Richter, Exner Recieve Big Ten Medal of Honor
May 27, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Seniors Thomas Richter (men's tennis) and Haley Exner (field hockey) were recently given the Big Ten's oldest award, the Medal of Honor. First awarded in 1914, the Big Ten endowed a Medal of Honor to be given annually to a student in the graduating class of each university that demonstrated proficiency in scholarship and athletics. Each institution receives just one male and one female recipient each school year.
Richter posted a 25-14 singles record while serving as the Hoosiers' No. 1 singles player for most of the season. He also compiled an impressive 28-6 doubles mark that included a flawless 10-0 run through the Big Ten regular season and ending his career with 12 consecutive doubles victories. The Hildesheim, Germany native faired well against the nation's elite, going 5-5 vs. top-100 singles opponents. Capped off his career with a three-set triumph over #53 Ryan Preston of Vanderbilt in IU's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001.
"I am very proud of Thomas," said Head Men's Tennis Coach Randy Bloemendaal. "He worked very hard all year both on the court and with his academics. It's nice to see him receive this award and it's a great honor for the program."
Haley Exner, a native of San Diego, Calif., received the Big Ten Medal of Honor on the women's side for the Hoosiers following a successful career with the field hockey team. She has been named first team All-Big Ten goalkeeper each of the past three seasons and garnered Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors six times in her career. In addition, she was a second team NFHCA All-West Region honoree as a sophomore and first team recipient her junior and senior seasons and was selected to play in the NFHCA North/South All-Star game following her senior season.
A three-year starter, Exner is the career leader in wins (38) and goal against average (1.54) and led the Hoosiers to their only appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005. She also holds two of the top three single-season goals against averages in IU history, led by her 1.34 goals against effort in 2006.
"Haley had a stellar career and she contributed greatly to helping establish the Indiana field hockey program as one of the nation's elite, both on the field and in the classroom," head field hockey coach Amy Robertson said. "She was a leader for us on the field and in the classroom, so this is a tremendous way for her to be recognized for all of her hard work."
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