ORU Athletics Announces 2013 Hall Of Fame Class

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 11:26 am
By: News On 6

The Oral Roberts University Athletic Department will add three Golden Eagles to its Athletic Hall of Fame. Former ORU student-athletes Dena Dial (women's track & field), Ryan Neill (baseball) and Elisha Turek (women's basketball) comprise this year's class.

All three will be in attendance for the ORU Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to be held at halftime of the men's basketball game against McNeese State on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Dial, who attended ORU from 1997-2000, earned All-American honors in the pole vault during both the indoor and outdoor seasons of her senior year. She was a four-time conference champion and a five-time all-conference selection, earning league athlete of the week honors twice.

Neill, a student-athlete from 1997-2000 and current assistant coach, was a 1999 third-team All-American after hitting .423 with 17 home runs and 71 RBI. Twice he earned first team all-conference honors and was the 1999 Mid-Con Tournament MVP. He remains the school's career home run leader (48) and RBI (199) and helped lead ORU to three Mid-Con Championships and three NCAA Regional appearances, kick-starting the string of 15-straight championships and regional appearances that was continued in 2012. In all, Neill has been a player or coach for 10 of those 15 consecutive championships.

Turek wore the Blue and Gold from 2003-07, and left as one of the most decorated women's basketball players in school history. The conference's newcomer of the year in 2003-04, she went on to earn first-team all-conference honors all four years and was the league's player of the year in 2006-07. She is one of only four people in the history of the school to score more than 2,000 career points, and holds the record with 1,167 career rebounds. Her 12 conference player of the week honors is the most by any player in Mid-Con/Summit League history.