Cornell College will honor Julie (Carne) Layne ’02 (soccer/track & field), Aaron Stang ’92 (cross country/track & field), Richard Glasier ’67 (basketball) and Fred Wright ’61 (posthumous – wrestling/football) as members of the 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame Class during Homecoming weekend Oct. 5-6.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 in the gymnasium of the Small Multi-Sport Center. An alumni and faculty kickoff reception begins the night’s festivities at 5:30 p.m. in the arena. Friday’s induction ceremony will be webcast live.
The new inductees will be recognized at halftime of the Saturday, Oct. 6 football game against St. Norbert. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Ash Park Stadium.
Layne was a two-sport standout, making her mark as an All-American sprinter and one of the Rams’ most prolific soccer scorers. Cornell’s 2002 Senior Female Athlete of the Year enjoyed a banner final season on the track, which began with her claiming the 400-meter title at the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships. She remains Cornell’s last conference champion in a women’s sprint event.
Layne qualified for the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 400 and gained All-America status with a seventh-place finish in 58.58 seconds. She returned to nationals later that spring and placed 10th in the 400 (56.71) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her fastest times in the 200 (25.58) and 400 (56.53) still stand as program bests.
On the pitch, Layne was equally dynamic as a four-year soccer starter and three-time all-conference performer. She gathered first team all-IIAC honors in her final two seasons, while finishing runner-up for IIAC Player of the Year in 2001. As a senior, Layne established Cornell records for goals (20) and points (53) scored in a season.
Layne ranks second on the career list with 42 goals and 113 points. She is fourth in career assists with 29. Layne helped lead the Rams to a runner-up finish in the 2001 IIAC Tournament and a school-record 14 wins during the 1998 season. The Rams compiled a 29-8-1 mark against conference foes during Layne’s career.
Stang, a 12-time letterwinner in cross country and (indoor/outdoor) track & field, distinguished himself as one of the nation’s best in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Stang enjoyed a remarkable run with three consecutive third-place All-America performances in the steeplechase (1990-92). He was only four seconds off the national champion’s pace as a junior when Stang ran 9:03.61.
Stang was a three-time Midwest Conference champion in the steeplechase. He posted a top clocking of 9:03.01, which is a school record. Stang captured eight all-conference medals on the track. He won the conference indoor 1000 run in a meet record 2:31.61.
Stang was a participant at the NCAA Cross Country Championships his junior year. He earned all-conference cross country accolades in 1988 and 1990. A team captain in both cross country and track & field, Stang was voted Cornell’s Paul K. Scott Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1992.
Glasier was a stalwart on the basketball court, today the only Ram in school history to collect 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in a career. He is the program’s all-time rebound leader, grabbing 789 caroms in just three seasons. In 1966-67, Glasier set school marks for most rebounds (280) and best rebound average (12.7 rpg) in a season.
Glasier stands 12th on Cornell’s career scoring list with 1,107 points. He averaged 16.8 points per game over his career. Glasier also ranks fourth all-time with 261 made free throws. He was a three-time all-conference selection, earning first team accolades in 1966 and 1967.
Glasier helped lead the Rams to Midwest Conference titles in 1965 and 1967. The team compiled a 32-13 record during the two championship seasons. Glasier was named one of the six best college basketball players in Iowa in 1967.
Wright experienced individual and team success on the wrestling mat, where he fashioned a 52-6 career record and guided the Rams to Midwest Conference team championships in 1958, 1960 and 1961. Wright was rated one of the nation’s top Division I heavyweights as a junior and senior. He qualified for the national championships both years.
Wright was dominant in claiming back-to-back conference titles in 1960 and 1961. As a senior, he won the conference heavyweight division in record time with three pins in three matches for a total duration of six minutes. The Rams never lost a conference dual during Wright’s wrestling career.
Wright competed in the 1960 Olympic Trials, where he scored an impressive 10-point win over NCAA heavyweight champion Dale Lewis in the first round. Wright was crowned Iowa AAU heavyweight champion in 1957.