As a way of honoring former athletes, coaches, contributors and teams, the Eastern Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1996. Currently, there are 61 individuals and nine teams in the Hall of Fame, as well as 12 recipients of the Hall of Fame Service and Contribution Award.The EWU Cross Country/Track & Field program has seen 16 former athletes, three former coaches and one team inducted in the Hall of Fame.
(Athlete/Track/Basketball/Football… Inducted Oct. 1,
Brewer competed in the 1948 Olympic Trials and is still the school record holder in the 220 yard dash (21.2) and fifth in the 100 (9.6). He was called by Abe Poffenroth as one of the "greatest sprinters to come out of Eastern." Brewer won the 1947 Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in the 100 with a record time of 9.6 seconds, breaking the previous record of 9.7 tied in 1940 by Vic Carpine. Carpine, who was inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 along with his nephews Tony and Fred Carpine, had his 220 record of 21.4 (1939) broken by Brewer in 1947. Brewer never lost a collegiate race, and at one point in his career he had times that were better than Harrison Dillard, who went on to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100 in 1948 and won a total of four Olympic titles in the sprints and hurdles. Brewer lettered in basketball at Eastern in the 1947-48 season when the Eagles finished 16-12, and he also played football. Originally from Toppenish, Wash., Brewer held the Toppenish High School record in the 200 for 55 years. Brewer left Eastern to serve the United States Army in the Korean War, and then he returned to work at his family’s farm. He eventually ran a restaurant in Mabton, Wash., for more than 25 years. Said Fred Carpine in a letter of recommendation for the Eastern HOF: “Holt was a good guy, shy and quiet off the field, but an inspiration and leader to the team by his dedication and preparation on the field. I truly feel that if my uncle Vic Carpine, my brother Tony and myself are worthy of Hall of Fame induction, then Holt is certainly worthy to be inducted -- and it’s a real shame that he hasn’t already been. It was well-documented during the time frame that we were in college the caliber of athlete that Holt was, and he stood on top as far as track was concerned. Having never lost a race during his college career should and does speak volumes as to Holt’s worthiness of induction. It was as rare back then as it is today for someone to dominate in a sport, but that’s exactly what Holt did.” State of Washington Representative Norm Johnson, who has known Brewer for over 65 years, had this to say about the Native Yakama tribal member: “During the 1940’s it was uncommon for a registered Native American Indian to attend College. Holt’s attendance at the University attests to his diligence and tenacity to live a life of worth. He is a tribute to his family, his Indian heritage and his school. When we reflect on who has lived a life worthy of the Hall of Fame, no one that I can think of has lived a life with more vigor and honor than Holt.” Added his daughters in another letter of recommendation: “Dad always put family first. He sacrificed his college career after his return from the war to stay on the family farm and support his family. Some would say that he missed out on opportunities ranging from going to the Olympics to a career in professional football. But his daughters and friends see a man who stands taller than any professional athlete. A man who is humble and honorable in the way he has lived his life. Our dad has always let his actions and conduct speak for the kind of man he is. He is respectful, loyal, and most of all, a family man.”
(Athlete/Track & Field . . . Inducted Oct. 9,
Broussard scored more than 100 points for Eastern at Big Sky Conference Championship Track and Field meets, easily the most in school history as she won five league titles. She finished her career seventh in Big Sky history with 54 points scored in indoor conference meets from 1997-99, and scored another 55 outdoors. Both marks are school records, and still rank among the highest in league history. She won Big Sky championships indoors in the high jump (1998 and 1999) and 55 hurdles (1997), and won two titles outdoors in the 400 hurdles (1997 and 1998). She broke six school records -- three each indoors and outdoors. She set records outdoors in the 400 hurdles (48.12 in 1999), 100 hurdles (13.52 in 1999) and high jump (5-10 in 1997). Indoors she broke records in the 55 hurdles (7.85 in 1998), 60 hurdles (8.51 in 1999) and high jump (5-11 1/4 in 1995). All six of those records still stand. On five occasions she earned Big Sky Athlete of the Week accolades. She is married to current Cheney High School track and field coach Todd Hering and is now a professor in communications studies at EWU.
