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Hyland, Lutes and Atzinger comprise 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

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Three standout athletes on and off their playing venues will be inducted into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. The newest class consists of David Hyland (Football), Karen Lutes (Women's Cross Country/Track and Field) and Nick Atzinger (Men's Golf).

The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 with recognition as well at the Homecoming football game versus Valparaiso (2 p.m. ET) on Oct. 20.

Hyland, a Woodstock, Ga., native played defensive back for Morehead State from 2005-08. He was a three-time All-PFL selection (2006, 2007, 2008) and was recognized as a Sports Network Mid-Major All-American and Football Gazette Mid-Major All-American in 2007.

Hyland holds the Morehead State record for career interceptions with 21, and he had the single-season record for interceptions in a season with eight prior to it being broken in 2015. Hyland finished career with 167 tackles and a then-FCS-record 61 pass break-ups. He holds the school record for the longest interception return with a 100-yard return against Campbell in hs final game. He also finished his career with 12 receptions for 155 yards on offense.

He landed with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the Arena Football League in 2010 and was named Rookie of the Year and the team's Defensive MVP. He then moved on for a two-year move to the Canadian Football League, where he played for the British Columbia Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He returned to Arena ball, playing two seasons with the Utah Blaze, two with the San Jose SaberCats and two for the Jacksonville Sharks. With San Jose in 2015, he won an ArenaBowl title and was picked as Defensive Player of the Game and Ironman of the Game.

Lutes, originally from Cynthiana, Ky., put together one of the most decorated running resumes in Morehead State history. She was a 17-time All-OVC selection in track and field. Lutes was named the 2001 OVC Cross Country Runner of the Year and the OVC Athlete of the Year in 2000 and 2003 for indoor track.

Lutes was named First-Team All-OVC in cross country in 2001 and second-team in 2000 and 2003, and she helped lead the 2000 cross country team to the OVC title. She also was a five-time OVC Runner of the Week winner in 2000 and 2001. Lutes won 11 individual OVC championships in track and field and earned All-OVC honors in track and field 10 times .

She won the 5,000-meter run at the OVC Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2003 in indoor track and the 3,000-meter run in indoor track in 2000 and 2003. Off the track and course, she was named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll three times (1999-00, 2002-03, 2003-04).

Louisville, Ky., native Atzinger turned in birdies on the scorecards for the Eagles from 1998-99 through 2001-02.

Atzinger was a two-time All-OVC honoree (2001 and 2002) and won three individual tournaments during his career. He helped the 1999 team win the OVC Championship at Springhouse Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn., edging Southeast Missouri by one stroke.

He also finished as the individual runner-up at the 2001 OVC Championship in Richmond, Ky., coming in just one stroke behind the medalist.

Atzinger was a product of Holy Cross High School in Louisville.

Established in 1985, the Athletic Hall of Fame honors former Eagles whose achievements in athletics and as ambassadors of the university have had a positive impact on Morehead State. The Hall of Fame has enshrined 143 members.

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