Dayna Baily and Julie Orner Donnell enter OAHS Sports Wall of Fame
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The 14th annual Oxford Area High School Sports Wall of Fame Banquet will take place on Monday, Oct. 20. Six outstanding athtletes will receive awards as this year's honorees, including Dayna Baily and Julie Orner Donell. Baily graduated in 1987 while Donnell graduated with the class of 2000.
Baily was an outstanding cross country and track athlete at Oxford. She was the first girl from Oxford to compete at the state level in cross country (500 meters) and during her senior year she again ran states as an individual competitor and also competed with the Oxford team at states. She received the MVP Award for girls' cross country in the Southern Chester County League.
While running track at Oxford, Baily recorded school records in the one- and two-mile events. She was also a member of the 3200-meter relay team that won the District One race. For these accomplishments, she was awarded membership in the Southern Chester County League First Team in 1987.
Following high school, Baily went to Swarthmore College where she graduated in 1991. At Swarthmore, she competed at Nationals in the 5K cross country and in the 5K and 10K track races. She was named Most Valuable Athlete at the Conference meet after winning the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races as a senior.
In the spring of her senior year at Swarthmore, Baily received the Dinny Rath Award, given "to the senior woman who demonstrates the highest degree of consistency of achievement and commitment in intercollegiate athletics, combined with a high regard for fair play and awareness of the positive values of competition, while contributing to the intellectual life of the Swarthmore community."
Julie Donnell earned seven varisty letters while competing at Oxford. As a four-year member of the track team she was league champion in 100 meter hurdles and was also a member of the 4 x 400 league champion relay team. She was awarded First Team All-SCCL during her senior year.
As a member of the field hockey team, Donnell helped secure SCCL championships her junior and senior seasons. She received all star status in the league for those two years.
She continued her education at Bloomsburg University, a Division II school for sports. She was a member of the field hockey team for four years. The Bloomsburg team was Division II National Champions in 2002 and 2003, having won 40 consecutive games during that time. She received the honor of being named co-captain her senior season, in addition to being named to the National Academic Squad.
The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Oxford Area High School cafeteria, where the public can meet the honorees. At 7:30, the awards will be presented to the recipients in the high school auditorium. Admission is free.
The athletic accomplishments of all six of the 2014 honorees will be included in next week's issue of the Chester County Press.