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Five former athletes inducted.

WPI held its 27th Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Friday night at the Campus Center Odium. Inducted were Kerry Coleman Oldmixon (class of 2003, track and field), John Loonie (1987, basketball), Larry Penoncello ('66, basketball), Jonathan Pires ('00, football) and Garrett Trombi ('95, wrestling).

A two-time All-American, Coleman Oldmixon still holds all five WPI throwing records. As a freshman, she earned All-New England honors three times and was NEWMAC champion in the javelin. She added the shot put title while repeating in the javelin as a sophomore.

The Rehoboth native landed her All-America honors in the NCAA indoor championships, placing fourth as a junior and seventh as a senior. She holds school records in the shot (45 feet, 10 inches), discus (134-6), hammer throw (155-0), javelin (128-2) and weight throw (47-6-1/2).

From the moment he arrived on campus, Loonie was an impressive frontcourt presence for the Engineers, who went 62-37 during his four seasons. He finished with 1,218 points, 650 rebounds and 162 blocked shots, swatting away a school-record nine shots in one game.

In Loonie's sophomore year, WPI came within one game of the Division 3 Final Four. He averaged 14.7 points and 7.6 rebounds that season, and as a junior hit 61.9 percent from the field en route to averaging 15.3 points.

Penoncello kept opponents alert whenever he had the ball, as a threat to shoot, drive or dish to a teammate. He averaged in double figures in each of his varsity seasons, all while serving as class president his sophomore, junior and senior years.

As a senior, he was captain, team MVP and started for Worcester in the annual Boston-Worcester All-Star Game. During that season, WPI lost a tough 71-62 decision to Army, which gave all-time Division 1 victory leader Bob Knight his first win.

In each of his four seasons, Pires recorded 100 or more tackles, establishing a reputation as one of the top linebackers in the region. He earned Freedom Football Conference and ECAC New England all-star honors as a junior and senior.

Pires registered seven sacks as a senior as the Engineers went 7-3. For his career, he had 465 total tackles, 49 for losses, and recovered seven fumbles.

Trombi is the only Engineer to be named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the NECCWA Tournament, capturing the 1995 New England title at 150 pounds.

A two-year captain, Trombi had a career dual-meet record of 41-9-1 with six pins and holds school all-time record for takedowns (215). He was a member of NECCWA championship teams in 1994 and '95, and placed three times in those New England meets.

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