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April 23, 1997
Runner finds strong way of life
Feature Editor
I'm going \
to continue
to run the
rest of my
life and
just see
where it
takes me.
Sophomore Travis Armstrong is liv­
ing proof that people can accomplish
their goals.
Captain of the men’s track team and
Clackamas record holder in three
events, Armstrong has only begun to
accomplish his goals.
Armstrong graduated from a small
school in Mossyrock, Wash. During
his high school years he was quarter­
back on the football team, played on
the basketball team and was student
body president.
“Running was something I did only
about three months out of the year. As
far as running goes, I was kind of like
a big fish in a small pond,” Armstrong
In his senior year of high school,
Armstrong was the state champion in
the one and two-mile run. He also was
a five-time district champion.
“I was recruited by Coach Hodges
pretty heavily, and I really admired his
enthusiasm and his confidence in my
ability to get better. So I decided to come
here [Clackamas], and it’s been a good
decision for me,” Armstrong said.
A lot of other community colleges
offered Armstrong a spot on their track
teams. He had almost made up his
mind to go to another school until he
visited the Clackamas campus.
“I really enjoyed talking to Coach
Hodges and, for a community college,
it really has a small town feel to it. I
really like the people here,” Armstrong
This season Armstrong has focused
on trying to run a wider range of events,
from the 800 to the 10,000 meters.
“One of my goals is to make the top
ten list, in all five events. There’s really
some good runners on it: a former Olym­
pian and some other good runners,” he
Armstrong has set the record in three
of those events and is only the second
Cougar to have ever done that.
Armstrong also participated in cross
country. Last year he was the number
one runner.
Coming into the track season of
1996, Armstrong was out of shape af­
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ter being down with mononucleosis for
two months. He still did extremely well
in the ‘96 season. He was the
NWAACC and national junior college
champion in the 1500 meter.
Armstrong said he has “begun to
break into some of the more elite na­
tional class times that would be more
competitive at good division one
Setting goals and accomplishing
them is something that Armstrong does
well. His goals for the next two years
include, but are not limited to, being an
All American at the division one level
and to break a four-minute mile.
“It would be an accomplishment for
me, because I’m not really a mile [run­
ner] by nature. Talent-wise I’m more
of a long distance runner."
In addition to Armstrong’s outstand­
ing performances on the track team, he
still manages to keep his grades up (3.45
GPA) and work toward a career in ki­
nesiology. Kinesiology is similar to ex­
ercise science, according to Armstrong.
“I’m going to stay involved in the
sport [track] the rest of my life," he said.
"I’m not sure at what level yet. I’d like
to do some coaching, if not at the just
volunteer level for youth type thing, but
maybe further on doing some profes­
sional coaching.
"I’m also interested in physical
therapy and that kind of degree would
set me up to go into that," said
"Something else that’s kind of inter­
esting to me is corporate fitness man­
agement. It’s kind of an expanding
field. I’ve thought of combining a bach­
elors in kinesiology with a masters in
business,” he added.
For the future, Armstrong has been
talking with a lot of different schools.
The University of Washington, Wash­
ington State University, Montana, Colo­
rado and University of Portland are just
a few of them.
"There’s a lot of factors involved,
academics number one and then geo­
graphical location," said Armstrong. "I
feel like I have two years left for me to
run, and I want to go to the best place
possible for me. The money isn’t quite
as big of a factor."
Throughout his running career
Armstrong has encountered many dif-
Armstrong has
led the
track team
past many
during this
spring season,
setting records
along the way.
JOEL CORESON / Clackamas Print
ferent people who have helped him on
his way.
“I attribute a lot of my success the
last two years to my coaches, both
Hodges and [Assistant Coach Jack]
Kegg. As far as Hodges goes, I really
admire his work ethic, his enthusiasm
and his love for the sport. He’s really
left an impression on me the past two
years, a lasting lifelong impression,"
said Armstrong.
"As far as Jack goes, he’s a young
coach. He’s just doing an outstand­
ing job. Everybody’s running really
well, running the best they’ve run in
their life. Most people are. Obvi­
ously he’s doing good things for me.
He’s an excellent technician. I al­
most wish I could take him with me
when I go down to school next year,
as my coach. I’m going to miss him,"
he continued.
Armstrong’s family and the commu­
nity also supports his success.
Without his dad, Armstrong prob­
ably would not be where he is now. His
freshman year in high school, the
school did not even have a track. Al­
most single handedly, Armstrong’s fa­
ther coordinated a group of volunteers
and, with cash donations, the high
school gained a track. Armstrong’s
father is his mentor. He really admires
his morals.
He also has a lot of respect for his
“If I have any toughness or stub­
bornness it comes from her. She’s the
toughest woman I’ve ever met,”
Armstrong said.
Armstrong’s brother and sister have
a tough act to follow but, according to
him, they have their own talents.
Hazen, who is almost 16, is follow­
ing his brothers footsteps by choosing
running for his sport.
Armstrong’s sister Mallory is 12
years old and is an “extremely talented
artist,” according to Armstrong.
“My biggest fan is my grand­
mother," admits Armstrong, although
he receives a lot of support from his
parents and siblings.
His family travels everywhere to
watch him compete.
“Running, to me, is a lifelong sport.
It has almost become a way of life, an
“I’m not going to set any limits on
myself. I’m going to continue to run
the rest of my life and just see where it
takes me,” Armstrong said.
Cougars unload on Pierce 21-0
Sports Editor
The Cougar softball team won
seven straight games to end the week
with a 7-1 record.
After a slow start, Clackamas is in
second place in the Southwestern Di­
vision with a 16-6 overall record.
“There are six good teams [in the
division]. This is the toughest divi­
sion we have faced in five or six
years. Any team can beat any other
team any given day,” said Head
Coach Paul Fiskum.
Clackamas opened the week with
a close loss to Mt. Hood. Pitcher
Robin Lisak was able to keep it
close, giving up only six base hits
on 24 at bats. The game went into
extra innings and tied one all. Both
teams were playing solid defense and
Clackamas’ struggled to get base
“We were frustrated. We couldn’t
buy a base hit. We were hitting the
ball, but they [hits] kept going in
their direction. It happens on occa­
sion, but it is a shame that we didn’t
give Lisak run support,” said Head
Coach Paul Fiskum. “We played a
solid game. If you play well, you
will win your share of games.”
Clackamas was able to come back
in the fourth inning after going down
by five in the second game of the
doubleheader to win 6-5.
Lisa Comstock took the pitcher’s
mound in the fourth inning and shut
the Saints down the rest of the way.
Comstock closed the door on the
Saints, leaving 10 runners on base.
Lisa Hosford had two runs and an
RBI, including a double steal play
in the sixth, which gave the Cougars
their final margin of victory.
On Friday Clackamas blew past
Pierce 12-0 in five innings.
Clackamas jumped out to a 4-0
lead in the first. Robin Voil led the
way with a run in each of the first
three innings and batted two for twq.
Koehler batted in three Cougars and
a run.
In the second game, Clackamas
slipped in the first inning, giving up
two runs and three hits, but came
back to win 5-2. Shawna Birnel gave
up only one hit after the first inning
and struck out eight Raiders.
Last weekend Clackamas sweeped
the Yakima Crossover Tournament in
four games.
Clackamas beat Wenatchee Valley
2-0. Saturday Lisak pitched a shut­
out with eight strike outs.
Danielle Soldani and Robin Voil
each had a run. Soldani went two for
two and scored in the third inning.
See Softball, page 8
Volume XXX, Issue 22