Hall of Champions Set to Induct New Class

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    Jim Grant

    David Wells and Greg Louganis are among those being inducted Monday at the San Diego Hall of Champions.

    Led by former Padres pitcher David Wells and Olympic diver Greg Louganis, five athletes will be inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions' Breitbard Hall of Fame on Monday during the Salute to Champions dinner at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego.

    Here's a quick look at the North County Times' roundup of some of the other members in the latest class:

    JJ Fetter: She goes by Fetter now, but she's known in the sailing community by her married name of JJ Isler, under which she became the first woman to be inducted into the Sailing World Hall of Fame, in 2005. An All-American at Yale after graduating from Bishop's in 1981, Fetter went on to win three world championships and two Olympic medals: a bronze with Pam Healy in the women's 470 class at Barcelona in 1992 and a silver with Pease Glaser in the same event at Sydney in 2000.

    David Grayson:  The NFL's loss was the AFL's gain. After the undrafted free agent out of Oregon was released by the Dallas Cowboys in 1961, Grayson caught on with the AFL's Dallas Texans, who became the Kansas City Chiefs two years later. A defensive back, Grayson played for nine seasons in the AFL, eventually landing with the Oakland Raiders in 1965. The six-time All-Star was one of the league's premier ballhawks, and is the all-time AFL leader in interceptions (47) and interception yardage (908). His son. David Jr., also a Lincoln alum, played linebacker for the Chargers in 1991.

    Bob Larsen: When Meb Keflezighi became the first American man in 27 years to win the New York City Marathon last November, he owed a healthy debt of gratitude to Larsen, his personal coach and one of the best running coaches in U.S. history. Larsen has excelled at every level, from high school (four CIF cross country titles at Monte Vista) to community college (seven consecutive state cross country championships at Grossmont) to college (four-time NCAA coach of the year in track and field and cross country at UCLA). He's now the coach of the Mammoth Track Club in Mammoth Lakes, a team that includes such elite runners at Keflezighi, Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall.