The Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame will welcome eight new members in October, the school announced this week, led by two-time Olympian and seven-time U.S. multi-event champion Sharon Day-Monroe.
Day-Monroe, who was both a track and field and soccer standout at Cal Poly from 2003-07, will be joined in the Class of 2015 by swimmer Jack Adam, baseball outfielder Tom Beyers, wrestler and coach Lennis Cowell, football players Damone Johnson and Craig Johnston, softball standout Lisa Modglin, and soccer player Gina Oceguera.
Day-Monroe earned All-America status seven different times throughout her indoor and outdoor track and field career with the Mustangs. She competed in both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics, and broke the American indoor pentathlon record in 2014. She has been the nation’s best heptathlete over the past several years on the international stage. Day-Monroe is also fourth in Cal Poly women’s soccer history in points (68) and was named Big West Freshman of the Year in 2003.
Adam was a distance standout with the Mustangs from 1958-62 as he was named an All-American three straight years in the 1,500-meter freestyle race.
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Beyers hit .350 or better in his three seasons with the Mustangs from 1977-79, earning him a 15th-round draft selection by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1979. He played five seasons in the minors before getting into coaching. He is currently a minor league hitting coordinator in the Chicago Cubs system.
Cowell was a two-time Division II All-American at 130 pounds from 1964-66 and helped the Mustangs earn the Division II team national title in 1966. He returned to coach Cal Poly from 1985-2003 and ended with a career coaching record of 167-147-8.
Johnson, a tight end from 1981-84, is eighth in career catches (109) and ninth in career receiving yards (1,632) at Cal Poly. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth round of the 1985 draft and played seven seasons in the NFL, amassing 132 receptions for 1,015 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Johnston was under center for the 1980 Division II national championship squad and quarterbacked the Mustangs from 1976-80. He ranks sixth in career passing yards (3,987) and went on to coach 18 years at Carmel High. His son, Pat, is the football coach at San Luis Obispo High.
Modglin was the 2007 Big West Field Player of the Year after hitting .476 with 16 home runs, 44 RBI and 56 runs as a senior. Her four-year career culminated with career Cal Poly bests in nearly every major statistical category, including batting average (.369), hits (236) and runs (152).
Oceguera was the Big West Player of the Year in 1997 while playing for the Mustangs from 1995-99. She is second in career goals (39) and third in single-season tallies (13). Oceguera also played three matches for Mexico in the 1999 World Cup, serving as team captain.
The induction ceremony is set for Oct. 2 and the eight inductees will also be honored at halftime of the football game versus Idaho State the following day.