ERIKA (COLIN) JACKSON, 1996-97-98
Erika Colin was one of Coach Larry Beatty’s first and best recruits for rebuilding the women’s cross country and track programs at the Community Colleges of Spokane. Colin came to CCS from Highland High School in Cowiche, Washington, where she was an outstanding distance runner, winning the 3200m state title in 1996. At CCS, she finished eighth in the 1996 NWAACC cross country championship meet her freshman year and then came back to win the individual title in 1997. Erika led the 1997 XC team to a perfect 15-point score as CCS swept the first five places in the championship meet. Their winning score (15) set an all-time NWAACC record. In track, Colin won the 3K in 1997 and came back in 1998 to sweep the three distance races, winning the 3K, 5K and 10K events. Erika’s time of 35:20.88 broke the national JC/CC record in the 10K. For her XC and TF efforts and her scholastic achievement, she was named CCS and NWAACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1998. Colin continued her running career at the University of Portland before starting a work career as a primary school teacher.