Carpine Family . . . Vic Carpine (Athlete/Track - 1938-40), Tony Carpine (Athlete/Track - 1947-50 & Contributor), Fred Carpine (Athlete/Track - 1948-51) . . . Inducted Oct. 1, 2005
Together, Vic and his nephews Tony and Fred helped Eastern win numerous Winco and Evergreen Conference track and field tiles, including the first-ever EvCo title in 1949 (as well as 1950 and 1951). Tony and Fred were a major part of the 43-straight dual meets Eastern won under legendary coach Red Reese from the late 1940's to the early 1950's.
-- Vic Carpine ran the 100-yard dash in 9.5 seconds in 1939 which still stands as a school record with three other runners, and at that time was just a tenth of a second away from the world record. He made two appearances in national championship meets in the 100. He has the second-best 220-yard time in 21.4, which stood as a school record for nine years, and at one time held the 440 record with a time of 49.5. The "Renton Rabbit" helped Eastern to the Winco team title in 1939 and 1940, setting the league's record in the 100 (9.7) en route to winning three events (100, 220 and mile relay). He set Winco records in three events (100, 220, 440), including two that still stand. World War II prevented the Olympics from taking place in 1940, and he went on to pilot a B-17 in the war effort. Vic went on to coach in the Seattle area, and passed away on Jan. 31, 2005 at the age of 86.
-- Fred won three-straight Evergreen Conference titles in the mile, setting the meet record each year. He won with a time of 4:27 in 1951 as Eastern won its fifth-straight league title.
-- Tony was listed in a 1950 publication as "one of the top half-mile prospects ever to hit Eastern Washington. He didn't disappoint, winning the 1947 Winco title in the 880. His time that season of 1:56.5 set a school record. Carpine was a loyal supporter of the Eastern Athletic Department for more than 25 years, and helped start the Orland Killin Lobster Dinner in 1982. A resident of Cheney for more than 60 years, Carpine was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Renton, Wash., and graduated from Renton High School. He served in the Army during World War II, then settled in Cheney. After attending Eastern, he worked for more than 30 years in road construction, first as a rock crusher and then as operator of an asphalt roller. He retired in 1986, then owned and operated Antonio and Sons Deli in downtown Cheney for six years before selling the business in 1994. While at Eastern, he met his future wife of more than 58 years, Vivian. They were married on Aug. 9, 1950, in Cheney. Tony passed Aug. 27, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.
(Athlete/Track-Football . . . Inducted Sept. 25, 1999)
Selected as the outstanding performer at the 1954 NAIA Championships when he won the NAIA 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard low hurdles titles. His times of 14.6 and 24.1 in the preliminaries equaled meet records, then he had wind-aided times of 14.3 and 23.8 in the finals. He also placed sixth in the high jump with a jump of 6-4. He averaged 24 points per meet that season, as Eastern extended its string of dual meets without a loss to 37. Formerly from Emmett, Idaho, he averaged 22 points per meet in 1953 as Eastern won its fifth-straight Evergreen Conference title. At the 1953 NAIA Championships, he placed fourth in both the 120 hurdles and the high jump. In the 1952 NAIA Championships, he placed third in the 220 hurdles and was fourth in the high jump. In all, he won six NAIA District 1 titles and placed in the top four a total of seven times at three NAIA Championships. Said sportswriter Bill Boni of his hurdling ability: "He skims over the barriers so easily that there hardly seem to be any obstacles in his way." He also lettered three seasons as a running back for Eastern's football team from 1951-53. To remain involved and associated with athletics, Chadwick went on to spend 40 years in the sporting goods industry.
