The Roanoke College Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023 has been announced with several ODAC Champions and All-Americans. The class included Christiansburg native Carmen Graves who were honored this past week on the RC campus during Alumni Weekend celebrations.
Graves ’13 was a star on both the women’s track and field and women’s soccer teams during her time at Roanoke. For track, she was a five-time All-American and two-time ODAC Track Athlete of the Year (2012-13). In 2013, she was named All-American by virtue of her placing second in the 800m run (2:10.75) at the NCAA Indoor National Championships.
After graduation, Graves competed in the 3000m steeplechase at the US Track and Field Championships in 2013.
In soccer, she was a first team VaSID All-State and All-ODAC selection her junior and senior year. She finished her soccer career with 26 goals, 14 assists, with six game-winning goals.
She was joined in the new induction by:
Michael Stark ’11 led the men’s soccer team to back-to-back ODAC Championship game appearances in 2008 and 2009 as part of a stellar Maroon career. Each year from 2008-2010, he was named a NSCAA All-American, NSCAA All-South Region, VaSID All-State, and an All-ODAC selection. He was the 2008 ODAC Rookie of the Year and 2011 Roanoke Male Athlete of the Year. In 2010, Stark was named the Jeffery Childs Willis Award (MVP) winner. He is one of only two Roanoke players to be named All-American at least three times, joining Scott Anderson ’70.
Justin Tuma ’11 excelled both in the classroom and on the field for the men’s lacrosse team being named both the ODAC men’s lacrosse Player of the Year and the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011. He was a three-time ISILA All-American from 2009-2011 as well as an All-ODAC selection those same seasons. A two-year team captain, Tuma holds the career (472), season (200), and game (21) ground ball record. He was named the Roanoke Male Athlete of the Year.
Gina Valles ’11 still ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Div. III history in goals scored after finishing as the ODAC and program’s all-time leading scorer. She was named an IWLCA Div. III All-American three-times in her career including 2009 when she led the Maroons to the ODAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. She was a three-time major awards winner from the ODAC, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 and ODAC Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
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