The Spartan Club, in coordination with the Case Western Reserve University Department of Athletics, has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame Class – Aaron Johnston-Peck (Cross Country/ Track & Field, CWRU '07), David Kallevig (Football, CWRU '05), Carson Oren (Men's Basketball, CWRU '06), Meredith Stakem (Swimming & Diving, CWRU '03), Ed Trebets (Football & Baseball, CWRU '93), heritage selection Jack Larimer (Track & Field, WRU '63) and special category inductee Si Ostrach.
In addition, the Case Western Reserve University football teams from 2007-09, which went a combined 31-3 with three University Athletic Association Championships and three NCAA playoff appearances, will be recognized with the University Award for Athletic Excellence. As part of the recognition, twins Ronald and Donald Cunningham, who have been contributors to the football team since 1976, will be honored as well.
The seven will join the 350 current members inducted since the inception of the Spartan Club Hall of Fame in 1975, while the 2007-09 football teams will become the third group to be recognized with the University Award for Athletic Excellence, joining the 1984 CWRU football team and the CWRU tennis teams from 1972-79.
The hall of fame class and the football teams will be honored at the Spartan Club Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Award Ceremony on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom in the Tinkham Veale University Center on the Case Western Reserve University campus. The event will be held during Homecoming weekend, with more information on registration available in the upcoming weeks at http://athletics.case.edu/HOFRegistration.
Aaron Johnston-Peck is one of the top distance runners ever to compete for Case Western Reserve University. He had immediate success for CWRU, finishing 10th at the UAA Cross Country Championships during his freshman season, earning all-conference second team honors and the UAA Rookie of the Year award, after finishing as the top freshman in the race. He went on to place 74th at the NCAA Championships during his freshman season, while also coming in 20th at the Great Lakes Region Meet (earning all-region honors) and fourth at the All-Ohio Championships. Johnston-Peck became a force on the national level during his sophomore cross country season, finishing seventh overall at the 2004 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships to earn All-America status. He also won the UAA Cross Country Championship his sophomore season, the only CWRU runner to date to win the conference meet. In 2006, he was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the UAA Indoor Championships after winning the 5,000-meter run at the meet with a conference-record time of 14:44.18, a mark that still ranks as a school record to this day.
David Kallevig was a wide receiver on the Case Western Reserve University football team from 2001-04, and was named the 2004 University Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year (one of just four CWRU individuals to date) after catching 70 passes for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior campaign. He is the program's career record holder with 3,015 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns, second in school history with 203 receptions and third with 3,306 all-purpose yards. Kallevig was a two-time All-UAA honoree, claiming first team honors in 2004 and second team recognition in 2002, and became the first CWRU football player ever to be named the UAA Rookie of the Year in 2001. Within the University, Kallevig was named the Dr. David Hutter Male Athlete of the Year and received the Philip K. "Nip Heim Award in 2005, and was selected as the Bill Sudeck Rookie of the Year in 2002.
Carson Oren ranks as the all-time leader scorer and rebounder in the history of the CWRU men's basketball program, finishing his career with 1,612 points and 753 rebounds. He also ranks first in school history with 100 career games played and 346 made free throws, second with 97 starts, sixth with 128 steals and eighth with 240 assists. He is one of just three players in program history to earn All-UAA honors each of his four seasons on the team, including nods to the First Team during his junior and senior seasons. In addition, Carson was the first Spartan ever to be named the UAA Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year, claiming the honor following his freshman season in 2002-03. The South Bend, Indiana native set a program single-game record with 21 rebounds against Emory on February 25, 2006, the final game of his collegiate career. He was named the CWRU Dr. David Hutter Male Athlete of the Year in 2006, and was the 2005 winner of the Arthur P. Leary Award.
Meredith Stakem was an elite sprint freestyle swimmer at Case Western Reserve, earning three All-America certificates and seven honorable mentions during her time as a Spartan. Her career highlights included an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2003 NCAA Championships, and third- and fifth-place finishes as a part of the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay, respectively, at the 2001 NCAA Championships. Her All-America honorable mentions came in the 100-yard freestyle (13th in 2001), 400-yard freestyle relay (14th place in 2000 and 11th in 2003), 800-yard freestyle relay (12th in 2003), 200-yard medley relay (10th in 2001) and 400-yard medley relay (13th in 2001 and 12th in 2003). At the conference level, Stakem was a nine-time All-UAA finisher, including individual UAA Championships in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle during her senior year. Her career-best time of 52.27 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, set in 2003, still ranks as the third-fastest in program history.
Ed Trebets, an inside linebacker, was the first University Athletic Association Player of the Year in CWRU football history, earning the honor during his junior season in 1991, while also earning an Honorable Mention to the Football Gazette All-America Team following the campaign. He was a three-time All-UAA honoree, claiming first team honors his junior and senior seasons and second team recognition as a sophomore, while leading the team in tackles in each of the three seasons. His 364 career tackles are the fifth-most by a player in program history, as he earned the department's Bill Grice, John Anderson, Arthur P. Leary and Philip K. "Nip" Heim awards during his time as a Spartan. Trebets was also a member of the baseball team during his freshman and sophomore years, pitching in 14 games and picking up a pair of victories.
Jack Larimer competed for the track and field team at Western Reserve University from 1959 through 1963, winning five conference championships and earned seven All-Presidents' Athletic Conference honors. He was the premier sprinter and hurdler in the conference during his time with the team, sweeping the championships in the 100-yard dash, 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard intermediate in 1961, before returning in 1962 to defend his title in both the 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard intermediate hurdles. Larimer set PAC records in three events during his time as a Red Cat, and totaled a stunning 68 points over his career at the conference championship meets. For his efforts, Larimer was named to the PAC 60th Anniversary Men's Outdoor Track & Field Team, one of just three honored from Western Reserve University.
Dr. Simon "Si" Ostrach
Si Ostrach is the Wilbert Austin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering at CWRU and former Director of the National Center for Space Exploration Research. He is acknowledged by NASA as one of 12 Super Stars of Modern Aeronautics and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the National Academy of Engineering. He retired in 2005 after 45 years on the CWRU faculty. Over the course of a 60-year career, Ostrach has made groundbreaking contributions to engineering and to the understanding of natural convection and physiologic and microgravity flows. Dr. Ostrach also designed major experiments that flew aboard the space shuttle in 1992 and 1995. Aside from his impactful accomplishments in the engineering profession, Dr. Ostrach was a highly-regarded high school wrestler and spent 25 years as one of the most highly respected NCAA wrestling officials in the nation. He has been a supporter of CWRU wrestling and its faculty liason for the past 20 years, serving as a mentor to countless Spartan wrestlers and helping guide them through their athletic, academic and professional careers.
2007-09 CWRU Football Teams and Ronald & Donald Cunningham
The Case Western Reserve University football team experienced the greatest period of success in program history during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons, winning the UAA Championship and qualifying for the NCAA Championship each year. Led by All-Americans in linebacker Tom Brew, defensive back Bobby Bott, quarterback Dan Whalen and offensive lineman Tony Opperman, the team won all 30 of its regular season games during the three campaigns (as a part of a stretch of 38-consecutive regular season victories). Greg Debeljak and his assistants were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year each of the three seasons, and Whalen claimed the UAA Offensive Player of the Year each season during the historic era.
Ronald and Donald Cunningham, 53-year old twins, have been a mainstay with the program since the 1976 season, serving as ball boys for the CWRU football team at every home game and practice over the past 40 years. The two have become fixtures with the team and the University during their years of service.