TACOMA, Wash - Puget Sound Athletics inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame last weekend – Craig Caskey (baseball), Dave Davis (cross county/track & field), Laura Grinstead-Petersen (soccer), Erin Peterson (softball), and Roger Woods (swimming).
All five inductees are former student-athletes who left lasting impressions on their respective programs. The inductees still hold a combined 17 school records, as well as capturing nine All-American honors and four national titles. The induction ceremony took place on Friday night and the inductees were honored again during halftime of Saturday’s Hall of Fame football game.
On Friday, former mayor of Tacoma Bill Baarsma led the induction as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. University President Ron Thomas, Director of Athletics Amy Hackett, and Hall of Fame member Randy Moon also addressed the audience of nearly 100 people and welcomed the five new members into the Hall of Fame.
Emotions ran high for all five inductees as they were introduced one-by-one and given the opportunity to share their thoughts and memories.
The five newest members of the Hall of Fame are permanently enshrined in the lobby of Memorial Fieldhouse with a plaque that commemorates each of their achievements at Puget Sound. The Athletic Hall of Fame now numbers 106 student-athlete, coaches, administrators and contributors, including two teams.
Here is more about our newest Puget Sound Hall of Famers.
A record-setting pitcher in his time at Puget Sound, Caskey’s pitching records have remained untouched for over 40 years. He still holds four school records with 28 career wins, 311 career strikeouts, 10 wins in the 1972 season, and 131 strikeouts in 1970. He threw 278.1 innings in a Logger uniform with a 1.16 career ERA and a 28-7 record from 1970-72. Caskey was drafted in 1972 in the first round by the Montreal Expos.
A national champion and four-time All-American, Davis ran his way into the history books when he became the NCAA Division III Cross Country national champion in 1999. He was a three-time cross country All-American at the NAIA and NCAA DIII levels, and he also holds the school record in the 8k. In 2000, he also became the first DIII men’s track All-American at Puget Sound, earning the honor in the 10k.
A First Team All-American, Grinstead-Petersen led the Logger soccer team to its first appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament and first Northwest Conference title in 2000. She was a First Team All-American defender in 2000 and was a two-time First Team All-West Region and All-NWC selection. As a senior, she anchored a defense that allowed just nine goals in 18 matches and posted a 15-2-1 record, which was a school record for wins at the time.
A First Team All-American in 1999, Peterson set multiple school records in her time as a Logger. She smashed 23 home runs in her four years and drove in 183 RBIs, which still stand as school record. She batted .380 for her four-year career with 183 career hits. She was also an outstanding catcher with a .979 career fielding percentage and regularly cut down runners attempting to steal. She was a two-time All-Region First Team selection and three-time All-NWC First Team selection.
A three-time national champion in the pool, Woods specialized in the backstroke for the Logger swim team. He was the NAIA national champion in the 100 back in 1993 and 1994 and swam the lead leg of the national champion 200 medley relay team in 1994. He earned All-American honors in 1992, 1993, and 1994 and set school records in the 100 back and 200 back.
Photos on page: Top right: The Hall of Fame inductees (left to right) Craig Caskey, Erin Peterson, Laura Grinstead-Petersen, Roger Woods, Dave Davis; Above left: Dave Davis at the podium; Above right: Laura Grinstead-Petersen is congratulated by President Ron Thomas.