WINONA, Minn. — A multi-sport Winona High School athlete who was the first to run cross country and play football in the same season, Joe Alexander, will be among inductees October 7 into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. After finishing third in the 800-meter run at the state meet as a junior in 1993, Alexander wasn’t sure what he wanted to do his senior year: Football, where he had a chance to be the starting quarterback? Or cross country? He loved running and wanted to continue to pick up where he left off the previous spring. He did up doing both. He lives now in Winona.

Other inductees:

Abbey Staats (2009): As an eighth-grader, she joined the varsity team and excelled, joining the Minute Man Club and earning all-conference honors. She swept the 50 and 100 freestyle titles at every conference and section meet as a sophomore, junior and senior. She set 10 records, and was named Section 1AA swimmer of the year. As a junior she placed second at state in the 50 and 100 freestyle. She now lives in Windsor, Colorado.

Al Nordsving (1968): He was a three-year letter winner in football team, a Big Nine All-Conference selection and led the Big Nine in scoring. He also held the state record for the longest pass completion by a halfback, a record that stood for more than 20 years. In track he won a state title in the pole vault at 13 feet, 2.75 inches. He retired recently after an  electronics industry career.

Bill Schmidt: A decorated wrestler in high school and college, he joined the came facuty in1978 to teach math and coach wrestling. In 12 years heidt produced 24 state qualifiers, 12 place-winners and one state champion. Later he  executive director of the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association. He lives in Winona.

Alexander (Class of 1994). Football, cross country.