Four inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Sat, 2007-10-13 11:02 -- univcomm
October 13, 2007

Former Raven athletes Robert Adcock, Miriam (Garner) England, Frank Runion and James Wehsollek were inducted into the Anderson University Athletic Hall of Fame as the Class of 2007 on Saturday night at the Kardatzke Wellness Center.

Robert Adcock, a Norwalk, Conn. Native, was a four-year starter on both the baseball and football teams at Anderson, including starting both ways on the football team. In baseball, he was a three-time team MVP (1961-63) and a two-time All-Conference (1962-63) selection. In football, he was All-Conference after the 1962 season.

After college, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and also played in the minor league systems of the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.

Miriam (Garner) England, a Auburn Hills, Mich., native, earned four letters in both basketball and track and was named team MVP of the basketball team in 1981. She was also a three-time team captain in track (1979-81) and two-time captain in basketball (1980-81). She was named the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete in 1982.

After college, England taught at Oakland Christian School and has also coached softball, track and basketball over the past 20 years.

Frank Runion, a Marysville, Ohio native, established himself as one of the best distance runners in school history. He earned four letters in both cross country and track and was a 10-time All-American as well as an Academic All-American and NCCAA Scholar Athlete. He was also a two-time All-Conference selection in both cross country and track.

He earned All-American honors in track six times, including three in the indoor distance medley relay, twice in the 1,500 and once in the 5,000, where he set the school record with a time of 14:28.74. He was a four-time All-American in cross country, including two each in NAIA.

Wehsollek, a Alexandria native, was a two-way starter on the offensive and defensive line for the Ravens for three years from 1954-56. He is only one of two players in AU football history to be named team MVP three times (1954-56). He was also named to the Hoosier College Conference team after both the 1955-56 seasons.

After college, he returned to Alexandria where he was a teacher, football coach, athletic director, principal, city court judge and mayor for the next 40 years. Along the way, he was the first coach to lead Alexandria to a football championship, was named conference Coach of the Year in 1959 and officiated high school basketball for more than 30 years, including the Hall of Fame and Indiana-Kentucky All-Star games.

He was named the Roy Gardner Award winner as the outstanding official for 1984 and was president of the IHSAA Official’s Association. He also officiated several IHSAA state tournament games in both football and basketball.