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Varsity “K” Hall of Fame will Induct a Distinguished Group of Athletes

Antonio Gates (basketball, 2001-03) and James Harrison, (football, 1999-01), along with six other notable former Kent State athletes will comprise the 32nd class to join the Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

Also joining the KSU Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame are Meagan Class (field hockey, 1997-00), Veronique Drouin (women’s golf, 2000-03), John Faulstick (head athletic trainer, 1980-09), Charles Hankton (men’s track, 1991-94), Jeff Horvath (men’s swimming, 1972-74) and Travis Miller (baseball, 1992-94).

Dr. Emilio Ferrara (Distinguished Alumnus) and Cara Gilgenbach and Theresa Walton (Honorary Varsity “K”) will also receive special recognition for their contributions and accomplishments. 
Meagan Class, ‘02
Field Hockey

A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Class was named the MAC Player of the Year in 2000 in addition to being a first team All-MAC selection. In 1999, she was an NFHCA All-West Region first team pick and a member of the MAC All-Tournament Team. In addition to her on-the-field accomplishments, Class was also successful in the classroom earning Academic All-MAC first team (1999-00) and Academic All-District At-Large second team honors in 2000. She served as a team captain her senior season and finished sixth all time in assists (21) in school history.


Veronique Drouin, ‘03
Women’s Golf

Named the 2003 MAC Golfer of the Year, Drouin led the Flashes to four consecutive conference championships. A three-time, first team All-MAC selection, she was the medalist at the 2003 MAC Championship and was the 2000 MAC Freshman of the year. Drouin was named the head women’s golf coach at the University of Oklahoma over the summer. She is a native of St. Agnes, Quebec.

John Faulstick
Head Athletic Trainer

Faulstick served as Kent State’s head athletic trainer from 1980 until his recent retirement. Presented with an Honorary Varsity “K” letter in 2002, he was inducted into the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Hall of Fame in May of 2009. Prior to coming to Kent State, Faulstick was an athletic trainer and instructor at Ball State from 1977 to 1980. The Monroeville, Ind., native was also named the OATA Athletic Trainer of the Year in the College/University Division in 2000.

Antonio Gates

A native of Detroit, Mich., Gates earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America, NABC All-District first team and All-MAC first team honors in 2003. He was also selected to the MAC All-Tournament teams in 2002 and 2003 and the NCAA Tournament All-South Regional Team in 2002. Despite playing only two seasons for the Flashes, Gates ranks 13th all time at KSU in scoring with 1,216 career points. In 2002, he helped lead KSU to the MAC Tournament championship and the only NCAA Elite 8 appearance in school history. Following his basketball career, the San Diego Chargers signed Gates as an undrafted free agent. His accomplishments in the NFL include becoming a five-time Pro Bowl selection at tight end (2004-08) and a three-time first team All-Pro selection (2004-06).

Charles Hankton, ‘95

Hankton was a three-time outdoor MAC champion, winning the long jump in 1993 and the triple jump in 1993 and 1994. A native of Barberton, Ohio, he was an All-American in the triple jump in 1994 after a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships (7th among Americans), while his leap of 53-3 in the triple jump still ranks first all time in the KSU record books. Hankton also served as team captain his senior season.

James Harrison

Harrison was a standout linebacker from 1999-01 for the Flashes. He was named to the 2001 All-MAC first team while leading the defense with 12 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. In 2000, he also led the team with 106 total tackles. The Akron, Ohio, native’s 15 career sacks and 42 career tackles for loss rank third and fourth in the KSU record book, respectively. After his collegiate career, Harrison was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Named the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, his professional accomplishments include: two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a pair of Pro Bowl selections and two All-Pro selections.

Jeff Horvath, ‘75
Men’s Swimming

Horvath, a native of Mansfield, Ohio, had a distinguished career at KSU with six individual MAC championships to his credit. He topped the conference field in the 100 breaststroke (1972-74), the 200 breaststroke in 1972 and the 400-medley relay (1972-73). Horvath was also a part of three MAC championship teams and qualified for the NCAA championship in the 100 breaststroke (1972-74) and the 400-medley relay in 1972.

Travis Miller

During his Kent State career, Miller was a two-time All-MAC (second team in 1993, first team in ‘94) and All-MAC Tournament team selection (1993-94), while garnering MAC Pitcher of the Year honors in 1994. Miller threw a no-hitter against Wright State on March 29, 1993 and was a member of two MAC regular season championship teams (1993-94). His career continued after college when the Minnesota Twins drafted him in the first round in 1994. He pitched in the majors for seven years and appeared in 203 games with a career 5.05 ERA. Miller is a native of West Manchester, Ohio.

A member of the Kent State University Board of Trustees, Ferrara has been a long-time supporter of the athletic department, as evidenced in part by the fact that the Ferrara & Page Golf Training & Learning Center bears his name. Meanwhile, Gilgenbach and Walton were honored for their recently published Images of Sports, which is a pictorial history of Kent State Athletics. Gilgenbach heads KSU’s Department of Special Collections and Archives, while Walton serves as an assistant professor in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport.

This year’s group of inductees brings the membership of the Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame to 261 since the original 13-member charter class of 1979. The men’s basketball game against Miami at 7 p.m. in the M.A.C. Center will follow the ceremony.


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