Athletic office inducts Hall of Fame members at Homecoming football game

David Gisser

By David Gisser

Four graduates from the class of 2005 were inducted into the Wolverine Hall of Fame at a ceremony during halftime of the Homecoming football game against El Camino Real.

Head of Athletics Audrius Barzdukas introduced Jared Bell ’05, Jay Connolly ’05, Alexa Merz ’05 and Kenji Porter ’05 to the crowd and placed Harvard-Westlake Hall of Fame medals around the athletes’ necks as he listed their accomplishments.

Bell broke three track and field school records and placed sixth in C.I.F. Southern Section. His records still stand as the fastest times ever run at Harvard-Westlake in the two-mile race, the mile race and the 800 meter race.

“For me it means just knowing that all the hard work and all the sweat I put into Harvard-Westlake cross country and track and field would be remembered,” Bell said.

At CIF finals, Merz swam third place in the 50-meter freestyle and second place in the 100-meter freestyle. While swimming for the Wolverines, she accumulated 11 All-American honors.

Connolly played water polo and Porter was a two-time CIF champion and an all-state wrestler.

Plaques of the athletes are on the Hall of Fame wall in Taper Gym.