Carleton College announced four new members to its ‘C’ Club Hall of Fame and will hold an induction ceremony Saturday for the athletes.
According to a press release from the college: The 2016 inductees include multi-sport athlete James Schuldt ’91, football player Chris French ’96, women’s basketball star Megan (Vig) Barrymore ’06, and All-American distance runner Stephen Harris ’06.
The ‘C’ Club was established in 1976 at which time 19 Carleton legends were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. With this year’s additions, 156 individuals and two entire teams have now been selected for the Hall of Fame.
James Schuldt ’91
James Schuldt took the multi-sport concept further than most as he participated in four varsity sports: football, wrestling, plus both indoor and outdoor track and field. On the gridiron, Schuldt spent his first two seasons on the defensive line before switching to offense for his junior year, then crossing back over the line of scrimmage again as a senior. He finished finishing his career with 104 total tackles.
Schuldt was a member of the wrestling program his freshman year, but a knee injury brought his career on the mat to an end. That is when Schuldt added the indoor schedule to his successful outdoor track and field accomplishments. He went on to become a three-time All-American in the hammer throw.
As a freshman, Schuldt broke the school record in the event by nearly five feet at the 1988 MIAC Championships. He went on to eclipse his own program standard many more times as he added almost 42 feet to the team record during his four seasons. By the time he graduated, Schuldt had earned All-MIAC recognition three times and owned the Carleton record of 182’ 8”, a mark that still stands 25 years later.
His first All-America performance came as a sophomore, when he placed eighth overall. He climbed to fifth the following year and took fourth at the NCAA Championships in 1991. During his time with indoor track and field, Schuldt ended up adding more than 11 feet to the school record in the 35-pound weight throw, establishing a new team standard of 49’ 11.75“.
Chris French ‘96
Chris French began his career as the lone freshman regular on the Knights’ 1992 MIAC Championship squad. By the time he graduated, French ranked second in recorded team history with 603 career rush attempts and 2,574 career rushing yards. He totaled 20 career rushing touchdowns over 42 games at fullback spanning parts of five seasons as he missed most of the 1995 campaign due to a severe ankle injury.
French was second on the 1992 squad in both rushing attempts and rushing yards. He more than doubled his workload the following season, carrying the ball 130 times for 652 yards and 5 touchdowns. French was also the Knights’ leading receiver that season with 38 catches and successfully added punting duties, ranking third in the MIAC in yards per punt.
A preseason All-American at fullback in 1994, French went on to post his best season statistically, amassing 939 rushing yards on 217 carries with nine rushing touchdowns. He turned in his first three 100-yard rushing performances, including a career-best 198-yard effort with 3 touchdowns in a victory over Cornell. He was also tabbed the punter on the All-MIAC squad after posting a conference-best 37.61 yards per punt. After having most of the 1995 season wiped out by injury, French returned to the running back rotation the following fall and ranked fifth in the MIAC as he totaled 710 yards with six touchdowns.
Megan (Vig) Barrymore ‘06
One of the most accomplished team-sport student-athletes in Carleton history, Megan Vig was twice a finalist for the women’s basketball national player-of-the-year award. She led the Knights to three consecutive MIAC regular-season titles and four straight MIAC Playoff title-game appearances, culminating in two trips to the NCAA Championships.
Vig paced the Knights in scoring and rebounding during each of her four seasons, receiving All-Region distinction following each campaign and was tabbed for All-America recognition three times. She graduated as the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (127) and three-point percentage (.367), while ranking second in both scoring (1,668 points) and blocked shots (80). She also ranked third in rebounds (743), finished among the program’s top 10 in assists and steals, and owns three of the top-six single-season scoring totals in team history.
As a rookie, Vig was the leading scorer on Carleton’s magical 2002-03 squad that won its first 23 games, was nationally ranked, and won the program’s first regular-season MIAC title. She earned the first of her four consecutive All-MIAC awards and was one of only five first-year players nationwide to be named to the All-Region team. She received All-America honorable mention as a sophomore after averaging 16.0 points and 7.1 rebounds. Vig averaged 18,0 points and 7.6 rebounds as a junior en route to being voted to the All-America third team. The following season she was tabbed to the All-MIAC All-Defensive Team and earned all-conference, All-Region, and All-America honors once again.
Stephen Harris ’06
Stephen Harris made his mark as an All-American in cross country as well as track and field.
In cross country, he helped Carleton finish in the top two at the conference meet all four years and was the top freshman on the 2002 squad that won the MIAC title. After posting a top-20 finish as a sophomore, Harris earned All-MIAC status the next two seasons. He finished sixth at the 2004 MIAC Championships and secured All-Region status with a 10th-place result two weeks later. At the NCAA Championships, Harris placed 47th overall as the Knights finished eighth, the program’s best showing on the national scene in more than two decades. He took third at the 2005 MIAC Championships, before collecting All-Region honors again (fourth place). Carleton returned to the NCAA Championships, finishing 19th, and Harris crossed the line 10th overall to pick up his first All-America award. Only two other Knights had previously posted top-10 individual finishes at nationals.
During his first three seasons on the track, Harris earned All-MIAC honorable mention five times in four events—the 4x800 relay, the 1,000- and 1,500-meter runs, and the steeplechase. As a senior, he was a double-winner in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs at the 2006 MIAC Indoor Championships. He was selected the conference’s Outstanding Track Athlete and broke a 23-year-old conference record while winning the shorter of those two races. He later earned All-America recognition with his third-place result in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Championships. That spring he picked up All-MIAC status with runner-up results in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races. Harris also excelled in the classroom and received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.