Ducks Honor Four Into Hall of Fame

EUGENE – Former University of Oregon defensive back Alex Molden, women's sprint All-American Camara Jones, as well as the school's lone representative in the NCAA College Baseball World Series highlight a quartet of individual standouts and one team to be inducted as part of the Ducks' 17th Athletics Hall of Fame class during festivities spanning the weekend of Nov. 7-8.

The honorees, who will join the previous 153 elite individuals and 16 teams who have been selected as part of the athletics showcase that originated in 1992, will be formally honored at a Friday night banquet in Autzen Stadium's Club at Autzen followed by introductions during halftime of Saturday's Oregon-Stanford football game.

Joining the trio of inductees will be women's volleyball Pacific-10 Conference standout Dawnn Charroin and multi-sport great Emery Barnes, who proceeded to become the first black parliamentary speaker of the legislative assembly in British Columbia.

Emery Barnes

A multiple-sport standout at Portland's Jefferson High School, Emery Barnes' impact would reach far beyond the athletic arena. Yet he wasn't shy about utilizing his physical gifts to overcome his childhood economic and racial barriers en route to emerging as an acclaimed role model. The 1952 all-Pacific Coast Conference defensive end and ‘53 football team captain also stood out on the track as a two-time conference high jump champion. The 1952 high jump All-American tied for the NCAA title (6-8), with his personal-best of 6-9 ¾ and a second-place finish in the '52 AAU national championships falling just shy of the world record (6-11). The 1952 U.S. Olympic Team alternate and draft choice of the Green Bay Packers enjoyed an eight-year professional career in the Canadian Football League while embarking on a career as a social worker and an advocate of human rights and equal opportunity in Canada. The 1954 Oregon history graduate served almost 25 years in the British Columbia Legislative Assembly and was elected the first minority parliamentary speaker of the assembly in 1994. Beginning a career in social work in 1959, he was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 before he was presented the University of Oregon's Pioneer Award in 1998.

Dawnn Charroin

Few players have exhibited more dominance in the sport of volleyball at the University of Oregon than the first-team Pacific-10 Conference all-league standout. Fueled by an overpowering presence at the net, Charroin exhibited a drive that carried her into becoming one of the most decorated standouts in school history. Excelling in the top volleyball conference in the country, the two-time team leader in kills and digs (1990, 1991) also paced the squad in four other categories her senior year to finish seventh in the Pac-10 in digs avg. (3.4) her final collegiate season. The outside hitter and blocker completed her Oregon tenure fourth on the school's all-time lists in kills (1,283) and attempts (3,449) while helping lead the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore. The 1988 first-team conference all-freshman team recipient and 1991 Oregon MVP utilized an intensity that led to her sharing the program's Mental Toughness-Extra Effort Award on three separate occasions before completing her volleyball career playing professionally in Europe. In addition to remaining involved in the sport as a youth volleyball coach, Dawnn Charroin Eikenberry also is involved in fund-raising efforts to help fight leukemia in addition organizing annual Christmas events to benefit special needs families.

Camara Jones

While the Pacific Northwest may not be synonymous with producing great sprinters, the Vancouver, Wash., standout defied the odds to not only reign as one of the Oregon women's top sprinters of all time but finish as high as third in the 400 in the NCAA Championships in 1995. The four-time NCAA All-American claimed a trio of Pacific-10 Conference individual titles and anchored the 4x400 relay to a league gold medal in 1992. Her efforts also were vital to the Oregon women winning a pair of Pac-10 team titles in 1991 and '92. Completing her collegiate career as the holder of the school and conference meet records in the 400 meters (51.44, 1995), as well as running legs on the Ducks' record-setting 4x100 (44.87) and 4x400 relays (3:33.11), she also was part of the 4x400 quartet that finished first in the 1995 World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden. The three-time first-team academic all-conference choice and NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient received the university's Emerald Athletic Trophy as its top senior scholar-athlete in 1995 before earning her law degree from Oregon. Camara Jones Banfield currently practices law in Vancouver, Wash.

Alex Molden

One of the focal points for a defense which led Oregon to back-to-back appearances in the Rose and Cotton Bowls following the 1994 and '95 seasons and its first outright Pacific-10 Conference championship in 46 years (1994), the presence of the four-year starter not only provided a stability to a secondary that would emerge as one of the school's best of all time but laid the foundation for the program's most successful era in school history. Completing his Oregon career with a school-record 60 passes broken up and tied for eighth on the school's all-time interceptions list (11), the standout cornerback and 1995 first-team All-American was epitomized by his smothering one-on-one coverage style that led to the Ducks ranking 12th in the country in total defense in 1995 and 14th nationally in pass efficiency defense in 1994. The two-time first-team all-conference choice and 44-game starter missed only one of 46 collegiate outings before the 11th pick in the 1996 NFL draft (New Orleans) endured an eight-year career in the professional ranks with New Orleans, San Diego and Detroit. He completed his professional career intercepting 12 passes while posting 252 tackles and 45 assists.

1954 Baseball Team

Don Kirsch's club had been building for this moment for years before winning the first of three straight Northern Division championships in 1953. A veteran corps of returnees, led by All-America center fielder George Shaw, helped push Oregon to the next level through a relentless perseverance and timely hitting, with Shaw, Norm Forbes and Neal Marlett each batting over .300. But if not for a five-hit shutout from Trent Huls over rival Oregon State (4-0) in the final game of the regular season, the Ducks never would have earned their post-season opportunity. The Pacific Coast Conference champions captured their lone District 8 title with wins over Seattle (9-4) and Fresno State (9-5 and 1-0) in Eugene to earn their first trip to the College World Series. Pete Williams blasted a solo home run and Forbes pitched a four-hit shutout against the Bulldogs in a five-inning rain-abbreviated affair to fuel the Ducks' trip to Omaha, Neb. John Keller, Forbes, Marlett, Shaw and Williams each were named to the all-Northern Division squad, with Forbes winning the division batting title (.476) as well as leading the Northern Division pitchers in wins (6-1).

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