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Induction will kick off Franklin College’s homecoming festivities

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Franklin College will recognize the athletics contributions of two alumni and one coach with their induction today into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The event will kick off this weekend’s homecoming festivities.

Kareena Dickerson, from the class of 2000, was a four-time all-conference cross-country runner and a standout track and field athlete. She earned all-region cross-country accolades in 1999, after her senior season, held the school record in the 5K cross-country event and was the team’s Most Valuable Runner for all four of her collegiate seasons.

She also earned Most Valuable Runner honors in track from 1997-2000. She once held the college’s record in the 1,500-, 3,000-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter track events.

Dickerson is a private practice physician who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, and also is a clinical staff educator in Chicago.

Jay Hunsucker, class of 1975, is the only Franklin football player to receive the program’s Defensive Star Award for three seasons and among only six Grizzlies to earn first-team All-NAIA District honors for three seasons (1972-74). He was a four-year football letter winner and was a member of the track and field team.

Hunsucker also was a member of the Interfraternity Council, Student Court, Key Club and Judo Club. He was one of the co-founders of the Touchdown Club.

He owns Mach 1 Marketing, a promotional awards company, and teaches Brazilian jiu jitsu at Franklin College.

Doreen St. Clair had remarkable success as head coach of Franklin’s men’s and women’s tennis, track and field, volleyball and field hockey teams. She helped start the field hockey and women’s tennis programs.

The women’s tennis team netted 38 victories during the 1979-81 seasons. The 1981-82 season may have been her best, with a 14-1 record, while the 1979-80 team won the AIAW Division II state tournament and advanced to the Midwest regional tournament.

St. Clair’s success also carried over to men’s tennis, leading the Grizzlies to a 7-2 record during the spring of 1976. St. Clair’s teams had 15-7 and 16-6 records during her final two volleyball seasons.

The three inductees will be recognized during halftime of Saturday’s homecoming football game against the College of Mount St. Joseph, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Stewart “Red” Faught Stadium.

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