2017 Hall of Honor
Katie Algrem Feldner
Class of 2007
A decade after leaving the Beloit College volleyball court, Katie Feldner still holds four records, including most assists in a season and a career. In 2006, she helped lead the team to a Midwest Conference championship, its first NCAA tournament berth, and was the MWC Player of the Year. “Katie was the one of the finest setters that the college has ever had, by far,” says Ken Yasukawa, longtime Buccaneers assistant volleyball coach. A smart and dynamic player, Feldner was a four-year letter winner, an MWC Player of the Week honoree, a member of the MWC Crossover all-tournament team, as well as a three-time all-MWC First Team selection. Feldner also found success on the softball diamond, where, in 2005, she led the team with a .471 slugging percentage and recorded a team-leading 18 RBI. During that season, she drove in six runs, an individual game record that still stands. As a senior, Feldner was honored with the Athletic Department’s Joe Kobylka Spirit and Sportsmanship Award, as well as being selected as a Blanket Award recipient, the department’s highest athletic honor.
Class of 2003
While most student athletes set goals in college, Michael Flanagan scored them. Tim Schmiechen, who was the head men’s soccer coach, says Flanagan was unlike any player he has ever coached. “His senior year was record-breaking in almost every way.” During his freshman year in 1999, he was awarded the Best Freshman Award, and the accolades grew from there. In 2002, his senior year, Flanagan was not only the leading scorer for the Beloit College men’s soccer team, he also led the entire MWC, finishing with 18 goals and 43 points overall. Flanagan broke scoring records in his senior year that still hold in Beloit College history. He was awarded First Team All-Conference and was the first men’s soccer player in school history to be named to the First Team All-Region. Flanagan finished his career as a Buccaneer with 33 goals and 78 points overall. He was a four-year letter winner and won the Pat Dawson Award, as well as the coveted Blanket Award in his senior year.
Class of 2004
Shellie Gazdik was a force to be reckoned with during her time on the track for the Buccaneers. By the time she left Beloit, she either owned or was a part of 12 school records (seven indoor and five outdoor). Thirteen years after graduating from Beloit, she still holds five individual records; 55m high hurdles and 200m intermediate hurdles in indoor and 400m, 100m high hurdles, and 400m intermediate hurdles in the outdoor season, and was a Two Time National Qualifier. In 2004, Gazdik earned All-American status, finishing fourth in the country in 400m intermediate hurdles. “Shellie was as competitive an athlete as I have ever coached; her competitive spirit was indescribable” says Brian Bliese, head track and field coach. Gazdik was also the consummate teammate, and her relay teams still hold Beloit records for the 4x200m and the sprint medley in indoor, and the 4x100m and 4x400m during the outdoor season. “She was good at everything” recalls coach Dave Eckburg, when speaking about her venture into running cross country as well. Not only did she break records on the track for Beloit, but Gazdik was also awarded the Janssen, as well as the coveted Blanket Award, the Beloit College Athletic Department’s highest honor.
Class of 1999
McLeod was one fast Buccaneer. Not even recruited to run when he came to Beloit College, he still has his name peppered across the men’s track & field record books 18 years later. Jeff McMartin, the head track and field coach for the Bucs, recruited McLeod from the Ultimate Frisbee fields, and he became one of the finest runners ever to grace Beloit College. McLeod still owns the 200m, 400m, and 600m record for indoor, as well as the 200m, 400m, and 800m during the outdoor season. McLeod’s relay team, in which he was the anchor, still holds the sprint medley record in indoor and the 4x400m relay record for outdoor. In McLeod’s senior year, he joined the cross country team, and placed sixth in the MWC—securing a second place finish for Beloit as a team his only year in distance running. “The outdoor 800m record, 1:50.24, is the finest record we have,” says Brian Bliese and Dave Eckburg, Beloit’s track and field coaches. “It will be the hardest record to break,” says Eckburg.