RICHMOND, Ind. – Three standout former Earlham College student-athletes will join 182 previous inductees when they are enshrined in Earlham's Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the college's 2018 Homecoming Weekend activities.
Tom Haviland '82, Betsy Brown '90, and Sara Bohall Putnam '08 will be inducted during the Alumni Awards Banquet on Friday, Sept. 21, in the Athletics & Wellness Center.
A four-year member of the Earlham men's soccer team, Haviland earned All-Illinois-Indiana Conference honors in 1980 and 1981, and was an NAIA All-District selection in 1980. He played mostly at the stopper back position with some time at sweeper over his four seasons in Maroon and White, and was both a team captain and the squad's most valuable player during his junior and senior seasons. "A total team leader," was how Haviland was described by former Head Coach Roy Messer. "He was the lynchpin around which the whole team was built."
Haviland was a recipient of the Florence Long Mathematics and the Wendell M. Stanley Senior Scholar-Athlete awards upon his graduation in 1982.
Brown was one of the premier women athletes of her era at Earlham College, excelling in lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer during her time in Maroon and White. She received field hockey's Comstock Award in 1986 as a freshman, while playing midfield and defense as the Quakers posted an 11-5-1 overall record, 5-1 in NAIA District 21, and a berth in the District final. Brown was named MVP of the women's soccer team in 1989, and captained the lacrosse team for two seasons. She led the Quaker women's lacrosse team in assists in 1990 as a senior.
During her senior year, Brown and other Earlham women formed a group called the "Women's Athletic Movement" to lobby the administration for more support for women's athletics. That led to Brown earning an appointment on Earlham's Athletic Committee
Following graduation, Brown was hired by Terry Holland to be the assistant field hockey coach at Davidson College in 1991, and start the Wildcats' women's lacrosse program. She was named the interim head field hockey coach prior to the start of the 1991 season, before returning to the assistant coaching role in 1992. She later taught history at St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, Fla., is currently a seventh-grade history teacher at Durham Academy in Durham, N.C., where she also teaches middle school field hockey.
Bohall Putnam is among the legends of Earlham track and field, compiling an impressive list of accolades and records as a member of the Quaker cross country and track teams between 2004 and 2008.
An NCAA Division III All-American, Bohall finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Oshkosh, Wis., with a time of 1:01.35. She earned 16 All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) awards in indoor and outdoor track, capturing eight NCAC individual championships in the indoor 55m hurdles, the outdoor 100m hurdles (three times), and the outdoor 400m hurdles (four times). The two-time Indiana Intercollegiate 400m hurdle champion held five Earlham track records at the time of her graduation, and continues to hold the school record as Earlham's all-time leading scorer in track with 563 points.
Bohall was a three-time recipient of the Most Outstanding Performer award for Earlham women's track and field, and received the George Van Dyke Senior Athlete Award in 2008.
Induction into the Earlham College Athletics Hall of Fame is based upon demonstrated excellence as a student-athlete in one or more sports while departing the college in good academic standing, or for significant contributions by coaches or administrators who have given at least five years of service to Earlham College. Student-athletes may be nominated for induction after 10 years following their graduation, while coaches and administrators may be nominated at any point following five years of service.
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