Muskingum University will induct its newest members into the Athletic Hall of Fame and recognize Muskie senior student-athletes during the Night of Impact on Friday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. The event will be presented by Carol Goff & Associates Real Estate and hosted at EagleSticks Golf Club in Zanesville, Ohio. The class of inductees includes Tom Dillard '66 (Football), Trent Cubbison '89 (Track & Field), Jamie Eastham Jones '05 (Track & Field), and Kim Tackett '07 (Softball).
Dillard was a two-time First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree. He anchored the defensive line and helped lead the Muskies to the OAC Championship in 1965. The 1965 squad went 8-1 overall and 7-0 in league play. During his tenure, Muskingum compiled an impressive 22-6 overall record and a 20-3 mark in the OAC.
Eastham Jones was a two-time All-American. She became Muskingum's first-ever women's indoor track & field All-American in 2004 when she finished eighth in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. In 2005, Eastham Jones finished fifth in the outdoor shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships to earn her second All-American accolade.
Cubbison finished sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles at the 1989 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships to earn All-American honors and help lead Muskingum to a 17th place finish at the National Championships. He ended his tenure being named the Muskingum William Moore Outstanding Senior Athlete and the Kevin Cowden Memorial MVP.
Tackett helped lead the nationally-ranked softball team to three straight OAC regular season and tournament titles, three straight NCAA Regional titles and three consecutive NCAA World Series appearances. She was a Second Team All-American in 2005 and a three-time All-OAC and Academic All-OAC honoree. During Tackett's impressive career, the Muskies recorded a 163-31 overall mark and 65-7 record in the OAC.
The honorees will also be recognized during halftime of the Muskingum men's basketball game on Saturday, February 8, in the Anne C. Steele Center. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., and a special pregame reception for the inductees will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Muskie Skybox.
If you would like to attend the Night of Impact, you may purchase tickets by calling 740-826-8320. Tickets are $25.00 each and include dinner. The event will be hosted in the newest facility at Eaglesticks, The Oakmont Event Center. The Oakmont provides plenty of seating, and the advance purchase of tickets is required. No tickets or admission will be sold at the door. You may begin purchasing tickets starting December 1. Tickets must be purchased by January 31.