Summerville native Stephanie McNeill will become the first woman to be inducted into The Citadel’s athletics Hall of Fame, the school announced Monday.
McNeill, a 2007 Citadel graduate who went to Stratford High School, will be inducted along with four others at a ceremony on Sept. 25.
“I have not thought about it terms of being the first woman,” McNeill said Monday from New Orleans, where she is an intern in neurology at Tulane University Medical Center. “But it’s a very special moment for me and a lot of people, and I’m happy to represent that.”
McNeill, a track and field standout, was the Southern Conference’ female field athlete of the year in 2006 and 2007, and was the Bulldogs’ first female participant in an NCAA postseason championship in the 2006 NCAA championship in the discus and shot put.
McNeill was a nine-time SoCon champ and a Dean’s List student who later graduated from Medical University of South Carolina.
McNeill said The Citadel prepared her well for the rigors of medical school and residency.
“You’re always on the go at The Citadel, always multi-tasking and dealing with stress,” said McNeill, who majored in chemistry at The Citadel. “And I’m definitely in a high-stress situation all the time.”
Also entering the Hall are baseball pitchers Mike Pendleton (‘81) and Randy Corn (‘02), swimmer Milton Williams III (‘81) and Dr. John “Turkey” Moore (‘71). Moore will be enshrined as an honorary member.