Berkeley High Track Star Harry McCalla Inducted into Sports Hall Of Fame

Harry McCalla

Berkeley High track star Harry McCalla, along with seven retired profesional athletes and five community leaders,will be inducted into the  Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame at its Annual Bay Area ceremony Saturday, March 31 the Waterfront Hotel, #10 Washington St. in  Oakland. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a reception. The ceremony will begin  at 8 p.m. McCalla set three Berkeley High School records in 1960: 880 1:55.4, Mile 4:15.4 and 9:22 in the two mile at Stanford. It was the second fastest two mile high school time in U.S. in 1960. He was honored with a Berkeley High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Award in 2007. He was recruited in the fall of 1960 to attend Fullerton Junior College, where he teamed up with Leroy Neal and  Jan Underwood, two of the greatest junior college middle distance runners in the country. Together they dominated JC Cross Country and Track and Field in California during the 1960 season. The Fullerton College Trail blazers had the school’s finest season in Cross Country in the school’s history, finishing second in the Eastern Conference Finals and second in the Southern Cal Championships. McCalla finished second to Leroy Neal in the Eastern Conference Cross Country Finals, and Neal finished second to McCalla in the Southern California Cross Country Finals. For information on the Mult-Ethnic Hall of Fame celebration, call (510) 836-3800. Tickets are $75 and $100 and can be purchased at www.afrosportshall.com
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