Two athletes whose outstanding seasons reached a pinnacle at conference championship events have been named the male and female athletes of the month for the Community Colleges of Spokane.
Dusty Lane, a freshman from Cashmere, earned the male honor after he was named the outstanding athlete at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges track and field meet.
Lane compiled 42 points - 37.5 of them in individual events and 4.5 as a member of relay teams - to lead CCS to the NWAACC championship. He won the decathlon, 110 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles. He broke a 12-year-old conference record in the 400 hurdles with a 51.92-second clocking and broke former CCS star and world champion Dan O’Brien’s 400 meter decathlon time.
The Spokane Community College student also was voted most valuable by his teammates.
Marci Meddock, a 1995 graduate of Mead who received her degree from Spokane Falls this spring, received the female honor after leading the Sasquatch to second place in the NWAACC softball tournament.
She batted .800 with a 1.000 slugging percentage in the tournament, going 12 for 15 with five RBIs. She was named to the all-tournament and all-conference teams.
A right fielder, she also set team records with a .468 batting average and 58 hits during the season.
Meddock, who plans to attend Whitworth College, heaped praise on CCS coaches Jerry Skaife, Bill Johnson and Keith Snyder, saying “without them I wouldn’t be the player I am. They made me work hard and believe in myself …”
University of Idaho athletes had a successful spring in the classroom. Their combined grade-point average climbed from 2.653 last fall to 2.798, with seven teams boasting averages higher than 3.0 and 22 athletes achieving perfect 4.0 grades.
UI student-athletes with 4.0 averages last semester:
Football: Brian Smith, Sandpoint; Tony Uranga.
Basketball: Jarrett Wendt; Sarah Blakley; Kathryn Gussett; Susan Woolf.
Track and field: Dan Bartosz; Shane O’Brien; Andrea Jenkins, Rathdrum; Jeannine Korus, Moscow, Idaho; Sharry Olsen; Nikki Viersen.
Volleyball: Lynne Hyland; Lani Kim; Katie Kress, Walla Walla; Kirsten Krulitz, Shalyne Lynch.
Tennis: Claudia Leigh; Georgina Whittem.
Golf: Elizabeth Carter; Kellee Vosberg.
Steve Somers of Spokane, an education major at Eastern Washington, finished second overall in the 1997 Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference and 19th overall at the National Collegiate Cycling Championships.
He’s preparing for the $26,000 Fresca Invitational scheduled for July 13 in Seattle.
Also entered is Kirk Willett of Pullman, a second-year professional, who rides for Comptel-Colorado Cyclist. Willett raced in the Dutch Olympia Tour this spring.
Mark Windes is the most recent addition to the University of Idaho men’s tennis team after signing a letter-of-intent for coach Greg South.
Windes attended Centennial High School in Bakersfield, Calif., where he was twice the all-area singles champion and a recipient of the Jockey Club Award. He also was his team’s most inspirational player his senior year and its most valuable player as a freshman.
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