WWU Vikings

A capsule look three athletes selected for induction into the WWU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015

KERRI BROWITT-CAVIEZEL

Women’s Basketball

When she graduated, Kerri Browitt-Caviezel was one of only two women’s basketball players in WWU history to be ranked among the top 10 career leaders in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots. The other was Jo Metzger-Levin, regarded as the greatest Viking to play the sport during the 20th century.

Twenty-four years later, Browitt-Caviezel, who graduated in 1990, still is second in assists (535), fifth in steals (233), 14th in rebounds (680), 20th in blocked shots (62) and 22nd in points (1,013).

“She had a really consistent career,” said legendary WWU coach Lynda Goodrich of Browitt-Caviezel. “She did everything a coach wants done. She was our best defensive player, she got an incredible amount of rebounds for her height and she scored when you needed it. She didn’t have ups and downs, and that often gets overlooked.”

Browitt-Caviezel, 45, was a team co-captain as a junior on a 1988-89 squad that finished 30-5, the first and only 30-win women’s basketballsquad in school history, won District 1 and Bi-District I playoff titles and reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament, defeating Minnesota-Duluth before losing to eventual champion Southern Nazarene (Okla.).

In the second half of the Bi-District playoff against Concordia (Ore.), Browitt-Caviezel was asked to defend star forward Laura Jaeger, who had scored 19 points in the first half. Browitt-Caviezel held her to five points on 2-of-7 shooting in the final 20 minutes.

As a senior, Browitt-Caviezel was named a NAIA District 1 all-star on a 26-4 team that ranked sixth nationally in the final poll. She averaged 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and led WWU in assists for the third straight year at 4.4.

During her four-year career, Browitt-Caviezel started all but four games for the Vikings, who were 95-28 during that stretch, and never missed a contest.

A history and education major, Browitt-Caviezel was on the WWU President’s List nine times and was named a NAIA National Scholar-Athlete.

She and husband Jim Caviezel have three children, Bo 15, Lyn 13 and David 5. They live in New York City.

JIM PEARSON

Track and Cross Country

Since his early 20s, Jim Pearson has devoted himself to distance and ultra-distance running, both as a participant and coach.

In 1975, Pearson was the U.S. champion in the 50-mile run, setting an American record with a time of 5 hours, 12 minutes, 41 seconds. At the time, the clocking was the third fastest in the world and stills ranks seventh on the American all-time list. He also was a national champion in 1988 in the Masters 50 mile run.

Pearson qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1972 and 1976. He competed in four world championships, including the World Masters 25-kilometers at Bruges, Belgium, in 1985; World Masters marathon in 1985 and 1986 at Rome, Italy, and Richmond, B.C., respectively; and the World Masters 10-kilometers at Eugene, Ore., in 1989.

Pearson placed among the top five at the U.S. national championships seven times. Besides winning the 50-mile run in 1975, he was second in the 50K in 1976 and 100K in 1979, third in the 50 miles in 1979 and 100K in 1980, and fifth in the 50K in 1974 and 50 miles in 1980.

Pearson had an 11-1/2 year stretch where he averaged more 100 miles per week. His longest streak of consecutive 100-mile or more weeks was 78, exactly a year and a half.

Pearson’s highest weekly mileage was 182, and he had months of 729 and 719. He ran 6,174 miles in 1975 and 6,028 miles in 1978.

The 70-year-old Pearson is still working on a streak of running at least a mile each day. It began on Feb. 16, 1970, and has exceeded 16,400 days, the third longest documented string ever in the United States.

This type of mileage allowed Pearson to run a 2:22:32 marathon just 35 days after taking the 50-mile national title. The bulk of his training that year came while completing graduate school at WWU.

Pearson has won the Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Victoria, B.C., marathons and was a 16-time champion at the Birch Bay marathon, which he started. Pearson twice ran the second-fasted 100-kilometers in U.S. history.

