Athletic Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Hall of Fame was established in 1978 at which time 19 "Charter Members" were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. As of the fall of 2022, 348 individuals (321 athletes, 16 coaches and 11 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The former Hall of Fame room on the second floor of the Lund Center was originally partially endowed by the families of both Dwight Holcombe's (the only father/son combination holding membership in the Hall). The hardwood plaque upon which the individual plates are permanently displayed, now in the Hall of Champions, was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Hailey Harren Hollenhorst

Cross Country/Track & Field

Inducted: 2022

The most decorated women’s cross country runner in program history, Hailey Harren Hollenhorst epitomized what it meant to be a Division III student athlete, giving full effort in every facet of her life while striving to be the best.

After flying under the radar her first two years at Gustavus, Hollenhorst broke onto the scene as a junior by winning three races during the 2005 regular season. Hollenhorst continued her winning ways at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Championships, becoming the second Gustie to win an individual conference championship. The Cold Spring, Minn. native went on to win the NCAA Central Region Championship and capped her junior campaign by claiming the NCAA Division III national title in Delaware, Ohio. At year’s-end, Hollenhorst was named the Honda Division III Runner of the Year and was selected the 2005-06 Gustavus Female Athlete of the Year.

Hollenhorst repeated as the MIAC champion and NCAA Central Region champion her senior season, becoming the first runner in program history to become a two-time conference and region champion. She capped her cross country career with an eighth place finish at the NCAA Championships, earning her second straight All-America honor. After the 2006-07 academic year, Hollenhorst was named the College Sporting News Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year from the MIAC. In addition to being a two-time First Team All-American, Hollenhorst was a two-time NCAA Central Region Runner of the Year and two-time MIAC Runner of the Year.

Hollenhorst graduated with the program’s top 10 times in the 6k and still owns the top six performances, highlighted by a record time of 21:19 at the 2006 Tori Neubauer Invite at UW-La Crosse. An exceptional student, Hollenhorst earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors both her junior and senior seasons, and was awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

After graduating magna cum laude in 2007 with a double major in economics and political science, Hollenhorst earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 2010. She served as an attorney in Minnesota and Arizona for eight years before joining Midwest Financial Partners as a financial advisor in 2017. Hollenhorst has been highly involved with the Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity since 2011, serving as a board member, president, and treasurer. Hailey lives in South Haven, Minn. with her husband Joshua.