Briar Cliff University will induct a trio of former student-athletes into its athletic hall of fame, Saturday, in an on-campus ceremony.
The ceremony is scheduled to be held at halftime of the 4 p.m. men's basketball game. This year's inductees are Amy (Breyfogle) Van Ackeren '06, Kristi (Chapin) Punt '07 and Heather (Jones) Hensley '02.
From the moment she stepped on the field for Briar Cliff in the fall of 2002, Amy Breyfogle began making a lasting impression. The four-year starter for the Chargers rewrote the school's recordbooks, finishing her career as the program's leader for goals in a game (4), season (23) and career (75). She also owns school records for game-winning goals in a season (6) and in a career (17) as well as points in season (52) and points in a career (175). The NAIA Honorable Mention all-American (2004) was also a two-time NAIA all-Region selection in 2004 and 2005 and a four-time first team all-conference choice. Breyfogle was named the team's newcomer of the year as a freshman and was also a four-time recipient of the team's Offensive Golden Boot Award. The sure-footed forward was selected to represent team USA at the Arafura Games in Australia and she represented Briar Cliff well. She led the United States' team in scoring and helped it to capture the gold medal. Breyfogle majored in elementary education and graduated in 2006. She married Jason Van Ackeren on Oct. 11, 2008, and has two step-children Cayd and Eva and a daughter Reece. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom and coaches boys' and girls' varsity soccer at Edgewood High School in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kristi Chapin finished her decorated career as a two-time NAIA indoor track all-American. She was a six-time national qualifier in the shot put and a five-time all-conference selection, finishing second in the indoor shot (2006-07), third in the indoor shot (2005-06), third in the outdoor shot (2006, 2007) and eighth in the outdoor discus (2006). When she wrapped up her career in 2007, she had climbed to the top of the school's recordbooks in the indoor shot (44-04.75) and well as the outdoor shot (43-05), discus (132-05) and javelin (122-03). Chapin majored in sports science and graduated from Briar Cliff in 2007. She married Nathan Punt on July 14, 2007, and moved to Brooking, S.D. to pursue a master's of science degree in sports science from South Dakota State University. She earned that degree in 2009 and began working at Golden Living Center-Covington Heights skilled nursing facility in Sioux Falls. She is currently the facility's activities director. Kristi and Nathan have two children; Audrey and Claire.
For Heather Jones, her senior season was an exclamation point on an outstanding career. In her final season, she earned first team NAIA all-American honors and was named team MVP after averaging team-highs of 19.6 ppg and 6.5 rpg. During that sensational campaign, the team captain knocked down 267 field goals, which is the sixth-best single-season total in BC history. She finished her career with 1,503 points, which ranks 11th all-time and 599 rebounds, which is 16th all-time. Jones helped the Chargers to a four-year record of 100-33 with four-consecutive national tournament appearances, including Fab Four finishes in both 2001 and 2002. She was a two-time NAIA Div. II All-Tournament Team selection and is still currently listed among the tournament's all-time scorers with 164 points in 12 games. Jones majored in health, physical education and recreation for K-12 teaching and graduated from the Cliff in 2002. She married John Hensley on Sept. 28, 2002, and they have two children; Braden and Joleigh. Jones, who earned a master's degree in education and leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2007, is in her ninth year as a physical education teacher in the Sioux City School District.
The Briar Cliff Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1991, following the 25th anniversary of co-ed intercollegiate athletics at Briar Cliff. The Hall was formed as a means of recognizing those who have, at some point in their lives, left their mark on the Charger Athletic Program. The Hall is designed to include former athletes, coaches, athletic personnel, entire teams and honorary inductees. This year's Hall of Fame Weekend events include a meet and greet reception in the Heelan Hall Atrium, at noon, Saturday, followed by a basketball doubleheader against crosstown Morningside at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The induction ceremony will take place at halftime of Saturday's 4 p.m. men's basketball game.