CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2014 INDUCTEES
Mark Gerstner (’89) | Track and Cross Country
Mark Gerstner is one of the outstanding distance runners in St. Xavier history. In an illustrious high school track career, Mark won three GCL titles, three individual district championships, and was the regional 1,600-meter champion in 1989. His regional result catapulted him to a fourth-place finish at the state meet. In cross country, Mark won many honors, including the 1988 district championship, regional runner-up, and fifth place at state. He participated in the prestigious Mid-East Meet of Champions for top seniors from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania, was Cincinnati co-runner of the year, and St. Xavier’s Most Valuable Runner in both track and cross country. Upon his graduation, Mark held school records in the 1,600 relay and the 5,000 meters. Mark continued his success at the University of Cincinnati,where he was awarded a four-year scholarship. He captained both the track and cross country teams his senior year. In cross country, he was the UC Most Valuable Runner three times and an All-Metro Conference pick in 1990. He was Great Midwest Conference runner-up in 1991 and conference champion in 1992. In addition, Mark created a company that does the timing for various road races, cross country and track meets, including the St. Xavier Invitational.
Jim Herman (’96) | Golf
Jim’s accomplishments in the game of golf are impressive. Jim qualified for the USGA Amateur Championship in 1995, was 1st Team all-GCL, 1st Team all-city, 1st Team all-Southwest Ohio and 2nd Team All-State his senior season. Jim was crucial in bringing St. Xavier’s 2nd State Championship home in 1995. Jim’s collegiate and amateur golf career is equally impressive. Jim was a four- year starter for the University of Cincinnati. He won five tournaments while a Bearcat, including the 1999 Xavier Invitational. He was Conference USA All- Conference First Team both his junior and senior seasons and was the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association Metropolitan Amateur Champion in 2000. After 2000, Jim turned professional and won his first event, The Southern Ohio PGA Open. Jim got through to the final stage of qualifying school in 2007 and finished 74th, earning full status on Web.com Tour (formerly Nationwide Tour) for 2008. During Jim’s career on the Web.com tour he played in 81 events, finishing in the top 25 sixteen times and three times in the top 10. In 2010, Jim won the Moonah Classic in Australia which qualified him for 19th on the money list and automatic qualification for PGA Tour status in 2011. Jim has qualified for three US Opens: 2010 Pebble Beach, 2012 Olympic Club and 2013 Merion. Year-to-date, Jim has three top-25 finishes, including two top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. He finished T10 in the John Deer Classic and T9 in Sanderson Farms Championship in 2013. Though Jim’s career is not over, his achievements in the game far surpass anyone who has ever teed it up for the Bombers.
Russ “Tiger” King (’63) | Coach
Russ “Tiger” King has been the St. Xavier Varsity Tennis coach for more than 25 years. Coach King has worked tirelessly over the years to build an unparalleled tennis program that has been a model for other high school programs across the state of Ohio. Early in his career, he identified the need to create “B” teams at the varsity and junior varsity levels to accommodate and develop the number of student-athletes who annually try out for the St. Xavier tennis team. He coached his first state champion doubles team of Neil Sehgal and Andy Bartish in 2002 and won his second in 2006 with Jonathan Gaffney and Patrick Bandy. Coach King has also led several teams to Columbus for the Ohio state team championship. He earned his first of four straight Ohio state team titles in 2005. During the 2012 season, Coach King won his 700th career dual match with a 5-0 win over Elder. Coach King has served not only as a mentor to numerous student-athletes, but to students in general over the years. “Tiger” is a well-loved father figure to his students who continue to come back to see him years after graduation.
Chris Sexton (’89) | Baseball
As a junior Chris batted .435 and was first team all-city. His senior year hit .450, but he did not receive any accolades. At the time, his batting average was the best in school history. (That record stood until Jason Basil broke it in 1997) Chris received a scholarship to attend Miami University. Chris is one of just two players in Miami baseball history to win MAC player of the year. He was a three-time first-team all-MAC selection. Sexton set four school single-season records, including batting average (.429), doubles (19), triples (6) and walks (39), while lettering four times for the Redhawks. His career marks for batting average (.382) and triples (14) still stand today. In 10 career offensive categories, Sexton still ranks in the top 10 in nine. Besides his work on the field, he also excelled academically, earning Verizon academic all-district honors in 1991 and 1993. While playing for the Reds High A affiliate Billing Mustangs he led them to a Pioneer League Championship and was voted team MVP. Chris was an all-star at every level he played in professional baseball, A, AA and AAA. He made his major league debut May 3, 1999 for the Colorado Rockies and also spent some time with the Reds in 2000. Chris retired from baseball after spring training of 2003.