Tradition of Excellence

161 NWAC Championships
150 NWAC Regional Championships
12 NCWSA Championships
3 NJCAA National Championships
326 Total Team Championships
as of 2-8-2018
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Men's Cross Country Hall of Fame

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Phil Burkwist, Cross Country and Track 1969-70-71
A cross country and track athlete from Lewis and Clark HS who ran for Coach Mike Keller at Spokane Falls. Phil finished thirdrd 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 2Two-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.
Burkwist Tom Burkwist (d), Cross Country and Track 1967-68
Tom graduated from Lewis and Clark HS in Spokane. With a 3rd 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.
  Mike Hadway, Men's Cross Country and Track and Field 1974-75, 1975-76
Mike 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. 

Stan Holman, Track and Field/Cross Country, 1983-85
Stan 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 6th in 1984. Holman finished 2nd in the 3K Steeple Chase at the NWAACC track and field championship and 4th 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.
Lopez John Lopez, Cross Country and Track 1969-70-71
A 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 2nd 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 in 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.
McCarty Dave McCarty, Track and Cross Country 1971-72
McCarty 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.
Lucas Oloo,  Cross Country and Track 1973-74
A 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 3 distance events on the track in a true display of his endurance. Oloo won the Mile (4:14.0), 2 Mile (9:02.2) and the 3 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.
Wayne Ristau, Track and Cross Country 1967-68-69
A 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 4th 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 2nd 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).
Ben Welch, Track and Field/Cross Country, 1981-1983
Ben 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 2nd 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 PR’s 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.