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Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

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Accent Winter 2019 Magazine
Dr. Mark Brown, Mark Moore, Molly (Brewster) Karagyaurov and Jim Couchenour were inducted in the 2018 Pioneer Athletics Hall of Fame at Homecoming.

Four alumni athletes were honored at the MNU Athletics Hall of Fame banquet during Homecoming weekend.

Mark Brown, PhD ('91)
Cross Country/Track & Field 
Mark was a 12-time individual conference champion (twice in cross country and 10 times in track), an NCCAA national champion in the 800m run, a two-time NAIA Academic All-American, a seven-time NAIA national qualifier, and the current MNU record-holder in the 1500m. Mark is a professor of mathematics at MNU.

Mark A. Moore, Jr. ('07)
Football/Track & Field 
Mark was a member of the track and field program and played football as a wide receiver. He received the following accolades in football: NAIA Central All-Region Team, Receiver of the year, Senior Leadership Award, and All-Conference and All-Star status. 

In track & field, Mark competed in the long jump, high jump and the 200 meter dash. He was a six-time All-American, a seven-time Heart Conference Champion, and two-time KU Relays High Jump Champion. Mark spent the better part of his career as a high jumper achieving heights of 6'11" with numerous jumps reaching heights of 7' 1.5."

Molly (Brewster '13) Karagyaurov 
An NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete, Heart Player of the Year and NAIA All-American, Molly is also the only member of the MNU volleyball 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club. She led MNU to the most successful season in program history. The 2012 Pioneers went 29-5, were undefeated in conference play, Heart champions, Heart tournament champions, and finished one match shy of the round of final four at the national tournament. After graduation, Molly played professional volleyball in Offenburg, Germany.

Jim Couchenour ('81)
Jim was selected First Team All-American ('81); Associated Press Little All-American (Third Team '81, Honorable Mention '80); District 10 All-District (First Team '81); Heart of America Athletic All-Conference Team (First Team '80 and ‘81). The Pioneers awarded Jim the Dr. R Curtis Smith MVP award ('80, '81) and Defensive Back of the Year ('78, '80, '81). Jim led the nation in tackles by a safety in 1980 with 72, and in interceptions in 1980 and 1981. He completed his career with 29 interceptions in 28 games. 

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