The Javelina Hall of Fame grew significantly as they added 95 new members that where comprised of the 1979 football team along side the 1986 men’s and women’s cross country teams to join the Javelina Hall of Fame as the class of 2014.
The induction ceremony took place Friday, Sept. 5 in the ballroom located in the Memorial Student Union Building on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
The 1979 Javelina Football team was the last to bring back a National Title to Javelina Stadium. It was the seventh in the history of the program. The 1979 team was picked to finish third in the LSC; they finished the season with a 12-1 record.
In three postseason games played the Javelinas defeated Western Colorado 38-14 in the quarterfinals, Angelo State 22-19 in the national semi-final and Central Oklahoma University 20-14 in National Title game at the Palm Bowl in McAllen.
1979 championship head coach Ron Harms took over the team two months before the season and said that it was special being reunited with the team.
“That was a great football team, they accomplished what nobody thought they could and that’s a credit to them and a tribute to their effort,” Harms said. “We had some outstanding talent; we had some areas where we weren’t necessarily all that talented. Their persistence paid off, they where not to be denied.”
The men’s and women’s cross country teams each won the Lone Star Conference championship in 1986 with the men’s squad going on to win the South Central Regional title.
The Women finished second in the South Central Regional competition. The men’s team beat Abilene Christian, 33-32, to win the LSC title. The women’s team also defeated Abilene Christian by a score of 47-28 to take the title.
The men’s team advanced to the national meets and placed twelfth in NCAA Division II.
The Women’s team finished their season at the regional meet falling to Liberty University and placing second.