2018 Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame class announced
For Immediate Release
November 20, 2017
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Photos from the 2018 class available upon request.
Members will be honored after basketball games on Feb. 17
VANCOUVER, Wash. –The Clark College athletic department recently announced the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame class. On Saturday, February 17, the 2018 Class will be recognized during halftime of the men's basketball game vs. Southwestern Oregon (approx: 4:45 p.m.). Following the basketball game, a Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held in the Gaiser Student Center at 6:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at https://www.clarkcollegefoundation.org/athletics-hall-of-fame-2018.
This year’s honorees are:
Michael Theodore Gaechter (1960, posthumous) – Men’s Track
- Ran 100, 200 / won championship during Skeet O’Connell’s time as head coach
- Still holds the 200m record with 21.34s and is currently 6th on the 100m record books for Clark College
- After Clark College, he transferred to University of Oregon, where he was part of a world record-setting 4x110 yard relay team.
- After college, he played in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys for eight seasons
Kate Burton – Women’s Track & Field (2004-05)
- Four-time champion – twice in discus and twice in hammer
- During her sophomore year at Clark, she broke the national record for junior college women’s hammer with a throw of 179.6 ft.—a record that still holds
- Graduated with an Associate of Arts and maintained a 3.95 GPA while at Clark College
Ken Boydstun – Men’s Basketball/Baseball (1954-1955)
- Was the point guard in the 1955 championship basketball team / Skeet O’Connell was the head coach
- Held a .457 hitting percentage at Clark, making him one of the most feared players at the plate
- Baseball Defensive Player of the Year during his first year at Clark as well as overall Athlete of the Year his sophomore year
2002 Women’s Cross Country
- All five point-scorers finished in the top 10 of the Championship meet
- First Clark team to win the conference’s Women’s Cross Country Championship
- The team scored 27 points (best score possible in cross country is 15); the team that came in second scored 77
- Eric Anderson voted the conference’s Coach of the Year
2003 Track and Field
- Six individual titles at the championship meet (100, 3000, 5000, 10000, HJ, 4x400)
- Beat Spokane by 5 points in a dramatic performance that came down to the last race in the 4x400, which they won
- Team included at least a half-dozen All-Americans
About Clark College Athletics
Penguin Athletics has a proud tradition of competitive success within the Northwest
Athletic Conference (NWAC). The department offers 11 intercollegiate sports programs:
Baseball; Men's and Women's Basketball; Men's and Women's Cross Country; Men's and
Women's Soccer; Softball; Men's and Women's Track & Field; and Women's Volleyball.
Penguin Athletics places great emphasis on academic performance as well as athletic achievement. The program offers student athletes the opportunity to reach their educational goals, as well to pursue meaningful athletic accomplishments. For more information, visit Clark Athletics' website, Twitter and Facebook pages.