Three Rams set for Hall of Fame Induction
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Rams - Mon, Oct. 17, 2016

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell College will welcome back three of its all-time greats in John "Jack" Woodman '66 (football), Christopher Heller '92 (men's basketball) and Lynn Schneider '05 (women's track & field/volleyball) as members of its 2016 Hall of Fame Class on Homecoming Weekend.

The trio will be enshrined during a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, Oct. 22, in conjunction with the Alumni 'C' Club Breakfast. The event begins at 8 a.m. in the Smith Dining Room of the Thomas Commons.

Cornell's new inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the Oct. 22 football game against Knox College at Ash Park Stadium. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

John "Jack" Woodman '66
Woodman, a native of Itasca, Ill., was a force in the trenches for Cornell's football team as a three-time all-Midwest Conference performer. A two-way starter, Woodman earned all-MWC accolades at offensive guard (first team, 1965), offensive tackle (second team, 1964) and defensive tackle (honorable mention, 1963).

Woodman led the team with 89 tackles in only eight games his senior season. As a junior, he helped guide Jerry Clark's squad win the 1964 MWC championship with a 7-1 record. Cornell's lone blemish that season was a one-point loss to Coe.

Woodman was recipient of the team's Joseph Meade Most Valuable Player award in 1965. He was selected to play for the small college team in Iowa's first-ever all-star game against all-stars chosen from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

Woodman's play was noticed by a scout from the Minnesota Vikings, with whom he signed a contract to try out for the NFL team. Despite missing the third round of cuts, he billed the experience as a highlight of his life.

Christopher Heller '92
Heller was a sharp-shooting guard and prolific scorer on Coach Gary Grace's men's basketball team. The West Des Moines native left his mark as one of three Rams ever to earn first team all-conference honors three years in a row (Jeff Fleming, Lloyd Olmstead)

Heller still ranks among Cornell's all-time leaders in a host of categories. He holds 3-point records for most made (79), attempted (191) and best percentage (49.4) in a season, while tying the program mark for most threes made in a game with eight, which he did twice.

Heller stands second on the career list for assists (395), steals (164), free throw percentage (82.4), 3-pointers made (223) and 3-point percentage (44.2). He netted 1,352 career points, which is No. 4 all-time at Cornell. Heller finished in the MWC's top 10 in scoring three consecutive seasons.  

Heller directed the Rams to runner-up conference finishes in 1989-90 and 1991-92. The 1991-92 MWC Tournament team compiled a 16-8 record, which at the time marked the most season wins by a Ram squad in 22 years. Heller was voted Cornell's 1992 Paul K. Scott Senior Male Athlete of the Year. 

Lynn Schneider '05
Schneider is one of the most accomplished throwers in Cornell track & field history, winning two all-America awards, a pair of Iowa Conference championships and eight all-conference medals. She still holds program records in the shot put (46-5.50) and javelin throw (125-1.50).

Schneider turned in a third-place all-America shot put effort at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships, which is the highest national finish ever by a Cornell's women's thrower. The Nebraska City, Neb., native followed that up later her senior year by placing eighth in the NCAA outdoor shot put.

Schneider was a four-time NCAA qualifier (3x shot put, 1x javelin) and wound up earning eight varsity letters in track & field. She was crowned IIAC shot put champion in 2005 (outdoor) and 2004 (indoor). From 2002-05, Schneider collected all-conference medals in the shot put (4x), hammer throw (3x) and weight throw (1x).

A member of Cornell's Track & Field All-Decade Team (2000-10), Schneider also earned three varsity letters in volleyball and was part of the 2004 IIAC runner-up squad. In 2005, she was voted Cornell's Senior Female Athlete of the Year.