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Four grads inducted into Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame

Updated: Sep 2, 2023

Three of the 16 new members inducted into the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame for 2023 were Muncie Central graduates.

The Muncie Central graduates are Andrew Edwards, Tonya Ward Lewis, Lydgia Greiner Palmer and Daniel Proctor.

Edwards excelled in track and field during his career at Muncie Central, according to the Hall of Fame. He won the 800m run in the sectional as a junior and senior, turning in a best time of 1:59.6 minutes.

He helped three 1,600m relay teams win sectional championships and two North Central Conference crowns. The 1600m relay team during his sophomore season in 1990 won the regional and finished sixth in the state meet. The 1,600m relay team finished second by one-tenth of a second in 1992 and placed fourth in the state meet.

Edwards earned nine varsity letters as a Bearcat: four in track and field, two each in basketball and cross country and one in soccer.

Lewis excelled in track and field in high school. She began her sports participation at Muncie Northside High School but transferred her senior year to Muncie Central after Northside closed.

Named captain in her final year of high school, Lewis led the Bearcats to a North Central Conference title. She qualified for the state meet and capped a career by finishing fourth in the 100 dash.

According to the Hall of Fame, Palmer helped the Bearcats win three North Central Conference titles, four sectional championships, a regional crown and a fourth-place finish in the 1999 state track meet. She medaled five times in competition at state and won the 800m run in record time in 1999.

She still holds or shares the Muncie Central record in the 800m run, 4x800m relay and 4x400m relay.

She went on to coach Muncie Central's girls cross country team for eight seasons and assisted two years with the track team.

Dan Proctor is the all-time Muncie Central sectional champion with 16 consecutive titles at that level in four years as a Bearcat. He holds school records in the 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. He won 13 North Central Conference championships and earned five top-16 finishes in the state meet.

Proctor also maintained a 4.0-plus grade point average during his four years at Muncie Central to earn recognition as an Academic Speedo All-American and NCC Academic team four times each.

Proctor swam on Mid-American Conference championship teams at Eastern Michigan in 2012 and 2013 and represented the MAC as an athlete representative to the NCAA in 2013.

Celebrating Dan Proctor's induction into the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame were two of his former swim club coaches, Emily Rawson and Tony Santino.

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