Four join Mount Mercy Athletic Hall of Fame

Luke Franzenburg ‘04, Amy Marshall ‘04, Luke Slaymaker ‘04 and Meredith Austin VanderZee ‘04 were inducted into the Mount Mercy Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 1 as part of the University’s Alumni Games activities.

Franzenburg, from Keystone, played two years of baseball for the Mustangs. He was a two-time NAIA honorable mention all-American and two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Franzenburg earned NAIA all-Region VII and all-Midwest Classic Conference honors twice as well.

Franzenburg holds career records for saves (20), strikeouts per nine innings (9.61) and lowest opponent batting average (.194). His earned run average of 2.52 is second in school history.

Marshall, from Farmington, is the only cross country athlete in school history to win four conference titles and qualify for four NAIA cross country national meets. The four-time Harrier of the Year was also a four-time NAIA all-Region VII performer and a three-time academic all-conference award winner. She also holds the school’s 5K school record (19:03).

In track & field, Marshall was a two-time NAIA outdoor national meet qualifier. She was an MCC outdoor champion and all-MCC standout in 2004 and holds the school record in the 2,000 meter steeplechase (7:48.89).

Slaymaker, from Center Point, has the best career scoring average of any men’s golfer in school history (75.22). He was a two-time NAIA all-American and NAIA all-Region VII player.

Slaymaker was named all-conference three times and earned academic all-conference awards three times. Slaymaker also posted three of the top five single-season scoring marks in school history. His 74.20 average during the 2003–04 campaign is tied for first all-time.VanderZee, from Rock Rapids, was an NAIA all-American in 2003 and four-time all-conference selection for the women’s basketball team and the Midwest Classic Conference Most Outstanding Performer at the 2003-04 MCC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She was a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and three-time academic all-conference choice in women’s basketball and track & field.

In basketball, VanderZee finished with 1,584 points, which currently ranks eighth in school history. She also is fifth in career 3-point goals (178) and free throws made (332).

In track & field, VanderZee qualified for the NAIA outdoor national meet in 2002-03 and was also an MCC outdoor champion in 2003-04. Twice she was all-conference in outdoor track & field. VanderZee has the top five marks in school history in the heptathlon.