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 program has seen two former athletes, one former coach and one team inducted in the Hall of Fame.
|Bob Maplestone (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 (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 (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.
|1982 Team (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.|