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1967-68 SCC-SFCC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

1967-68 SCC Men's Cross Country TeamThe 1967-68 SCC-SFCC Men’s Cross Country team not only won the WACC team Championship but also captured the first community college league title in Spokane’s athletic history. The 1967 WACC Champions were coached by the legendary Hank Coplen of basketball coaching fame. The Washington Athletic Community College (WACC) started Men’s Cross Country Championships in 1965. In 1967, in Spokane’s second year of competition, they won the WACC Championship against 11 other teams. The team was led by Tom Burkwist who finished third for the Spartans. He was closely followed by Jack Isner 4th and Wayne Ristau 5th to help Spokane finish with 48 points and win the team championship. Other top runners for the 1967 Spokane CC championship team were Bill Langford in 17th and Pat Moses in 19th place.

1969-70 SFCC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

1969-70 SCC Men's Cross Country teamThe 1969-70 SFCC Men’s Cross Country team was selected to the CCS Hall of Fame for their exceptional year in winning the WACC Team Championship with a low score of 20 points. This Spokane team was coached by Mike Keller who has been selected to the NWAACC Hall of Fame for his coaching success at Spokane Falls. The State Championship was won when the top five Spokane runners finished in a tightly bunched group at the front of the pack of 96 runners. The team was led by John Lopez 2nd, Phil Burkwist 3rd, Willie Hernandez 4th, Mark Nast 5th, and Bill Bloom 6th to finish with 20 points and the championship. The other scorers for Spokane were John Blaylock 11th and Ed Roff 16th. Other members of the 1969 team were Dave Cruickshank, Walt Kostecka, Scott Lloyd, Dick Moody, Ralph O’Meara, Dave Probst, Dan Rowland and Dan Young.

1970-71 SFCC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

The 1970-71 SFCC Men’s Cross Country team was selected for their efforts in winning the WACC Team Championship for the second straight year. The team was coached by Mike Keller who was elected WACC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year for the second time in a row. SFCC won easily with 20 points as they had the first four finishers in the race against a strong field of 14 community colleges. Phil Burkwist of SFCC won the WACC Individual Championship in a time of 17:52.0 on a muddy 3.5 mile course. He was followed by SFCC’s John Lopez in 2nd, Dan Conley in 3rd, Willie Hernandez in 4th and Kelly Bonney in 10th. The two other athletes scoring for Spokane were Chris White in 16th and Ed Roff in 23rd. Other members of the 1970 team were Bob Barbero, Tony Maucione, Ralph O’Meara, Bob O’Neil, Mike Reed, Dan Rowland, Jim Scorgie and Tom Sipp.

1972-73 SCC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

1972-73 SCC Men's Cross Country teamThe 1972-73 SCC Men’s Cross Country team was coached by John Buck in just his second year of building the program at the SCC Mission Street campus. They were selected to the CCS Hall of Fame for their success in winning the NWAACC team championship over a very strong field of 14 other NWAACC teams. They scored 26 points to win the 1972 team title over the strong Bellevue and SFCC teams. The team was led by Kurt Beckman who won the individual title with a time of 20:19.Spokane clinched the team championship when all five scoring runners finished in the top ten. Claude Neuenschwander was 4th, Steve Wilson 5th, Don Martin 7th, and Fred Nyberg finished 8th for a very tight group at the head of the pack for SCC. Other team members were Ken Christen, Ben Yates and Randy Rolph.

1973-74 SCC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

1973-74 SCC Men's Cross Country teamThe 1973-74 SCC Men’s Cross Country team won the NWAACC Championship for Coach John Buck’s second straight title. They set an all-time NWAACC record by placing all seven runners in the top eight for the only time in NWAACC history. The team was led by Rick Whitaker in second place followed closely by Steve Wilson 3rd, Bryan Geissler 4th, Greg Gustafson 5th, Randy Rolph 6th, Kurt Beckman 7th, and Claude Neuenschwander in 8th place. Spokane scored 20 points to beat SFCC, Highline and seven other teams to win the title and secure a place in the CCS Hall of Fame. Other team members were Keith Cronrath, Ken Henry,Paul Keiper, Don Martin, Jim Perry, Pat Raymond and Robin Stone.

1974-75 SCC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

1974-75 SCC Men's Cross Country teamThe 1974-75 SCC Men’s Cross Country team was one of the best men’s cross country teams in NWAACC history. This great SCC team won the 1974 NWAACC Cross Country Championship for the third straight year under Coach John Buck. The team set the NWAACC record for lowest score ever with 16 points (15 is perfect) in the championship meet and had seven of the top eight runners cross the finish line. SCC was led by Rick Whitaker who won the individual championship and he was closely followed by Greg Gustafson 2nd , Jim Hennessey 3rd, Bill Morgan 4th, Tom Larson 6th, Bryan Geissler 7th, and Paul Keiper 8th. Other members of the championship team were John Cornwaite, Mike Hadway, Randy Henry, Steve Kiesel, Craig Martin, Robin Stone, James Moravec and Scott Olander.

