June 24 – The Bethany College Athletic Department is pleased to announce the 2014 class of the Bethany Hall of Fame. The Class of 2014 will include: Kathleen (McGowan) Wack (’98), Jill (Kamerer) Smith (’01), Jodi Jackfert (’98), Nevada Smith (’02) and Michael Mezerski (’99).
The five new members of the Bison Hall of Fame will be officially inducted during the 2014 Homecoming festivities, which will take place on the weekend of October 10-11. The inductees will be officially welcomed at the Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, October 10. They will then also be recognized prior to the start of the football game between the Bison and Carnegie Mellon on October 11.
Kathleen Wack, a 1998 graduate, was a three-sport athlete for the Bison, excelling for the swimming & diving program, as well as the track & field and cross country teams. She also was a model student, graduating Suma Cum Laude in Physical Education. A 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year finalist, Wack earned All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors 20 times in the pool, including three Second Team awards. Making her mark in relays, she has held records in the 200, 400, and 800 yard freestyle relays, as well as the 200 and 400 yard medley relays. For her academic achievements, Wack was named a member of the Gamma Sigma Kappa Scholarship Society, as well as the Phi Delta Psi Physical Education Honorary Society.
Jill Smith, a 2001 graduate, left Bethany as the women’s basketball program’s all-time leading scorer, a mark which she still holds with 1,914 career points. A four-time All-PAC selection, Smith spent five seasons with the Bison, missing almost the entirety of the 1997-98 season due to injury. During those five seasons, the Bison captured four PAC Championships, made three NCAA National Tournament Appearances, and one berth into the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament. In the 2000-01 season, Smith was named the conference’s MVP, scoring 551 points (20.5 per game). She also led the conference in field goal percentage (.515) and ranked third in rebounds (7.5).
At the time of her graduation in 1998, Jodi Jackfert was one of the most prolific pitchers the Bison softball program had ever seen. A two-time First-Team All-PAC selection and a NCAA Third-Team All-Region honoree in 1998, Jackfert left Bethany with career records in games started (91) and complete games (88), both of which are records she still holds today. She also previously held Bison records in career wins (61 – now 2nd) and strikeouts (221 – now 5th). Jackfert’s banner year came in 1997 when she set what still stands as Bison single-season marks in wins (25), ERA (0.54), innings pitched (211), complete games (30) and shutouts (10). Her career earned run average of 1.44 currently ranks fourth in school history.
A 2002 graduate, Nevada Smith etched his name in the Bison record books as one of the top sharp shooters of all time for the Bethany men’s basketball team. A three-time All-PAC selection, including First Team honors in 2001, Smith currently sits atop the Bethany all-time career leader board in three pointers made (313) and free throw percentage (.870). His .466 three-point percentage is also second all time in Bethany history in a career. Smith twice ranked among the nation’s elite in three-point shooting, leading all of Division III in made three-point field goals during the 2000-01 campaign (101). He also ranked in the top ten in the nation in made three pointers (109) and three-point percentage (.460) in the 2001-02 season. Smith also was a three year team captain of the Bison golf program and earned Second Team All-PAC honors in 2001.
Michael Mezerski, a 1999 graduate of Bethany, was a four-year letterwinner for the Bison men’s tennis program, where he amassed a career singles record of 58-14. Mazerski was a six-time All-PAC performer, garnering three all-conference honors in both singles and doubles play. In 1997, Mezerski earned First Team All-PAC in both singles and doubles play. He then followed that up with Second Team laurels in both in 1998, before once again being named a First Team selection twice in 1999. Also a solid student, Mezerski earned PAC Scholar Athlete honors in 1999.