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The Road to the Hall: Edit Pakay

Two-sport athlete Edit Pakay will enter the Hall of Fame this year.
Two-sport athlete Edit Pakay will enter the Hall of Fame this year.

Jan. 11, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Edit Pakay, a standout two-sport athlete, had stellar careers in both women's tennis and women's cross country before graduating from LMU in 2003. Pakay will become the fourth LMU women's tennis player to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Carolyn Patridge, who was elected in 1991, Debbie Delgado, elected in 1994, and Kristi Anderson, who entered the Hall in 2003. On the cross country side, Pakay is just the second to earn a place in the Hall of Fame, joining 1986 inductee Therese Kozlowski.

In the spring of 2000 as a freshman, Pakay recorded 19 wins in singles and doubles tennis play. After redshirting her sophomore year, in 2002 she was selected as the LMU Female Athlete of the Year and was a first team All-WCC selection in singles, while also garnering honorable mention accolades in doubles. Her singles record was 18-8, including three wins over ranked opponents. Pakay's stellar play guided the Lions to a victory over Pepperdine to win the 2002 West Coast Conference Tennis Championship - the first in program history. She finished her illustrious career in 2003 with a second first team All-WCC selection in singles and another honorable mention selection on the doubles side. Pakay managed a 63-41 singles record in her career (.606), placing ninth in the LMU record books for career winning percentage. In addition, her 26-17 singles record in 2003 ranks eighth in the LMU Single-Season books for victories.

As a cross country runner in the fall of 2001, Pakay won the WCC Championship 5K with a time of 17:58. She went on to finish 70th in the 6K at the West Regional with a time of 23:40. The standout athlete finished her first collegiate race in third place, and did not finish lower than that spot in any regular-season race from that point forward.

Pakay will join Kate Murray (women's basketball, 2004), Arturo Torres (men's soccer, 2002), Kevin Witt (men's water polo, 2003), the 1950 Loyola football team, and the 1989 women's rowing four that won a national championship as the newest members of the LMU Hall of Fame. The four individuals bring the number of members in the Hall of Fame, which was started in 1986, to 108. The two teams will be the fifth and sixth inducted into the Hall of Fame, as they join the 1969 football team, the 1981 women's rowing team, the 1990 men's basketball team, and the 1986 baseball team.

The Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced during halftime at the LMU men's basketball game against Santa Clara on Saturday, January 29, 2011. For game tickets, please contact Scott Higdon at 310-258-2680.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Hall of Fame event, please contact June D'Amour at 310-338-1743 or jdamour@lmu.edu. The invitation and RSVP card can also be downloaded using the following links:

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