Nine people, including five former Queens standout athletes, have been named as the 2016 inductee class to Royals Hall of Fame.
Heather Bostic, Iain Hall, Daniel Kanyarahuru, Erin Schulz and Alex Tack will be inducted into Queens’ athletics hall of fame during the school’s homecoming weekend, Feb. 12-13.
They will be joined in the Hall of Fame ceremonies by Ned and Adelaide Davis and Frances and Donnie Evans, all recipients of the school’s Dr. Billy O. Wireman Award, which goes to persons who have made multiple and significant contributions to the athletics program.
“It’s a special year with several inaugural program inductees as men’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s cross country and track and field are being represented for the first time,” Royals athletics director Jeannie King said in a prepared release. “This is always a special time for Queens when we can honor and pay tribute to alums who have been instrumental in helping us strengthen our athletic excellence.”
Bostic (formerly Honeycutt) was one of the most successful pitchers on Queens’ softball team. Playing from 1994-1997, she was a three-year starter, finishing her career with 38 wins (second in school history), 331 strikeouts (third) and 10 shutouts (third). Bostic also earned Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference first-team all-conference and all-tournament team honors her senior year.
Hall, a 2008 graduate, twice advanced to the NCAA Division II championship tournament – the first Royals golfer to make the NCAAs and do so in back-to-back years. He also won the NCAA D-II Atlantic Regional tournament as a junior, and finished tied for third in the NCAA championships. As a senior, he finished third at the regional. Hall was also a two-time Conference Carolinas all-tournament team selection, and a first-team all-conference pick as a senior.
Kanyarahuru, also a 2008 graduate, made Queens’ cross country and track and field programs a national title contender his senior year. In cross country, he led the Royals to their first Conference Carolinas championship and NCAA Division II Southeast Regional championships, and a 15th-place finish at the NCAA D-II national championship meet. Kanyarahuru was named runner of the year in both Conference Carolinas and the NCAA Southeast Region, and earned All-American honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after finishing fifth at the NCAA D-II championships.
In track and field, Kanyarahuru was the Royals’ first-ever national champion after winning the men’s 5-kilometer run at the NCAA Division II indoor nationals. He also finished sixth in the men’s 10-kilometer run at the NCAA D-II outdoor nationals, and earned USTFCCCA All-American honors in both meets.
Schulz, the third 2008 graduate in the 2016 Hall of Fame inductee class, was a two-time All-American pick by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association and a first-team Conference Carolinas all-conference selection. In 70 career appearances, she had 51 goals, 23 assists, 137 ground balls, 104 draw controls and 119 caused turnovers as Queens went 45-25 overall and 20-10 in conference games. She is third on Queens’ all-time career lists in caused turnovers, fourth in ground balls and fifth in draw controls.
Tack, a 2007 graduate, was a two-time All-American while playing for the Royals’ men’s lacrosse team, as well as earning Conference Carolinas first team all-conference honors three times and all-tournament team honors twice. He finished his career with 108 goals, 72 points and 180 total points. Tack tops Queens’ all-time lists in career points and points per game, and is second in goals, assists and assists per game, and third in goals per game.
Byrd named SAC Runner of the Week
Queens senior Catie Byrd was named the South Atlantic Conference’s women’s cross country runner of the week for the second time this season after her performance at the Royals Challenge meet Oct. 9.
Byrd finished fourth overall in the meet, which drew 324 runners from all three NCAA divisions to Charlotte. Her time of 17 minutes, 46 seconds was tops among the NCAA Division II runners as the Royals finished sixth overall and second to Lee among D-II teams.
Talbert logs 100th career win
Queens women’s soccer coach Katie Talbert picked up her 100th career win Oct. 7 when the Royals beat Catawba 1-0 in overtime.
Talbert, in her 12th season as a head coach, won 10 career games at Averett in two seasons, then joined Queens’ program in 2006.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.