2009 Thomas Glasser '82 Hall of Achievement Inductees
- J. Morris Evans Class of 1943 - Soccer, Track & Field
- Lawrence Forman Class of 1960 - Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field
- Emilie Heck Petrone Class of 1991 - Field Hockey, Lacrosse
- Karl Paranya Class of 1997 - Cross Country, Track & Field
Described in his senior yearbook as "our one real athlete" Evans earned four varsity letters in track, three in soccer and one in basketball. He captained both soccer and track teams as a senior and received the prestigious Varsity Cup in 1943. In his three years on the varsity soccer squad he helped the Fords compile an 18-6 record and win two Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championships. Morrie, as he is known to his friends, booted home 21 goals in three seasons, including 10 in his junior season, and was voted All-America. Those 10 goals were also the second most in the MAC.
Evans seemed to rise to the occasion when the Fords needed a clutch performance. As a junior against arch-rival Swarthmore he scored both goals in a 2-1 victory to close out the season. In his final collegiate contest Evans scored the game's first goal in a 2-0 victory over the Garnet that helped preserve a perfect MAC campaign.
Just like in soccer, Evans steadily progressed on the track. He was just one of three freshmen to letter in the spring of 1940 and he finished in the top half of the team's total point scorers. As a sophomore, Evans emerged as the Scarlet and Black's top performer. His 65 points were tops on the team and won him his first of two Walton Cups, awarded annually to the track and field athlete who wins the highest total of points in athletic competition. His superb sophomore season did not end there as he claimed an individual title in the low hurdles at the MAC Championship. Serving as captain-elect his junior year, Evans led the Fords to a 5-1 dual meet record and a MAC championship over favored Gettysburg. He once again won the Walton Cup, tied the school record in the 120-yard high hurdles with a time of 15.4 seconds and won the 220-yard hurdles at the MAC Championship.
Forman was equally successful on the soccer field where he was an All-American goalie on teams that played colleges which are today in NCAA Division I. He was also a fine quarter-miler on HC track teams. Forman's athletic ability, leadership qualities, support of teammates and grace under pressure won him great admiration.
Forman lettered in track three years, soccer twice and basketball all four years, however, it was on the hardwood where he shined the brightest. Forman averaged 16.2 points per game in his four-year career and led the Fords in scoring his last three years. He reached the high-water mark in his sophomore season, averaging 19.3 per contest. In the final game of his senior season Forman joined Phil D'Arrigo '56 in the College's 1,000 point club, scoring 31 points against Swarthmore to give him 1,020 career points.
Forman started in goal for legendary soccer coach Jimmy Mills his junior and senior years. He posted a 12-9-1 record with nine shutouts. Just as he had in basketball, Forman saved his best for last, recording a shutout over Swarthmore in a 1-0 victory. It was great redemption for Forman and Haverford who lost to the Garnet, 5-1, the year before. His success in the fall of 1959 earned him All-America honors. He went on after Haverford to a career in social service, including relief work overseas until he met an untimely death in Thailand.
Friends and relatives of Forman approached the College in 1991 about creating an award in his honor. Haverford responded enthusiastically with the Forman Award, designed to recognize someone whose athletic career in college and subsequent devotion to serving society was reminiscent of Forman.
Heck Petrone was a two-time lacrosse All-American ('90, '91), a Regional All-American in field hockey ('90), a five-time Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) All-Star, and a two-time PAIAW lacrosse All-Star ('90, '91).
Her senior season capped a stellar collegiate career in both sports. Along with the national accolades, Heck Petrone captained Fords' field hockey and lacrosse teams that captured Seven Sisters Tournament titles and on both occasions she was named the tournament MVP. In the fall, the Haverford field hockey team finished with a 12-3-3 mark setting a still-unmatched program record for most wins in a season. Heck Petrone's field hockey career culminated with a third MAC All-Star honor and her selection as the team MVP. In a four-year career Heck Petrone started 71 of 72 games and her 13 career assists ranks third on the program's all-time list.
Springtime brought about Heck Petrone's final lacrosse season and she and her teammates made it a memorable one as Haverford finished the regular season with a 12-4 record and No. 8 Division III national ranking. The Fords and Heck Petrone earned a bid to the 1991 NCAA national tournament where their season ended in the quarterfinals. The team's 12 wins tied for the most single season victories in program history and is yet to be matched.
With 268 ground balls to her credit, Heck Petrone ranks second all-time at Haverford and her average of 4.54 ground balls per game tops the program rankings. A four-year starter in lacrosse, Heck Petrone was in the starting line-up 59 times missing only a 10-game stretch during her sophomore season with an injury.
Voted the team's most improved player following the '88 lacrosse season, Heck Petrone burst onto the national scene after her senior year when she was selected for the United States women's lacrosse team roster, a feat duplicated in '92. Playing on even footing with the nation's elite lacrosse players, Heck Petrone was chosen for the South roster in the national North-South Senior All-Star game where she was in a starting line-up that included teammates from D-I powers Penn State and Maryland.
This multitude of career accomplishments and honors resulted in the Bethlehem, Pa., native being awarded the 1991 Stephen G. Cary '37 Award from the athletic department, given for the most "outstanding dedication and achievement in women's athletics."
Heck Petrone lives in Princeton, N.J., with husband Michael Petrone '89 and their two sons Ben and Drew. She is now a senior partner with the global executive search firm Korn/Ferry International where she leads the company's global relationship with Johnson & Johnson.
Over the four years of cross country and track and field, Paranya accumulated 15 All-American certificates, was a nine-time national champion and a two-time national runner-up. He was the Centennial Conference Performer of the Year six times and owns seven individual Haverford records which are all still conference bests. And this doesn't even bring up the small matter of "the mile."
Track enthusiasts know exactly what is being discussed when any historical reference of a mile race is brought up in conversation. The barrier. The one that in 1954 was said to be unbreakable: the sub-4:00 mile. Roger Bannister did it, though, on his home track on May 6, 1954, clocking a time of 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds to go down in history as the first.
Fast forward to another home track. This one Johnson Track, Paranya's home circuit. No Division III runner had ever broken the barrier. Paranya had near misses, twice, during his senior outdoor season and the race on May 14, 1997, would be his last at home. Paranya, racing with Irish Olympian and training partner Marcus O'Sullivan, came through each of the first three quarter-mile splits under pace, then the pair finished the job as, 43 years after Bannister opened the elite club, Paranya became the newest member of the sub-4:00 club with a time of 3:57.6 becoming the first, and only D-III athlete to break through the barrier.
This wasn't Paranya's first brush with D-III notoriety. While a junior at Haverford he qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1,500 meter run and was the only active D-III student-athlete at the time to compete at those Trials. Paranya made it into the semifinals in '96 but made the Trials once more in 2000 where he bettered his earlier showing, making his way into the finals of the 1,500. In between those two Olympic events, he finished as the runner-up in the 1,500 at the 1997 USATF National Championships which every four years is known by another name, the Olympic Trials.
The cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams Paranya was part of won Centennial titles every time they hit the trail or track, 12 times in all. During his time at Haverford the Fords averaged 10th place in four races at the NCAA D-III cross country championships and were perennial top-10 finishers on the track at both indoor and outdoor nationals. One season, the 1995 indoor NCAA championship, the Fords placed fourth—all of the team's points coming from Paranya's race results.
Paranya now teaches at an all-girl private school in Manhattan, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a long-time elementary school principal and ran track at Wesleyan (Conn.) University.
Karl Paranya was, and is much more than just the numbers. But oh, what numbers they are.