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September 4, 2007
Former Wolf Pack standouts Kamy Keshmiri, Mike Schellin, Chris Starr, Alex Van Dyke and Marty Zendejas will be inducted into the University of Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in October, Director of Athletics Cary Groth announced Tuesday.
The five will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 5 in the Silver Baron Room of the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino in Reno. They will also be recognized at halftime of the Homecoming football game with Fresno State, which kicks off at 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Mackay Stadium.
"This year's class is very deserving of induction into the Nevada Hall of Fame and represents the tremendous success of Wolf Pack athletics," Groth said. "Kamy Keshmiri excelled in the discus not only on the collegiate level by winning three NCAA titles but also on the world scene, while Mike Schellin personified toughness and excellence in the boxing ring by going undefeated in his collegiate career. Chris Starr was one of the finest players in the history of Wolf Pack women's basketball and still holds numerous school records. One of the most electrifying receivers in Big West and NCAA history, Alex Van Dyke was a threat to score every time he touched a football, while Marty Zendejas defined consistency on the gridiron by hitting 80 percent of his field goal attempts in his outstanding career."
A graduate of Reno High School, Kamy Keshmiri was named the high school track and field athlete of the year in 1987 by Gatorade and Track & Field News after setting the national high school record in the discus. He transferred to Nevada from UCLA in 1990 and won the first of three NCAA championships in the discus that year in Durham, N.C., the Wolf Pack's first track and field national title in 25 years. He set the Big Sky Conference record, had the best college mark and ranked in the top 10 in the world that year. He would defend his NCAA discus titles in 1991 and 1992. The son of Nevada Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Olympian Joe Keshmiri, Keshmiri also excelled on the world scene. He won the discus title at the Mobile TAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 1988 at age 20, becoming the youngest thrower to win a national discus title since 1899, and captured the gold medal at the 1989 World University Games. He is now working in the hotel business in Reno.
One of the greatest collegiate boxers of all time, Mike Schellin turned in an undefeated 32-0 record in his career at the University of Nevada. He captured three California Collegiate Boxing Conference titles and was a two-time winner of the Julius LaRowe Memorial Trophy as the outstanding boxer. Schellin also was the runner-up at the 1968 Western Regional Olympic Trials in Las Vegas, just missing the chance to represent the United States that year in the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Schellin now lives in Carson City where he is co-owner of Nevada Insurance Agency which has offices in Reno and Carson City.
The first Wolf Pack women's basketball player to earn induction into the Hall of Fame, Chris Starr ended her collegiate career as the most decorated player in school history, earning All-America honors in 1985 and 1986. A native of Klamath Falls, Ore., the 6-0 forward set over 20 school records in her career and still holds the majority of them. She scored 2,356 points in her four seasons to set the Nevada women's basketball career scoring record, a mark that stood for 21 years as the most points by any Nevada basketball player - man or woman - until Nick Fazekas surpassed it in 2006-07. Starr made 60.3 percent of her career field goal attempts and also holds the Wolf Pack career records for rebounds (948), free throws made (594) and free throw percentage (.865). She also earned Academic All-America honors in 1985-86. Starr is currently the Director of Intramural Sports at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A two-time All-American, Alex Van Dyke was one of the most electrifying wide receivers in school history. He broke three NCAA records during his career (since broken), including receiving yards (1,854), receptions (128) and all-purpose yards (3,100). Van Dyke scored 26 touchdowns in just two seasons and still ranks in the Nevada top 10 in every career receiving, all-purpose and kickoff return category. He was a unanimous selection as the 1995 Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in receptions per game (11.7) and yards per game (168.6) as a senior. In 1996, Van Dyke became the highest draft pick in school history after being taken 31st overall by the New York Jets, and went on to spend five seasons in the NFL (three with the Jets and two with the Philadelphia Eagles).The unanimous selection at wide receiver on Nevada's "Team of the Century" in 1998, Van Dyke owns Going Vertical, a state-of-the-art training facility for athletes, in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif.
A native of Chino Hills, Calif., Marty Zendejas earned All-America honors three years from 1984-86. The brother of 1996 Hall of Fame inductee Tony Zendejas, he was a three-time first-team All-Big Sky honoree and became the Big Sky career leading scorer with 385 points, breaking that mark during his junior year. He made 80 percent of his career field goals (72 of 90) and did not have a field goal blocked in four seasons at Nevada. He still holds the Nevada career records for kick scoring, field goals and points after touchdown (169 of 171). Zendejas played briefly in the Arena Football League, and he and his brother, Tony, currently own restaurants in southern California.
Tickets for the 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Friday, Oct. 5 are available for $50 per person by calling (775) 682-6902. The event will feature no-host cocktails at 6 p.m. with the dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets for Nevada's Oct. 6 Homecoming game with Fresno State at the Wolf Pack Ticket Office at Legacy Hall. Tickets and more information are also available by calling the ticket office at (775) 348-PACK or by visiting Wolf Pack Athletics.