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Tom Burkwist, Cross Country & Track and Field 1967-68

Tom BurkwistTom graduated from Lewis and Clark HS in Spokane. With a third place finish, Tom led the Spokane CC men’s cross country team to the WAACC State Title in 1967 under Coach Hank Coplen. Burkwist also won the 1968 WAACC Mile Track Championship for Spokane with an outstanding meet record time of 4:10.5. He continued his outstanding college running career at the University of Idaho.

Wayne Ristau, Cross Country & Track and Field 1967-68-69

Wayne RistauA track and cross country star from Ferris High School. In 1967, he finished in fifth place in the WAACC Cross Country Finals while helping Spokane win their first WAACC Men’s Cross Country Championship under Coach Hank Coplen. In his sophomore year, Wayne finished fourth in the 1968 WAACC State Championship and led his team to the third-place trophy under Coach Mike Keller. Ristau won the two-mile in the 1969 WAACC Track Championships with an outstanding time of 9:34.5 while leading Spokane to the second-place trophy. He went on to have a great running career at Washington State University and later qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon (2:21.0).

Eric Dahl, Football & Track and Field 1968-69 

Eric DahlEric came to SCC in 1968 from Sequoia HS in Redwood City, California. He played football for Coach Dwight Pool and ran track under Coach Mike Keller. Dahl was named to the 1968 WAACC First Team as a defensive back and was named Honorable Mention All-American. In track, he won both the 100- and 220-yard dash as well as running a leg on the winning 440 relay team in the 1969 WAACC Track Championships. Dahl continued his academic and football career at WSU and then San Jose State where he was named to the All-League Second Team. Dahl was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1972 NFL draft. After graduation, Dahl started a career in sales insurance and investments.

Phil Burkwist, Cross Country & Track and Field 1969-70-71

Phil BurkwistA cross country and track athlete from Lewis and Clark HS who ran for Coach Mike Keller at Spokane Falls, Phil finished third in the 1969 WAACC Cross Country Championships while leading Spokane to the WAACC Team Championship. In 1970, he won the WAACC CC Championship (17:52) while leading Spokane to their second straight team title. Phil won both the mile (4:08.7) and two-mile (9:10.2) track titles in both 1970 and 1971 to earn five individual WAACC championships in his career at SFCC. In 1970, Burkwist capped off his success at Spokane by being named the NJCAA Track Athlete of the Year. Phil continued his great running career at Washington State University.

Bill Hodgson, Football & Track and Field 1969-70-71

Bill HodgesonHodgson was a SFCC track and field and football athlete from Richland HS. Bill was outstanding with the javelin, where he won the WAACC Title in 1970 with a meet record throw of 219’4”. He also threw the shot over 49’ to help Spokane win its first track title for Coach Mike Keller. In 1971, he threw the javelin 232’3” and the discus 151’ to finish second in both events in the WAACC Championship meet. In addition, he put the shot 52’3” for third place to win the “Meet High Scorer” and lead Spokane to its second straight WAACC Title. He also was an All-Conference Football Player for Coach Dwight Pool as Spokane won the WAACC football title. Hodgson went on to WSU where he competed in the shot, discus, javelin and the decathlon for the Cougars.

John Lopez, Cross Country & Track and Field 1969-70-71

John LopezA cross country and track athlete from Burlington-Edison HS who ran both cross country and track for Coach Mike Keller at Spokane, John was an outstanding distance runner who finished second in the 1969 WAACC Cross Country Championships and led his team to the state title. He only lost to the great Riley Shirley of Seattle while beating teammate Phil Burkwist (who finished third that year). In 1970, Lopez came back to again finish second in the WAACC Cross Country Championships, losing only to teammate Phil Burkwist, as John helped lead his team to the WAACC Cross Country Title for the second year in a row. Lopez also earned valuable points in the WAACC Track Championships in the mile and two-mile, helping Spokane win two straight WAACC Track Titles in both 1970 and 1971. John went to Boise State University as a track athlete and than became a successful high school coach and teacher in Idaho.

