2018 Hall of Fame Class Unveiled at Flyer Red Dinner

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Lewis Athletics To Unveil 2018 Hall of Fame Class At Flyer Red Dinner

Published: March 6, 2018.

Lewis University will induct former student-athletes Kasia Arient (women's cross country/track and field), Joe Lorenz (baseball), Mathias Luhr (men's soccer) and Leszek (Les) Stoklosa (men's cross country/track and field) into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame (March 15) as part of the second annual Flyer Red Dinner.

Former Lewis Executive Vice President Wayne Draudt will also be recognized as the Lasallian of the Year.

"Lewis University has a rich tradition of athletic success that has been forged by those who have excelled for the Flyers," Lewis Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said. "We welcome this outstanding Hall of Fame class and recognize the administrative contributions of Wayne Draudt."

The Flyer Red Dinner will be held at Drury Lane Theatre & Conference center in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

To register and for more information on partnership opportunities follow the link below or contact Brian Sisson. Come join us in a celebration of Lewis Flyer Athletics.

Flyer Red Dinner Online Registration
Brian Sisson
Email: sissonbr@lewisu.edu
Office: (815) 836-5228

Kasia Arient
Women's Cross Country and Track and Field (1996-2000)
Arient is one of the top runners in the history of the Flyer women's cross country and track and field teams earning a total of 11 All-American honors and won a combined six national championships (five track and field and one cross country). She still holds the school record for the fastest time in the 5K at 16:31 which she set as a freshman and holds the second fastest time in the 6k at 21:06. As a freshman in 1996, she won the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship and was named the Women's Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year covering the 5,000-meter course in a Championships-record time of 17:18 to lead the Flyers to a 24-point margin of victory over defending champion Wisconsin-Parkside.

Later that season at the NCAA Championships in Arcata, Calif., she led the Flyers to a third-place finish at the meet finishing second in a time of 18:00.5. The following season she became the school's first national cross country champion when she won the NCAA II meet with a time of 17:31 as the Flyers went 1-2-3 in the race and finished second in the championships behind Adams State. She also won the GLVC Championship in 1998.

In track and field she was a nine-time All-American and won back-to-back national championships in the 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter runs at the 1997 and 1998 Outdoor NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. She also won the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in her freshman year. She still holds the four school records in indoor and outdoor track and field. She is the school record holder in the indoor 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:47:47, the indoor 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:29.30, the outdoor 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:25.48 and the 10,000 meter run with a time of 34:41.31. In 2016, Arient was selected to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association's (USTFCCCA) and in 2017 she was selected to the Great Lakes Valley Conference's Hall of Fame.

Joe Lorenz
Baseball (1976-79)
Lorenz manned the hot corner for the Flyer baseball team for three seasons (1977-79). In 1977 he helped guided the Flyers to a 50-19 record, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship and a fourth place finish in the NAIA World Series. He attracted considerable attention in his sophomore season batting .342 with 43 RBIs in 58 games. His flawless defense at the hot corner also caught the eye of professional scouts. He hit in the number two position as a sophomore and then in his junior season was moved to the number three spot after the graduation of All-American John Crockett.

During his senior season he hit .351 with nine doubles, four triples, three home runs and drove in 31 runs. His slugging percentage of .506 was second on the team as were his stolen base totals of 20. He helped lead the Flyers to a 35-18 record during his senior campaign and the program's 17th CCAC title and a bid to the NAIA National Tournament for the 19th straight season.

Mathias Luhr
Men's Soccer (1994-96, 1998)
One of the top goalies in Flyer history, Luhr manned the goal for four seasons for the Flyers helping lead them to a 52-24-7 overall record, three Great Lakes Valley Conference championships and was a three-time All-GLVC selection. During his freshman campaign in 1994, Luhrs started all 22 games and posted a goals-against average of 0.99 while making 97 saves and posted seven shutouts and allowed more than two goals only once. In 1996, he started 17 games allowing only four goals while making 64 saves, posted a goals against average of 0.24 and posted 12 shutouts to earn First Team All-GLVC honors.

He led the nation in goals against average his junior season and helped the Flyers as a team finish third in Division II with a goals against average of 0.40. He was a second team All-American selection and first team All-Region selection in 1996. In his senior year he finished 11th in NCAA Division in goals against average with 0.84 and was an Academic All-GLVC selection.

Leszek (Les) Stoklosa
Men's Cross Country and Track and Field (1992-1995)
Stoklosa had a stellar two year career for the Flyer cross country and track field squad after transferring from Oakton Community College. He was a two-time All-American in Cross Country and Track Field and was the school's first national champion when he won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 1993 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

He ranks amongst the school's top 10 in both the cross country and track and field record books. He still holds the school record in the steeplechase which he set in 1993 and then broke in 1994. He also holds the second fastest time in school history in the 5,000-meter run and the seventh fastest time in the 1500m. In the Indoors record book he has the fourth-fastest mile time, the fifth fastest time in the 3,000 meters and seventh in the 5,000-meter run. On the cross country course, he has the second-fastest time in school history in the 10k and the fourth fastest in the 5k.

Stoklosa led the Flyers to back-to-back GLVC titles on the cross country and became the first Flyer to win consecutive individual GLVC titles. In 1992 he led Lewis to a fourth-place finish in the NCAA Division II Championships on a rain-drenched course in Slippery Rock, Pa. He placed 10th individually in the race to earn All-American honors. His finish is the best ever by a Lewis athlete at a NCAA Cross Country Championships. As a senior, he finished fourth in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship and helped guide the program to its first regional championship. At the national meet, he helped lead Lewis to a ninth-place finish for their second consecutive top 10 finish, the first in school history.

Wayne Draudt
Lasallian of the Year
Wayne Draudt served Lewis University for 34 years with highly distinguished service and leadership. Upon his retirement, he was honored with the title of Executive Vice President Emeritus in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University.

After coming to Lewis as Assistant Vice President for Business and Finance in 1980, Draudt quickly advanced, providing astute advice, sound decisions and the ability to collaborate with teams of administrators, faculty, staff and trustees to assist the University in restoring its financial viability during a very difficult period. He was instrumental in helping the University to expand its base of fewer than 3,000 students to a current enrollment of more than 6,700, as Lewis added programs including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, sponsorship of twenty athletic teams, and the transformation of the main campus in Romeoville into a dynamic learning environment meriting national rankings and region recognition. He became Vice President for Business and Finance and CFO, serving from 1986-2001, was appointed Senior Vice President for Business and Finance from 2001-2004, and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2004.

He played an essential role in planning and arranging for the financial resources required to implement the plan spearheaded by the President and the Board of Trustees for the complete transformation of the Lewis Campus. That plan featured the construction of numerous new buildings, including the Harold E. White Aviation Center, the Student Recreation and Fitness Center and the Science Center; renovation of historic structures, such as Sheil Hall and the Oremus Fine Arts Center; building various residence halls; remodeling and expanding athletic facilities; and the purchase of the Saint Charles Borromeo Center property adjacent to the main campus.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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