Steve Kirkland (1966-1969)

School record holder in 800m (1:54.0c). Record is now nearly 40 years old. Also was an outstanding 440 and mile.

Tom Hale (1968-71)

The premier NCS runner of his day. Innumerable NCS championships in X-C and track. (Innumerable because I don’t know how many). School records in Mile and 2 Mile. 4th at State (8:57.4y) in fastest overall race in US history, a race which Hale led and paced until the final lap. This was probably the East Bay and NCS record at the time. Broke 28:00 for 6 miles at Oregon (sub 4:40 mile pace/sub 14:35 5 K pace). Was a legendary worker who was an absolute beast when it came to training. The biggest hill on the Rim Trail was known as Hale’s Hill (though not any more) because of his repeat sessions on it. Became a cyclist and owns Back Roads Bike Tours (or something like that), a bicycle touring company.

Rich Gunther (1968-1971)

School record in discus of 182-8 is superior. Not sure if he won NCS titles or placed in state but I know he became a very good collegiate thrower at UCLA when they were dominating college track. Last time I was him at the Modesto Relays, he was an AD in Modesto, either at the city college or one of the better high schools. I believe he helped Suzy Powell a bit when she was in HS.

Gregg Thorton (1976-1979)

Son of legendary Cal swim coach Nort Thorton (Matt Biondi’s coach and others). Shares 100 record (9.8y/10.7m), owns 400 record outright (48.5), and anchored school record 400 relay. Great competitor.

Lisa Sandel (1979-1980)

Moved here for her senior year from Alaska where she was a state champion. The first time we saw her, I told my Acalanes runners that being a state champion in Alaska wasn’t any better than being a league champion here. I WAS WRONG. Had great races against Miramonte’s Marilyn Davis and Marcia White in cross country and track. Capped it off with school records in 800 (2:13.2) and 1600 (4:48.4), Meet of Champions win in 1600, and placing in top 5 at State in 1600. Became a Dallas policeman or Texas Highway Patrolman. Would have to be awarded posthumously as she died in a high speed pursuit accident 15 or more years ago.

Alison Adams (1980)

Kristen Hepler (1980-1981)

Transferred from Del Valle (when it closed down after 1979), where they didn’t even have a girls track team, to have a very HS careers. They ran for Don Bailes’ Orinda Track Club and Don coached them when they transferred to Campo. Alison (56.2) and Kristen (25.4/58.5) set school records and their Mile Relay team ran very fast (3:53) and may have placed at State. They could have gone to Acalanes where I was coaching and our 3:59 Mile Relay would have been just a bit better!

Bill Freeborn (1982-1985)

LJ (23-2) and TJ (47-1) record holder. Qualified for State in triple and may have won MOC. Competed at UCLA.

Rod Fuhriman (1982-1985)

Was a tennis player who didn’t go out for track until his senior year. (I think he had run cross country). Won the Meet of Champions 1600 (4:17.0ce) against two of the best runners in the state (Castro Valley’s Calvin Gaziano and Miramonte’s Adam McAboy). Ramsey Thomas coached him and says that was about only race he won that year (excluding piddly dual meets against weak competition) because Miramonte’s McAboy and Jonathon Smith were so good. Fuhriman placed 5th at State and was quoted as saying he could have kicked himself for not going out for track until his senior year. Also anchored school record 2 Mile Relay at Charlie Eaton. [That team could have run very fast as they had Larry Silk (1:54.5), Tommy Evans (1:58.5/4:19.5), and Brian Strieff (49.1/1:58.0 the next year in 1986). All those guys are worthy of consideration at some time in the future too.]

Jackie Shuh (1982-1985)

School record holder in 100(12.1) and anchor on 400 relay record team at the time (49.60). Jack Walton, the girls coach then could tell you more.

Sarah Riley (1988-1991)

Chris’s individual state champion in cross country (Div. 4?) in Fall of 1989. School record holder in 3200. Sub 11:00 in 3200 and Chris believes she broke 5:00 in 1600 but I didn’t find it in research. Had a good collegiate career at Notre Dame.

Tiffany Chang (2001-2004)

4 time NCS Champion in PV, including 2 Meet of Champions victories. Was Contra Costa area record holder and still has MOC record.
#3 All Time in NCS history. Also held TJ record Currently at Brown where she has placed 3rd and 2nd in the indoor HEPS. Already appointed a team captain for her upcoming junior year.

HALL OF FAME ATHLETE PHOTOS NEEDED: If you are in possession of photographs of any of our Hall of Fame athletes or coaches in action during their Campolindo years, please scan and send them to Chuck Woolridge!