(Coach/Baseball-Football, Athlete/Football-Track . . . Inducted
Sept. 25, 1999)
A 1941 graduate of Eastern who participated in football and track, as an Eastern coach he had nearly 300 baseball wins in 26 seasons and a 29-52-4 record in 10 seasons as football coach. In his final season as baseball coach in 1981, he was Pacific 10 Conference Northern Division Coach of the Year as Eastern set a school record for victories by finishing 32-20. He was NAIA District 1 Coach of the Year five times (1963, 1966, 1967, 1978 and 1980), and his teams won District 1 titles in 1963, 1966 and 1967 as well as five Evergreen Conference championships. In 1970 Chissus was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. He was also honored in 1980 with a 25-Year Award presented by the American Association of Baseball Coaches. He served on the United States Baseball Federation Board of Directors and served on the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association executive board. As an Eastern athlete in the late 1930's, Chissus was a sprinter and hurdler on track teams coached by Red Reese. Chissus won a total of four Tri-Normal and Winco conference titles in the high and low hurdles, and ran a leg on the mile relay team with won four-straight conference titles. He also played football and boxed while he was at Eastern. A native of Birmingham, Mich., Chissus moved to the Yakima Valley at the age of 10. He graduated from Wapato High School and came to Cheney as a freshman in the fall of 1937. Before returning to Eastern to become football coach in 1953, he spent 10 years teaching and coaching at four different Yakima Valley High Schools and directed successful American Legion baseball teams. He passed away in 1987.
Fisher (Athlete/Football-Track &
Contributor . . . Inducted Oct. 10, 2009)
Fisher played football for Eastern from 1967-70, and then established a football powerhouse at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Wash., in the 80's and 90's. A 1967 graduate of Shadle Park High School in Spokane, Fisher earned Little All-Northwest honors as a cornerback in 1969 and 1970, and both seasons was also honored on the All-Evergreen Conference and All-NAIA District 1 teams. He was an honorable mention All-District 1 selection as a sophomore and played as a freshman in 1967 when Eastern finished 11-1 and advanced to the championship game of the NAIA Playoffs. Also Eastern's punter, he still owns the school record with 78 punts in 1968, which at the time were also Evergreen Conference and NAIA records. His 219 career punts were a school record for nearly 30 years before it was broken in 1997. He also competed in track and field as a long/triple jumper at Eastern, and four times he advanced to the NAIA Championships -- outdoors in 1969 and 1970, and indoors in 1970 and 1971. His best finish was fifth outdoors in 1970 with a long jump effort of 24-3 3/4 after setting a school record earlier in the season of 24-5 1/2. That mark stood as a school record for nine years and currently ranks fourth in school history. He also had a career-best triple jump of 45-7 3/4. Hired as a high school head coach at the young age of 23, he spent 23 seasons at South Kitsap where he had a 197-48 record (.804 winning percentage) and ended his career with 17-straight playoff appearances. When he left South Kitsap, he ranked in the top 20 all-time in the State of Washington in wins, and his winning percentage was sixth among coaches with at least 150 victories. South Kitsap won the WIAA State AAA championship in 1994, and was runner-up in 1982 and 1984. In his last 15 seasons, the Wolves won 14 league titles. In his final season at the helm in 1996, South Kitsap was 12-0 before losing in the State AAA semifinals to Richland. He left South Kitsap and returned to Spokane as vice principal and activities coordinator at North Central High School, and later helped his son Adam coach at East Valley High School in Spokane. Fisher was inducted into the Washington State Football Coaches Association in 1996 and the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. In December 1999, the Seattle Times selected him as one of the top five coaches in this history of high school football in the state of Washington. Fisher was one of the 13 defensive backs on Eastern's "100 for 100" All-Time Football Team released in June 2008 by the EWU Athletic Department. The overall "100 for 100" squad consisted of 100 of the top players in school history to help commemorate the 100th year of football at Eastern. Players were honored on Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame Day on Sept. 27, 2008, in conjunction with EWU's Big Sky Conference football game with Idaho State. Two of his players at South Kitsap -- Derek Strey and Kevin Peterson -- were also selected to that squad.
