SALISBURY, Md. – The 2010 Salisbury University Hall of Fame class is in and five former student-athletes will be inducted on Friday, October 15, as part of Homecoming 2010. The five athletes are Sherry Esposito, Amy Fenzel-Mergott, Joe High, Ben Madarang and Chris Turner. A reception and banquet will be held at the Guerrieri University Center in the Wicomico Room in their honor at 6 p.m.
The Salisbury University Hall of Fame Induction is one of the premier events of the year for the SU Athletics Department. The formal event recognizes the men and women, past and present, whose contributions to Salisbury University Athletics have deemed them worthy of induction into the SU Hall of Fame.
A brief description of this year’s inductees:
Sherry Esposito (Class of 2000) was a seven-time letter winner as she ran both cross country and track & field during her time as a Sea Gull. She spent the 1996, 1998 and 1999 seasons on the cross country team as well as the 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 seasons on the track & field team. During the 1999 cross country season, Esposito was a team captain and was named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference second team. As a part of the 2000 track & field team, she was named first team All-CAC for both the 400-meter dash and the 400-meter hurdles and second team All-CAC in the 4x400-meter relay. In 2000, she qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800-meter run where she placed ninth with a time of 2:13.77 (still the Salisbury University record), and was 0.007 seconds short of qualifying for the finals and earning All-American status. Esposito currently holds four Salisbury University track & field records in the 800-meter run, the 4x200-meter relay (1:53.90), the 4x800-meter relay (9:56.10) and the sprint medley relay (1:54.95).
Amy Fenzel-Mergott (Class of 1995) was a six-time letter winner during her time at Salisbury University. She spent five seasons with the women’s basketball team from 1991-1996 (playing only five games in 1993-94 season due to injury) and two seasons with the women’s soccer team in 1994 and 1995. As a part of the basketball team, Fenzel-Mergott was named to the All-Region first team and the All-CAC first team in 1995-96 along with being a Scholar Athlete Award winner in 1996. She was a team captain in 1995-96. Currently, Fenzel-Mergott is ranked fifth all-time in points (1,477) and fourth all-time in rebounds (991) for Salisbury University women’s basketball.
Joe High (Class of 2000) was a four-year letter winner for the men’s lacrosse team. High was named to the All-CAC first team in 1999 and 2000 along with being honored as a second-team All-American in 1999 and a first-team All-American in 2000. The 1999 season was topped off with being awarded as the National Attackman of the Year while High was tied for the team lead in points with 79. In 2000, he was also a team captain and the team MVP. In his four years, High helped lead the Sea Gulls to four CAC Championships and four NCAA tournament appearances, one of which ended with the National Championship in 1999. High is currently ranked sixth all-time in goals (155) and 10th all-time in points (207) in the Sea Gull record books.
Ben Madarang (Class of 2000) was a three-year letter winner in men’s tennis, and he was the first Sea Gull to ever make three NCAA tournament appearances. Madarang was named first-team All-American in doubles in 1998 and 2000 along with first-team All-American in singles in 1999. He was named to the All-CAC first team for singles and doubles in all three seasons, and he was named the CAC Player of the Year in 1999. In 1998, Madarang made it to the final eight of the NCAA tournament in doubles before falling in the event.
Chris Turner (Class of 2000) was a three-year letter winner as a member of the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team where he was a three-time All-American, two-time National Midfielder of the Year and the National Player of the Year in 2000. Turner was honored as a second-team All-American in 1998 before becoming a first-team All-American in 1999 and 2000. He was also named the National Midfielder of the Year in 1999 and 2000 along with being named to the All-CAC first team and CAC Player of the Year. Turner was a team captain and the team offensive MVP in 2000. During his three seasons, Turner was a part of three CAC Championship teams and the 1999 National Championship team. He played in three NCAA tournaments.