The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, October 06, 1982, Page 7, Image 7

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College bidsOCCAA farewell
By Tracy Sumner
Of The Print
The Clackamas Com­
munity College athletic pro­
gram lost the war, but won a
personal battle with the Oregon
Community College Athletic
Association last summer as the
College Board of Education
voted to continue nationals
travel and withdraw from the
OCCAA, effective immediate­
The presidents of the OC­
CAA schools had voted on Ju­
ly 31, 1981 to declare all OC­
CAA athletic teams ineligible
for nationals travel beginning in
the fall of the ’82-’83 school
year. Clackamas disputed the
action maintaining that the
decision on whether to send
athletic teams to nationals
should be left to individual
The presidents countered
that the decision was not in in­
terference with local policy-
making, but was merely a
chnage in league rules.
The presidents later
resolved that any OCCAA
school that violateed the travel
ban would be banned from
OCCAA competition for a
period of two years. Rather
than face the ban, the College
board voted last August to
withdraw from the OCCAA.
The athletic directors of
the OCCAA schools later
retaliated by voting to not
schedule athletic events with
Clackamas President John
Hakanson, who had recom­
mended that the College stop
its opposition to the travel ban,
seemed sympathetic to the
league’s position.
“I think it’s their right (to
not play Clackamas)” he said.
(The OCCAA) is a league and
we decided to not go by their
rules. It wasn’t anything I didn’t
Jim Roberts, Dean of
Students at the College, ex­
pressed no more suprise at the
decision than Hakanson, but
was somewhat less understan­
ding with it than was the presi­
“After we withdrew, we
felt we could play the OCCAA
schools on a non league or pre­
season basis,” Roberts said.
“We then found the position of
the league to be that they
wouldn’t play us at all.
“I felt that that was sort of
a vindictive approach, it was
beyond the league rules. That
told me that they were going to
make things as difficult on us as
possible, ” he said.
“I fully expected the
league part of it,” Roberts said.
“I think it went too far as far as |
not playing us non-league.”
Ward Paldanius, athletic
director at Chemeketa Com­
munity College said, “I agreed
with (the league’s decision). If
we had done what Clackamas
did, I would assume that
nobody (from the OCCAA)
would compete with us at any
“My original understan­
ding was that we wouldn’t even
play them in regionals,” he
continued. “We can play them
in the regionals, just nowhere
One problem facing the
Clackamas athletic program
following their departure from DR. JOHN HAKANSON
Hudson said it was
the OCCAA was finding com­
especially difficult to find com­
petition for Cougar teams.
petition for the team sports
Chuck Hudson, athletic such as volleyball and basket­
director at the College said, ”it ball because team sports are
was tough finding competition played between two schools on
for January-February because a head to head basis. Individual
everyone’s in the middle of sports, on the other hand, such
league play, but I think we as cross-country and track are
have good schedules for the usually run in meets involving
more than two schools.
Sports writers needed. Contact The
Print, ext. 309, 310.
Women’s X-country faces rebuilding year
By Doug Vaughan
Of The Print
In a “rebuilding” year,
women’s Cross Country Coach
Marilyn Wynia sees a bright
spot at the end of the tunnel as
her Cougars have improved in
each of their three meets of the
1982 season.
One of the five runners
who ran the mountainous
course, Vicki Anderson led the
way for the Cougars as she
paced a 19:44 time in the
three-mile race. Next up for the
Cougars was Sue Rodgers, a
first-year running sophomore,
who ran an even 20 minute
The most recent of the
meets was an invitational spon­
sored by Fort Casey.
Clackamas did not take a full
team and did not receive a
placing team score. Wynia ex­
plained that taking a partial
team was due to injuries and
situations where some of her
runners were not ready to com­
One reason for their in­
ability to compete was, many
Wednesday, October 6, 1982
of the runners started late and
missed workouts. Wynia ex­
plained that if they do not
work out, they will not com­
pete in the meets. The final
decision was in the hands of
Wynia who based the decision
on the performance in
workouts on the days they
worked out.
Of the five runners who
ran the mountainous course,
Vicki Anderson led the way for
the Cougars as she paced a
19:44 time in the three-mile
race. Next up for the Cougars
was Sue Rodgers, a first-year
running sophomore, who ran
an even 20 minute race.
One problem that has
haunted the Cougars is inex­
perience. The team does not
have any returners from last
year’s team and many of the
girls have never competed in
cross country.
“First of all, they do not
know how to run a 5000. The
farthest distance run in high
school is a 3000 (meters),”
Cougar Coach Wynia stated.
“The training is also completely
different. And some have not
even run cross country before,
so it is a whole new sport to
Wynia can see improve­
ment in the women’s times,
which is an exciting mark for Cougars have is consistency in
her. After the recent Ft. Casey their times. Wynia remarked
Invitational, Wynia stated that that all the times are pretty clos­
all the finishing times of her ed to one another, with no one
team were personal bests for runner carrying the whole
the runners. “It tells me that team. Anderson has led the
they are improving. We’ll be Cougars and Wynia feels she is
working hard the rest of the the fastest of her runners. She
month in preparation for also feels that this is a strong
point for the Cougars and
One feature that the makes the team easier to coach
because their times are so
Wynia also feels there is
another advantage to this inex­
perienced but evenly talented
club. “A lot of newcomers run­
ning the 5000 is an advantage
because they’re hungry. They
don’t know how to run, but
they are working hard and it
will show up in the meets.”
Sports Calendar
Oct. 6-Volleyball- George Fox-MSB- Portland-6:00
Soccer-Lewis and Clark-Lake Oswego-TBA
Oct. 8-Volleyball- Willamette - Salem-7:00
Oct. 9-Womens X-Country- Willamette
Oct. 12-Volleyball- Oregon
State- here-7:00
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