Scott Garske (Athlete/Football
& Track and Field . . . Inducted Oct. 6, 2012)
Garske was a first team NAIA All-American in 1973 as an end for Eastern, and went on to win Inland Empire Amateur Athlete of the Year honors for 1973. Current NBA standout Rodney Stuckey (2007) and football All-American J.C. Sherritt (2010) are the only other Eastern athletes to win that prestigious award, which has existed since 1948 and includes all collegiate and amateur athletes from Eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle. Garske had 33 catches for 460 yards and 39 points as a senior, giving him career totals of 106 catches for 1,477 yards and 93 total points. He also earned honors in 1971 and 1972, catching 31 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns in 1971 and then finishing with 42 catches for 595 yards and four touchdowns the following season. As a senior he was named to the Associated Press Little All-America first team after earning All-West Coast and Little All-Northwest accolades. He was a first team All-NAIA District 1 selection as a junior and senior, and was first team All-Evergreen Conference those two seasons as well. In 1971, he was a honorable mention All-Evco pick. He was drafted in the 7th round (179th pick overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974, but a slow-healing and painful hairline fracture in his heel essentially ended his playing career. A 1970 graduate of North Central High School in Spokane, Garske originally attended the University of Hawaii and played for Eastern coaching legend Dave Holmes. But Garske returned to play at Eastern, and ended his collegiate career with a unique football flurry. The tight end/kicker/punter helped Eastern win its last four games of the season by accounting for all 28 of Eastern’s points in the first three games of that winning streak. Eastern beat Portland State 3-0, Whitworth 10-0 and Oregon Tech 13-2 when he recorded the safety. Eastern closed the season by beating College of Idaho 17-13 to finish 5-4 -- Eastern’s only winning season in a nine-year span from 1968-1976. Garske also advanced to the NCAA Championships in 1973 while competing in the shot put. He was selected by the Eastern Athletic Department to the “100 for 100” All-Time Football Team, which was honored on Sept. 27, 2008, to commemorate Eastern’s 100th year of football. His son Griffin played quarterback for Eastern from 1996-98, and will be honored on the same day as his father when the 1997 Eastern team is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Curt Hisaw (Athlete/Track &
Field . . . Inducted Oct. 9, 2010)
A four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American, Hisaw won three NAIA pole vault championships and broke three NAIA records while at Eastern. He was the NAIA Indoor Champion in 1970 with a record vault of 15-6 1/2 after finishing as the runner-up the year before. He also won outdoor titles in 1969 (16-1 1/4) and 1970 (16-3 3/4) as he broke the NAIA record in 1969 and broke his own record the following year. He was Evergreen Conference Champion in 1969 with a conference record vault of 15-6 1/2, and his vault of 16-3 3/4 in 1970 stood as a school record for 18 years. He is still one of only seven Eastern athletes to ever clear 16 feet indoors or outdoors in the pole vault (only three had until 2005), and he still ranks fourth in school history behind only Ben Cogdill (16-8 1/4 in 2010), Todd Frietag (16-7 in 1988) and Mike Erickson (16-7 1/4 in 2005). He also won the Evergreen Conference title in the 120-yard high hurdles in 1970 with a time of 14.5, which at the time was the second-best in school history and now ranks third. He received his degree from Eastern in 1970 and was voted as a Top Ten Senior by his graduating class. He went on to serve as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Cheney and East Valley school districts, and is now retired and living in Cheney. His wife, Joan, is a 1968 graduate of Eastern and also worked in the Cheney School District. Married in 1968, both are 1964 graduates of East Valley High School. After retiring from teaching, they both continued to serve as assistant coaches at Cheney High School through the 2009 season.
