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‘C’ Club Hall of Fame to add five new members

June 15, 2018 at 11:30 am

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- In conjunction with Carleton College’s Alumni Reunion Weekend activities, five new members are to be welcomed into the 'C' Club Hall of Fame. The 43rd annual induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 16 at the Weitz Center for Creativity.

The 2018 induction class includes football player Mark Williams ’73, three-sport star Madeleine McAfee ’78, track and field All-American Jeff Brown ’88, Olympian Philip Dunn ’93, and former men’s tennis coach Bob Bonner.

Mark Williams '73, football, C-Club inductee, 2018MARK WILLIAMS ’73 (posthumous honor)

As a three-year starter on the offensive line, Mark Williams may have been undersized physically—he was listed at 5-feet, 10-inches and 183 pounds in the game program—but the size of his heart was on display every day through the grit and enthusiasm he displayed on the field and in the locker room. Many of his peers credit Williams with keeping the Carleton program alive in the early 1970s when a lack of roster depth and pressure from some members of the Carleton community threatened to end football at the college. He played an important role in recruiting the classes that restored Carleton’s ability to compete in the Midwest Conference.

A team captain in 1972, Williams set the standard for what a true student-athlete should be. He not only graduated summa cum laude, but he was first in his class with a 4.00 GPA while majoring in physics. Williams garnered Academic All-MWC honors in 1972 and earned the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1973. He was one of the early pioneers in the development of the Carleton Rugby Club and played the sport while working on a master’s degree in theoretical physics from Oxford University in 1975, where was a Rhodes Scholar. Williams earned his doctorate and master’s degree in physics from Stanford University in 1979 and later served on the Board of Trustees at Carleton from 2009-16.

Madeleine McAfee '78, volleyball, C-Club inductee, 2018MADELEINE McAFEE ’78

Madeleine McAfee was a three-sport star in the early days of women’s intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Carleton volleyball, basketball, and softball teams. Chosen as a captain for all three programs, she earned special team awards with each squad.

McAfee helped Carleton to a 41-14-5 (.725) record over her final three seasons on the volleyball court. The squad lived up to its reputation as Carleton’s “winningest” fall team in 1976 and finished sixth at the MAIAW state tournament. A year later the team won 17 matches, leading to a fifth-place result at the state tournament.

On the hardwood, McAfee’s athleticism allowed her to regularly turn in stellar performances, including a 14-point, 21-rebound effort in a triumph over Macalester as a sophomore in 1976. She corralled 13 rebounds during a 1977 district playoff game against College of St. Theresa.

A regular in softball team lineup, McAfee was the starter at third base and even served as a backup pitching option during doubleheaders. One of the top sluggers in program history, her talents with the bat were on full display during a 1977 MAIAW state tournament win over Concordia. In that 13-3 victory, she went 4-for-4 with three home runs and seven RBI. McAfee was the individual leader in home runs at the tournament, and her home run total was equal to the total number of home runs hit by the entire University of Minnesota team. She paced the lineup in virtually every statistical category that season as she was batting .490 with 18 RBI heading into the season finale.

Jeff Brown '88, men's track and field, C-Club inductee, 2018JEFF BROWN ’88

A versatile competitor, Jeff Brown was the first Carleton track and field athlete—and so far the only male—to earn All-America distinction in the both the multi-event competition and an individual event. He placed eighth in the pole vault at the 1986 NCAA Outdoor Championships and followed that up with fifth place (1987) and sixth place (1988) finishes in the decathlon.

Brown also qualified for the 1987 NCAA Indoor Championships after he established a new school indoor record for the pole vault by clearing 15 feet. That mark stood for nearly three decades. He still owns Carleton’s outdoor pole vault record of 15 feet, 1.5 inches established in 1986.

Brown ranked second on the program’s all-time list after scoring 6,601 points in the decathlon at the 1988 NCAA Championships. He was second on the outdoor high jump list after clearing 6 feet, 8 inches in 1985. The 1987 and 1988 MIAC outdoor pole vault champion, Brown earned a total of eight All-MIAC awards, five for the pole vault (three outdoor, two indoor), two for the outdoor decathlon, and one for the indoor pentathlon. He also received all-conference honorable mention several times.

Philip Dunn '93, men's cross country, men's track and field, C-Club inductee, 2018PHILIP DUNN ’93

A three-time Olympian, Philip Dunn competed in cross country as well as indoor and outdoor track and field during his time at Carleton. He secured All-MIAC status in both the 1500-meter and two-mile runs at the 1993 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships and added all-conference honorable mention five times across the three sports. Dunn’s most notable achievements in the athletic arena came after graduation as he competed in the 50-kilometer (31-mile) race walk competition at the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics.

He began his career in this sport at the age of 10 and continued to compete in the summer during his college years. Dunn raced at the World Junior Championships in Bulgaria between his freshman and sophomore years, placing 16th at the 10km distance. He was the No. 1-ranked U.S. race walker in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2009 as well as an eight-time U.S. national champion.

A member of 24 national teams, Dunn finished 28th in the 50km race walk at the Sydney Olympic Games, 35th in same event in Athens in 2004, and was 39th at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Dunn also represented Team USA in the 50km distance at the 1999, 2003, and 2007 Pan American Games. He won a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and a silver medal at the 2003 Pan Am Racewalk Cup.

After retiring from Olympic-level competition, Dunn joined the Board of Directors at USA Track and Field. He began serving on the Board of the Directors for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in 2015.

Bob Bonner, men's tennis, C-Club inductee, 2018ROBERT “BOB” BONNER

Bob Bonner was at the helm of the men’s tennis program through arguably the best stretch of seasons in team history, lifting Carleton’s status on the national stage. He came to Carleton in 1967 to teach in the history department—which he did until his retirement in 2005—and also spent time as the college’s Dean of Students and the director of summer programs.

With the regular men’s tennis coach on leave, Bonner stepped in as interim head coach for one season and directed the squad to the 1975 Midwest Conference crown. Bonner took over head coaching duties for nine more years beginning in 1981 as he guided that team to a runner-up finish in the MWC. Under his leadership Carleton would claim back-to-back Midwest Conference titles in 1982 and 1983 before the college moved to the tougher Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where the team was runner-up in 1986 and 1987.

Throughout his tenure, Bonner had his teams play a challenging schedule year in and year out with Carleton facing multiple NCAA Division I and II teams as well as some of the top D-III programs in the country. This rigorous slate of matches helped Bonner’s teams regularly rank among the country’s best, with Carleton claiming top-15 Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association national rankings from 1982-1987.

He guided Carleton to a team berth at the 1985 NCAA Championships where the squad lost to eventual national runner-up Kalamazoo College in the quarterfinals but bounced back to defeat Gustavus Adolphus College in the consolation bracket. It would take another 25 years for Carleton to beat the Gusties again. Bonner coached Carleton’s first men’s tennis players known to have earned All-America status: singles players Dave Treichel (1985 and 1986) and Tom James (1987-1989) as well as the doubles tandem of Treichel and John Flygare (1984 and 1985).