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2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Six North Park University athletes were inducted into the Viking Hall of Fame at an October 4 ceremony during the University’s annual Homecoming festivities. This year’s inductees were Lucia Abel C’05, track and field and cross country; Lennart “Len” Benson C’49, golf and basketball coach; Keith Born C’96, baseball and basketball; Daniel Breems C’00, track and field and soccer; the late Michael Lundberg C’01, football; and Christine (McCarrell) Horner C’91, volleyball.

Lucia Abel C’05

Abel works as a sourcing leader in Bucharest, Romania. She came to the University as a student athlete from Namibia, where she had fled as a refugee from civil war in her native Zambia. Abel was a three-time NCAA All-American in track and field, a four-year letter winner in track and field and a three-year letter winner in cross country. She won five CCIW Championships: 2003 long jump, indoor and outdoor; 2004 long jump and triple jump; and 2005 triple jump. A four-time national qualifier, Abel is the North Park University record-holder in four events, and in the school top ten in six events.

Len Benson C’49

A North Park Junior College letterman in golf and basketball, Benson became an elementary school teacher in Chicago after graduation. He returned to North Park as the varsity golf and freshman-sophomore basketball coach for North Park Academy from 1953–1967. Benson earned six Private School League Championships in golf. He helped organize and lead summer canoe trips for Academy students to the Boundary Waters for many years.

Keith Born C’96

Born lives in Round Lake, Ill., with his wife and two children, and works as a tax accountant. He was a four-year letter winner in baseball and a letter winner in basketball. He won CCIW Championships in baseball in 1994, 1995, 1996, and CCIW Championships in basketball in 1995 and 1996. Born holds three school top ten records in baseball, and six top ten records in basketball.

Daniel Breems C’00

Breems lives in Chicago with his wife, Heather (Stewart) C’03, and four children, and works as production manager and replication shop supervisor at the Field Museum. Breems was a four-year letter winner in track and field and a four-year letter winner in soccer. He won CCIW Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000, and was North Park Athlete of the Year in 2000. A three-time national qualifier, Breems is the school record-holder in five events, and in the school top ten in five events.

Michael Lundberg C’01

Lundberg was known to many at the University as a campus leader, teammate, mentor, role model, and friend. He died in 2008, after battling leukemia. Lundberg worked as a youth minister after graduation, and was living in Minnesota at the time of his death. He was a four-year letter winner in football, and team captain in 2000. He was a CCIW All-Conference winner in 2000, and a CCIW Academic All-Conference and Jack Schwartz CCIW Award winner in 1999. Lundberg was the starting fullback in 1998, 1999, and 2000 (1,661 total yards) and led the team in touchdowns each year.

Christine (McCarrell) Horner C’91

A teacher and volunteer coach, Horner lives in Wheaton, Ill., with her husband, fellow Hall of Fame inductee Marc C’92, and their four children. Horner was a four-year letter winner in volleyball and team captain. She was a CCIW All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1990, a CCIW Champion in 1987, an All-Tournament team member in 1987 and 1990, and North Park Female Athlete of the Year in 1991. She had 22 kills in a single match in 1990, and led the team in blocking serve percentage in 1987, kills in 1988, kills and blocks in 1989, and kills and digs in 1990.

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