Had a television camera not been in her face, Gayle Jacklin of Post Falls says she may have quit the Ibigawa Marathon in Japan three weeks ago.
Instead, she tackled the 5,500-foot uphill climb in those first 10 miles en route to a first-place finish in the women’s division in 2 hours, 56 minutes.
“It’s considered a net incline course,” Jacklin said. “It was a pretty challenging course. Within the first 6 miles, I was really wanting to give up. Mentally, I was saying, ‘Maybe it’s too close to the last one, 30 days ago.”’
After all, the all-expenses-paid trip was part of her winnings at the St. George (Utah) Marathon, where the 31-year-old seed company executive also qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Ibigawa is St. George’s sister city. The Japan marathon attracted 6,000 entries, plus 3,000 half-marathoners. Jacklin was part of a four-person entourage representing St. George and the lone U.S. woman.
Spokane’s Kim Jones posted the fastest qualifying time for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be Feb. 10 in Columbia, S.C., with a 2:31 in London. Jacklin’s qualifying time was 2:40:08.
University of Idaho volleyball coach Tom Hilbert was named the 1995 Big Sky Conference coach of the year by the Big Sky volleyball coaches. It’s Hilbert’s fourth such award in as many years.
Hilbert, who just completed his seventh season with the Vandals, directed Idaho to a 28-5 overall, 13-1 Big Sky record this season. The Vandals earned both the 1995 Big Sky regular-season and postseason titles.
Idaho earned the conference’s automatic bid to the 1995 NCAA Tournament and lost to host Iowa State Wednesday night in the first round 15-13, 15-5, 15-10.
A native of Norman, Okla., Hilbert now owns a 149-66 record at Idaho.
In addition to Hilbert, three members of this year’s team were named to first team All-Conference. Tzvetelina Yanchulova, Lynne Hyland and Louisa Kawulok were the choices while Jessica Moore was named regular season freshman of the year.
Whitworth College will offer two youth baseball camps this winter.
The first, for players ages 7-13, will be Jan. 20-21. The second, for those ages 14-18, will be Feb. 10-11. Both will be in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Enrollment is limited.
Info: Whitworth baseball coach Rod Taylor, (509) 466-1000, ext. 4394.
There’ll be an AAU basketball tournament for boys in grades 4-6 on Dec. 15-17 in Chewelah. Cost is $125 per team. There are separate divisions for each grade.
Info: Su Landrum, (509) 935-8472.
The Gonzaga University men’s basketball coaching staff will offer its annual “Little Zags” Christmas Break Basketball Camp Dec. 20-21 from 8:30 a.m.-noon.
The camp is open to boys and girls grades 1-8. The cost of the camp is $50 and includes a basketball and one game ticket to the Dec. 22 contest against Eastern Washington University. The camp is limited to 60 youngsters. Gonzaga head coach Dan Fitzgerald, his staff and players will provide instruction on basketball fundamentals.
For more information, contact Bill Grier in the Gonzaga men’s basketball office, 328-4220, ext. 6374.
Seven Spokane establishments are participating in the Washington State Bowling Proprietors Association’s annual Grand Prix Holiday Auction next Sunday from 1-4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Seattle’s Westin Hotel.
Proceeds benefit a scholarship program than provides tuition assistance to more than 1,200 youth bowlers statewide. Since its inception in 1991, the program has distributed more than $245,000 in scholarships.
Anyone interested in contributing merchandise or cash to auction can call the WSBPA at (800) 736-BOWL, or any of the local participating lanes - Colonial, Diamond, Lilac, North, Silver, Sports Page and Valley.
Andrew Schillinger, a 5-foot-8 junior point guard on the Whitman College men’s basketball team from Spokane (West Valley High School), is averaging 8.7 points and 8.7 assists for the 2-1 Missionaries.
Brian Guastella of Spokane (Gonzaga Prep) is a sophomore right winger on the Hamilton College hockey team in Clinton, N.Y. As a freshman, the 5-10 Guastella had three goals and seven assists in 24 games.
Allen Cornwall of Hunters won the master’s division with 1,113 points at the Lyman Brooks Rifle Match last weekend at the Spokane Rifle Club.
Other division winners: Expert - Jeanette Cornwall, Hunters, 1,130. Sharpshooter - Stephanie Goeden, Spokane/Cheney Gun Club, 1,114. First marksman - Bob Orth Spokane/Cheney Gun Club, 1,002.
Eloise Opp, who skies out of Schweitzer Mountain, placed fifth among women aged 40-49 in the Budweiser Challenge NASTAR program in the U.S. in 1994-95.
Opp earned a handicap average of 19.0, meaning she was 19 percent behind NASTAR national pacesetter and U.S. Ski Team member Tommy Moe.
Spokane Fastpitch, last remnant of men’s fastpitch in Spokane, has accepted an invitation to play in the Bob Rapp Memorial Tournament in Hilo, Hawaii, Feb. 17-19.
“They’ll have, probably, 16-20 teams, and the winner qualifies for the National Fastpitch Association nationals Labor Day weekend in Hutchinson, Kan.,” said Spokane coach Steve Allen.
Allen said the team will begin workouts in a local gym in January to get ready. He expects to take 15-16 players. Anyone interested in making a financial contribution to help cover expenses can call Allen at (509) 921-1586.
Private Kelly Rogne, a 1994 graduate of Colville High School assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment at Camp Greaves in Seoul, Korea, took first place in his division in company competition.
Two Spokane referees were selected to officiate in the 1995 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament.
Rusty Wellman, in his 10th year as an official, will call today’s Washington State-Oral Roberts second-round match in Pullman. It’s his first NCAA Tournament.
Dale Goodwin, in his 15th year, made his second NCAA appearance by working Wednesday’s first-round match between Colorado State and Long Beach State and Saturday’s Pacific-Southern Cal match.
Football fans in Washington and Oregon raised 187,221 pounds of food to feed the hungry in both states last month in a drive sponsored by John L. Scott Real Estate and Washington Mutual.
In competition during rivarly week, Nov. 12-18, fans of Washington State and the University of Washington raised 145,058 pounds and those of Oregon State and Oregon raised 42,163, making donations at more than 325 sites in the two states. UW and OSU won the head-to-head competition with their rivals.
But the big winners are those in need, who will receive the food through Northwest Harvest, Food Lifeline and Oregon Food Bank.
“We’re delighted with the success of the Food Drive Challenge in its first year,” said J. Lennox Scott, president of John L. Scott.
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