Meet the M Club Hall of Fame class of 2010

By Caitlin Opperman

Macalester’s M Club (the alumni club for former Mac athletes) celebrated the induction of five alumni to its Hall of Fame during its 31st induction banquet on October 16. Inductees were chosen based on their outstanding athletic achievements during their time at Macalester. Among this year’s inductees are three sisters and four soccer players.
Biographies were condensed from the Macalester Athletics website. For more information about the Hall of Fame inductees visit Epperson ’99
Tawni Epperson was named both MIAC Player of the Year and NCAA Division III Player of the Year in 1998 as a senior after the women’s soccer team won the national championship. Epperson scored the game-winning goal in the fourth overtime period of the NCAA finals against the College of New Jersey for her 46th career goal. She is ranked fifth in goals and eighth in assists in Mac’s record books.

Brook Epperson ’98
Brook Epperson was MIAC conference Player of the Year in 1997, the year Macalester women’s soccer achieved a perfect 10-0 league record. She was selected as an all-American player two times, an all-region player three times and an all-MIAC player all four years. The team lost only five MIAC games during Epperson’s time at Macalester. She is the record holder in both career assists and single-season assists.

Nikki Epperson ’96
Nikki Epperson was the Macalester women’s soccer program’s first four-time All-MIAC player. In her senior year, she was named to the All-America team. Throughout her time at Macalester, Epperson scored 49 goals, placing her third in the record book, and 26 assists, landing her in fifth place on the all-time list. Additionally, Epperson was a four-year letter-winner for the Macalester basketball team with a career total of 887 points.

Adam Burke ’92
Adam Burke was an All-MIAC swimmer all four years at Macalester. He earned NCAA Division III All-America status as a senior in the 200-yard freestyle as well as the 1650-yard freestyle. Burke still holds the school record in the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free, and 1650 free. His 200 free time at the 1992 Nationals was the fifth fastest time in the nation that year.

Mark Abboud ’92
Mark Abboud and his teammates won the MIAC championship during his freshman and junior years on the soccer team. Abboud was a three-time All-MIAC athlete and is second in the college record book with 56 career goals, 24 of which were scored during his senior season. After graduating from Macalester, he played 10 seasons professionally with the Minnesota Thunder.