LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall College will induct seven individuals and one team into the Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Mary Kate Boland '01, Scott Runyon '01, Carol Gould '89, Frank McCartney '00, Vineet Asthana '99, George Darrah '59, Robert D. Curtis (coach), and the 1990-91 men's basketball team will be introduced into the Hall on Homecoming Weekend.
Boland was a three-time AVCA All-Region and All-Centennial Conference (CC) selection for the volleyball team, leading the Diplomats to a pair of CC championships, four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, and the best four-year mark in school history (120-32). As a senior, she averaged 10.19 assists per game to lift the Diplomats to a school-record mark of 34-6, a perfect 10-0 CC record, the CC Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. Boland completed her career as the all-time leader in assists (4,062) and is the only player ranked in the top 10 in career kills, digs, service aces, blocks, and assists.
Runyon concluded his career as one of the most decorated men's soccer players in school history, earning NSCAA First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region and CC Player of the Year honors in 2001. He was a two-time First Team All-CC selection, and is also the only F&M men's soccer player to have received Academic All-America accolades, earning the honor in both 2001 and 2002. Runyon guided the Diplomats to a then school record 12 wins and an ECAC Championship game appearance in 2001. He remains the all-time leading goal scorer in school history with 44, and ranks second in career points with 99.
Gould was an All-American squash player who also played women's lacrosse at F&M. A four-time All-America selection - one of just three in F&M women's squash history - Gould ranks third in all-time wins (57) and fourth in winning percentage (.731). She held down the No. 1 position for two years, and qualified for the national championships each season. Gould was consistently ranked in the national top-20, earning her first ranking (No. 20) as a freshman and steadily improving each year, moving to as high as No. 9 as a senior in 1989.
McCartney excelled in both cross country and track & field during his time in Lancaster. He was a two-time All-America selection in cross country and earned one All-America nod in track. He finished fifth in the 10,000 meters at the 1998 NCAA Track & Field Championships, and earned 30thand 31st-place finishes in the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 1999 and 2000, respectively. A two-time NCAA Mid-East Region champion, McCartney was named the Mid-East Region Male Runner of the Year by the U.S. Track Coaches Association in 2000. He helped the Diplomats claim the CC indoor track & field title in 1999 and stills holds school records for the indoor 3000 and 5000 meters and the outdoor 10,000 meters.
Asthana concluded his career as one of the finest men's squash players in program history. One of just three Diplomats to earn All-America honors four times, Asthana is F&M's all-time leader in singles wins with a career mark of 109-34 (.762), giving him 20 more victories than the next-closest Diplomat. He also owns the school record for the most victories in a single season with 33 in 1997-98, and each of his four years rank in the top-10 on the single-season wins list. Asthana captured the prestigious Merion Cricket Club Squash Championship in 1997, and also claimed the title at the Under-25 U.S. National Squash Championships in 1998.
Darrah was a member of the football team from 1955-59. In 1958, Darrah was named to the Little All-American Team as well as the All-East ECAC Team and the ECAC Southern Division All-Star Team. A team captain, Darrah set the F&M single-season rushing record in 1958 and is still, over fifty years later, the sixth-leading rusher, sixth in average yards per carry, seventh in rushing touchdowns and seventh in rushing attempts. He also remains in the top-20 in multiple statistical categories.
Curtis served as head football coach from 1971-74, posting a record of 32-3 and turning in two of F&M's unbeaten, untied seasons. His .914 winning percentage is tops in school history. In 1972, Curtis guided the Diplomats to a 9-0 regular season mark and the second of four straight Middle-Atlantic Conference South Championships. The Diplomats earned the Division III Lambert Trophy in 1972, the era's most coveted football award.
The 1990-91 men's basketball squad advanced farther than any team in the program's storied history, finishing the year as the NCAA Tournament runner-up. On their way to the championship game, the Diplomats took down defending champion Rochester in the Elite Eight and demolished Ramapo by 53 points in the Final Four - an NCAA Final Four record for margin of victory. The Diplomats captured the Middle-Atlantic Conference title and concluded the year with a 28-3 record. All-Americans and F&M Hall of Famers Will Lasky and Chris Finch led the way, while Dave Wilding joined Lasky on the NCAA All-Tournament Team. John Barnoski, Steve Bedsole, Andy Cloud, Kevin DiCello, Mark Fitzgerald, Chadd Kirk, Andy Kuhn, Chris Lyons, Mark Maggioncalda, Tom Nicholson, Ed Plakans, Kevin Weircinski, and Dave Wilding made up the rest of the squad for the Diplomats.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on the Friday, Oct. 4 of Homecoming Weekend. The event will be webcast via Stretch Internet, F&M's broadband streaming partner. Inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 5.