ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T will induct a distinguished class to the Miner Athletics Hall of Fame this October, a group that includes a three-time competitor in the Summer Olympics, a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, an Academic All-America of the Year selection and a record-setter for the women's basketball team that was also a part of the team that produced the most successful season in program history.
The newest inductees – Tyrone Smith, Ashton Gronewold, Jack Pennuto, Jaime Forsberg and the 2007-08 women's basketball team – will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 27 in a ceremony at Hasselman House in Rolla. The ceremony will get underway at 2:30 p.m. and the induction class will also be introduced at halftime of the Miners' football game that night against Lincoln University.
The 2018 Miner Athletic Hall of Fame inductees:
JAIME (FORSBERG) HENDERSON (Class of 2008)
Jaime closed out her career in the Miner program as the all-time leader in assists with 405, a career-high 119 of which came during the 2007-08 season when the team reached the championship game of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional. Besides leading the Miners in assists in all four of her playing seasons, she also accumulated 198 steals in her career which ranked second all-time and averaged just over six points per game over her career from the point guard position. Jaime played an integral role in the resurgence of the women's basketball program, as the team recorded a record of 58-29 over her final three seasons and won its first NCAA Tournament game along the way.
ASHTON GRONEWOLD (Class of 2008)
Gronewold was one of the most decorated players in the history of the Miner football program, earning All-America honors in each of his final three seasons and setting numerous school records. In a career that saw him accumulate 5,592 all-purpose yards, 3,708 receiving yards and 58 touchdowns, Gronewold was named to All-America teams by the Associated Press, Daktronics, Football Gazette and D2Football.com following the 2007 campaign when he was also a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Award. In the 2007 season, he recorded 2,250 all-purpose yards and set a new single-season mark for receiving yards with 1,120 in 2006, one of three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. His 58 career touchdowns also included five kick returns for touchdowns, highlighted by two kickoff returns for scores in a 2007 contest against Tiffin. Gronewold was also a three-time all-conference selection during his Miner career and was the Great Lakes Football Conference's "Offensive Player of the Year" in 2006.
JACK PENNUTO (Class of 2004)
Pennuto completed his career with the Miner swimming team as the recipient of 21 All-America awards, which included eight top-eight finishes at the NCAA Division II Championships. Three of those top-eight showings came at the 2004 national meet, when he tied for fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and also finished sixth in the 400-yard individual medley and seventh in the 200-IM. In addition to his performances at the national level, Pennuto recorded four top-two finishes at conference meets, including the championship in the 200-yard butterfly at the 2001 Central States Championships. Pennuto's success extended past the swimming pool, as he was the first Miner student-athlete to be selected as the Academic All-America of the Year in his sport, doing so following the 2004-05 season after earning his second Academic All-America award.
TYRONE SMITH (Class of 2007)
Smith was a standout performer for the Miner track & field program, where he won numerous Great Lakes Valley Conference championships in the jumping events, then carried that success to the international stage where he has competed in the Olympic Games on three occasions. During his Miner career, Smith was the NCAA Great Lakes Region's "Field Event Athlete of the Year" in for the 2006 indoor season and later that year was named as the "Male Athlete of the Year" by the GLVC, after capturing conference championships in both the indoor and outdoor long jump. He also won the indoor long jump in 2007 and was a two-time indoor triple jump champion in the GLVC. Following his time in a Miner uniform, Smith went into the international circuit and qualified for his native country of Bermuda for the Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016, highlighted by reaching the long jump finals in 2012. Smith, the holder of the national record in the event in his country, earned another significant honor at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero as he was selected to serve as his nation's flag bearer as the Bermuda Olympic team entered the stadium during the opening ceremonies.
2007-08 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
Missouri S&T's 2007-08 women's basketball team, under the direction of head coach Alan Eads, set a number of new standards during the course of that winter, winning more games than any team in school history with 24 and reaching the championship game of the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. Balance and strong defense were keys to the success of this team, as the Miners had three double figure scorers – led by Tamara McCaskill's 14.8 points per game – and held their opponents to 38.3 percent shooting and 61.6 points per game. The Miners rattled off a then-school record 10-game winning streak that included a victory over eventual national champion Northern Kentucky and picked up their first-ever NCAA Tournaments wins with triumphs over Michigan Tech and Quincy to reach the regional championship game. McCaskill was a first-team All-GLVC selection, while Katie McElrath and Katie Bunge were named to the All-GLVC third team.