NOTRE DAME - New Prairie High School classmates and Saint Mary's College graduates Megan Gray Piper and Alison Kessler were recently inducted into the Saint Mary's Department of Athletics Hall of Fame for their outstanding collegiate careers.
Megan Gray Piper became the first cross country runner in program history to come in first place at a race as she turned in the first 5k below 19 minutes in the history of Belles cross country.
She earned First Team All-MIAA honors as both a junior and a senior. In those same seasons, she was an All-Region performer at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional race. She finished in tenth place at the regional race as a junior to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III Championship race. A year later, she took fourth place at the regional competition and earned her second NCAA Championship race spot.
Her 5k and 6k times both stand as program records 11 years after her final race for the Belles.
Alison Kessler scored a total of 1,628 points for the basketball program which set the Saint Mary’s record for points in a career that still stands today.
A three-time All-MIAA First Team honoree, she led the MIAA in scoring average as both a junior and a senior. She was just the third player in MIAA history to average more than 20 points per game in consecutive seasons while leading the conference in scoring average. She was the first player in conference history to score more than a thousand points in league play.
An MIAA Most Valuable Player and Great Lakes Regional Player of the Year as a senior, she was the first basketball player in Saint Mary’s history to earn All-American honors since the College became an NCAA Division III member in 1990.
The Saint Mary's Department of Athletics Hall of Fame is now comprised of 37 individuals and six teams.