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Johns Hopkins to Add Six to Athletic Hall of Fame

 

March 9, 2007

BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins University will induct six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, March 24. The six-member class is the 13th to be inducted since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members in the Hall of Fame to 98. The group will be honored at the Johns Hopkins-Virginia men's lacrosse game on Saturday, March 24 with the actual induction ceremony to take place in Hodson Hall on the Johns Hopkins campus later that evening.

Individuals interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies can contact Steve Caraher, Director of Blue Jays Unlimited, to secure a reservation. Caraher can be reached by phone (410/516-4096) or email (bju@jhu.edu)

Below is a short profile of each of the six inductees.

Luke Busby
Basketball
Burton, OH/Berkshire High School

One of the finest all-around players in school history, Luke Busby was at the center of the greatest run in the history of the Johns Hopkins men's basketball program. Busby helped lead the Blue Jays to a 78-32 (.709) record, four trips to the NCAA Tournament and the 1991 MAC South Championship during his career. The 78 wins amassed by Busby's class tied the school record for most wins by a class and his is one of just two classes in school history to qualify for the NCAA Tournament four times.

Busby finished his career ranked among the top 10 in school history with 1,524 points (2nd), 239 assists (6th), 110 games played (2nd), 532 field goals (2nd), 1,217 field goal attempts (2nd), 211 three-point field goals (2nd), 529 three-point field goals attempts (1st), 249 free throws made (2nd) and 309 free throws attempted (8th). He also finished his career ranked fifth in career free throw percentage (.806) and career three-point field goal percentage (.399) and still ranks among the top 10 in each of the above categories and career scoring average (13.9).

A three-year starter and a team captain as a senior, Busby earned Second Team All-MAC Southeast as a sophomore and First Team All-MAC Southeast as a junior, when he also garnered MAC Southeast Player of the Year, First Team All-Mid. Atlantic District and Second Team All-UAA honors. He repeated as a Second Team All-UAA selection as a senior, when he also grabbed First Team All-Centennial honors and led Johns Hopkins to a runner-up finish in the inaugural Centennial Conference Tournament.

Jeff Cook
Lacrosse
Baltimore, MD/McDonogh

In the storied history of the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse program, there are few players who accomplished more as an individual or with their teammates than Jeff Cook. Cook was a four-year regular for the Blue Jays from 1979-82 and helped Hopkins to a cumulative record of 51-5 with two National Championships (1979, 1980) and two national runner-up finishes (1981, 1982). The 13-0 record for the Blue Jays during Cook's freshman year was Hopkins' first unbeaten, untied season since 1941.

Cook wasted little time establishing himself as a dual threat as a scorer and passer. He concluded his career with 128 goals and 91 assists for 219 points and finished his career ranked third in career goals, sixth in career assists and fourth in career points. He still ranks among the top eight in school history in all three categories and he remains one of just three players in school history with more than 125 goals and 90 assists. In addition, his 80 points in 1981 remain a Johns Hopkins single-season record, while his 52 goals that season are still tied for the most ever by a Blue Jay lacrosse player.

While the two championships rank at the top of Cook's accomplishments, his list of individual honors is as long as it is impressive. He twice earned First Team All-America honors (1981, 1982) after garnering second team honors as a sophomore (1980). He earned the Enners Award as the nation's top player in 1981 and the Turnbull Award as the nation's top attackman in 1981 and 1982. He was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins team at the end of his career and was recently inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

John Lang
Lacrosse, Football, Basketball
Baltimore, MD/Poly

The era of standout three-sport collegiate athletes has long since passed. While there was a time when numerous athletes on the Homewood campus made their mark in the fall, winter and spring, few, if any, did so at the level of John Lang, who excelled in lacrosse, football and basketball during his career at Hopkins in the late 1920s.

Best-noted for his exploits in lacrosse, Lang twice earned First Team All-America honors for the Blue Jays (1927 and 1928) while leading Hopkins to USILA National Championships in each of those years as well. The Blue Jays compiled a sparkling 17-2 record during their two title seasons with Lang leading the way. Inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1973 and a member of the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team, Lang was also a member of the Johns Hopkins team that represented the United States in the Olympics in Amsterdam.

There is a lack of information about Lang's exploits in football and basketball, but he was a key member of both teams during his undergraduate time at Homewood. He served as a team captain in basketball and was an outstanding halfback in football.