(Athlete/Track-Cross Country . . . Inducted in inaugural class
on Oct. 5, 1996)
Coming to Eastern from Cardiff, Wales, he was NAIA champion in the indoor mile in 1971 and 1972, the outdoor mile in 1971 and the outdoor 1,500 meters in 1972. As a junior and senior he added second-place outdoor finishes in the mile to his resume. He set Britain's indoor mile record in 1972 with a 3:59.2 time at the San Diego Indoor. A few months later, he beat Jim Ryun at the Drake Relays en route to setting the meet's mile record with a 4:00.4 time. He still holds three Eastern records as he won more than a dozen Evergreen Conference individual titles and three cross country championships. His running career also included a pair of titles in the 1,500 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., and a career-best of 3:57.6 in the mile. He went on to a successful teaching and coaching career at Highline Community College in the Seattle area. He became a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1981.
Jerry Martin (Coach/Track-Cross
Country & Contributor . . . Inducted Sept. 22, 2001)
Martin spent 18 seasons as Eastern's head track and field coach during stints from 1972-86 and 1993-95. He also spent 13 years from 1976-85 and 1992-94 as the school's cross country coach, and from 1975-78 he was Eastern's athletic director. His crowning glory came in 1982 when Eastern won the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship with a team that featured three All-Americans. His best track finishes came in 1980 with a fourth-place finish in the NCAA Division II Championship and sixth in the NAIA Championships. Eastern was also fourth nationally in NAIA in 1978, sixth in 1976, and placed in the top 10 a total of seven times at the NAIA or NCAA Championships under Martin. The team's performance in 1978 helped lift Eastern to a second-place finish in the NAIA All-Sports Trophy, the school's highest placing ever. Eastern also finished fifth in the NAIA Cross Country Championships in 1978, and won District 1 cross country titles in 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1979. In track his teams won District 1 titles six-straight years from 1975-80. Martin was District 1 Coach of the Year in cross country twice (1977, 78), six times in track (1973, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78) and in 1974 was the NAIA Pacific Coast Coach of the Year in track. His track athletes won 12 NAIA titles, including six by triple jump/high jump standout Vic White and four by distance runner Bob Maplestone. In addition, in NCAA Division II Brad Boland won the 1980 discus title and Bruce Anderson won the 1983 shot put championship. In all, Martin coached 12 NAIA All-Americans and 11 NCAA All-Americans. His last All-American was high jumper Greg Jones, who in 1986 placed second outdoors (7-3) and fourth indoors (7-2 1/2) at the NCAA Division I Championships. Before coming to Eastern, Martin coached at Colfax High School, North Central High School, Spokane Community College, Columbia Basin College and Washington State University. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from WSU. He came to Eastern as an assistant football and assistant track coach in 1970, and became head track coach in 1972 after the drowning death of Arnie Pelluer. Pelluer and Martin started Eastern's annual twilight track meet in 1971, and the following year Martin renamed it the "Pelluer Invitational," which took place for the 36th time in 2007. The Jerry Martin Invitational Indoor Track and Field Meet was established in 1988, and the event took place for the 20th time in 2007. An expert in meet management, Martin continued to assist Eastern in hosting meets, including eight years as facilities coordinator for the WIAA State 2A/1A/B Championships hosted by EWU. For almost 30 years Martin was an instructor in the Eastern physical education department. And in 1999, the Washington Track and Field Coaches Association selected him to its Hall of Fame.
