percentage (6th-.358), minutes played (6th-3,119), free throws made (3rd-304), free throw attempts (3rd-415), rebounds (8th-549) and games played (10th-110)...Two-time Big Sky Player of the Week.