Tyler Earns San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Honor

Nov. 3, 2005

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Washington cross country freshman Tori Tyler will be one of 10 athletes recognized Thursday night at the 11th-Annual San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at HP Pavilion, where she will receive the organization's 2005 Female High School Athlete of the Year honor.

Started in 1995, the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame annually recognizes those in the Santa Clara County area who have made extraordinary contributions in the sports world. In addition to its five-member annual Hall of Fame class, the organization also recognizes Athletes of the Year in the high school, amateur and Special Olympics categories.

A graduate of Gunn High School in Los Altos, Calif., Tyler finished her senior season in 2005 as the state's top-ranked distance runner, winning the 3,200 meters at the 2005 state championships and taking fourth in the 5,000 meters at the 2005 USA Junior Track and Field Championships. She has been Washington's top runner throughout the 2005 fall season, most recently earning second-team All-Pac-10 honors with an eighth-place finish at Saturday's Pac-10 Cross Country Championships.

'This is a tremendous honor for Tori, and a testament to the outstanding things she did during her high-school career,' said third-year UW head coach Greg Metcalf. 'We're extremely proud of her, and excited for the rest of her career here at the University of Washington.'

In addition to Tyler, this year's honorees include Hall of Fame inductees Brent Jones of the San Francisco 49ers, 1964 U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi, 1976 NCAA doubles champions Barbara and Kathy Jordan, and area high-school football coach Benny Pierce.

For more information, visit the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame online at www.sjsa.org/hall_of_fame/.

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