Kari McKay (Athlete/Track & Cross Country . . . Inducted Sept. 29, 2007)
McKay made three appearances in the NCAA Championships in the early 1990's -- two in cross country and one in track. She earned All-America honors in the 10,000 meters on the track as a senior in 1992 when she placed fourth with a 34:56.38 time. Her time of 33:46.1 earlier that season was a school record and the third-fastest in Big Sky Conference history. She placed 33rd nationally in cross country in 1991, missing All-America honors by two places (the top 25 finishers excluding foreign athletes). The year before she was 69th. She scored 26 points single-handedly in three events at the 1992 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships, with wins in the 3,000 and 5,000 to earn Track Athlete of the Meet honors. At the Big Sky Cross Country Championships, she placed fourth as a junior and second as a senior. In her career she won six invitational cross country races. She broke five school records, including all indoor and outdoor records in the 3,000 meters and above and a Big Sky Indoor Championships record in the 5,000 (16:35.08). She was selected as the NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of Washington in 1992, and that same year she was named to the Big Sky Conference Women's All-Decade Team in cross country. A 3.60 student at Eastern, she earned her bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation in 1992. She was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team six out of a possible six quarters at Eastern. She went on to become one of the Pacific Northwest's premier road runners. She won the Portland Marathon in October 1998, and placed 46th in the marathon at the 2004 Olympic Trials. She also appeared in the Olympic Trials for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Her best marathon time was 2:45:55 at the 1998 Portland Marathon. For six-straight years from 1999-2004, she was the top female finisher from Spokane in the prestigious Lilac Bloomsday race in Spokane. At Bloomsday in 2004, she was 23rd among all females and was third from the State of Washington with a time of 45:44. In 2003 she was second among competitors from the State of Washington and 22nd overall among females with a time of 44:57. The year prior she was also second among Washington runners and was 14th overall with a time of 43:41. Her best effort at Bloomsday came in 1997 with a time of 41:32 when she placed 69th overall and fifth among women. McKay graduated from Almira High School where she was not only a track standout, but scored 1,798 points in basketball from 1983-87. She also competed two seasons in track and cross country for Community Colleges of Spokane.
(Athlete/Track and Field . . . Inducted Oct. 6, 2012)
Combining her track career with being a mother, Rainwater won six Big Sky Conference indoor championships (55 & 200 in 1990, 1994 and 1995) and two Big Sky titles outdoors (100 and 200 in 1994). Three times she was the “Track” Athlete of the Meet at the BSC Championships (1990 indoors, 1994 outdoors, 1995 indoors). She advanced to the NCAA Championships twice (indoors in 1995 outdoors in 1995) but never placed. She set a Big Sky record with 76 points scored at indoor conference meets (currently second in BSC history). She set Big Sky all-time records in the 200 indoors (23.82) and 100 outdoors (11.55 in 1995), and Big Sky Championship records in the 55 indoors (6.95 in 1995). All three records are still standing through the 2011-12 school year. Those three marks are school records as well, and Rainwater also owns EWU’s 200 meter outdoors (23.73 in 1994). On 12 occasions she earned Big Sky Athlete of the Week accolades. After her 1990 season at Eastern, she was married and had her first child, Khayla, and moved to Alaska. Upon returning to Eastern, she competed for two more seasons under head coach Rosalind Wallace. Khayla is now 22 and recently had twins.
(Coach/Basketball-Football-Track . . . Inducted in inaugural
class on Oct. 5, 1996)
A fixture in the Eastern athletic department from the 1930's to 1960's, Reese coached in almost 1,000 Eastern athletic events, winning more than 70 percent of them. In 31 seasons as basketball coach, Reese was 473-298 with 12 conference titles and berths in three NAIA Tournaments. As football coach for 13 seasons, Eastern won 66 of 100 games with six conference championships. In 31 seasons as track coach, his squads won 23 league championships, and at one time won 43 consecutive dual meets. In addition, Reese served as athletic director at Eastern from 1938-62 and was instrumental in the founding of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. He served as NAIA president in the 1952-53 academic year and was an NAIA board member for 12 years. His only years away from Cheney came during World War II when he served as physical fitness officer and football coach for the Second Air Force. He came to Eastern from highly- successful coaching stints at Cashmere and North Central High Schools. At Cashmere, his hoop teams were 44-7, and at North Central his 1930 team won a state championship. Formerly from Pullman, Wash., Reese was selected to the Inland Empire Hall of Fame in 1972, and is also a member of the Hall of Fame at Washington State University where he graduated and competed in basketball.
