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College announces inaugural athletic Hall of Fame class
Solomon Abebe - Athletic Hall of Fame
Hesston College is thrilled to announce the inaugural class of the Hesston College Sports Hall of Fame. The 2023 inductees include administrators and coaches Evan Oswald, Liz Hunsberger and Gerry Sieber and athletes Abner Kisare, Beth (Yoder) Hostetler, Solomon Abebe, Brent Eichelberger and Lisa (Schmidt) Graber . The inaugural class will be inducted during Homecoming weekend, Saturday, September 23 at 11 a.m. in the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary. A meet and greet will follow in the Yost Center foyer at 2:30 p.m.
Gerry Sieber ʼ64 – Sieber coached at Hesston from 1968 to 1994, including basketball, cross country, track and field and most notably, men’s soccer. He acted as the men’s soccer head coach for 23 years tallying 247 wins, the most in program history, 10 region titles and eight coach of the year awards. He returned to Hesston College in 2009 to revive the cross country program. In 2015, Sieber was inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. Sieber retired following the 2017 cross country season. Hesston College named the soccer field after Sieber in 2018 to honor his legacy.
Solomon Abebe ʼ78 – Abebe might just be the fastest athlete to ever walk on the Hesston College campus. He was a dominant member of the track and field team and he still owns part of four school records. He has the record in the mile (4:18.8), two mile (9:33.1) and three mile (15:08.2) races while also being part of the record-holding 4 x 880 yard relay team (8:20.4).