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Three to be inducted into LWC Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday

By Chris Wells

Amy Lankford, Chris Lashley, and Ronyeld Shirley are set to be enshrined as the 19th class of the Lindsey Wilson College Athletics Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming weekend on the A.P. White Campus.

"We are thrilled to welcome three exceptional former student-athletes into our hall of fame," said Lindsey Wilson Athletics Director Willis Pooler. "Amy, Ronyeld, and Chris made lasting contributions to our women's basketball and baseball programs as well as to Lindsey Wilson College.

"I am very pleased to welcome all three into the Lindsey Wilson College Athletics Hall of Fame."

The 2019 class will be inducted at 11amCT on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Alumni Awards & Athletics Hall of Fame Celebration at the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY. They will also be recognized later that day at the Lindsey Wilson-Faulkner (Ala.) football game at Blue Raider Stadium.

Lankford played for the Blue Raider women's basketball team from 1995-99, while Shirley donned the blue and white for the women's basketball team from 1997-2001. Lashley played for the Lindsey Wilson baseball team from 1988-91.

Amy Lankford earned All Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference honors twice and All Mid-South Region honors once during her playing career. She helped lead Lindsey Wilson to the program's first-ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament during her senior season, ranking second on the team in scoring and rebounding.

Lankford ended her four-year career with 1,205 points, 664 rebounds, and 180 assists. She hit 43.9 percent of her shots while making 33.7 percent of her 3-pointers during her career.

Lankford ranks eighth in the program's history in field goals made and rebounds. She is one of 13 women in the history of the program to score at least 1,000 career points.

Chris Lashley earned All Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference honors and All NAIA District 32 honors twice during his career.

Lashley ranks in the program's top-10 in five statistical categories -- fifth in home runs, sixth in slugging percentage, seventh in RBIs and walks, and eighth in on-base percentage. In 1991, Lashley set the single-season program record with a .938 slugging percentage -- a record that still stands today.

During his four-year career, Lashley posted a .347 batting average with 41 home runs and 144 RBIs. He was dominant during his senior season, earning the team triple crown with a .416 batting average, 16 home runs, and 54 RBIs.

Ronyeld Shirley earned All Mid-South Conference accolades once during her playing career. She was the third-leading scorer and top rebounder on Lindsey Wilson's first national tournament team.

Shirley ranks in the program's top-10 in eight different statistical categories, including third in rebounding, fifth in block shots, and eighth in points. She concluded her career with 1,293 points, 896 rebounds, and 85 block shots.

Shirley ended her four-year career averaging over 10 points per game in her 126 career games while shooting 43 percent from the field.

Shirley is one of five women in the program's history of the program to eclipse 1,000 points and 800 rebounds for their careers.

Lankford and Shirley are the fifth and sixth women's basketball players and Lashley is the fifth baseball player to be inducted into the Lindsey Wilson Athletic Hall of Fame.

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