San Diego High graduate Meb Keflezighi topped the list of 16 Stars of the Month for April as selected by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Keflezighi won the emotional Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line after 26.2 miles in 2-hours, 9-minutes, 13 seconds. Coached by Breitbard Hall of Famer Bob Larsen, Meb broke away early to make sure there would be no late heroics.
Other professionals honored by the Balboa Park sports museum include San Diego Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia and off-road champion Andy McMillin. Denorfia batted .314 for the month and led the team with 9 RBI. McMillin won the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 off-road race.
On the amateur front, baseball players Troy Cruz of UCSD and Terrence Buchanan of Cal State San Marcos led a list of seven honorees. Others included USD golfer Grant Forrest and tennis player Clarke Spinosa, Point Loma Nazarene track standout Soliaana Faapouli, SDSU tennis player Laura Antonana Iriarte and water polo player Iolo Benekou.
High school athletes honored included section record-setting track athlete Hannah Labrie-Smith and baseball pitcher Brady Aiken of Cathedral Catholic, La Costa Canyon distance runner Steven Fahy and volleyball setter Kekoa Pukahi, Poway softball pitcher Kourtney Shaw and Rancho Bernardo catcher Alex Jackson.
For additional information on the honorees please check newly revamped the San Diego Hall of Champions web site at sdhoc.com.
— San Diego Hall of Champions