June 4, 2010

Seven Selected for Hall of Fame

LANCASTER, Pa. – Seven Diplomats have been selected for induction into Franklin & Marshall College's Athletics Hall of Fame. Penny Blakeman '86, John Hargreaves '74, Alex Kraft '02, Justin Salton '03, Joseph Schaller '82, Dale Schleif '73, and Jennifer Slaybuagh '92, will be inducted as part of October's Homecoming Weekend festivities.

Blakeman swam as a freshman and senior, earning MVP and All-America honors in both years. She earned All-American certificates in the 50-yard backstroke, and the 100-yard butterfly and backstroke in 1983. In 1986, she was an All-American in the 100-yard backstroke. She established several pool and college records while competing for F&M. Blakeman also represented Puerto Rico in the Pan American games.

Hargreaves was the 1974 recipient of the Garrigues Award, presented to the most outstanding male athlete in the graduating class. He earned eight varsity letters between track & field and cross country, and was a multiple-year captain of both teams. In 1971 and 1972, he was the recipient of the Morgan Person Trophy awarded to the cross country team's top runner. He was the 1973 and 1974 Thomas Floyd Trophy recipient, given to the top track athlete.

Kraft is one of the most decorated players in F&M's storied basketball tradition. He was a 2000 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team All-American and in 2001, was given Honorable Mention. He was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year in each of those seasons, and was a four-time All-Centennial choice. Kraft finished his career fourth on the career scoring list at F&M with 1,593 points. He ranked fourth at the time of his graduation in rebounds with 698. He remains fifth in career rebounds.

Salton was given Honorable Mention on the D3Football.com All-American teams following the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He was an ECAC All-Southwest First Team selection and a Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Region First Team choice in each of those years as well. His 241 career receptions are the gold standard at F&M, while his 3,136 receiving yards rank second. His 23 touchdown receptions ranked third at the time of his graduation up through the end of the 2010 season.

Schaller was a member of both the football and lacrosse teams at F&M. It was on the lacrosse field that he truly made his mark. The two-time team captain was an All-American choice in 1982, and was picked to play in the North/South All-Star game at a time when the teams were not divided by division. Schaller was a three-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference First Team selection, including the 1980 season when the Diplomats captured the league title.

Schleif was a standout wide receiver that rolled up numbers in a running-dominated era that remain impressive today. In 1972, Schleif was an All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection that helped the Diplomats to a 9-0 record and the Lambert Trophy. In only three seasons, Schleif piled up 1,635 receiving yards. A school record at the time, it remains seventh on the career chart nearly 40 years after his graduation. His 114 career receptions were also a record when he graduated and remain sixth on the career charts. Ten of those catches ended in his opponents' end zone, which was tied for third on the career list at the end of his career.

Slaybaugh was a member of the soccer, softball and basketball teams at F&M. A three-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference team selection in softball, Slaybaugh led the Diplomats to the MAC Southwest Championship as a sophomore and junior. Her .481 batting average as a sophomore ranked ninth in the nation, while her 30 RBIs ranked tenth. She was a lifetime .355 hitter with 32 extra base hits, including a school record, 17 triples and six home runs. She sported a .430 on base percentage, .556 slugging percentage, drew 41 walks, stole 26 bases, scored 62 times and drove in 93 runs. The Diplomats went 69-34 during Slaybaugh's career.

As a freshman, she started in the field for the 1988 Middle Atlantic Conference championship soccer team. The squad won the MAC West Championship in each of the next two years. The latter of the MAC West championships came after Slaybaugh converted from field player to keeper. She was named the All-MAC Second Team's goalie and earned team MVP honors. Despite spending only two years between the pipes, Slaybaugh stopped 274 shots, leaving her fifth in career saves. Her .843 save percentage ranks second at F&M, while her 1.43 goals against average ranks seventh.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2010 will bring the Hall membership to 200 individual inductees. Eight teams have been inducted as well, bumping the total membership to 208 inductees. The 2010 ceremony will be open to the public and webcast on GoDiplomats.com. Ticket information and the event time will be made available on GoDiplomats.com as the event draws nearer.