Beloit, WI – The time of year has changed but the prestige is the same as Beloit College inducts four new members into its Athletic Hall of Honor at a dinner on Saturday night, September 29, Homecoming, in the Center for the Sciences on campus.
The four – Craig Cleland ’90, Eddie Rock ’98, Laura Carpenter ’01, Henry Grant ’02 – will bring the total of the “Best of the Best” to 131.
The inductees will be recognized during the Homecoming Football game against Cornell College at Strong Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.
Below is a quick look at each of the inductees:
Craig Cleland, Class of 1990
A three-year starter and two-time All-Midwest Conference selection, Cleland transformed the tight end position into an offensive threat for the Buccaneer Football team. In four seasons he caught 73 passes for 1,401 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 19.7 yards per catch as a junior still ranks second for a single season while his 19.2 average as a senior is the third-best mark. His seven TD receptions in 1989, for a team that relied heavily on the run, set a record that still ranks #3 in history. Career-wise he still holds the all-time record for yards-per-catch at 19.2 and is tied for third with 14 receiving TDs. He was the team MVP as a senior as well as a First-Team All-MWC pick.
Eddie Rock, Class of 1999
A four-year letterwinner, Rock made his mark from the midfield position for the Buccaneer Men’s Soccer team. He finished his career with 53 career points on 17 goals and 19 assists. The 19 assists still rank third all-time in Beloit history. His best season came as a senior in 1997, when he led the team in scoring with seven goals and six assists while earning the team MVP award, First Team All-MWC honors, and All-State recognition. He also became just the third Buccaneer to earn All-Region honors that season.
Laura Carpenter, Class of 2001
A three-year letterwinner in both Cross Country and Track & Field, Carpenter set standards that are still being chased today. In Cross Country she was twice the individual runner-up at the MWC Meet, including leading the team to the Conference Championship as a junior. In Track & Field she won MWC Outdoor Championships in both the 800 and 1500m in 1998 and won the 800m title again her senior year. She also was a part of the MWC Champion Sprint Medley Relay in 2001. Her name is still prominent in the Buccaneer Record Books as the record-holder in the 600, 800 and 1500m indoors as well as part of the Distance Medley and Sprint Medley Relays. Outdoors she holds the 800, 1500 and 3000m school records.
Henry Grant, Class of 2002
Grant was a four-year letterwinner and a three-time All-Midwest Conference performer for the Buccaneer Men’s Basketball team. He earned the team’s MVP Award his last three seasons. During the 2000-01 campaign, Grant was named the MWC’s Player of the Year, and he earned Second Team All-Midwest District recognition after grabbing the second-most rebounds in Beloit history at the time with 248. In his four-year career, he grabbed more rebounds (733) than any other player in the College’s storied basketball history. He is also the #6 scorer in Beloit history with 1,296 points.