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Five inducted into Ricks Collge Athletic Hall of Fame

Published: Thursday, March 13 2008 10:10 p.m. MDT

REXBURG, Idaho — Five former Ricks College athletes will be inducted into the Ricks College Athletic Hall of Fame at Brigham Young University-Idaho, on Friday, March 14. They include distance runners Diane Wilson Creamer and Holly Peterson Steed, pole-vaulter Steve Deming and football standouts Ben Cahoon David Lauder.The Alumni Association awards will be presented at a luncheon hosted by BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark.Diane Wilson Creamer was born to run. From elementary school through high school she led the pack and found her way to Ricks College. In 1993, she led the Ricks College women’s cross country team to a region championship and a second place finish at nationals, where she finished third individually. In 1994, Diane improved to a second place finish in the NJCAA championships, and once again led the Lady Vikings to a second place finish in the team standings. She also competed in spring track and field where she set, and still holds, the school record in the 5000 meter run with a time of 17 minutes, 3.35 seconds. She earned Academic All America honors and was named recipient of the 1995 Betty Hatch Ideal Female Athlete Award. Diane and husband Ryan live in Salt Lake City and are the parents of daughters Kate and Quinn.Holly Peterson Steed ran her way into the Ricks College record books in two sports; cross country and track. As a freshman in 1995, she finished sixth at the NJCAA finals, earning All-American status and helping her team win the national championship. As a sophomore the following year, Holly finished third in the national finals, once again earning All-American status and helping her team again win the national championship. When spring rolled around, Holly was back in the winners circle, finishing first in the 10,000 meter run in both her freshman and sophomore years, once again earning NJCAA All-American status. Her athletic accomplishments and her 4.0 GPA led to her being named recipient of the Betty Hatch Ideal Female Athlete award in 1997. She went on to compete at Utah State University where she earned the Joe E. Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award in 1999. Holly and her husband Cory live in Las Vegas with sons Joshua and Cameron.For most people, being born in the back seat of a Volkswagen would be their only claim to fame. Not Steve Deming. Confined spaces are not where you'll find Steve. Put the right pole in his hands, and he'll vault over small buildings. After setting the pole vault record at Sunset High School, and winning the Oregon High School pole vault championship, Steve landed at Ricks College. He promptly soared to new heights, winning the NJCAA outdoor championship and All-American status in 1992 as a freshman, and again in 1996 as a sophomore. He holds the Ricks College indoor pole vault record at 16’ 1”.  After leaving Ricks College, he competed for Idaho State University where he won the Big Sky Conference outdoor championship twice, and set a conference pole vault mark at 17’6.5”. He holds ISU’s indoor and outdoor records, was a 2004 USA Olympic Trials Qualifier and has a personal best vault of 18’ 4.5”. Steve and wife Kelly Anne live in Del City, Ok., with children Jacob, Jessica, Jonathan, and Jana.At Viewmont High School in Bountiful, Utah, David Lauder was a three year starter and letterman in soccer, football and basketball. He was All-State in football and the state MVP in soccer. After graduating from high school, David put on a Viking uniform. As a freshman in 1988, he was named First Team All League and All American. He set a school record that still stands of 11 kickoffs in one game. As a sophomore in 1991, he again earned First Team All League status. He holds career records with most PAT’s attempted, 79; and most PAT’s converted, 72. He also holds records for Best Average Kick Off yardage in a game, season and career. He continued his career at BYU where he set a record of 53 consecutive PAT’s, was a two-time All Conference Honorable Mention, and BYU’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 1994. David, wife Julia Ann and children Jacob William and Alexandra Irene, live in Sylvania, Ohio.Ben Cahoon was a three-sport letterman at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah, earning All-Region and All-State honors in soccer, football and basketball. He was his high school’s Athlete of the Year in 1990. He “walked on” at Ricks College with a partial academic scholarship. As a wide receiver for the Vikings in 1993 and 1994, Ben set school records for most passes caught in a season and in a career, and set records for most receiving yards in a season and in a career. In 1994, he ranked second in the nation in receptions. That year, he was named Academic All-American, JC All-American, and First Team All League. During his two years at Ricks, the Vikings posted a 20-1 record and won back-to-back WSFL championships. He continued to excel at BYU and is now entering his eleventh year with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was recently voted by the fans as the #1 Alouette Player of All-Time. Ben and his wife Kimberli, live in Cedar Hills, Utah, and are the parents of daughters McKelle, twins Camri and Kylee, and Hallie.

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