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A hall of famer yet again

Javelin great Donna Mayhew will return home to CV High to be inducted into her third school hall of fame

May 03, 2011|By Charles Rich,

Donna Mayhew has become a veteran of athletic hall of fame ceremonies.

She's attended her share of them and has been inducted into the Glendale Community College and University of Arizona athletic hall of fames. Her acceptance speeches have been different, as she often scribbles down some notes on a piece of paper expressing her thoughts on what's translated into a stellar career, capped by two appearances in the Summer Olympics.

Mayhew, a former world-class javelin thrower, will likely jot down some more notes when she is enshrined into the Crescenta Valley High Athletic Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Saturday at Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland.


Mayhew, who excelled in the shot put and discus at Crescenta Valley before launching a respectable career in the javelin on the collegiate, national and international levels, will be inducted along with Gary Beck, John Mirch, Michele Lee Hampton, Gene Sutherland, Bob Herrold, Greg Vasquez and the 1973 football team that captured a CIF Southern Section championship.

"I never kept any of my previous acceptance speeches, so I'll just shoot from the hip," said Mayhew, a La Crescenta resident who participated in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. "I've been trying to remember a lot of the good things that I was able to get done at CV.

"There aren't too many high school athletic hall of fames around. It's mostly college, so I was surprised when they told me I would be going in. This is quite an honor for me."

Honors are nothing new to Mayhew, who developed her track and field skills at Crescenta Valley before graduating in 1978. The idea of possibly competing in the Olympics 10 years later might have been the farthest thing from her mind. In fact, she was barely familiar with what a javelin was, or even the purpose of the event.

Mayhew mainly threw the discus at Crescenta Valley, setting a then-school record of 117 feet 5 inches at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in 1978. However, something piqued her interest with respect to the javelin, an event that most high schools don't participate in.

"CV got me into sports and I had a lot of fun times," said the 5-foot-3 Mayhew, who won a Pacific League championship in the discus in 1978. "I did well in the discus and shot put and the coaches worked with me throughout the years, something I really appreciated.

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