(Kansas City, Mo.) - UMKC Athletics announced the 2011-12 Hall of Fame class on Friday night (Sept. at the annual Kick-Off Party at the Terrace on Grand in downtown Kansas City. Nine individuals and one team make up the class.
Joining the Hall of Fame this year is Lisa Buelt (softball, 1996-98), Brian Evans (men's soccer, 1993-96), Bill Hibdon (men's cross country/track & field, 1999-2002), Kaycee Kapels (women's basketball, 1996-2000), Julie Mohrfeld (volleyball, 1997-2000), Sheri Pewitte (women's track & field, 1996-2000) and Darecko Rawlins (men's basketball, 1992-1996) from the modern era; Rick Benben (men's soccer) in the coaching category; Bob Lewellen in the contributor category; and the 2001 men's soccer squad in the team category.
The official induction will take place on Friday, January 20, 2012.
Lisa Buelt - Softball (1996-98)
A first-team All-Mid-Con West selection in 1998, she earned second-team honors in both 1996 and 1997. She ranks first in school history in single-season batting average, hitting .427 in 1997. Buelt also ranks second in single season on-base percentage (.490) and triples (10). For her career, she is sixth in batting average (.341) and on-base percentage (.396). She also has the sixth most triples in a single season (4) and third best single-season slugging percentage (.551).
Brian Evans - Men's Soccer (1993-96)
A First team All-Mid-Con selection in 1994 and 1996, he was a second team pick in 1995. He also earned Mid-Con all-tournament team honors as a senior 1996. He ranks third in school history in assists (16), fourth in goals scored (18), fourth in points (52), and fourth in shots (117). Evans also holds UMKC's all-time single-game assist record with three (vs. UIC, 1994). He led the team in assists in 1995 and points in 1993 and 1994.
Bill Hibdon - Men's Cross Country/Track & Field (1999-2002)
A first-team All-Mid-Con selection in 2000 and 2002, he was a second-team selection in 2001. He was the Cross Country Mid-Con Athlete of the Year in 2002, the first UMKC runner to ever earn that distinction. Hibdon also earned Mid-Con Athlete of the Week accolades four times during his career. He ranks third best among UMKC cross country performers in the 10K (31:42) and the seventh fastest in the 8K (25:10) in school history. He is the UMKC record holder in the outdoor 10,000-meter run (30:49.84) for the track team. He was also a three-time Academic All-Mid-Con selection.
Kaycee (Kapels) Gardner - Women's Basketball (1996-2000)
A first-team All-Mid-Con selection in 1998-99, she led the 'Roos in scoring with 15.8 points per game, and three pointers with 64. She was then a second-team All-Mid-Con selection in 1990-2000 after leading the squad in scoring (15.1 pg) assists (3.3 pg), steals (2.5 pg) and three pointers (53). She was also on the Mid-Con All-Freshman team in 1996-97. A two-time Mid-Con Player of the Week as well, she recorded UMKC's only triple double against Chicago State in 1999. She also ranks fourth all-time with 128 three-pointers made, and fifth all-time in free throw percentage at .781.
Julie (Mohrfeld) Astor - Volleyball (1997-2000)
The only three-time first-team All-Mid-Con selection (1997, 1999, 2000) in UMKC history, she was the conference Newcomer of the Year in 1997 and a second-team All-Mid-Con pick in 1998. She made the Mid-Con All-Tournament team in 2000 as well. Mohrheld is the school record holder for career kills (1,581) and attacks (3,856), while ranking second in block assists (315), third in kills per set (3.54), sixth in career digs (1,049) sixth in block solos (55) and ninth in hitting percentage (.240). She is also the single season record holder in block assists (116). She played in 110 consecutive matches during her career. Mohrfeld has the third, fifth and seventh most kills in a single season, and the top two block assist totals in the record books.
Sheri (Pewitte) McCoy - Women's Track and Field (1996-2000)
The top long-jumper in school history, she was an NCAA indoor qualifier in 1998 and an NCAA outdoor qualifier in 2000, and holds the school records in the long jump indoors (20-1.5) and outdoors (20-7.75). She was the Mid-Con indoor champion two times (1997, 1998) and the outdoor champion three times (1996, 1998, 2000), earning Newcomer of the Year in 1996. Pewitte was also the Mid-Con Indoor Champion in the 200-meters in 1999 and was a member of the two-time outdoor champion 4x100-relay team (1997, 1998). She also holds the UMKC indoor record in the 55-meter dash (7.10).
Darecko Rawlins - Men's Basketball (1992-96)
A first-team All-Mid-Con selection in 1994-95, he was the first ever Kangaroo men's basketball player to earn all-conference honors. He earned a second-team All-Mid-Con selection in 1995-96 as well. He laid an assault on the record books, as he ranks second in school history with 639 career rebounds, eighth in points (1,076), third in blocks (99), third in free throws made (325), sixth in steals (121) and ninth in field goals made (364). He also holds the school record with 19 career double-doubles, and ranks second with 22 games with double-figure rebounds. He led the team in scoring and rebounding in 1994-95, 1995-96 and in blocks from 1993 through 1996. During his career, he helped UMKC to wins over the Colorado, Mississippi State, Creighton, Baylor and Texas Tech.
Rick Benben - Men's Soccer
A four-time league Coach of the Year (1999, 2001, 2003, 2010), he is the winningest head coach in men's soccer history at UMKC with more than 100 wins. He has qualified for the conference tournament 12 times during his 13-year tenure, and has four regular season conference championships (1998, 2001, 2003, 2010). Benben has also won the league tournament title three times (2001, 2003, 2008). He recorded UMKC's first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in any sport in 2001 - a 2-1 win over UW-Milwaukee.
The late Bob Lewellen was the former Chair of the Athletics Foundation Board, and served Kansas City on the Parks and Recreation Board as well. He was a long-time supporter and friend to UMKC Athletics.
2001 Men's SoccerThe 2001 men's soccer team was the first NCAA Tournament team in men's soccer history, and posted the first Division I NCAA Tournament victory in UMKC athletics history, downing No. 19 Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2-1, in overtime. The Kangaroos then dropped a tight 2-1 decision to No. 4 St. Louis University in the Round of 32. UMKC set a school record with 12 victories, as it finished with a 12-7-1 overall record. It went 3-2-0 in Mid-Con play to win the regular season title. The 2001 club had the Mid-Con Player of the Year in Larry Scheller, and the Mid-Con Coach of the Year in Rick Benben, along with six all-conference selections. UMKC also had two all-region honorees in Larry Scheller and Jason Woods.