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.