Editor's note: The following Johnson City Press story is the sixth in a series of eight daily features profiling the 2016 ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame class, leading up to the induction ceremony Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Carnegie Hotel. The event will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets may be purchased by calling 423-439-8398. ETSUBucs.com is providing an excerpt from each day's story courtesy of the Johnson City Press.
By DOUG FRITZ
Johnson City Press
Having qualified for the 5,000-meter national championships in 2000, East Tennessee State’s Catherine (Berry) Layne was excited about her prospects in the event.
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Then she was called into the office of ETSU athletic director Frank Pergolizzi.
“He told me it was an event I didn’t have to go to, if I didn’t want to,” said Layne. “Honestly it was as if he couldn’t have cared less either way. Obviously I wanted to go to the national championship. That was my last chance to go to the NCAA meet. It was a big deal for me.”