LUBBOCK, Texas (July 20, 2015) – The Lubbock Christian University Athletic Department has announced their 2015 induction class into the LCU Hall of Honor. The 1990-91 men’s cross country program will have their team inducted, and individual inductees joining the induction class are Kim Frazier (softball), Tony Jones (men’s basketball), Joyce Foster (meritorious service) and Duane Johnson (fan). The inductions will take place during the LCU Hall of Honor Banquet on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. inside the Baker Conference Center on the LCU campus.
“The LCU Athletic Department is excited about the Hall of Honor class of 2015,” said Director of Athletics Paul Hise. “The accomplishments of these inductees has made a huge impact on the history of LCU Athletics. The honorees represent outstanding individual performances (Kim Frazier and Tony Jones), amazing team success (1990 Cross Country/Track), unparalleled support (Joyce Foster) and unwavering loyalty (Duane Johnson). We look forward to honoring them and their families in September.”
The LCU men’s cross country program is the only NAIA program to win eight consecutive national titles in cross country and the Chaps string of titles began in the fall of 1990. The 1990 media guide stated “the possibilities for the 1990-91 school year are very exciting.” Head coach Darrell Price was quoted in the guide with much optimism. “We have the potential to have our best year ever in cross-country and also in indoor-outdoor track,” Price said in his season preview. “If we stay healthy, we will have a very interesting year.” An interesting year it was. The late James Bungei was a freshman in 1990 and claimed the first of four consecutive individual cross country titles at the NAIA Championships in Kenosha, Wisc. to help the Chaps to their first cross country national championship title. Bungei, whose first place finish marked LCU’s first cross country individual champion, would end up a five-time All-American that season, as LCU continued on during the school year to claim their first national title in indoor track & field (at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Kansas City, Mo.) and finished with their first ever runner-up finish at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Stephenville, Texas). The season witnessed LCU claiming five cross country, four outdoor track & field and three indoor track & field All-American honors. Focusing on the cross country season, the Chaps competed in eight running events during the entire season and won all eight. Included in the schedule was wins at meets hosted by Texas Tech, Southern Methodist, Texas-Arlington and Texas in Austin. Bungei won four of the races he participated in. He never finished worse than second and the only individual to finish ahead of him was South Plains College running great Phillimon Hanneck. At the NAIA National Championships, it was Bungei finishing in first place, with teammates David Kogo finishing second, Mbarek Hussein in sixth, Derek Kite in eighth and Paul Rotich in 17th to lead LCU to a stunning finish ahead of favorite Adams State (Colo.). Price claimed NAIA Coach of the Year honors in both cross country and indoor track & field that season. The cross country program is the second “team” inducted into LCU’s Hall of Honor. In 2013, LCU’s 1983 national championship baseball team was recognized as the first team inducted.
Frazier spent three seasons at LCU, transferring in from Cypress College as a sophomore in 2010 to play under Larry Hays prior to playing the 2011 and 2012 seasons under current head coach Daren Hays. The Buena Park, Calif., native was one of the NAIA’s most prolific hitters, leaving LCU as a two-time National Player of the Year and a three-time All-American recipient (First Team honors in all three years as a member of the Lady Chaps). She claimed 2010 NAIA National Softball Player of the Year honors after setting a NAIA single-season record with 35 home runs, which still stands. In 2012 (claimed her second National Player of the Year honor), she ranked third in the NAIA in total bases (167), fourth in runs-batted-in (75), batting (.492) and fifth in slugging (.913). Frazier produced 76 home runs in her LCU career, which was a NAIA career record until four-year player Stephanie Nippert broke the mark with 83 from 2010-2013 for Corban (Ore.). She produced 95 home runs over her college career if you include her 19 home runs as a freshman at Cypress (still holds as Cypress’ single season record). Her career LCU numbers include program career marks in homers (76), batting (.477), slugging (1.028), on-base percentage (.569), runs (223), doubles (60), RBI (253), total bases (548), walks (126) and intentional walks (29). Frazier holds the NAIA career record with a 1.028 slugging mark. Her .477 career batting average and 126 walks each rank second amongst career records in NAIA history. Frazier also ranks in the NAIA history books with her 253 RBI (third), 223 runs (sixth) and 60 doubles (ninth). She will mark the second softball player in program history inducted in the LCU Hall of Honor, joining 2014 inductee Raquel Hawkins.
Jones was a member of the Chaparrals basketball team from 1981-1983, playing under head coach John Copeland. The point guard was a native of Maysville, Ky. and spent his freshman year at Alice Lloyd College before heading to Clarendon College his sophomore season to reunite with high school teammate Michael Black. Jones and Black turned into a packaged deal transferring to LCU after JUCO and created a bond between LCU and Maysville. Jones made his presence quickly known at LCU. In his Chap debut, he hit a game-winning jumper with three seconds left to lead LCU to a 47-44 win over rival Wayland Baptist, and then followed with 23 points and nine rebounds in a 75-69 win over Eastern New Mexico. The Chaps finished with a program-best 16 wins in the 1981-82 season and Jones finished with an average of 12.5 points and posted 178 assists (6.1 per game). He followed his senior season with the program’s single season mark for assists with 232 (7.0 per game). The Chaps improved on their program record mark in wins with 24 and claimed their first conference title in program history, winning the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (TIAA) regular season and conference tournament en route to a NAIA District 8 Tournament berth. Summing up Jones, he was a two-time First Team TIAA selection and an All-District 8 recipient. He finished his LCU career with 410 assists, which ranks third all-time in program history, and was selected on the Chaps 1980’s All-Decade Team. Jones, who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia will be the 11th men’s basketball player inducted into the Hall of Honor. Aric Garrett and James Omondi were the last men’s basketball inductees, joining the hall in 2014.
Foster is recognized as she closes out a 35-year career as an employee at LCU, with the prior 30 spent as the Athletic Department’s administrative assistant. Foster, who is retiring at the end of July, attended Lubbock Christian in the 1960’s as the school was a two-year junior college and then proceeded to Abilene Christian to complete her degree. Her grandfather (Guy Sanders) and father (George Sanders) each combined for many years serving on Lubbock Christian’s board of directors. Along with her commitment to assisting with the day-to-day operations of the university, Foster and her husband, Jim, served as resident directors at LCU’s John and Lottie Mabee Living Center for 15 years and have been involved with LCU’s on-campus living since 1994. The McLean, Texas native will work her final day on July 31.
Johnson is a longtime friend and supporter of LCU athletics. He is a familiar face seen at nearly every LCU home sporting event and occasionally on the road as well. The former full-time preacher has interacted with many student-athletes over the years providing encouragement and support. He used to provide his services transporting the Baseball Belles to away baseball games. Attending LCU events since former LCU coaches John Copeland and Dave Carter were student-athletes, Johnson would consistently sit included in the mix dubbed “The Five” (Les Perrin, Hugh Rhodes, L.D. Hays and Frank Hord). The Frederick, Okla. native and Harding University alum is a former staff member at LCU, serving time in the Development Office from 1973-1978. He also spent time volunteering in the U.S. Air Force and working civil service. He is the second fan inducted into the Hall of Honor, joining Hord.
The induction dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $20, and LCU faculty and students can purchase tickets for $10. Advance ticket purchases can be made by contacting Kara Bentley at 806-720-7276. Fifty-four (54) individuals and one team are currently in LCU's Hall of Honor, which held its first induction in 1984.