Tracy Walters (Athlete/Track &
Contributor . . . Inducted Oct. 10, 2009)
After a running career at North Central High School in Spokane and Eastern Washington, Walters became a huge contributor to the distance running legacy of Spokane. A 1949 graduate of North Central, Walters finished fifth in the mile at the 1952 NAIA Championships and had a career best mile of 4:17. He graduated from Eastern in 1953 and was called by legendary Eastern coach Red Reese as "one of my best milers ever." Walters went on to coach at Rogers High School in Spokane in the 1960's, and his track teams had a 48-4 dual meet record in 10 years. Rogers won seven Spokane City League titles and a pair of cross country state championships, and in 1964 he was the Spokane Sportswriters and Broadcasters (SWABS) Coach of the Year. One of his athletes, Gerry Lindgren, set numerous national high school records and qualified for the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team as a high school senior. Walters left Rogers to coach San Jose State to third place in the 1966 NCAA cross country meet, but he returned to Spokane after just one year away. He twice served as a coach for U.S. national teams and helped train Don Kardong for the 1976 Olympics (he finished fourth). Kardong founded the Bloomsday road race in Spokane in 1977, and for more than 30 years Walters was the popular finish line voice of the race. In 1993, Walters was inducted into the Bloomsday Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, and in 1995 was an inaugural inductee in the Washington Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Leta ('69 Eastern grad), were married on March 27, 1951, and lived in "Trailerville" during their time in Cheney attending Eastern. For 34 years they owned and operated the Walters Fruit Ranch in Green Bluff near Spokane, and from 1968-72 ran nearby Camp Reed for the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. They had four children, including son Kelly, who became head track and cross country coach at North Central and has since developed his own distance running legacy at the school. Tracy has served as an assistant coach for his son at North Central, helping the school win three recent State 3A track titles (boys in 2008 and 2009, girls in 2006) and three State 3A cross country championships (boys in 2006, 2007 and 2008).
Hal Werner (Athlete/Track,
Coach/Track & Contributor . . . Inducted Oct. 5, 2013)
A tireless athlete, coach and contributor to the sport of track and field world-wide, Werner spent two seasons at Eastern as an athlete (1950-51), four years as head coach (1966-70) and another seven as an assistant coach. A 1947 graduate of Wenatchee High School, Werner competed in the 1950 and 1951 seasons for Eastern. He adopted the “Finnish technique” of throwing the javelin, and in 1951 won the Evergreen Conference title with a throw of 213-5 1/2 that stood as a school and conference record for 15 years. It was the fifth-best collegiate effort in 1951 and he became the first thrower from the state of Washington to exceed 65 meters (213-3). In addition, in 1951 he had the top mark in the only indoor javelin competition in the United States at the Washington State College Fieldhouse in Pullman. Interestingly, the javelin was thrown into a wooden wall and the distance was determined by measuring the hole angle and the height of the hole on the wall. He had a four-year stint in the Air Force as a survival instructor during the Korean War, and in 1952 was the leading javelin thrower on the Air Force team. However, an elbow injury hindered him at the Olympic Trials, where two of his teammates qualified for the Olympics and won medals in Helsinki, Finland. After his military service, he attended Brigham Young University where he had a throw of 224-9 and qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1956. He competed internationally that summer and had a career-best 232-4 throw. He went on to earn his master’s degree at Washington State where he completed the first study on javelin technique ever conducted on the West Coast. At 45 years of age he concluded his throwing career by winning a gold medal in his age group (45-50) at the 1975 World Master’s Championships. He coached five NAIA All-Americans at Eastern, including four in 1969 when the school finished fourth at the NAIA Championships. While he was head coach at Eastern, he designed a cross country course and designed an indoor track for the old fieldhouse. He also started the Eastern women’s program. After spending eight years at Simon Fraser University where he coached four Canadian Olympians and six NAIA All-Americans, he returned to the Inland Northwest to serve as an assistant coach at Whitworth from 1981-88. He rejoined EWU’s staff under Jim Wharton and Jerry Martin from 1988-95. In 1991, he coached Erik Humble (232-1) and Adam Weston (226-3) to a 1-2 finish at the Big Sky Conference Championships. Humble’s mark stood as a school record for 10 years, just ahead of Weston’s mark. Werner also has extensive coaching experience internationally, starting in 1978 when he was the throwing coach for the Kuwait national team. He also spent time coaching in Africa, including in the countries of Burundi and Ghana, and has also spent time in Hungary, Mexico and Syria. Now living in Tacoma, Werner’s life experiences have also included 37 jumps as a smoke-jumper for the U.S. Forest Service and owner of Ptarmigan Products, which produced insoles for shoes of athletes. Werner passed away on Aug. 4, 2013, at the age of 82.
