Late CC Spokane track coach Hartman honored

The 2013 Community Colleges of Spokane Athletic Hall of Fame induction and banquet on Saturday in the SUB on the Spokane Falls campus will be a tribute to the school’s late longtime track and field and cross country coach Duane Hartman.

Hartman, who coached in the area for 35 years, including 18 at CCS, died in September 2001 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 60.

The eight teams Hartman directed to NWAACC championships in an 11-year span from 1978-88 – six in track and field and one each men’s and women’s cross country – and eight individual team leaders, including Dan O’Brien, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, will be inducted in the class of 2013.

Hartman’s title teams were men’s cross country in 1978-79; women’s cross country, 1982-83; and track teams in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988.

Athletes being inducted are Trish (Henderson) Tester, women’s cross country and track, 1981-83; Cris Violette, men’s track, 1981-83; Dan Shannon, men’s track, 1981-83; John Spatz (University), men’s track, 1981-83; Ben Welch, men’s cross country and track, 1981-83; Stan Holman (Shadle Park), men’s cross country and track, 1983-85; Paul Barrett, men’s track and field, 1985-87; and O’Brien, men’s track and field, 1987-88.

Tester was the NWAACC champion as a sophomore after finishing fourth as a freshman; Violette won two conference 800 championships; and Shannon was a conference 400 champion and ran legs on two championship relay teams.

Spatz was a two-time NWAACC decathlon champion, setting records both years; Welch was a conference cross country and 5,000 champion; Holman had two each top-10 finishes in cross country and track (steeplechase and 5,000); and Barrett was a two-time NWAACC discus champion and also won a hammer title.

O’Brien won NWAACC championships in the 100, high hurdles, long jump, triple jump, shot put and decathlon, personally scoring 60 points to lead Hartman’s team to the 1988 track title. After his collegiate career at CCS and Idaho, O’Brien proved himself on the world stage, winning five USA outdoor decathlon championships and three world titles besides the Olympic gold. He set the world record in the decathlon in 1992 with 8,891 points. He is also in the NWAACC and USTAF halls of fame.

For tickets or information, contact Sunni Strand at or 533-3630. The event begins at 5 p.m.

College scene

Kelly Olynyk, the Gonzaga junior All-American, has been named the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball as well as being named to the Scholar-Athlete Team.

Olynyk graduated in December with a 3.53 grade-point average in accounting and is in his first semester of the school’s MBA program. The native of Kamloops, British Columbia, helped lead Gonzaga to a 32-3 record this past season, the first 30-win season in school history, and to a 15th straight trip to the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and earned its first No. 1 seed into the tournament.

Olynyk is the first Bulldog to receive the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor, but he is the sixth named to a Scholar-Athlete team. Sean Mallon was named three times, Stephanie Hawk and Jami Bjorklund Schaefer twice each and Kyle Bankhead and Blake Stepp once each.

John Murray, a Lewis-Clark State sophomore from Coeur d’Alene High School, was named the Frontier Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week after tossing the hammer 178 feet, 4 1/2 inches at the Willamette Invitational last weekend, the fourth-best throw among NAIA athletes in the nation this spring. He finished second in the event.

Collin Overbay, a Seattle University sophomore from Gonzaga Prep, was named the school’s featured student-athlete of the week last week after setting a school record for the third time since the beginning of March.

Last weekend at the Willamette Invitational, Overbay competed in the top section of the 1,500-meter run and finished fifth, second among college athletes representing a specific school. His time of 3 minutes, 51.84 seconds was more than 3 seconds faster than the nearly 3-year-old record.

Overbay’s record streak started during the indoor season when he posted a time of 4:14 in the mile, breaking the then-longest-standing school record. Two weeks later, Overbay started the outdoor season by breaking the school record in the 3,000 meters by almost three seconds at 8:30.19.

Genavive “Genna” Dodge, a Gonzaga senior from Post Falls with a 3.59 grade-point average in business law and public policy, has been named to the West Coast Conference women’s golf All-Academic team.

Letter of intent

Eastern Washington women’s track and field: Janessa Day, Cheney, third in the 400 meters in Washington 2A state championships as a junior.

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