Brad Nave, Track and Field 1969-70-71

Brad NaveNave was a track and field athlete from East Valley HS in Spokane. Brad was an outstanding thrower in the discus under Assistant Coach Les Rurey at Spokane CC. In 1970, he won the WAACC Discus Title with a throw of 160’7” as he helped Spokane to its first-ever Track and Field WAACC Title under Coach Mike Keller. Brad came back in his sophomore year to win the Discus Title for the second straight year with a throw of 164’ even as Spokane won the Team Title for the second year in a row. Nave competed for Whitworth College as a junior, won the conference and finished third in nationals in the NAIA discus. In his senior year at Cal State Hayward, he won the NCAA Division II discus. His all-time best mark was 195’6”, one of the best in the nation.

Spike Walker, Track and Field 1969-70-71

Spike WalkerA track and field star from Battle Ground HS who threw the shot and discus for Assistant Coach Les Rurey at Spokane Falls. Spike was an outstanding athlete who won the shot put (57’3 ¼”) in the 1970 WAACC Track Championships and finished second in the discus (153’9”) while helping Spokane win the WAACC Team Championship for Head Coach Mike Keller. In 1971, Spike put the shot 61’3 ¼” to win the event and set an all-time NWAACC record that still stands today. His record throw helped lead Spokane to its second straight WAACC Team Track Title. He went from Spokane Falls to a successful track career at Oregon State University. In 1994, Spike was selected to the NWAACC Hall of Fame for his successful track and field career at Spokane.

Mark Crull-Neal, Track and Field 1971-72

Mark Crull-NealMark was a SFCC track and field athlete from North Central HS. Mark won the 1972 shot put under the direction of Throwing Coach Les Rurey. He put the shot 53’2 ¼” to win the WAACC Championship and help Spokane Falls to the second-place trophy for Head Coach Mike Keller. In addition, he threw the discus 151’ to finish second in that event. After his career at Spokane, he went on to throw for the University of Idaho and was a two-time Big Sky shot put champion.

Dave McCarty, Cross Country & Track and Field 1971-72

Dave McCartyMcCarty was a track and cross country SFCC runner from East Valley HS in Spokane. Dave was an outstanding distance runner on the track for Head Coach Mike Keller. In 1972, he won both the mile (4:14.7) and two mile (9:17.0) to help Spokane to second place in the WAACC Track and Field Championships. His best 1500 time was 3:55.0, and he ran the three-mile in 13:56.0. Dave went on to run track for Southern Methodist University before becoming a successful track and cross country coach at East Valley High School.

Sam Read, Football & Track and Field 1971-72-73

Sam ReadSam Read was from West Valley High School in Spokane where he earned All League honors in football, won the league championship in wrestling, and was the league champion in the shot put. He played football at SFCC for Coach Dwight Pool and competed in track for Coaches Mike Keller and Les Rurey. Read was a two-year starter in football and earned First Team NWAACC All Star honors as an offensive tackle. He also won the NWAACC T & F Championship in the shot in 1973. Read went on to the University of Idaho where he played football and track/field for the Vandals. He threw the discus and shot for Idaho and won the Big Sky championship in 1974. After graduation, Read has had a 30+ year career in teaching and coaching in eastern Washington.

Lucas Oloo, Cross Country & Track and Field 1973-74 

Lucas OlooA world-class athlete from Uganda for Coach Mike Keller at SFCC. Lucas won the individual 1973 NWAACC Cross Country Championship (18:48) over a great field of Spokane CC runners to help SFCC to a second-place trophy. In the 1973 NWAACC Track and Field Championships he won all three distance events on the track in a true display of his endurance. Oloo won the mile (4:14.0), two-mile (9:02.2) and the three-mile (14:00.9) to help SFCC to a second-place trophy. He went on to Oregon State University where he became an outstanding Pac-10 cross country and track athlete.

Don Allemeersch, Track and Field 1973-74-75  

Don AllemeerchDon, an athlete from Canada, was an outstanding SFCC thrower coached by Les Rurey. He was a double winner in the 1976 NWAACC Track and Field Championships in the shot put and the discus. He put the shot 53’2” and threw the discus 153’ to help SFCC to a third-place trophy. Don went on to throw for the University of Idaho before returning to Canada where he has won several gold medals throwing in the World Masters Games.

