The Minnesota State Athletics Hall of Fame class for 2016 will be formally inducted this Friday in Mankato.
The new Hall of Fame members in the student-athlete category include men’s hockey stand-out David Backes (MSU 2003-06), two-sport star Ryan Dutton (MSU 1997-2001), two-time women’s track & field national champion Amanda (Frame) Swintek (MSU 2001-05) and men’s basketball All-American Jamel Staten (MSU 2003-05).
Slated for induction in the builders category are former faculty athletics representative Ken Anglin (2000-11) and former men’s cross country/track & field All-American Mark Sybilrud (1979-83).|
Selected for induction in the “team” category is the wrestling team from 1993-94.
This year’s induction is Friday, with the formal induction ceremony taking place at the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner held in MSU’s CSU Ballroom. Registration is at 6:00 p.m. with the program slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.
More information on inductees:
David Backes (2003-06, Men’s Hockey) (student-athlete category) — Completed three-year college career totaling 46 goals and 73 assists for 119 points in 115 games… 2005-06 RBK Second Team All-American…Blaine, Minn., native named 2005-06 All-WCHA Second Team and was 2004-05 All-WCHA Third Team…Member of 2003-04 WCHA All-Rookie Team, was a two-time WCHA All-Academic selection and a two-time team MVP…Two-time team scoring champion was named First Team Academic All-American in 2005-06… Graduated from Minnesota State with a degree in Organizational Studies in 2014…Selected by St. Louis in second round (62nd overall) of 2003 National Hockey League draft, made NHL debut Dec. 19, 2006 in a game at Pittsburgh…Two-time Olympian (Vancouver in 2010, Sochi in 2014), named captain of the Blues prior to start of 2011-12 season…Signed free agent deal with Boston in summer of 2016…Along with his wife, Kelly, are involved with several charitable endeavors, including animal rescue efforts and pet adoption drives. In 2013, founded Athletes for Animals – a group of professional athletes with a shared passion for rescuing and protecting the welfare of homeless pets nationwide.
Ryan Dutton (MSU 1997-2001, Football & Baseball) (student-athlete category) — Two-sport athlete during course of career with the Mavericks, starring in football and baseball for Minnesota State…Named All-North Central Conference and NCC Baseball Most Valuable Player in 2001… Went 8-2 with 2.76 earned run average on the mound while hitting .432 with 31 runs batted in and six home runs as a senior….Named NCC Offensive Player of the Week after hitting .733 (11-for-15) in a five-game stretch…Was named 2001 team MVP after helping lead Mavericks to NCC regular season and league tournament titles….2001 All-Region First Team selection…All-North Central Conference punter in 2000…Led the NCC in punting with 43.0 average…Also played quarterback and led the Mavericks in passing yards (1,304) and total offense (1,297) as a senior…Signed as a free agent punter and went to camp with Cleveland (2004), played with Amsterdam (NFL Europe) in 2005, signed as free agent with Seattle in 2005 and with Green Bay in 2006.
Amanda (Frame) Swintek (MSU 2001-05, Women’s Track & Field) (student-athlete category) — 2005 Minnesota State Senior Female Athlete of the Year…Two-time NCAA Division II indoor national champion in the pole vault…Five-time All-American (1st indoors in 2004 and 2005, 8th indoors in 2003, 2nd outdoors in 2004 and 2005)…2005 CoSIDA Academic All-American (held a 3.57 grade point average in mathematics and was a three-time member of school’s Dean’s List)…Featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd in 2005…Broke her own indoor national record with a vault of 13’ 1 1/4” at 2005 NCAA DII national championship meet…Held NCAA outdoor record when she cleared 13’ 4” at Hamline Invitational in 2005…Three-time North Central Conference individual champion (2004 and 2005 indoors, 2005 outdoors).
Jamel Staten (MSU 2003-05, Men’s Basketball) (student-athlete category) — Two-year men’s basketball stand-out named 2004-05 NABC All-American… Minneapolis native was a two-time Daktronics All-Region selection and a two-time All-North Central Conference pick…Named NCC Player of the Week seven times in two seasons…As a senior, earned MVP honors at 2004 Pepsi Tip-Off tournament and SMSU Classic, as well as selection to Red/Lion Classic and Wells Fargo Finals all-tournament teams…Featured in Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd”…Led NCC and Minnesota State and ranked 12th in country in scoring (21.4 ppg) as a senior…686 points in 2004-05 ranked third on MSU’s all-time list…Helped lead Mavericks to NCAA appearance in 2004-05, ending a 29-year absence from postseason play…Has spent several years playing pro basketball in Asia and Middle East following college career.
Ken Anglin (Faculty Athletics Representative, 2000-11) (builders category) — Helped usher in the current era of Minnesota State men’s and women’s hockey by serving as the school’s faculty athletics representative to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for Minnesota State’s first 11 years of membership…Was an associate professor in Minnesota State’s Department of Marketing and International Business beginning in 1991 until his retirement in 2011…Earned undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota in 1972 and master’s degree from St. Cloud State in 1976 and Ph. D. from the University of Nebraska in 1990.
Mark Sybilrud (MSU 1979-83, Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field) (builders category) — Two-time cross country All-American (13th in 1981, 24th in 1982)…North Central Conference cross country champion in 1981…MSU finished third at NCAA Division II cross country championship in 1981…1983 NCC steeplechase champion and former school steeple record-holder…Has continued involvement with Maverick men’s cross country and track & field by serving on committees and staffs in hosting conference and national track & field championships.
Wrestling 1993-94 (team category) — Under the direction of first-year head coach Jim Makovsky, the Mavericks finished second at the 1994 NCAA Division II national tournament…Junior Justin Smith earned a national individual championship at 167 and including Smith, seven members of the team were All-Americans in senior Jerold Staffacher (134/sixth), senior Jim Gale (150/second), senior Joel Thoreson (158/seventh), senior Gregg Nelson (177/fourth), junior Paul Pagel (190/seventh) and senior Brad Henry (Heavyweight/fourth)…Gale completed his career as a four-time All-American and was inducted into Minnesota State Hall of Fame in 2007…In addition to the second-place finish at nationals, Makovsky led the Mavericks to a 12-2 dual mark over the course of the season…Smith and Henry also claimed North Central Conference individual titles in 1993-94. Members of the team included: Aaron Gudahl, Blaine Parrish, Nathan Godfrey, John Bannister, Phillip Almanza, Rick Nelson, Keith Menke, Jerold Stauffacher, Jason Birr, Wade Lennox, Justin Kipp, Chris Matzke, Jim Gale, Bill Wagner, Justin Smith, Joel Thoreson, Gregg Nelson, Brady Juell, Jay Kruse, Rick Kruse, Paul Pagel, Jamie Zynda and Brad Henry. Head coach Jim Makovsky and assistant coaches Pat Nelson and Andre Harnitz.