(Athlete/Basketball-Track & Contributor . . . Inducted
Sept. 22, 2001)
Whitehill is a former basketball player, track and field standout and coach at Eastern, and was also a national champion racquetball player and Hall of Fame official. He played basketball for Red Reese for four years from 1948-51, during which Eastern teams won 77 games and lost just 35. He averaged 9.3 points and 8.9 rebounds as a senior when Eastern repeated as Evergreen Conference champions. Whitehill was a member of the Red Reese All-Time Team, representing the top 13 players Reese coached in 31 seasons at the helm. Whitehill played on Eastern's squad in 1949-50 that finished 23-7 and was regarded by Reese as his best team In track, Whitehill won Evergreen Conference pole vault and high jump titles, and at one time held the school's high jump record. He coached track for two seasons at Eastern in the 1960's, with Eastern finishing as high as fifth in the NAIA Championships. Whitehill served as a professor of physical education at Eastern for 30 years after receiving four college degrees. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern in 1951, a master's in education from Eastern in 1956, a master's in science from Oregon in 1961 and his doctorate degree from Oregon in 1963. He served as Eastern faculty president and chairman of academic senate, and later became president of the school's retired faculty organization. He officiated in football and basketball for more than 16 years, and was selected to the Inland Empire Basketball Officials Hall of Fame. From 1974-90 he played in five national racquetball tournaments, winning three individual championships and four doubles titles. He helped bring the 1974 World Racquetball Championships to Eastern in conjunction with the World's Fair in Spokane. And since 1955 he and his wife Altamae have been avid supporters of Eastern's athletic department, with Pat serving as chairman of the committee that dedicated the Reese Room and Reese Court in honor of his former coach.
1982 Cross Country (NCAA Division
II Champions; Coach Jerry Martin . . . Inducted Sept. 29, 2007)
Eastern's first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) team title came in 1982 when the Eagles won the NCAA Division II cross country championship. Eastern won the title with 84 points, finishing well ahead of runner-up South Dakota State with 123. The team featured a trio of All-Americans -- team captain Steve Pybus, Darryl Genest and Monte Wright -- and was coached by Jerry Martin. Pybus was 14th overall, finishing with a time of 38:39.7 on the 10,000-meter course. Genest was 16th (38:42.4) and Wright placed 25th (39:03.2). The meet took place Nov. 13, 1982, at St. Cloud, Minn., in ankle-deep snow. Greg Meyer, in fact, tripped at the start, lost his shoe and was in last place before passing more than 130 runners (166 finished) to finish 32nd. He would later earn most inspirational team honors. Other finishers included Ed Dotter (33rd), Mark Hoitink (66th) and Matt Morgan (88th), who was involved in a headfirst spill into a snowbank at the start of the race. Eastern featured a large contingent of runners that season, and at one point won three invitational meets on three consecutive days. One squad was victorious in meets in Alaska in Anchorage on Friday and Fairbanks on Sunday, and the other team won a meet in Walla Walla on Saturday.