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Southern Athletics set to induct four into Hall of Fame

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Press Release MSSU:

The MissouriSouthern athletics department will officially induct four individuals into itsHall of Fame as part of Hall of Fame Weekend this Saturday. The list includesfour former student-athletes from the sports of football, baseball, men's trackand field and softball/volleyball.

YancyMcKnight (Football, 1993-95), Seth Isringhausen (Men's Track and Field,2000-03), Bryce Darnell (Baseball, 1994-96) and Stacey (Harter) Smith(Volleyball & Softball, 1991-93) will all be enshrined into the 2013 classof the Hall of Fame.

The newestclass will be present at a social on Friday night, Sept. 20 and will beinducted at a brunch on Saturday morning, Sept. 21. The group will beintroduced as new Hall of Fame members at halftime of the Lions football gamevs. Lincoln on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Lions will host the Blue Tigers for a2:37 pm kickoff in a game featured as the MIAA TV Game of the Week.

Below areshort biographies on each of the four Lions to be inducted into the Hall ofFame:

YancyMcKnight (Football, 1993-95) – McKnight was a three-year starter onthe offensive line for the Lions in the early to mid-90's. He was a three-timeAll-MIAA pick, while earning All-American honors as a senior. McKnight playedin the 1995 Snow Bowl (the Division II All-Star Game) and was the team captainin 1995, while also being a member of the Lions' 1993 MIAA Championship team.

Currently thehead strength and conditioning coach for football at Iowa State University,McKnight is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a certifiedstrength and conditioning coach, as well as a USA weightlifting level 1certified coach. A 2001 graduate of Southern with a major in general studies,McKnight was an assistant strength coach at Oklahoma State from 2003-05, beforemoving on to Louisiana Tech as the head coach from 2005-06. He was the headstrength coach at Rice from 2006-09 before moving on to his current position atIowa State.

McKnight andhis wife Lynn, have two sons Brock and Brody. He and his family reside in Ames,Iowa.

SethIsringhausen (Men's Track and Field, 2000-03) – Isringhausen isone of the most decorated track and field athletes at Missouri Southern. A15-time All-MIAA honoree, Isringhausen won the 2003 NCAA Division II NationalChampionship in the indoor pole vault. Isringhausen was a seven-time nationalqualifier and was a five-time All-American earning second-place honors in theindoor pole vault in 2002.

A two-timeMIAA Champion in the pole vault, Isringhausen was an accomplished sprinter, aswell, earning All-MIAA honors nine different times in various sprints rangingfrom the 55m, 100m and 200m. A 2003 graduate from Southern with a degree incriminal justice, Isringhausen is currently a trooper with the Missouri StateHighway Patrol.

Isringhausenhas a wife, Krystal, as well as three children, Kyshin, Ryzen and Zayden. Thefamily resides in Forsyth, Mo.

BryceDarnell (Baseball, 1993-96) – Darnell is one of the best catchers inthe history of Missouri Southern. A three-year starter for the Lions aftertransferring from the University of Minnesota, Darnell hit .366 in his careerat Southern with 100 runs scored, 169 hits, 111 RBIs, 40 doubles, two triples,nine home runs and 75 walks.

Darnell hit.436 as a sophomore in his first season for the Lions, which ranks as thesixth-highest single-season batting average in the history of the program. Hisbest season came in 1995 when he helped the Lions to a 43-13 record. He had a.364 batting average that season, earning first-team All-MIAA and All-Regionhonors. As a senior, Darnell hit .339 with 20 doubles, a mark that is fifthall-time in Southern history. Darnell was selected twice in the Major LeagueBaseball Draft in his career at Southern, once after his junior season by theSt. Louis Cardinals and again after his senior season by the ArizonaDiamondbacks. He went on to play in the Diamondbacks minor league system.

Darnellcoached high school baseball at Webb City High School where he would win twoMissouri State Championships. He succeeded longtime Southern head coach WarrenTurner in 2008 as the head coach for the Lions. In six seasons, Darnell has ledthe Lions to four MIAA Tournaments, as well as the 2013 MIAA BaseballTournament Championship and a spot in the 2013 Division II Central Regional. Hehas a career record of 172-145 at Southern.

Darnell is a1997 graduate of Missouri Southern and he earned a master's degree in 2000 fromMissouri State University. He and his wife Pamela, have a daughter Darcy, aswell as a son, Cy. The family resides in Joplin.

Stacy(Harter) Smith (Volleyball & Softball, 1991-93) – Harter is a 1995graduate of Missouri Southern where she participated in both Volleyball andSoftball for the Lions.

As a softballplayer, Harter earned All-MIAA, All-Region and All-American honors in 1993 whenshe helped the Lions to a 38-12 record and the MIAA Championship. She was alsopart of the 1992 NCAA Division II National Champion team at Southern, whilehelping the Lions to a 50-7 record that season. During her time at Southern,the Lions were 124-27 and won two MIAA titles in a three-year span.

Harter holdsthe second-highest career batting average at Southern (.392), while rankingfifth in career stolen bases with 43. She is tied for the single-game runsscored record, while ranking fourth in the single-season runs category. Shealso ranks fifth in single-season hits, stolen bases and batting average, whileranking ninth in single-season putouts.

As avolleyball player, Harter ranks sixth in total games played in Southern history.She played from 1991-94, and helped the Lions to an 89-55 record in those fourseasons. After her playing days, Harter served as a student-assistant for thesoftball team in 1994, and was an assistant coach at Olathe South High Schoolfrom 1996-1998, helping the team to the 1996 Kansas State Championship. Shecoached volleyball at Basehor-Linwood High School during that time, as well.She currently is co-owner of Wildcat Siding in Blue Springs, Mo.

Harter andher husband Ron have three children, Luke, C.K. and Katie. The family residesin Blue Springs, Mo.

The MissouriSouthern Athletics Hall of Fame was established to pay tribute and givedeserved recognition while enhancing school tradition by honoring formerathletic letter winners and/or coaches who have shown distinctive, unique orexceptional ability while at Missouri Southern or since graduation. Thehonorees must be graduates of Missouri Southern and there must have been alapse of at least 10 years since the individual last participated in athleticsat Southern.

With theaddition of the 2013 class, the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame now includes 105members and two teams.

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