Patriot Tennis Player and Runner Named to FMU Athletic Hall of Fame (Induction on Saturday)
FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University athletic officials have announced that former Patriot cross country and track and field runner Mark Bedenbaugh and former tennis player Sam Lundkvist will be the newest inductees into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place during Homecoming activities on Saturday (March 1). The ceremony will occur at approximately 3:45 p.m. in the Smith University Center gymnasium, between the women’s and men's games of the FMU and Clayton College & State University basketball doubleheader.
Bedenbaugh was a member of both the Patriot cross country and track and field squads from 1981 to 1985. He earned the B.S. degree in political science in 1986 and the M.Ed. degree in 1990. He currently resides in West Columbia and teaches at Pelion High School, where he is head coach of the Panthers’ highly successful cross country and track and field programs. He has also been a part owner of a running store, Strictly Running Inc.
As a member of the Francis Marion cross country team, he captured the NAIA District Six cross country individual title and was named his team’s most valuable player in 1983 and 1984. A two-time All-District runner, he ran in three NAIA national championship meets and helped lead the Patriots to district team titles in 1982 and 1984.
For many years, he held the school’s five-mile course record of 25:01 set as a senior in 1984.
As a member of the track and field team, he earned All-District honors three times and ended his career seventh on the Patriots’ all-time points list with 304.50. He earned All-District honors three times on the track. He helped the Patriots to four district team titles, and he ran the 800-meters at the 1984 NAIA national meet. The 1983 mile relay team, that he was a member of, still owns the school record with a time of 3:22.91.
He also served as an assistant cross country coach for the Patriots in the fall of 1985. At Pelion, his squads have won several state championships and numerous conference crowns. He has garnered several state coach of the year awards.
Still an active runner, he is president of the Elite Training Club. He is a USA Track and Field certified official, director of the Strictly Running Racing Team, and race director of the Hot Summer’s Night 5,000-meter race.
Lundkvist played on the Patriot tennis team from 1994 to 1997 and earned All-America honors three times. In 1997, he also earned Academic All-America recognition, thus becoming the first Francis Marion athlete to earn both academic and athletic All-America honors in the same year. Lundkvist earned a B.B.A. degree in finance and business economics in 1997, and graduated magna cum laude with a grade point average of 3.87. He later graduated from the University of South Carolina’s Master of International Business program and now resides in Seattle, Wash.
Off the playing court, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. He served as vice-president of the FMU International Student Association and was a member of the Marketing Club and the Student-Athlete Advisory Board. He served as an FMU Marshal, twice earned the Patriots Brigade Academic Award, and was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll each of his four years.
He helped guide FMU to three NCAA Division II national tournament appearances, while compiling a 60-30 singles record and a 58-21 doubles mark. He was named to the All-Conference team three times and was selected the Patriot team most valuable player three times. At the conclusion of his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons, he ranked 16th, 12th, and 20th respectively in the Division II singles rankings.
The Patriots posted a 53-30 mark during his four years.
The two join 22 current members in the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame, which was formed in 1991. Past inductees include Cindy Alford (women’s softball), Jeannette Alston (women’s basketball, volleyball), Kristi Anderson (women’s softball), Gary Bennett (golf), Maria Costas (women’s basketball, tennis, volleyball), Tom C. Davidson (coach and administrator), Carlton Farr (men’s basketball), LaRue Fields (women’s basketball, volleyball), Allen Floyd (men’s basketball), Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell (women’s basketball coach), Mary Hirst (women’s tennis), Wayne Huggins (baseball), Scotty Keefe (baseball), Pearl Moore (women’s basketball), Robert Moore (men’s basketball), Mitch Powell (track and field, cross country), Tommy Randall (golf), Garth Thomson (men’s tennis player and coach), Randy White (track and field, cross country), Mike Wilson (baseball), Lee Whitwell (women’s tennis), and Rendy Yates (women’s softball player and coach).