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Final three inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame

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In addition to Jim Rank ’58 and Bob Dunphey ’85, the final three inductees to North Central’s 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame are Craig Stefan ’87 for baseball, Dan Baker ’89 for track and field and Susan DeNigris ’02 Kane for track and field. The induction ceremony will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Wentz Concert Hall. Craig Stefan ’87 stood out as one of the top performers in baseball during what could easily be called the most successful era ever for the program, 1984 to 1987. He was a member of three CCIW Championship teams and was the captain of the North Central squad that made the Cardinals’ first appearance in the Division III College World Series in 1987. He was a three-time First Team All-College CCIW selection and 1985 Division III All-American as an outfielder (one of nine All-Americans in the program’s history). More Dan Baker ’89 was the first North Central College track and field athlete to win multiple NCAA Division III National Championships and a pivotal player in the Cardinals’ sweep of the indoor and outdoor team national championships in 1989. He made history as both a trailblazer and a follower in the Cardinals’ storied tradition in the sport during his four years. His accomplishments include an indoor national title in 1988 at 800 meters and a second indoor national crown at 1,500 meters in 1989.  More Susan DeNigris ’02 Kane's accomplishments in track and field started her freshman year when she won the national title in the 4x400-meter relay with her teammates at the 1999 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. She earned five more All-America certificates competing indoors and outdoors in the long jump in 2001 and 2002 and the 2002 outdoor 4x100-meter relay. She also qualified for national-championship competition in the pole vault and 100-meter dash her senior year and was North Central’s record-holder in the indoor 200-meter dash, long jump, pole vault, and 4x200 and 4x400 relays, as well as the outdoor pole vault and 4x100 relay her senior year. More