Luther College inducted six former student-athletes into the Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 17. The induction ceremony was held at the Nobel Recital Hall located in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, following the Homecoming football victory (41-34 OT) over Buena Vista University.
The six inductees were Mike Carney, cross country/track, class of 1985; Alan Read, football, class of 1990; Paul Bunnell Jr., cross country/track, class of 1989; Erika Schmitt, tennis, class of 1995; Katie (Pettigrew) Weems, soccer/track, class of 2005; and Garrett South, wrestling, class of 2005.
Mike Carney was a four-year letter winner in both cross country and track and field who served as team captain for both sports. He ran on three Iowa Conference championships teams in cross country and four in track and field.
In cross country, he was a three-time all-conference performer and twice named the teams MVP. As a senior he helped lead Luther to a fifth place finish at the Division III National Championships.
In track, he was a three-time all-conference performer in both the 1500 meter run and the 5000 meter run and was an outdoor national meet qualifier in the 5000 his senior year. His name still appears in the top-five of four events on Luther’s all-time performance lists.
Paul Bunnell Jr. was a member of four Iowa Conference championship cross country teams and one track and field squad. Twice he earned all-conference honors in cross country and was a member of three Division III national qualifying teams that placed 5th, 13th and captured Luther’s only national championship in 1985.
On the track, he earned all-conference honors in the 1500 and 5000 and was a three-time all-conference performer in the 3000 steeplechase, that included capturing the league title in 1987. Twice he was a national meet qualifier in the steeplechase and earned All-America honors placing sixth in 1987. He still holds the school records for the steeplechase (9:07.25) and 3,000 meter run (8:39.64) that have been on the records books for 28 years.
Alan Read was a four-year letter winner in football and completed his career as one of the best linebackers in Luther history. Twice he was named all-Iowa Conference and held the all-time tackles record of 282 at the conclusion of his career. He was also credited with 9 interceptions, 7.5 sacks and 2 touchdowns.
The defensive units he played on still hold the school records for fewest points allowed in a 10-game season (89) in 1986; fewest yards allowed in a game (12) vs. William Penn in 1987; most fumbles recovered in a season (22) and in a single game (6) both set in 1987.
Erika Schmitt was one of the most dominate players in the Iowa Conference and Tri-State region. She helped lead Luther to four consecutive league titles and two NCAA III National Tournaments, where the Norse placed 10th and 9th as a team.
Individually, she was a four-time conference champion in singles and three times in doubles. Twice she was crowned the ITA Rolex regional doubles champion with teammate Sara (Anderson) Doherty. This duo went on to place 8th in 1992 and 6th in 1993, at the ITA Rolex National Tournament.
During her career she tallied a singles record of 78-35 and was 83-37 in doubles. As a senior, she was presented the prestigious Prince ITA Graduate Scholar Award, presented to one individual per year for the entire nation.
Garrett South is one of three individuals in the history of Luther wrestling to have claimed three Iowa Conference championships during their careers. During his four years in a Norse uniform he posted a record of 127-32 and holds the all-time career record for falls of 58. He was a four-time national meet qualifier that helped lead the Norse to a national meet finishes of 5th in 2003 and third place finishes in 2004 and 2005.
Individually, he earned All-America honors three times that included a 4th place finish at 157, national runner-up finish as a junior at 165, and as a senior was the national champion at 165. In 2013 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Academically, he was a three-time NWCA Academic All-American; a two-time CoSIDA All-American; an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar; and was named the Iowa Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Katie (Pettigrew) Weems is arguably one of the best two sports athletes Luther has ever had. During her four years she excelled on both the soccer field and in track and field.
In soccer, she helped lead Luther to a record of 60-16 and an Iowa Conference championship her senior year. Four times she was named all-Iowa Conference and all-Central Region, and twice she was named Iowa Conference MVP. At the conclusion of her career she was and remains the Divison III all-time leader for career goals (124) and career points (297).
Following the soccer season she took her abilities to the track team where she earned all-conference honors in the triple jump, long jump, 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relays. Three times she was crowned the Iowa Conference champion both indoors and outdoors in the triple jump. She went on to earn two All-America honors in this same event indoors and three at the outdoor championships. She still holds the school records for this event indoors (37-11 ¼) and outdoors (39-3 ¾). Her named also appears today as a record holder as a member of the indoor 4 x 200 relay and the outdoor sprint medley relay.