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North Central names 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame honorees

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Alonzo Alexander ’93 (photo, left) and Erik Taylor ’98 are two of six individuals who will be inducted into North Central College’s Athletic Hall of Fame at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Wentz Concert Hall during Homecoming weekend.

Alexander flourished in the close-knit atmosphere of the men’s basketball program and started the final three games his freshman year. As a sophomore, he earned First Team All-CCIW honors. An injury forced him to sit out his junior year, but he returned his senior year, shooting 60.4 percent from the floor and setting a school record that stood for 14 years. He finished his career ranked fifth in the Cardinals’ history in career scoring and in the program’s career top 10 in field goals made, field-goal percentage, rebounds and assists. He was the sixth player in North Central history to earn All-CCIW honors three times. More

Taylor, a distance runner in men’s cross country and track and field, was a national contender in track and field’s 1,500-meter run, placing second at the 1996 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships as a sophomore, fourth in 1997 and third in 1998. His personal-best time of 3:48.59, achieved as a senior, ranks fourth all-time at North Central and he is one of 15 Cardinals to earn All-America honors three times in the same event. He capped off his career with a victory in the 1998 cross country national championships, one of six individual national champions in the storied history of the men’s cross country program. More

Other inductees to the 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame are John Novak ’64, Sheryl Fincher ’84 McGill, Lester Belding and Marcy Thurwachter.