COLLEGE ATHLETIC HALL of FAME MEMBERS FROM NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON
Carl 'Sandy' O'Donnell TRACK
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Sandy O'Donnell brought an impressive resume as a javelin thrower for Wenatchee High School along to WSU. He had launched the spear 219-10 in 1964 to win the state of Washington championship - a throw that ranked as the second farthest for a prep athlete in the nation that year. Sandy quickly made his mark at WSU with his strong left arm along with fortitude, grit and spunk. He began his notable Cougar career by setting the school freshman javelin record with a toss of 228-10 in 1965. Then O'Donnell set the American indoor javelin record with a throw of 250-0. At the 1967 NCAA Championships, Sandy severely injured his left elbow, an injury he had to contend with the following year by packing the joint in ice throughout his senior campaign. At the 1968 NCAA Championships, he led the field after the qualifying round with a toss of 246-1.Two days later in the finals, the lefty came from behind on the fifth attempt to win the title with a school record throw of 258-11 - a feat that ranked as the third longest in college history at the time. Unfortunately, his nagging injury forced him out of the Olympic trials. Sandy was a four-time All-American during his years at WSU. The Cougar track & field team captain served as an inspiration while battling through pain to compete.