SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Saint Mary's cross country standout Allegra Porter was announced Monday as one of nine athletes who will be inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor on March 9 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.
Joining Porter in the 2013 class of inductees are BYU's LaVell Edwards (football), Gonzaga's Dan Dickau (men's basketball), Loyola Marymount's Edit Pakay (women's cross country/tennis), Pepperdine's Katherine Hull (women's golf), Portland's Darwin Cook (men's basketball), San Diego's Petia Yanchulova (women's volleyball), San Francisco's Mary Hile-Nepfel (women's basketball) and Santa Clara's George "Pat" Malley (football).
"I'm very proud to be inducted into the
WCC Hall of Honor," Porter said. "I have been given an opportunity to
highlight the College's cross country running program,
which has improved tremendously over the past few years.
I was honored to run with my teammates many years ago,
and I'm very excited for the athletes on the teams today.
The 2013-2014 season will be record-breaking."
Porter joins Tom Meschery (men's basketball), Anja Suomalainen (Bordt) (women's basketball), Peter Thibeaux (men's basketball) and Tom Candiotti (baseball) as Saint Mary's inductees in the Hall of Honor.
For four years, Porter enjoyed a tremendously successful career at Saint Mary's, winning the individual title at the WCC Championships as a junior.
She was the Gaels' top finisher at every regular season meet for her final two years of competition. Porter also earned WCC Freshman of the Year honors in 2000. She still holds the all-time junior record at Saint Mary's in both the 5K and 6K races.
Porter also excelled in the classroom, and was a three-time WCC All-Academic selection. Porter continues to be part of the Saint Mary's community, working in the school's library.
The Hall of Honor class will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m. (PT) at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel and will be honored during halftime of the first men's semifinal later that evening.
"This year's Hall of Honor celebration is a very special one, as we commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Title IX," WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich said in a release. "It will be an honor to recognize some of the most outstanding and accomplished individuals that have helped make the West Coast Conference what it is today."
Tickets to the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch & Induction Ceremony are available to the public for $40 and may be purchased online using the Hall of Honor Ticket Form on WCCsports.com. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, Feb. 28.