EMU Men's Track and Field Alum Honored
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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – Distinguished alumnus and standout track athlete Erik Henricksen was named into the Athletic Hall of Fame by the E-Club, a group of former EMU athletic letter winners, Saturday, March 2.
Henricksen, now a professor of physiology at the University of Arizona, stands among the all-time great student athletes of Eastern Michigan University. In addition to earning All-American honors, Henricksen's prestigious running career is highlighted by multiple records that stand to this day. His 800 meter time of 1:48.01 and his 1500 meter time of 3:42.88, rank seventh and sixth respectively on EMU's all-time lists. Henricksen was a member of the record-holding outdoor varsity 4x800 meter relay team that posted a time of 7:15.39, and also owns part of the distance medley relay record time of 9:35.88. As part of the 1983 indoor 4x800 meter relay team, Henricksen help to set the NCAA indoor record time of 7:21.22, which endures to this day.
EMU track coach John Goodridge praised Henricksen for not only his athletic abilities but also his academic prowess and committment to higher learning. “Erik Henricksen certainly embodies the Eastern Michigan University slogan, 'Education First'. He was an excellent student and state champion at Portage Northern, who continued to shine in the classroom and on the track for EMU. He then continued on to become a distinguished university researcher, scholar and professor and has been a strong alumni supporter.”
The induction ceremony took place at the Student Center. Hall of Fame inductees were also honored during halftime of the men's basketball team's 50-49 victory over Western Michigan University. Other Hall of Fame inductees honored on Saturday included; Ivory Hood (football), Sharon (Rose) Schwartz (women's basketball), Brian Tolbert (men's basketball) and Jerry Umin (wrestling).