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James Madison University announced its 2012 class for the JMU Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday. Among the inductees are former student-athletes LeAnn Buntrock (women's cross country/track and field), Russ Coleman (men's cross country/track & field), Charles Fisher (men's basketball), Paul Morina (wrestling), Cindy Slagle (women's cross country/track & field) and Eriq Williams (football). The ceremony will take place on Oct. 12, as part of JMU's Hall of Fame Weekend activities, with the group also being recognized at the Oct. 13 home football game against William & Mary.
The induction ceremony of the 25th group of honorees will be held October 12 at the JMU Festival Conference & Student Center Grand Ballroom, with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner and program at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 for an individual, $85 for a couple or $325 for a table of eight and can be purchased by contacting the JMU Ticket Office at 540-568-DUKE (3853) or through the online ticket service at www.JMUSports.com.
LeAnn Buntrock ('83) - Cross Country/Track & Field
Buntrock was the first JMU female cross country runner to earn All-America honors, as she earned the recognition after finishing 24th at the 1981 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Championships. Buntrock also was named to the All-AIAW Region II team following a ninth-place finish at the 1981 AIAW Region II meet. She also earned All-Virginia AIAW honors after a sixth-place finish at the 1981 state meet, her second time on the squad after earning honors in 1979 with an 11th-place finish. In track and field, she qualified for the AIAW National Championships in the 1,500-meter run as well as part of two national qualifying relays in the 3,200-meter relay.
Russ Coleman ('00) - Cross Country/Track & Field
A three-time All-American in cross country and track & field, Coleman was a member of the 1998 NCAA Regional Cross Country Championship team as well as the ninth-place Dukes at the NCAA Championships. For his efforts throughout the 1998 cross country season, Coleman earned All-American honors. He was also a two-time NCAA qualifier for indoor track and field in the distance medley relay, where he picked up All-American honors in both 1998 and 1999. He was also the 2000 indoor IC4A champion in the 3,000 meters. He ranks first all-time for JMU in the outdoor 5,000 meters, fourth in 1,500 meters, fourth in 4x800 meter relay, fourth and sixth in 4x1500-meter relay, and second and sixth in distance medley relay. On the indoor track all-time list, Coleman ranks fourth in the 1,000 meters and 3,000 meters, seventh in 5,000 meters and eighth in indoor mile. He is also a part of the No. 7 indoor 4x800 meter relay team and second, third, fourth and fifth ranked indoor distance medley relay teams in school history. Individually, he was also fourth in 1995 U.S. Junior Nationals in cross country and qualified for 1996 World Junior Cross Country Championships.
Charles Fisher ('83) - Basketball
Playing for legendary JMU coach and Hall of Famer Lou Campanelli, Fisher was part of three NCAA Division I Tournament teams, including teams that beat Georgetown (1981), Ohio State (1982) and West Virginia (1983). In his career, the Dukes were an impressive 83-34 overall, winning three East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Tournament titles his last three years while he compiled more than 1,000 career points in the pre-three pointer era. Fisher was named the 1981 ECAC South Tournament MVP and to the All-Tournament team after leading the Dukes to their first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance and played the most minutes of anyone on the squad and ranked third in scoring that year. He was also JMU's assist leader his senior year with 89. In his career, Fisher ranks second in single-season free throw percentage (91.3, 1983), fifth in career free-throw percentage (82.0), sixth in career steals (126) and ninth in career minutes (3,257).
Paul Morina ('82) - Wrestling
Morina compiled a 68-5-2 regular season record in two years at JMU in 1981 and 1982 before becoming a student assistant coach for the 1982-83 season. He was a two-time NCAA Eastern Regional champion, becoming the first Duke to win a regional title when he took the title at 158 pounds in 1981 and led Madison to a sixth-place team finish. He advanced to the NCAA Championships at 158 pounds in 1982, where he was 2-2 overall in the tournament. He also won the state title at 167 pounds in 1981. During his final season in 1982, he led Madison to a 16-2 dual match record, a third-place finish in the state championships and the Eastern Regionals, including finishing ahead of Virginia and Virginia Tech at the Regionals. In his career, he has been a highly successful high school coach in his hometown of Paulsboro, N.J., where he has coached for 27 years. Named the 1994 State Wrestling Man-of-the-Year by Wrestling USA Magazine, his teams have won 25 class state championships, 24 district championships and 25 conference titles. He has also coached 168 district champions, 75 regional champions and 13 state champions. In his 27 years, he has a 550-34-4 overall record while also serving as the school's principal.
Cindy Slagle Flickinger ('84) - Cross Country/Track & Field
Slagle was recognized as an All-American after a sixth-place finish in the outdoor 1,500 meters at the 1982 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Championships. Slagle also qualified for the national meet in the 3,000 meters that same year and in the 3,200-meter relay in 1981 and 1982. She was the Virginia AIAW 1,500 meters champion in 1981 and 1982 and also a member of the Dukes' 3,200-meter relay team, which took home top honors in the state in 1982. In 1982, she was the Virginia 1,500-meter run champion after having captured the title in the 800-meter run in 1981.
Eriq Williams ('93) - Football
A four-year letterwinner, Williams was the starting quarterback for four years at JMU, becoming the starter midway through his redshirt-freshman season. He led JMU to the 1991 NCAA Quarterfinals and a 9-4 record overall that season, accounting for 30 touchdowns (11 rushing, 19 passing) that season. In 1991, he compiled 475 rushing yards and 1,914 passing yards while leading Madison to double-overtime win over Delaware in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs. In his career, he is the all-time leader in total offense (combined passing & rushing yards) with 7,678 yards, rushing touchdowns with 32 and combined rushing/passing touchdowns with 72. He also ranks third on the Dukes' career passing yards list with 5,356 and touchdown passes list with 40, while ranking fourth on the all-time scoring chart with 204 points.