Torrey Olson '09, Brendon Randall-Myers '09 and Kiyomi Parish Griffey '97 Honored with Track and Field Awards
Three Sagehens have been honored for their athleticism in the track and field arena. Kiyomi Parish Griffey ’97 will be inducted into the Division III Track & Field Hall of Fame, and Torrey Olson ’09 and Brendon Randall-Myers ’09 have been named Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athletes of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Parish will be inducted on May 20, on the eve of the 2009 Division III National Track and Field Championships in Marietta, Ohio. Parish won three NCAA Division III national titles in the hammer throw, and set a national record in both her junior and senior years. Her best mark of 196'6" from 1997 was the NCAA Division III best mark for nine years, and still stands as the No. 3 all-time Division III mark. Parish qualified to Nationals and earned All America honors all four years, including a fourth-place finish as a freshman before her three national titles in a row.
Parish won four straight hammer titles in SCIAC Conference Championships for Pomona-Pitzer, and set four meet records, including the still-standing mark of 179'9". She also won two SCIAC titles in the shot put and was the conference track and field MVP in 1995.
Following the NCAA meets, Parish competed in the USA Track & Field Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Parish finished eighth as a sophomore, fifth as a junior, and third as a senior. At the end of her senior year, Parish ranked fourth in the United States and 30th in the world. Continuing to compete beyond college, Parish earned a No. 9 U.S. ranking in 1999 with a best of 201'11", which was the eighth best U.S. all-time mark at the time.
A chemistry major and an NCAA postgraduate scholarship winner, Parish is now a special agent for the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Selection criteria for the Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athletes of the Year are based on the academic and athletic qualities of a student-athlete, who must have a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average and must finish within the top 25 percent of the field at the NCAA regional meet to be eligible.
During the 2008-09 season, Olson, an English major, has served as team captain and qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Randall-Myers steadily worked his way up from a middle-of-the-pack runner to become the No. 2 runner, while maintaining a near-perfect GPA as a music major.
Head Cross Country Tony Boston, who nominated Olson and Randall-Myers for the award, commented to the USTFCCCA that “Brendon and Torrey exemplify the duality of an NCAA Division III athlete—a model student in the classroom and a fierce competitor on the field”.