Mike Hadway, Men's Cross Country & Track and Field 1974-75, 1975-76

Mike HadwayMike Hadway was an outstanding long distance cross country and track performer for both Head Coach John Buck (1974) and Max Jensen (1975) at Spokane Community College. He competed for Coach John Buck two seasons in track and was on Buck’s Cross Country NWAACC Championship team in 1974 and Coach Max Jensen’s NWAACC Championship team in 1975. He finished fourth in the NWAACC Cross Country Championship in 1975 when his team scored a conference record low score of 16 points (15 is perfect) in winning the team championship trophy. Mike finished fourth in the mile in 4:15.1 at the NWAACC Championship track meet and ran the 1500 meters in 3:56.85 in 1976. Hadway continued his college and running career at Eastern Washington University where he competed in both track and cross country. After Mike received his bachelor’s degree, he went into coaching and teaching in the Spokane area. His Ferris HS cross country teams have won several Washington State 4A High School Cross Country Championships. 

Steve Kiesel, Men's Track and Field, 1974-75, 1975-76

Steve KieselSteve Kiesel was a great middle-distance runner for SCC in 1975 and 1976 for both Coach John Buck and Max Jensen. Coach Buck recruited Steve from Lincoln HS in Tacoma because he loved to have track athletes with his competitive nature who could run in several events. Steve won the NWAACC 800 in both 1975 and 1976 with a PR of 1:51.95 in 1976. He helped SCC win the 4x400 relay championships both years with a 1600 meter relay team PR of 3:11.60 in 1976. Steve was selected as the Most Inspirational Track Athlete in 1976 and was voted Most Valuable Track Athlete in 1975. He ran on the track team and completed his four-year degree at Eastern Washington University before going into teaching and coaching at Rogers and Mead HS. Steve is the boys’ cross country head coach at Mead High School where his team won the Washington 4A state championship in 2008.

Dan Shannon, Track and Field, 1981-83

Dan ShannonDan Shannon was from Enumclaw HS when he was recruited to CCS by Coach John Buck. He ran for Coach Buck in 1982 and then for Coach Duane Hartman in 1983. Shannon had a great year for the Sasquatch in 1983 when he led them to the NWAACC Team Championship for his second straight year. He won the open 400 (47.88) and ran great legs on both winning relays, the 400 relay (41.20) and the 1600 relay (3:16.58). Based on his academic and athletic career at CCS, he was selected as the NWAACC Male Student-Athlete of the Year (Art Feiro Award) in 1983. Shannon went on from CCS to Notre Dame University where he competed in track and field for the Irish. After graduation, he finished law school and became an attorney in Montana. Shannon is also an Associate Professor in Legal Studies at the University of Great Falls.

John Spatz, Track and Field-1981-1983

John SpatzJohn Spatz joined the CCS track team from University HS in Spokane. He was recruited by Coach John Buck who coached him in 1982. Spatz was then coached by Coach Duane Hartman, who took over for Coach Buck in 1983. He was coached in high school by Bill Ames, and placed in the WIAA high hurdles, decathlon and 400 relay in his senior year. He won the NWAACC decathlon both years at CCS (setting new conference records each year) and was selected as Team Captain in 1983. He went on to compete in the decathlon for the University of Nebraska-Omaha before coming back to EWU to finish his education and get his coaching-teaching degree. Spatz became an assistant track coach for Coach Hartman in 1987 and 1988 before joining the coaching staff at Eastern Oregon College in 1989 and 1990. He took over the EOC track and field team as head coach from 1990 to 2002. He then went to Northwest Nazarene as the head cross country/track and field coach in 2002 where he still continues his successful college coaching career today.

