By Mahlon Steepleton
Originally published Oct. 11, 2018
On Sept. 28, six Mustang athletes were inducted into the Mount Mercy University Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Plaster Athletic Complex. Three women and three men were inducted. Two women’s basketball players, one woman for track and field, one man for men’s golf, men’s soccer and men’s basketball.
The first person inducted was 2013 graduate, men’s soccer player Enrique Cortina. Cortina was a four-time all-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection. He ranks in the top five in school history in four categories: second in matches played (80); fifth in points (82),goals (30), and assists (22).
Men’s golfer Derek McConnell, a 2012 graduate, was next. He earned First-Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors in each of his two seasons with the Mustangs. McConnell has the best career scoring average in school history (74.68), and posted the third-best single-season average (73.6).
The third inducted was class of 2012 women’s basketball player Micha Mims. Mims was a two-time NAIA All-American and First-Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference performer. Mims joined the 1,000-point club and currently ranks 24th in school history with 1,005 points. This fall,she will begin her third season as head women’s basketball coach at Mount Mercy.
Mims’ teammate and friend Emily Greiner Misener, class of 2012, was the fourth athlete inducted. In 2012, Greiner Misener was a third-team NAIA All-American and a First-Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection for the second year in a row.
Misener is the sixth-leading scorer in school history with 1,616 points and holds or shares school records for career 3-point goals (260), single-season points (647), 3-pointers in a season (100), single-season free throws made (193), and 3-pointers made in a game (8). She also ranks second all-time in free throw percentage (82.3%).
The fifth person inducted was women’s track and field athlete Larissa Wilden Resner, class of 2013. She was a six-time NAIA All-American for the Mustangs. In 2012, she was an All-American in the high jump at the indoor and outdoor national meets. In her senior year, Resner earned back-to-back All-American honors in the indoor and outdoor high jump.She was also an All-American in the indoor pentathlon. Resner still holds six indoor and five outdoor track and field records.
The sixth inductee was mens basketball player Chad Underwood. Underwood was part of the class of 2013. He was a two-time NAIA Division II All-American and three-time All-Midwest Collegiate Conference performer. Underwood was named to the All-MCC first team in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
He is the second-leading scorer in school history (1,780 pts.), and also ranks second in field goals made (699), free throw percentage (85 percent), and blocked shots (129). Underwood is also fifth in career rebounds (666), and sixth in field goal percentage (56.1).