Thirteen Elon student-athletes named to Southern Conference 100th anniversary teams


by Jason Knavel, Associate AD for Strategic Communications

Spartanburg, SC – To celebrate its first 100 years of history, the Southern Conference named 13 former Elon student-athletes to its 100e anniversary teams. Elon was a member of the Southern Conference from 2003 to 2014.

South Conference 100th Anniversary Teams

The league has named teams in each of the sports it currently sponsors and has sponsored for at least 25 years.

Among the criteria that deserved the selection in the teams were the common references of:
– Member of the collegial pantheon of this sport
– Member of the SoCon Hall of Fame
– National player of the year
– All-America honors in two different academic years
– SoCon Male or Female Athlete of the Year
– Two-time SoCon Player of the Year

The other benchmarks varied by sport.

Elon had three SoCon 100 memberse birthday soccer team to Terrell Hudgins, Aaron Mellette and Chad Nkang. Steven Kinney, Chris Thomas and Justin Wyatt have been named to the men’s soccer team. From men’s tennis, Damon Gooch and Cameron Silverman were selected. Ali Ford (women’s basketball), Caitlin Beeler (women’s cross-country), Samantha Widmer (women’s golf), Jordan Johnson (women’s tennis) and Megan Kirschling (women’s athletics) were also selected.

Below you will find each of Elon’s representatives, along with the honors with which they were selected into the teams.

Caitlin Beeler, women’s cross country

1st All-SoCon team 2006, 2007, 2009

Ali Ford, Women’s Basketball

1st All-SoCon Team 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12

Damon Gooch, Mens Tennis

1st-All-SoCon team 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Terrell Hudgins, Soccer

All America 2007, 2008, 2009
1st All-SoCon team 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Jordan Johnston, Women’s Tennis

1st All-SoCon team 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Steven Kinney, Men’s Football

1st All-SoCon team 2007, 2008, 2009

Megan Kirschling, Athletics Women

OTK HJ record holder

Aaron Mellette, Soccer

All America 2010, 2011, 2012
1st All-SoCon team 2010, 2011, 2012

Chad Nkang, Football

All America 2005, 2006
SoCon 2005, 2006 Defensive Player of the Year
1st All-SoCon team 2004, 2005, 2006

Cameron Silverman, Men’s Tennis

SoCon Player of the Year 2013, 2014
1st All-SoCon team 2012, 2013, 2014

Chris Thomas, Men’s Football

SoCon Player of the Year 2010, 2012

Samantha Widmer, women’s golf

1st All-SoCon team 2006, 2007, 2008

Justin Wyatt, Men’s Football
1st All-SoCon team 2007, 2008, 2009

– ELON –

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