Ben Welch, Cross Country & Track and Field 1981-1983

Ben WelchBen Welch came to the Sasquatch from Wasilla HS in Wasilla, Alaska where he won the State Cross Country Championship. He was recruited by Coach John Buck and ran for him in 1981-82 before Coach Duane Hartman took over in 1982-83. Welch finished second in the NWAACC Cross Country Championship in 1981 and then won the NWAACC Cross Country Individual Title in 1982. In track he won the NWAACC 5K in 1983 and had PRs of 14:35.64 (5K) and 30:37.14 (10K). He continued his distance running career at the University of Kansas where he was named the team MVP in his senior year. Welch then began a lifelong career as a teacher/coach at Highline CC where he coached track and cross country and won four NWAACC titles in three years. He then became the head cross country/track and field coach at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Oregon, where he has coached for the past 22 years and won numerous conference titles. Welch will be inducted into the CCS HF with the class of 2013.

Cris Violette, Track and Field, 1981-1983

Chris VioletteCris Violette attended Rainier HS, where he was a three-time state placer in the 800 as well as being named the Captain, MVP and Most Inspirational in his senior year. He ran for Coach John Buck in 1982 and Coach Duane Hartman in 1983, leading the Sasquatch to the NWAACC track and field team championships in both years. Violette won the NWAACC 800 in both his seasons at CCS, finishing in 1:50.85 in 1982 and 1:51.57 in his second year. He was named the team’s Most Inspirational Player in 1983. After finishing his athletic career and higher education at EWU he went on to a high school teaching and coaching career. Violette has been a physical education and vocational arts instructor at Olympia High School as well as the girl’s head coach in cross country and track for the past 23 years. His team won the 4A Washington State Championship in girl’s track and field in 2006.

Stan Holman, Cross Country & Track and Field 1983-85

Stan HolmanStan Holman was from Shadle Park HS in Spokane before he joined Coach Duane Hartman at the Community Colleges of Spokane. He led Shadle Park to the WIAA State Cross Country team championship and was the school record holder in the 3200 (9:01.48) run. He finished 10th in the NWAACC cross country championship in 1983 and sixth in 1984. Holman finished second in the 3K Steeple Chase at the NWAACC track and field championship and fourth in the 5K with a personal best of 14:43.8. He was named the Sasquatch team captain both years in cross country and was the MVP in 1984. After CCS, he went on to EWU where he competed in both cross country and track for the Eagles. Holman participated in the US Olympic Marathon Trials in 1996 and still runs and competes today. He was selected for the CCS Hall of Fame for induction in 2013.

Paul Barrett, Track and Field, 1985-87

Paul BarrettPaul Barrett was from Okanogan HS, where he finished second in the WIAA javelin and won the state championship in the discus in 1985. He competed for Coach Duane Hartman and the Bigfoot in 1986 and 1987 when they won the NWAACC team championship both seasons. Barrett won the 1986 and the 1987 NWAACC discus championships to become a two-time champion. He also finished fifth in the javelin and first in the hammer in the NWAACC Championships in 1987. He went on to WSU where he made the finals in the Pac-10 hammer and in 1990 was ranked fifth in the conference for the Cougars. He went into college coaching after graduation and has coached track and field at the University of Georgia, University of Kentucky and the University of Colorado. The last 19 seasons he has been the assistant track and field coach at the University of Wyoming, where he has recruited many CCS athletes.

Dan O’Brien, Track and Field, 1987-88

Dan O'BrienDan O’Brien came to CCS from the University of Idaho where he competed for Coach Mike Keller. He was from Henley HS in southern Oregon, where he was an outstanding three-sport athlete. O’Brien was coached at CCS by Duane Hartman and became one of the finest all around track and field athletes at the college, national and world level. In the 1988 NWAACC TF meet he won individual event championships in the 100 (10.59), 110HH (14.25), LJ (24’6.25”), SP (47’6.75”) and the decathlon (7275). O’Brien scored an amazing 60 points to lead the Sasquatch to the team title, the 16th NWAACC Men’s Track & Field Championship in a row for the college. He went on to become one of the United States all time best decathletes, winning the USA Outdoor TF Decathlon five times (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996). O’Brien proved himself best on the world stage as well, winning the World Outdoor Decathlon in 1991, 1993, and 1995. The high point of his athletic career came in 1996 when he won the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta with an 8,824 point performance. He set the world record in the decathlon in 1992 with a fantastic 8,891 point total. In addition to his selection to both the CCS and NWAACC Hall of Fame, O’Brien has also been inducted into the prestigious USATF Hall of Fame.

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