The greatest EMU athletes of all time?
MAC blog Hustle Belt has been breaking down each school’s nine greatest athletes of all time. After some debate, and asking who the best EMU football player has been — if you’re too lazy to click the link, Charlie Batch is running away with more than 60% of the votes, an outcome with which I disagree — EMU’s nine have been announced.
I’ll go on record as saying that I agree wholeheartedly with four of these nine, and I won’t really argue with two more; Boykins, Crawford, Gervin, and Patton certainly belong here, and since I don’t pay much attention to baseball, I’ll assume that Owchinko and Welch probably belong here too. James might go on this list someday, but she’s not there yet. But Pureifory and Batch? Nope. They’re certainly among the best EMU football players, but when you compare EMU football to men’s cross country, men’s track and field, or men’s swimming and diving, I think you’ve got to put more representatives of those other sports on this list.
Boaz Cheboiywo – 2001 NCAA cross country champion.
Gordon Minty – four time NCAA All-American (Division II his freshman year, Division I the other three). Minty won three consecutive MAC titles, placed 3rd nationally in 1973, setting a world indoor 3 mile record the same year.
Men’s Swimming and Diving – I don’t know who you pick from this group, but you can’t talk about great EMU athletes without talking about men’s swimming and diving. The program won five consecutive national championships (1968, 1969, 1970, and 1971 in NAIA; 1972 in NCAA Division II), has had 15 individual national champions, and won 29 MAC team championships.
Men’s Track and Field – Sure, this team is already represented by Hasely Crawford, and he’s pretty much a no-brainer — he won the 100-meter dash gold medal in the 1976 Olympics and still holds several school records 36 years later — but considering that EMU has had a track and field athlete at every summer Olympics since 1960, I think the program might deserve another athlete on this list.
What do you think? Who would you add (especially as a representatives of men’s swimming and diving and men’s cross country), and who would you remove?