Pearson coached high school and collegiate cross country and track for 39 years, 34 at Ferndale High School, four as an associate head coach at Whatcom Community College and one as an assistant at Mead High School. He has been coaching Harrier Track Club athletes for the past seven years.

Seven of his athletes have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials and another seven for World Championship meets. He has coached 55 national qualifiers and 30 All-Americans.

Pearson earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Western in 1966 and completed his master’s degree in 1975. Pearson is a graduate of Lake Stevens High School and also is a member of that school’s Hall of Fame.

Pearson founded the Birch Bay Marathon in 1969, the Ferndale Track Club in 1970, co-founded the Snohomish Track Club in 1968 and the Freedom Flower Road Runners in 1976. He also is a past president of the Greater Bellingham Running Club, the Snohomish Track Club and the Freedom Flower Road Runners.

Pearson was a long and triple jumper in track at WWU and a member of the cross country team that won a NAIA District 1 championship in 1963. He and wife Barb, who live in Marysville, have three grown children, sons Hopper and Joel and daughter Paige.

Pearson was once referred to by Runner’s World as an “Ultra Running King,” He has appeared in such magazines as Runner’s World, Track and Field News, Ultra Running, and Northwest Runner. He also has appeared in books that include The Running Mind by Jim Lillefors, On the Road: The Marathon by Jim Shapiro, Why We Run by Bernd Heinrich, Racing the Antelope by Heinrich, Ultra-Marathoning by Tom Osler, Ultramarathon by Shapiro, Serious Runner’s Handbook by Osler and Running Around Puget Sound by Peter Holman Smith.

ORLONDO STEINAUER

Football

Orlondo Steinauer, a consensus football All-America defensive back at WWU, played 12 years in the Canadian Football League and has been an assistant coach in the CFL for the past five seasons.

Last November with Steinauer serving as defensive coordinator, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats reached the Grey Cup, the CFL championship game.

The 41-year-old Steinauer had a steller career (1996-2008) as a safety in the Canadian Football League, playing for the Ottawa Rough Riders (1996), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1997-2000), and Toronto Argonauts (2001-08). He finished with 49 interceptions and his career 1,178 interception return yards ranks second in CFL history.

A five-time CFL all-star and six-time East Division all-star, Steinauer played on two Grey Cup championship teams — in 1999 with Hamilton and in 2004 with Toronto. He also was a Grey Cup winner in 2012 as a defensive backs coach for Toronto.

Following a year as a football analyst at Rogers Sportsnet in 2010, Steinauer coached three years at Toronto and the last two at Hamilton.

Steinauer originally signed with the Detroit Lions of the NFL in 1996, reaching the last round of the preseason cuts. He then signed with Ottawa and played in the final weeks of that season.

Steinauer is believed to be the last player recruited to the CFL by legendary coach and general manager Leo Cahill.

Ottawa folded at the end of 1996, and Steinauer was selected in the second round (12th pick overall) of the CFL dispersal draft on March 12, 1997, by Hamilton.

As a senior at WWU in 1995, Steinauer was the NAIA national leader with a Columbia Football Association and school-record 10 pass interceptions. He was a first-team NAIA, American Football Coaches Association College Division and National Weekly Football Gazette All-American, a second-team Associated Press Little All-American and CFA-Mount Rainier League Defensive Player of the Year.

Steinauer’s career total of 20 interceptions is second on the WWU all-time list. The first Viking player to return an interception and a punt for touchdowns in the same season, he was the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week in 1995, intercepting three passes in a 19-16 win over Central Washington on Oct. 21, and appeared in the Nov. 13 Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd section.

A Lynnwood High School graduate, Steinauer earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from WWU in 1996. He and wife Gina (formerly Sampson), a standout women’s basketball player who was inducted into the WWU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, have three children, Kiana 16, Rheyna 9 and Taeya 8.

The first husband and wife to be members of the WWU Athletic Hall of Fame, they live in Hamilton, Ont.

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