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.986 Fielding percentage at shortstop of baseball’s Connor Kelly in 2021, earning the NCAA Division II Rawlings Gold Glove. He made only two errors on 144 defensive chances. 1 The first three-time individual GAC cross-country champion, Bison Dylan Douglas won the 10K conference championship in Searcy in 25:35.2 with freshman Luke Walling placing second just under one second behind Douglas. 3 Number of Lady Bison
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Top 10 in the nation

By Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information Outright winner of the Great American Conference, the Bison football team made its fifth-straight NCAA Division II playoff appearance in 2021, one of only three teams in Division II to qualify for the last five tournaments. The Bisons finished with an 11-2 record, the team’s eighth season in the last nine with nine or more wins and
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Football records by the numbers

During the Bisons 49-10 victory over Southern Nazarene Oct. 9, senior fullback Cole Chancey becomes Harding’s career rushing leader, breaking the mark of 4,214 yards held by the late Alan “Snake” Dixon since 1973. Dixon’s widow, Belinda, and son, Jad, are presented with a football by Coach Simmons during a brief ceremony at halftime to honor Dixon and Chancey. 284 Rushing yards by Bison Hall
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The road to 10 all-sports trophies

By Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information Everything about the 2020-21 school year was unusual, including athletics. Harding had 17 of its 18 teams in action, but all of the teams played only in the spring semester. When the dust settled, the University won its third all-sports trophy (the Great American Conference calls it the Commissioner’s Cup) of the last four awarded by
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Sports by the numbers

.403 Hitting percentage of David Butterfield, the 11th Bison baseball player to hit over .400 for a season and the first since Jason Nappi hit .413 in 2010. 19.2 Career scoring average of two-time honorable mention All-GAC basketball player Romio Harvey in 42 games as a Bison, good for third all-time. 1,244 Career point totals for senior women’s basketball player Carissa Caples, who ranks 12th
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Vaulting to the top

By Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information Freshman pole-vaulter Dorian Chaigneau (pronounced SHIN-yo) describes his arrival on Harding’s campus as “eyes blind.” Chaigneau is a native of Fontenay-le-Comte, France, a town of 13,000 located in west-central France less than 30 miles from the Bay of Biscay. At 6 years old, Chaigneau’s parents signed him up for a track and field club in France.
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Bisons back in the herd

By Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information Every year, more than 100 new students come to Searcy because they have been given a chance to participate in intercollegiate athletics for one or more of Harding’s 18 teams. Many of those student-athletes graduate and move away, but a surprising number stay or come back to Harding to work. In the athletic department, the University
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Sports by the numbers

11,220  Total square feet of the Hatcher indoor facility. 5  Number of rooms plus two restrooms  6  Number of lifting stations in the weight room 148-by-60  Size of playing area in feet
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Honored now, awarded later

By Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information In January of 2020, former Harding athletic director Greg Harnden learned that NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association selected him to receive its highest honor — the DII ADA Lifetime Achievement Award — to recognize his outstanding career at the University. For Harnden, it may feel like another lifetime before he actually receives the award. He
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Sports by the numbers

44 — Games senior Miles Humphreys reached base, the last 23 of the 2019 baseball season and the first 21 of the 2020 season, beating Harrison Hunter’s record of 35 games in 2015. 565 — Points scored by junior men’s basketball player Romio Harvey during the 2019-20 season, the most since Matt Hall scored 643 points in 2007-08. 2 — Number of women’s basketball players in Harding’s career
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