ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced its 2019 candidates for induction into the Hall of Fame that will take place on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. on campus.
Three-time softball All-American Sadye Hill Smalls, three-time national champion multisport athlete Ashley Allen Huston, Rimington trophy winner and two-time All-American football center Josh Knox and All-American soccer player Whitney Piendak Stone are the four candidates.
SADYE HILL SMALLS
Hill is one of the most decorated softball players in the history of Hardin-Simmons and there is little doubt she is the best offensive player to play for the Cowgirls.
In her career, she hit .469 with 32 home runs and 161 RBIs, while starting 162 games. As a senior, she hit .527 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs and struck out just two times on the season. In her career, she had just 24 strikeouts in 490 at-bats.
She is the all-time leader in the school's history in on-base percentage (.534), hits (230), RBIs (161) and games played (163). She is in the top 10 in 22 career categories.
Hill helped lead the Cowgirls to the ASC Championship game on three occasions and twice led the Cowgirls to ASC titles in 2006 and 2007. HSU played in a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
Hill was a three-time all-American. She won first-team honors as a senior, second-team as a junior and third-team as a freshman. She was a four-time first-team NFCA all-region selection. She was the ASC player of the year in 2007 and the ASC freshman of the year in 2005.
ASHLEY ALLEN HUSTON
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AND TRACK AND FIELD, 2007-09
Ashley Huston is far and away the top performer in the short history of the HSU track program.
She only competed on the track team for one season, the first season of the HSU women's track program. She brought home three national titles and five all-American medals on the year.
She won the indoor pentathlon with an NCAA record of 3,725 points and the outdoor heptathlon with another NCAA record of 5,242 points. Both records still stand. She also claimed the outdoor high jump NCAA Championship. She was also an All-American in the indoor high jump and the outdoor long jump.
Huston was named the Honda Award Winner as the top Female Athlete in Division III in 2009 and was also the ASC Female Athlete of the Year.
She also won five events at the American Southwest Conference Championships and she was named the national field athlete of the year by the National Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She also was named an academic all-district selection by CoSIDA and was an academic all-ASC selection. She was also the American Southwest Conference Field Athlete of the Year.
Her track career started at UTSA where she was a standout multi-eventer.
She came back to Hardin-Simmons for the 2007-08 school year to play on the basketball team. She led the Cowgirls to a 21-6 record in her one season. She was a second-team all-ASC selection but tore her anterior cruciate ligament at the end of basketball season in the 2007-08 school year.
After her knee was not ready for the start of basketball the next season, she decided to go out for the new track program.
Knox was a three-year starter for the Cowboys at center and he won the Rimington Trophy as the top center in the nation after the 2006 season.
In that same year, he was named a first-team all-American by the National Football Coaches Association, D3football.com and Don Hansen Football Gazette.
He was the 2006 American Southwest Conference lineman of the year and was first-team all-ASC. He was also a team captain. As a junior, he was named first-team all-ASC and was a second-team all-American. He was a three-time academic all-ASC selection and received his master's and bachelor's degree from HSU.
WHITNEY PIENDAK STONE
WOMEN'S SOCCER, 2003-06
Whitney Piendak was an all-American for the Cowgirls in 2006 and led the team to the NCAA Elite Eight as a senior.
Her 30 goals in a season are the second-most in school history and her record stood for 11 years. She was a four-time all-ASC first-team selection and she was the ASC player of the year in 2006.
She was twice named an NSCAA all-region selection. For her career, she ranks fifth all-time in points with 167. Her 67 goals rank fourth and her 33 assists rank ninth in program history. She had 10 game-winning goals in her career.
She led the Cowgirls to four straight ASC titles.
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