by Joshua Booth
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Department of Athletics has announced the names of the three individuals who make up the Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Brent Martens (football), along with Eric Peters and Kendra Doyle (track and field), will be inducted into the Athletic Booster Club Hall of Fame during the annual banquet, Oct. 13 on campus as part of Fall Festival.
The inductees will again be recognized at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 in Thresher Stadium, just before the homecoming football game when the Threshers host the University of St. Mary Spires.
Brent Martens, Goddard, made an impact on the Bethel football program as soon as he stepped onto the field.
He had earned the starting quarterback spot for his first game as a freshman, and started all but three games, due to injury, of his four-year career, 1997-2000.
Martens racked up yardage through the air and on the ground. The dual-threat quarterback exploited every defense he came across, leading Bethel to an 8-2 record in 2000, his senior year.
As a freshman, Martens was named All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Second Team at quarterback. He capped off his senior season as the KCAC Offensive Player of the Year, as well as the All-KCAC First Team quarterback.
Martens left Bethel holding 11 individual football school records, and currently still has seven to his name. A few of these: most passing completions in a career (523); most passing yards in a career (6,584); most total offensive yards in a season and career (2,313 and 8,306, respectively); and the school record for most rushing yards in a single game (343 vs. Ottawa in 1999).
Martens was also a track athlete, and his 4x400 relay team still holds the school record (3:18.69). A two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete, Martens graduated from Bethel in 2001.
Eric Peters, Prairie Village, was a three-sport athlete – football, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field – and left his particular stamp on Bethel athletics in the third, as arguably one of the greatest pole vaulters the KCAC has ever seen.
During his time as a Thresher, 1994-97, Peters captured the KCAC Outdoor Track Individual Championship in pole vault four straight years. He was also a three-time NAIA All-American in the pole vault.
He grabbed an All-American nod in 1996 in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and in 1997, he was named an All-American in both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Peters’ pole vault marks of 15’6" and 16’1" – indoor and outdoor settings, respectively – still stand as Bethel school records.
Peters was also a Second Team NAIA All-American in 1996 in football as a punt returner, and currently shares the record for most interceptions caught in a single game, at three.
He graduated from Bethel in 1997.
Kendra Doyle, Pflugerville, Texas, a 2004 Bethel graduate, might be the greatest female athlete the Bethel women’s track and field program has ever seen.
Doyle is a two-time NAIA All-American in the 400-meter hurdles, and captured first in the event in the NAIA Outdoor Individual Championships in 2002. Her winning time of 1:01.23 broke the school record and has stood ever since.
Doyle holds a total of five Bethel track records: indoor 55-meter hurdles, outdoor 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, outdoor long jump, and indoor 4x400 (team record).
She is also a five-time KCAC track and field individual champion, with two first-place finishes in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, as well as one in the long jump. She has held the KCAC Championship record in the 100 hurdles (14.47) since 2001, and owned the record for the 400 hurdles (1:02.20) from 2001-15.
The annual Athletic Booster Club and Hall of Fame Banquet is at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the cafeteria in Schultz Student Center. The event is free but you must reserve a ticket, starting Sept. 5 with a deadline of Oct. 2, by stopping at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, or calling 316-284-5205, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, for 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.
In sports, Bethel competes within the 12-school KCAC, and the NAIA For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com.
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