1975-76 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

1975-76 SCC Men's Cross Country teamThe 1975-76 Men’s Cross Country team was elected to the CCS Hall of Fame as Max Jensen succeeded John Buck as head coach. SCC never missed a beat as the team won the NWAACC Championship for the fourth year in a row. This outstanding group of competitors scored 19 points in winning their team title by placing six runners in the top seven at the NWAACC Championship meet. They were led by the individual champion Tom Larson 1st, Tim Riley 3rd, Mike Hadway 4th, John Boulton 5th, Tom Rogers 6th and Russ Smith 7th. All five top Spokane finishers went on to four-year colleges after leaving SCC. Other championship team members were John Boulton, Randy Henry, Steve Kiesel, James Moravec, Bill Morgan, Mark Rednour and Guy Tunnell.

1978-79 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

1978-79 SCC Men's Cross Country teamThe 1978-79 Men’s Cross Country team was elected to the CCS Hall of Fame as they were honored for winning the 1978 NWAACC Championship. Coach Duane Hartman led them to the team victory for his first Men’s Cross Country Team title. The team was led by Craig Olinger in second place followed closely by Mike Brady 4th, Howard Conley 6th and Keith Packard in 7th place. This outstanding group of Sasquatch runners scored 31 points to beat a strong Highline team for the title. The SCC Team Captain was Craig Olinger, Mike Brady was the MVP and Howard Conley was voted Most Inspirational. Other team members were Tim Moran, Keith Cronrath and Dick LaLonde.

1997-98 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

1997-98 CCS Men's Cross Country teamThe 1997-1998 CCS Men’s Cross Country team won the championship title for the second year in a row over a very strong field of NWAACC teams. Larry Beatty was named NWAACC Coach of the Year in only his second year of leading the Sasquatch and was assisted by Erik Anderson. After a 19-year absence from the top spot, this team was responsible for two in a row. They scored 30 points beating rival Lane CC by 32 points. The team was led by Shawn Beitelspacher (runner-up with a 25:20) who earlier that year had broken the school 8K record with his 24:36 showing at the Willamette Invitational. Spokane clinched the team championship when all five scoring runners finished in the top ten. James Berry 3rd, Brandon Hauver 7th, Andy Brown 8th, and Matt Humann 10th were at the head of the pack for the Sasquatch. Other team members were Jim Reed, Brandon Larson, Mike Anderson, Jeff Magnuson, Ernesto Espinoza, and James Tomlin.

1998-99 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

1998-99 CCS Men's Cross Country teamThe 1998-1999 CCS Men’s Cross Country team won the NWAACC title for the third year in a row over a very strong field of NWAACC teams. They scored 23 points taking the first three spots in dominate fashion. The team was led by NWAACC Champion Scott Limbach who ran away from the field in the last mile, winning by 45 seconds. Spokane clinched the team championship by going 1-3 and 7, 10; James Berry 2nd, Jim Reed 3rd, Hector Rodriquez 7th, and James Tomlin 10th. Other team members were Rosario Blanco 12th, Nick Vollmer 20th, Josh Roys, Ernesto Espinoza, and Brandon Hauver. The 1998 team had an impressive record of 88-17 beating numerous four-year colleges. At the Oregon Invite the team was selected to run in the invitational section and took an impressive third place out of 26 colleges. Larry Beatty was named NWAACC Coach of the Year and was assisted by Erik Anderson.

2007-08 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

2007-08 CCS Men's Cross Country teamThe 2007-2008 CCS Men’s Cross Country team dominated the NWAACC competition winning the team title by 54 points and putting five runners in the top seven. The team was coached by Erik Anderson and the 2007 team was his fourth title in a row. The individual champion was Dak Riek (25:04) and beat his Sasquatch teammate, Mark Moeller, in the last 400 meters. Other team members were Tyler Rapp 4th, Charles Cummings 5th, Max Reeder 7th, Walter Juarez 10th, Jordan Butler, Blake Harmon, Justin Lukes, Stephen Olsen, Brad Serder and Justin Stipe. During the 2007 season this team beat a number of four-year colleges. At the prestigious Willamette Invite the Sasquatch harriers took second place by only five points behind the University of Montana (57-62). Out of 20 colleges, CCS beat Idaho, U of Portland, Boise State, Portland State and Gonzaga to name a few. Erik Anderson was named NWAACC Coach of the Year.

2010-11 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

2010-11 CCS Men's Cross Country teamThe 2010-2011 CCS Men’s Cross Country team was coached by Sean McLachlan in just his second year as head coach. The team was led by sophomore Anthony Brown 1st with a time of 25:19 over the 8k course at Clackamas Community College. He was followed by Trevin Goodrick 2nd and Joey Hartmeier 3rd as the Sasquatch swept the top three spots. Justin Yoke 5th and Nick Wilson 8th rounded out the top five for Spokane with a team score of 19 over runner-up Everett with 55. The score of 19 points is tied for third all-time lowest score in NWAACC meet history. Anthony Brown, Trevin Goodrick, Joey Hartmeier and Justin Yoke all earned All-American awards for the Sasquatch. This victory marked an NWAACC record tenth championship in a row for Spokane and 14th in the last 16 years. Coach Sean McLachlan and his staff of Matt Bayley, James Berry and Jim McLachlan were named NWAACC Men’s Coach of the Year.

Hall of Fame - Men's Cross Country