Dan O’Brien, Track and Field, 1987-88
Dan 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.