Whitman Inducts Third Class into Athletics Hall of Fame

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — A pair of two-sport stars, along with a champion sprinter and the last coach to win a men's basketball title at Whitman College, have been elected as the third class of inductees in the Whitman Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2005 includes the late James "Jim" Mastin, who coached the men's basketball team to a trio of Northwest Conference titles in the 1980s, and Max Johnson, a 1959 graduate and all-conference performer in basketball and baseball.

Rounding out the 2005 inductees are Tina Thompson Farley, a 1991 graduate who earned All-American honors in soccer and shared in a national championship with the women's alpine ski team, and Robert "Bob" Perry, a 1967 graduate who dominated the sprint events in the Northwest Conference.

Mastin, who retired in 1994 after 15 seasons at the helm of Whitman's basketball program, died on Jan. 6, 2005, while living in the Seattle, Wash., area.

Johnson, who served more than two decades on the Whitman governing boards, is living in Bellevue, Wash. A retired telecommunications industry executive, Johnson holds the distinction of being the last four-sport letterman at Whitman. He earned a total of 10 athletic letters -- four each in basketball and baseball and one each in football and track & field.

Thompson Farley is living in Portland, Ore., with husband Matt Farley, a 1990 Whitman graduate and 1989 Northwest Conference men's cross country champion. The couple has a two-year-old daughter, Katie, and is expecting a second child in December.

Perry, who placed seventh in the 440-yard run at the NAIA National Championships in 1966, runs a farm and ranch operation near Sioux City, N.D. He and wife Elizabeth Dawson Perry, also a 1967 Whitman graduate, have four grown children.

The Whitman Hall of Fame's Executive Board, comprised of former student-athletes and coaches, selected the first class of inductees in 2003, based on nominations submitted during the past year.

Among criteria for induction, primary emphasis is given to contributions to Whitman athletics. Other points of consideration may include contribution to the college as a whole and achievements after graduation.

Whitman, a private, independent liberal arts & sciences college of about 1,450 students, sponsors a total of 16 men's and women's varsity teams. A founding member of the Northwest Conference, Whitman competes as a member of NCAA Division III.

CONTACT: Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu