Saint Martin’s to honor six at Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor celebration

Jan. 22, 2013

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will induct two smulogoalumni into its Athletic Hall of Fame and two longtime supporters into its Hall of Honor on Saturday, Feb. 9. Saint Martin’s is also launching the High School Hall of Fame this year, designed to recognize individuals whose achievements are linked to Saint Martin’s High School.

The Hall of Fame inductees are:

Andy Prentice ’05: Prentice, of Olympia, Wash., was a two-time indoor track & field All-American in the 800m, earning a third-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships. He claimed four individual GNAC track & field championships including back-to-back titles in the 800m in 2005 and 2006. In 2006 he was selected as the NCAA Division II West Region Athlete of the Year as well as GNAC Athlete of the Year and GNAC Conference Meet Athlete of the Year for indoor track & field. Prentice holds three school records and the fourth fastest 800m indoor time in GNAC history. He earned nine all-conference honors (seven in track & field and two in cross country) while also earning all-regional honors in cross country.

Emily (Thomas) Shipman ’02: Thomas, of Commerce, Texas, was the first Saint Martin’s track & field athlete to win a conference title. In 2001 she claimed the PacWest individual title in the 3,000m steeplechase. Thomas earned all-conference honors in her final two seasons in the event. She owns the school record and held the third-fastest time in GNAC history in the 2,000m steeplechase. During her time at Saint Martin’s, she set many school records including those in the 10K, 5K and 3K as well as multiple records in cross country.

The High School Hall of Fame inductees are:

Hugh Antonson ’62: Antonson, of Dallas, Texas, was a three-sport athlete at Saint Martin’s High School in the early 1960s, competing in baseball, basketball and football. He earned first team All-Central League honors as a sophomore and junior playing fullback on the football team. He also earned Catholic All-Northwest second team honors. Antonson was an all-conference basketball and baseball player as well. He was named most inspirational and team MVP of the basketball team, and tossed a pair of no-hitters for the baseball team.

Jack Sareault HS’53, ’57 (posthumous): Sareault, of Gig Harbor, Wash., competed for both Saint Martin’s High School and Saint Martin’s College. As a high school athlete, he participated in football, basketball, and track & field, and then went on to compete in track & field at the College for four years. Sareault later served as a co-coach for the track and field team for two seasons at Saint Martin’s High School.

The Hall of Honor inductees are:

Adolfo Capestany: Capestany, of Olympia, Wash., has been “The Voice of the Saints” at Marcus Pavilion for 28 years. He began volunteering as the school’s public address announcer for men’s and women’s basketball games in 1985. For nearly 15 years, he also served as the volunteer sports information director for Saint Martin’s. He has shared time and resources in support of a variety of fundraising activities benefitting the athletics program, including the annual golf tournament and athletic department crab feed. Capestany also served as vice president of the Saint Martin’s Athletic Foundation.

David Spangler, Ph. D.: Saint Martin’s President Emeritus David Spangler, of Olympia, Wash., led Saint Martin’s University for more than two decades, serving as president for 24 years and as a member of the engineering faculty for three years. Under Spangler’s direction, Saint Martin’s grew its athletic department from two sports to 13 sports. In 1998-99, he led Saint Martin’s momentous transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. An avid participant in the annual Saint Martin’s golf tournament, Spangler holds the distinction of making a hole-in-one.

The Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor event will include a pre-game reception at 3:30 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center with a formal presentation during halftime of the men’s basketball game.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Bob Grisham
Athletic director
360-438-4368; bgrisham@stmartin.edu

Sarah Holdener
Director of event services
Saint Martin’s University
360-412-6140; sholdener@stmartin.edu