CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2016 INDUCTEES
April Felt `01
April spent just one year on the Hamline track and field team, participating in the weight throw, hammer, indoor and outdoor shot, and discus. A five-time MIAC champion, she holds Hamline records in weight throw and hammer. April was the 20-pound weight throw national champion, and she continues to hold the MIAC 20-pound weight throw record. She was named the USTCA Division III Regional Athlete of the Year (indoor and outdoor).
Prior to Hamline, April attended Gustavus Adolphus College for her first three years of college. There, she was a five-time All-American, three for weight throw, one for discus, and one for hammer. In 1998, April was named to the second team GTE Academic All-American, and in 1999 she was named to the first team GTE Academic All-American.
April went on to teach and coach track and field at Central High School in Saint Paul. She earned her master’s in education from the University of Minnesota in 2005. Currently, April is a mathematics teacher and former track and field coach at Hopkins High School.
Tom Kreger `03
During his Hamline career, Tom was the best distance runner in the MIAC for three years and one of the top 15 runners in the country. He was a two-time All-American in cross country and a three-time All-American in track and field.
He holds the Hamline record for the 5,000 meter indoors. He was All-Conference in the MIAC three times for cross country and the individual champion in 2002, his senior year. In track and field, Tom was five-time All-Conference award winner and nine-time MIAC individual champion. In 2002, he anchored the distance medley relay that finished fifth at the Indoor DIII National Meet.
Tom attended law school at North Carolina Central University, then worked for a large firm for several years. He now owns his own firm in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He and his wife, Mandy, have four children, Mae, Abe, Walt, and Ruth.
Dave Polson `69
Dave was a four year letter winner in basketball and team captain his senior year. He started every game for his four years with the exception of the nine games missed hid junior season due to a broken wrist. He averaged a double/double with 12.6 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game for his career. In the all-time career rankings, Dave was ranked 11th in points with 1,123, first in rebounds with 987, fifth in field goals made with 456, and seventh in free throws made with 211.
Dave worked as a sales and management professional in the plastics industry for 30 years. He then worked as a scoring professional in educational testing for 11 years before retiring in 2011. Dave and his wife, Doris, also a proud Piper from the class of 1969, have been married for 47 years. Dave serves on the Piper Athletic Association Board of Directors and regularly attends extracurricular and athletic events at Hamline. He also volunteers with the Career Development Center.
Denny Wendell `64
Denny was an eight-time letter winner who played football, hockey, and baseball. During his four years on the football team , he was named co-captain and All-Conference Honorable Mention as a defensive end. He played hockey for three years as a defenseman and baseball for one year as an infielder.
Denny worked in ht e computer industry and was involved in seven different startup companies during his 45-year career. He continued to be active in sports, playing softball for 24 years and coaching youth hockey. He was an avid traveler to remote wilderness areas in Alaska, Canada, Africa, New Zealand, and the American West.
Denny and his wife, Ruth Hastings Wendell `64, have two sons who also played college football. Their son Steve played four years at Hamline. In 1988, Steve’s senior year, the Piper football team won the MIAC championship and Steve was twice names MIAC Offensive Player of the Week.
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