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May 2002

Release Date: May 22, 2002

Track & Field Hall of Fame to Induct 2 Former ASU National Champions

Four track and field athletes who earned national championship accolades while performing for three Texas universities will be inducted into the NCAA Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame as part of the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association banquet Wednesday (May 22) in San Angelo, Texas.

Sylvia Dyer Barnier of Abilene Christian University, Dale Drennan of the University of Texas at Arlington and Tranel Hawkins and Mike Smierciak, both of Angelo State University, are the 2002 inductees into the hall of fame.

The induction ceremony Wednesday night on the campus of Angelo State University will precede the 2002 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships Thursday through Saturday on the university campus.

Barnier, a hurdler and jumper, is a five-time NCAA Division II Indoor National Champion and a 20-time All-American performer at Abilene Christian. Her five indoor national titles are the most for any female athlete in NCAA Division II history. She competed at ACU from 1986-89 and in 1991.

Drennan ran in the 3000-meter steeplechase at UT-Arlington from 1966-67 and won the Division II National Championship in both years. Drennan was UTA's first track All-American and first track athlete to qualify for the NCAA meet.

Hawkins, who competed at Angelo State in 1983 and 1984, was a two-time NCAA Division II National Champion in the 400-meter hurdles. He competed on the United States' 1984 Olympic team and still holds the top Division II time ever of 48.28 in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1984 Olympic trials.

Smierciak won the 1988 and 1989 Division II National Championships in the javelin while competing at Angelo State. He ranks fifth all-time on the NCAA Division II performers list and still holds the ASU, Lone Star Conference and LSC Championship meet records in the javelin.

Barnier's individual indoor national championships came in the 55-meter hurdles in 1988, 1989 and 1991 and in the triple jump in 1988 and 1989. She was a seven-time runner-up at national meets with second-place finishes at the Division II national outdoor championship meet in the 100 hurdles and triple jump in 1987 and 1988, the 100 hurdles and the 4x100 relay in 1989 and in the triple jump at the 1991 national indoor championship meet.

The ACU team won three outdoor and three indoor NCAA Division II National Championships while she was competing, including the Wildcats' first two indoor titles in 1988 and 1989. After graduating from ACU in 1991, she went on to earn a master's degree in public administration before returning to ACU as a coach. She coached ACU's long- and triple-jumpers to 10 NCAA Division II national championships and 24 All-America honors. Barnier currently works as ACU's compliance coordinator and serves on the NCAA Division II Track and Field Committee.

Drennan won the 1966 and 1967 NCAA College Division 3000-meter steeplechase national championship and finished sixth in the University Division in the steeplechase. His time of 9:10.7 set a new record and was 20 seconds faster than the previous record.

He holds the fourth fastest time in UTA history in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:50.39 and the fourth fastest time in UTA history in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:05.20. He was the 1967 Southland Conference 3000-meter steeplechase champion. He was second on the team in total points in 1965 with 57, ran a 4:17.6 in the mile and 9:40.6 in the two-mile, both school records at the time.

Drennan was inducted into the UTA Hall of Honor in 1990. After graduation he served as a track coach at Dallas Baptist University. He later opened his own dental practice. Hawkins won his first NCAA Division II Championship for Angelo State in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 1983 with a time of 50.44 and his second in 1984 with a time of 49.11. Hawkins placed second at the NCAA Division I Championships in 1984 with a time of 49.25, second to only Danny Harris of Iowa State University.

As a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team, he finished sixth in the Los Angeles Games with a time of 49.42. He posted a personal best time in the 1984 US Olympic Trials, with a 48.28, just behind then world-record holder Edwin Moses (47.76) and Danny Harris (48.11) of Iowa State.

In his collegiate career at Angelo State, he was defeated in the intermediate hurdles only six times, with two of those losses coming at the Division I Championship meet. During his career, Hawkins led ASU to one LSC Championship (1983) and to two runner-up finishes at the NCAA Division II Championships. He still holds four of the top 10 times in ASU history in the 400-meter hurdles.

Smierciak was a two-time Junior College All-American (1984-1986) at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas, before joining the ASU track and field team. He still holds four of the top 10 throws all-time at ASU as well as the top two throws at the ASU Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, 233-3, 232-6.

Smierciak was the 1989 Oscar Stahan Lone Star Conference Male Field Athlete of the Year, after winning the 1989 LSC Championship in the javelin with a meet record of 232-6, a record that still stands. He still has the LSC all-time best throw in the javelin of 233-3 set in 1988. He led ASU to a Lone Star Conference Championship in 1989 and a runner-up finish in 1988.

Smierciak still holds the ASU men's record in the javelin (233-3) and the ASU Multipurpose Complex Record (232-6). He held the ASU Relay record until 1998 as well.