Raney named Dave Hauck Award winner

Mike Ludwig
May 13, 2014

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Elise Raney on Monday night was named the winner of the Dave Hauck Award, an honor given to a St. Olaf senior in recognition of academic achievement, community service and athletic excellence.

Raney was a All-MIAC as a high jumper for the Ole women's track and field team and was also an all-conference selection for the St. Olaf women's basketball team. She scored 900 points and collected 640 rebounds in her career. Raney holds the single-game (8), season (77) and career (231) records for blocks. She helped lead the women's basketball team to a 56-46 record over her four years, which marks the best four-year stretch in 12 seasons.

A biology major with a concentration in biomedical studies, Raney has volunteered with numerous organizations including Walk for Life, West Suburban Teen Clinic and the St. Olaf Blood and Marrow Drives.

"Elise has put together a very impressive resume in her time at St. Olaf," said athletic director Matt McDonald. "Her accomplishments personify the spirit of the Dave Hauck Award."

The Dave Hauck Award was established in 2010. Raney joins John Schantzen '10 (football, track and field), Abigail Ho '11 (tennis), Leon Clark '12 (football, track and field) and Tim Lillehaugen '13 (cross country, track and field) as the fifth honoree.

About Dave Hauck
Dave Hauck has been a member of the St. Olaf community since joining the staff as a cross country, swimming and track and field coach in 1966. He also had stints coaching football, gymnastics and golf at St. Olaf. But his legacy is with the swimming and diving programs, where has helped lead teams to a combined 44 MIAC championships.

Hauck, who was promoted to professor in 1995, has continued to coach at St. Olaf since retiring.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.