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June 5, 2009 Mary Washington Athletic Hall Of Fame To Induct Five Into Athletic Hall Of Fame

The University of Mary Washington will induct its 14th class into the Athletic Hall of Fame on October 16, 2009, as part of Homecoming Weekend. This year's class will include five members, featuring former soccer standout CHRIS BLELLOCH ('97), field hockey and women's lacrosse All-American CHARLOTTE COCKRELL ('97), baseball standout ERIC GUYTON ('99), All-America soccer star FELICITY SMITH ('98), and tennis All-American CHRIS WALLACE ('97).

Blelloch, a four-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection as well as a two-time all-region pick, remains as one of the most prolific scorers in men's soccer history at UMW, with 51 career goals and 121 career points. He netted 17 goals and seven assists in his sophomore
season, and added 16 goals and six assists in his senior year, both of which rank among the highest season totals in program history. The Eagles won four straight CAC Championships and advanced to two NCAA Tournaments during Blelloch's career, and finished 63-12-5. He is
currently married with one child and resides in Warrenton, Va.

Cockrell, who ranks as one of just two athletes in UMW history to gain All-America status in both field hockey and lacrosse, led both programs to never-before-seen heights from 1993-97, as the field hockey team advanced to three NCAA Tournaments in her career, including to the NCAA Championship her freshman year, and she also led the Eagles to their first CAC Championship in lacrosse her senior season. A second team All-America pick in both sports her senior season, she joins 2008 UMW Hall of Famer Eliza Huber as the only two dual hockey-lacrosse All-Americans in school annals. Now an M.D. living in Richmond, Cockrell has remained active athletically by running in numerous races ranging from 5ks to marathons since her graduation. She is married with three children.

Guyton starred on the diamond for the Eagles for four seasons before playing three seasons in the New York Mets organization. Still ranking as the school's season and career home run record holder, Guyton batted .479 in 1998, leading the Eagles to their second straight NCAA
Tournament while gaining CAC Player of the Year honors. For his career, he batted .382 with 169 hits, 110 RBI, stole 38 bases, and walked 93 times against just 51 strikeouts. Guyton is married with two sons and currently works as an Auto Underwriting Section Manager for State Farm Insurance and resides in Lincoln, Neb.

Smith carried the UMW women's soccer program to two of its greatest seasons ever, while garnering first team All-America honors and eventually playing professionally in England for Arsenal following graduation. The Eagles won three CAC titles in Smith's career, and dvanced to two NCAA Tournaments, including in 1997, when the team won a school-record 18 games en route to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament national quarterfinals. Despite playing the defender position, she scored 27 points in her career. Smith resides in Medfield, Mass., is
married and the mother of two children, and works as the Director of Coaching for John Smith Soccer.

Wallace, the first All-American in the history of the men's tennis program, led the Eagles to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997, a season which saw him break the school season record for victories. The only player in program history to play at number one singles and number one doubles all four years of his career, Wallace finished his senior season ranked 16th in the nation, and led the Eagles to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. He is a partner with the accounting firm Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves based in Richmond, Virginia.  Chris and his wife, Christine, have two children.

The 14th annual Mary Washington Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will take place on Friday, October 16, 2009, in the Faculty Dining Room at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available at a price of $30 each, and can be reserved by calling (540) 654-1743, or via email at coften@umw.edu.