Cross Country and Track, 1990-95
Inducted February 25, 1995
Kenny Ault came to SMS from Mountain Grove and earned three varsity letters in both track and cross country for the Bears between 1970 and 1975. In cross country, Ault captured the MIAA individual championship as a freshman in 1970 to lead the Bears of Coach Aldo Sebben to a second place finish in the league meet. SMS went on to finish 27th as a team in the NCAA Division II championship. Ault missed the 1971 season with an injury but returned in 1972 under new Bears’ coach Chuck Hunsaker to finish 15th individually in the league meet. Ault was third individually in the conference as a junior in 1973 as he helped a second straight unbeaten dual meet SMS squad to its first-ever MIAA cross country championship. The Bears went on to finish as the national runner-up in the Division II meet in Wheaton, Ill., coming in just five points behind South Dakota State. In track, Ault set SMS school marks in the mile run and three-mile run as a freshman in 1971, and he added school and conference records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as a sophomore. Ault won the steeplechase in the 1972 conference meet and then gained NCAA Division II all-America honors when he captured third place in the steeplechase at the NCAA meet. Ault came back to finish second in the steeplechase event in the conference meet in 1974.