Auggies celebrate Hall of Fame inductees


As part of its homecoming festivities, Augsburg University inducted nine members into its Athletic Hall of Fame last Thursday. Friends and family of the inductees along with the current Auggie athletes and coaches gathered in the Hoversten Chapel for the induction ceremony.

Marty Alger ’95 (Football/Wrestling) was the first 1000-yard rusher in Augsburg history, and he is currently second in career rushing yards. He earned All-MIAC honors twice in his career and won a MIAC title as a wrestler.
Chrissy (Baune) Bloemendal ‘02 (Cross Country/Track & Field) was All-MIAC selection in cross country three times and track 13 times. She finished top 15 at the MIAC cross country championships in ‘00 and ‘01. She won the MIAC title and qualified for the outdoor track national championships in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 2002, and she finished ninth.

Elizabeth (Petrik) Brown ’99 (Soccer) started all but one game as a goalie in her collegiate career. She finished with 34 career wins which ranks fourth in school history. She also is top 10 in four major statistical categories.

Paul Holmquist ’79 (Hockey/Football) was team MVP in the ‘78–‘79 season. He won the NAIA title in ’78 and qualified for the NAIA tourney all four seasons. Eric Rolland ’97 (Golf) was the team leader in the MIAC championship team in 1995, and was the second place team in ’94 and ’96. He was All-MIAC in ’95 and ’96, All-District in ’97 and All-American in ’95. Bret Sharp ’93 (Wrestling) won the heavyweight MIAC title and finished third at the 1992 national championship in his lone season as an Auggie. He also helped the team clinch a second place national team finish.

Gary Thompson ’93 (Wrestling) was a MIAC champion and finished fourth individually at nationals in ’93. He was part of teams that won the ’93 national championship, two second place finishes and one third place. He also was a NWCA Scholar All-American in ’93.

Kristin Dragseth Wiersma ’91 (Volleyball) earned All-MIAC and Academic All MIAC in ’90. She was in the top 10 in three career statistical categories.

Juli Gustafson Wilder ’92 (Softball/ Basketball/Tennis) earned All-MIAC honors as a shortstop in ’91 and ’92 while also earning All-West Region honors in ’91. She is in the top six in three career statistical categories.

This article first appeared in the Friday, October 20, 2017, Edition of The Echo.