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Wheeling Jesuit University inducts
five into Athletic Hall of Fame

                                                     season titles, nine conference tour-

                                                     nament titles and five NCAA Atlantic

                                                     Region championships. Their teams

                                                     have made three NCAA Elite Eight

                                                     appearances and one Final Four


                                                     Barrett was a four-year starter

                                                     and three-year captain for the WJU

                                                     rugby team from 1982-85. He is

                                                     credited with rejuvenating the rugby

                                                     club. Under his leadership, the team

2016 inductees Sergei Bykov, Bill Barrett, Christy and Matt Benner with Athletic Director Kevin Forde. reversed its fortune, recording a 7-1

                                                     record with wins over Pitt, Carnegie

Wheeling Jesuit University inducted two current      Mellon and St. Bonaventure that season.

coaches and three former WJU athletes into its Ath-  A native of the Ukraine and junior college transfer,

letic Hall of Fame this fall.                        Bykov jumped into the Wheeling Jesuit and NCAA

WJU’s Director of Athletics, Kevin Forde an-         record books in the triple jump. He was the univer-

nounced Wheeling Jesuit would induct volleyball      sity’s first individual to win a National Championship,

coaches Christy and Matt Benner, rugby player        achieving that distinction in 1997 with a jump of 54-

William Barrett ’85, triple jump standout Sergei Bykov feet, 10-inches. In 1997 and 1998, he placed in the

’98 and high/triple jumper Hong Yong Bi ’03.         top 20 world rankings. His best jump as a Cardinal

Nearly 80 alumni, coaches, former coaches and came at the Billy Hayes Invitational, where he record-

family attended the event held Sept. 17.             ed a leap of 55-feet, three inches. Bykov was a three-

The Benners took over the reigns of the volley-      time NCAA All-American.

ball program in 2002 and since that time, they have  Bi was a three-year member of the Cardinal track

turned the Wheeling Jesuit volleyball program into   team. He was ranked among the best in the world in

the most successful team at the university. In their 14 the high jump in 2001 and 2002. His best jump at WJU

seasons as the head coach (Christy) and assistant    came in 2001 at Penn State with a leap of seven-feet,

coach (Matt), the Cardinals have a 459-111 record and three-inches. Bi was the NCAA DII Indoor National

have had 11 seasons with 30 wins. During the 2015 Champion in the high jump in 2001, when he recorded

campaign the volleyball team won WJU’s first team a jump of seven-feet, one and a half inches. He was a

National Championship and ended the year with the three-time NCAA DII All-American in the high jump,

most wins in a season — 39. Under the Benner’s di- a two-time WVIAC champion in the high jump and a

rection, the Cardinals have won 12 conference regular two-time WVIAC champion in the triple jump.

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