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Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Four at Annual Banquet Friday
10/19/2005

FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State University will induct four new members into the Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame at its annual dinner and induction ceremony this Friday as part of the Homecoming Weekend festivities.

Three track and field stars and a gymnastics great will be added to bring the total to 143 members.

Steven Terry ‘89, Wayne Sherrard ‘91 and Diane Watson ‘87 join a long list of Bobcat track and field standouts in the Hall of Fame, while John LaBrec ‘79 becomes the first gymnast to be added to the prestigious group.

Terry, the 140th inductee, is one of the most outstanding athletes ever to represent Frostburg State in track and field. He won two NCAA Division III national championships at 100 meters (1986 and 1988) and was the anchor-leg runner on the three Bobcat 4x100-meter relay teams that won NCAA III national titles (1986, 1987 and 1988). FSU's 1986 4x100-meter relay team established an NCAA III national record (40.39) that lasted until 2000.

Terry was a member of the three Bobcat track and field squads that won NCAA III national team championships (1986 indoor, 1986 outdoor and 1987 outdoor). He earned a total of 14 All-America recognitions during his career (three indoor and 11 outdoor).

Terry was the ECAC Division III champion at 55 meters in 1988 and a member of two teams that won ECAC Division III championships (1987 indoor and 1988 outdoor). He also won Mason-Dixon Conference championships at 100 meters in both 1987 and 1988 as well as 200 meters in 1987. Additionally, he was a member of three 4x100-meter relay teams that won Mason-Dixon titles (1985, 1987 and 1988), and he earned a total of 14 All-Mason-Dixon honors during his career (four indoor and 10 outdoor).

Furthermore, Terry won a significant number of spring races in invitational and relay meets and competed regularly and successfully in the Penn Relays. He was a member of two relay teams (4x100 and 4x200) that established FSU outdoor records and was co-holder of the FSU indoor record for 200 meters at the time of his induction.

Sherrard, the 141st inductee, is considered the finest athlete ever to represent Frostburg State in the shot put and discus events of track and field. He established Bobcat records in the shot put (indoor: 53-5 and outdoor: 53-10.5) and in the discus (170-4) that still stood at the time of his induction, and he set FSU records in both the 35-lb. weight throw and the hammer throw that were since broken.

He earned four NCAA Division III All-America recognitions during his career as a Bobcat (1990 discus, 1991 indoor shot put and 1991 discus and outdoor shot put); his best placing in the NCAA III national championship competition was runner-up in the 1991 indoor shot put.

At the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships, Sherrard won four titles in the shot put (1988, 1990, 1991 outdoors and 1991 indoors), two titles in the discus (1990 and 1991) and one title in the hammer throw (1991). Very few athletes in the illustrious history of the Mason-Dixon Conference have won as many individual championships.

Sherrard's winning marks in the 1990 discus competition and the 1991 indoor shot put established Mason-Dixon Conference records, and he was honored as the Outstanding Male Athlete in the 1991 Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Championships. He received a total of 12 All-Mason-Dixon Conference recognitions.

Watson, the 142nd inductee, was a stellar sprinter for Frostburg State from 1984 to 1987 and earned an astounding 11 All-America honors during her career.

She made an immediate impact for the Bobcats as a freshman, helping to set a school record in the 4x400-meter indoor relay, winning Mason-Dixon Conference titles in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays, capturing the ECAC title in the 4x400-meter relay and placing third in the 4x400 and fourth in the 4x100-meter relays at the NCAA Division III National Championships. She earned five All-Mason-Dixon, two All-ECAC and two All-America honors.

As a sophomore, Watson earned two more All-America honors by placing second in the 4x100 and fourth in the 4x400-meter relays at the NCAA National Championships. She took home five All-Mason-Dixon awards, two All-ECAC honors and won Mason-Dixon championships in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. She also helped set school records in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays.

Watson continued to shine as a junior, earning three All-America honors (200-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay). The 4x100-meter relay team won the national championship. Watson set three school records (45-meter dash, 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays), won two Mason-Dixon titles (4x100 and 4x400-meter relays) and took home five more All-Mason-Dixon honors.

As a senior, Watson capped her fine career with four All-America honors (indoor 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay; outdoor 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays), six All-Mason-Dixon accolades and three All-ECAC awards. She set school records in the 55-meter dash and helped set school marks in the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays, and the 4x400-meter relay team finished second at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships.

Watson joins Maynard Hurd, a five-time NCAA individual national champion and five-time NCAA All-American, to form the second husband-wife duo in the Bobcat Hall of Fame along with former coaching greats Jim and Nancy Crawley.

LaBrec, the 143rd inductee, was an outstanding member of the Frostburg State gymnastics program from 1977 to 1979. After transferring from Montgomery College, he established himself as one of the top gymnasts at the NCAA Division II and III levels.

LaBrec set FSU records in the long horse vault (9.40), the parallel bars (7.95), the horizontal bar (7.90) and the all-around (44.35) during his career. He qualified for the 1979 NCAA Division II Championships in the long horse vault, ranking 10th in the nation, but a broken wrist suffered just two weeks prior to the championships prevented him from competing.

LaBrec also qualified for the 1978 NCAA Division II and III Championships in the long horse and did compete. He placed 61st out of 73 competitors with a score of 8.3.

Said Head Coach Fred Surgent of LaBrec, “He was a very dedicated athlete who worked as hard as any gymnast who ever performed at Frostburg State. His progress was excellent. For the two years I coached him, all of his performances in all events improved tremendously. Had he had another two years in our program, there is no question in my mind that he would have been an outstanding performer on the national level.”

The Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet will be held in the Lane Center on the Frostburg State University campus. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 pm followed by the dinner and induction ceremonies.

Tickets are $18 per person and may be purchased through the FSU Advancement Office by calling Dina Rephann at 301-687-7388.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu