Five to be inducted to Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame

Avrit, Rios, Chergey, Giusto, Perry to be inducted Oct. 11 at Embassy Suites

sports@thetribunenews.comSeptember 2, 2013 

Cal Poly will induct five of its former athletes into the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 11, the school announced Monday.

The inductees are distance runners Amy Harper Avrit and Carmelo Rios, baseball pitcher Dan Chergey, men’s tennis standout Mike Giusto and swimmer Glenn Perry.

The induction ceremony is set for Oct. 11 at Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo, and the inductees will also be honored at halftime of Cal Poly’s Hall of Fame football game against visiting Weber State on Oct. 12 at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

A four-time national champion, Avrit won NCAA Division II titles in cross country in 1982 and 1983, leading Cal Poly to team titles both years, and claimed Division II titles in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs in 1983, also leading the Mustangs to the team crown.

Rios won NCAA Division II titles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 1981 and 5,000 meters in 1983, and placed second in the steeplechase in 1983, earning three All-American certificates.

Chergey holds the school career records for wins (32), innings pitched (457), complete games (27) and strikeouts (296), set during the 1990-93 seasons, and led Cal Poly to the postseason each of his last three years as a Mustang, including the Division II College World Series in 1992 and 1993.

Giusto was a three-time NCAA Division II national qualifier and two-time All-American in the 1980s. He was Cal Poly’s No. 1 singles player as a junior and senior, and played No. 6 singles as a freshman and sophomore.

Perry earned seven NCAA Division II All-American certificates in the 200 and 400 individual medleys, 200 butterfly and 400 medley relay as a freshman and sophomore at Cal Poly from 1979-81. In the fall of 1981, he left swimming because of family commitments, according to a news release.

The quintet will raise the total number of inductees to 115 individuals, a track and field relay foursome and the 1960 football team.

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