SASKATOON – Huskie Athletics is proud to announce the induction of four athletes, one builder and five teams into the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame.
Scott Schutz (volleyball), Megan (Buydens) Hrynchyshyn (wrestling), Cyprian Enweani (track & field) and Samantha Simpson (soccer) will be inducted into the athlete category, while Ross Wilson will be inducted into the builder category. The 1968-69 men’s cross country team, 1969-70 and 1970-71 men’s track & field teams, as well as the 1984-85 and 1985-86 women’s track & field teams will go into the team category.
“We are pleased to honour and recognize these individuals and teams for their contributions to the legacy of Huskie Athletics,” said Chief Athletics Officer Shawn Burt. “Each, in their own way, have made outstanding contributions to our program, our university and our city.”
The University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame provides recognition to those outstanding individual, teams and builders who have not only demonstrated excellence in their athletic endeavours, but also have brought distinction to the University. These exceptional individuals have been selected by the Wall of Fame selection committee after having met the criteria for their specific category – athlete, builder or team. Wall of Fame inductions have happened in 1984, 1987, 1994, 2001, 2007, 2011 and 2016.
The 2018 induction gala is Thursday at the Holiday Inn & Staybridge Suites.
Cyprian Enweani, track & field
Cyprian Enweani is one of the track and field program’s most decorated athletes.
The sprinter competed with the Huskies from 1982-88 winning nine Canada West medals, three national medals and the Canada West and national team title in 1986-87.
While a member of the Huskies, Cyprian competed nine times with the Canadian national team including three times in the FISU World University Games and was honoured as the flag bearer in 1987. He broke three Canada West records – with the 300-metres still standing 33 years later.
Megan (Buydens) Hrychyshyn, wrestling
Wrestling for the Huskies from 2001 to 2006, Megan (Buydens) Hrychynshyn finished on the podium at the Canada West and national stage in all five years of competition.
Megan won four gold at the Canada West Championship and added a silver in 2004. She stood on top of the podium at the national championship twice, adding two silvers and one bronze. She won both the Canada West Student-Athlete Community Award and the Wrestler of the Year, as well as the Huskie Athletics Valerie Girsberger Award. Megan was a member of the Canadian national team from 2002 to 2013, winning nine medals.
She’s competed at the FISU Games, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Championships.
Scott Schutz, volleyball
An outside hitter from 1994 to 1998, Scott Schutz is a two-time Canada West All-Star and two-time All-Canadian. The Huskie Athletics all-time leader in kills with 1,257, Scott led the Huskies to a Canada West championship in 1998 and was recognized as the conference’s Most Valuable Player.
In his four seasons with the Huskies, Scott won three silver medals and competed at the national championship three times finishing second, sixth and seventh. He also holds the Huskie Athletics record for most kills in a season with 436.
Samantha Simpson, soccer
Playing for the Huskies at keeper from 1991 to 1995, Samantha Simpson put herself in the national spotlight and turned heads even when the team wasn’t showing success in the standings.
In the five-year span, the Huskies won just five games yet Samantha was given the lone Canada West All-Star spot three times and was an All-Canadian twice. In the 1993-94 season, Samantha was named the Canada West Most Valuable Player and the Huskie Athletics Female Athlete of the Year – soccer’s first and only. Samantha played in 30 games and recorded 10 shutouts in her career.
The second-longest serving athletic director, Ross Wilson left a mark on Huskie Athletics history first as an athlete, then coach and finally athletic director.
Ross’s history with Huskie Athletics began in 1966 as a junior basketball player and continued as a soccer player. In 1993, Ross became the head coach of the women’s soccer program and led the team to their first-ever .500 season and first-ever all-stars and all-Canadians.
He served as athletic director from 1991 to 2006 and over saw the Huskies win 11 national championships and 33 Canada West titles. He led construction and renovation projects for the PAC and Griffiths Stadium, increased scholarship dollars, led hosting bids for nine national championships and was a member of numerous local, Canada West and national committees.
Since retiring, Ross has still remained actively involved with the Women’s Basketball Raise A Paw brunch, as well as basketball convenor and Canada West scheduler. In 2008, Ross won the highest honour delivered by U SPORTS – the Austin Matthews Award for Outstanding Contribution to university sport.
1968-69 men’s cross country / 1969-70 & 1970-71 men’s track & field
The 1968-69 men’s cross country team won Huskie Athletics first-ever national championship. The group of distance runners translated indoors and helped the men’s track & field team to back-to-back national titles in 1969-70 and 1970-71.
Led by freshman Logan Rogers in fourth and sophomore Bob Kochan in fifth, the Huskies placed all five scorers in the top eleven to win the 1968 CIAU cross country title in Halifax, 37 points ahead of the second-place Waterloo.
A one-two finish from Jerry Filson and Merv Krivoshien in the pole vault won the Huskies the first-ever CIAU Indoor track & field championship at Winnipeg in 1970. The Huskie men scored in 12 of the 14 events to produce 50 points. Although Filson was the Huskies’ only individual winner, top three finishes were earned in six events.
Just one year later, with the core of the team still intact, the Huskies successfully defended their national title in Winnipeg. Down by four points going into the final event – the mile relay – the Huskies team of Gordon Waldner, Garth Hilderman, Lorne Tarasoff and Murray Woodbury finished first to give the Huskies a 95-90 win over Manitoba. The Huskies won three gold and six silver medals at the championship.
1984-85 & 1985-86 women’s track & field
The women’s track & field team won back-to-back national championships in 1984-85 and 1985-86.
The 4X400-metre relay of Clara Wall, Lisa Kroll, Teresa Hlady and Gwen Wall needed a CIAU- record time of 3:47.19 to secure the 1985 championship.
Just one year later, the experienced team claimed 50 points for the second straight national title and delivered a gold medal performance in the 4X400-metres once again to claim the championship. The group finished the 1986 championship winning four gold medals, two silver and one bronze.