Lang joins his younger brother, Millard, in the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame. Millard Lang was a standout soccer and lacrosse player at Johns Hopkins in the early 1930s and was inducted in the Johns Hopkins Hall of Fame in 1995. John and Millard Lang are just the second set of brothers to be inducted in the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame as they join Doug and Jack Turnbull, who were both inducted in 1994.

Stu Markley, Jr.
Football, Wrestling
Wilmington, DE/Tower Hill School

The first dominant defensive player in the recent era of successful football at Johns Hopkins, Stu Markley left a mark on the Blue Jay football program that may never be matched. His efforts under a young head coach named Jim Margraff helped turn around a program that had fallen on hard times before they both arrived in 1990. Hopkins posted winning records in 1990 and 1991 after winning a combined total of nine games in the four years before Markley arrived.

Markley starred as a linebacker in 1990, 1991 and 1993 (he missed the 1992 season with an injury) and graduated as JHU's career leader in tackles (467). He led the team in tackles in each of his three seasons with a school-record 164 as a senior. He earned Third Team All-America and Second Team Academic All-America honors as a senior, when he was also awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. At the time he became the first Hopkins football player to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship since 1977 and he remains the only football playes in school history to earn All-America and Academic All-America honors.

Markley became the first Johns Hopkins football player to earn First Team All-Centennial Conference honors three times, grabbed All-ECAC South honors as a senior and is believed to be the only three-time captain in school history. He was a finalist for the NACDA/Disney Scholar Athlete Award in 1994 and earned the C. Gardner Mallonee Award as the top senior male athlete at Johns Hopkins.

Markley was also a member of the Johns Hopkins wrestling team during the 1992-93 season.

Rebecca Savage Keller
Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash
Ellicott City, MD/Centennial

One of the driving forces in the success of the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse program in the early 1990s, Rebecca Savage Keller played three years of lacrosse, three years of soccer and one year of squash at Homewood.

As a standout in lacrosse, Savage sparked the Blue Jays to a three-year record of 38-9 and back-to-back trips to the NCAA Semifinals during her junior and senior years. She helped the 1994 team to a 16-0 start and earned First Team All-America honors in each of her last two years. Savage finished her career as ranked first all-time in goals (177) and third in points (194) despite transferring to Hopkins and only playing three years. She was named the 1994 Centennial Conference Player of the Year as a senior, when she set a school record with 77 goals and tallied 85 points and became just the third player in school history to twice earn First Team All-America honors.

While serving as a key member of the established lacrosse program, Savage also pioneered the early years for the soccer program, which debuted as a varsity team during her junior year. A standout defender, she served as a two-time captain and earned First Team All-Centennial honors as a senior. She was the first player in school history to earn First Team All-Centennial honors in soccer.

Savage lettered in squash as a senior despite having never played the sport prior to then. As one of the most decorated female athletes in school history, she earned the Catherine C. Cramer Award, which is presented annually to the top senior female athlete.

Eric Steidinger
Swimming
Winchester, VA/Western Reserve Academy

In the storied history of Johns Hopkins swimming, Eric Steidinger ranks among the program's most decorated individuals as he won two individual national championships and garnered All-America honors a total of 18 times during his career. He also helped the Blue Jays to four, top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships and four UAA team titles as well. His 18 overall All-America awards rank among the top 10 in school history.

Steidinger led the Blue Jays to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 1993 and a third-place finish in 1994. At the 1993 NCAA Championships he won the first of his two individual titles in the 50-freestyle with a time of 20:32. He bolstered JHU's efforts that year by helping four relay teams to top four finishes to cap his efforts. A year later, Steidinger repeated as the national champion in the 50 free, added a fourth-place finish in the 100 free and led three relay teams to top three finishes as Hopkins earned its highest placing at the NCAA Championships (3rd) since 1981.

Steidinger earned a combined total of seven All-America honors in his first two seasons with a third-place finish in the 50 free at the 1990 NCAA Championships highlighting his first two years. Johns Hopkins placed eighth at the NCAA Championships his freshman year and seventh his sophomore year.

Steidinger graduated with six school records to his credit, including individual marks in the 50 and 100 free. His school records in the 50 free (20.26), 200 free relay (1:22.57) and 400 free relay (3:02.57) still stand and are currently the team's longest-standing school records. Every other record in school history has been broken at least once in the last five years.

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