Cross Country & Track
Erika Klein is a 1989 graduate of Edmonds High School. She was a multi-sport athlete who competed in cross country, basketball and track & field. While basketball was not her focus, during her senior year she helped the EHS basketball team to an eighth-place finish at the WIAA State Basketball Championships.
Erika was a member of the 1985 and 1987 Cross Country Girls State Championship team and a member of the 1986 Cross Country team that finished 2nd in the State Championships. In 1988, the Cross-Country team placed 2nd in the State Championships and as an individual she finished in 3rd place.
Following these accolades, in 1987, Klein was the Individual State Champion for the 1600m in Track & Field and the Individual State Champion in Cross Country. She continued this streak in 1989 as the Track & Field 3200m Individual State Champion.
The outstanding multi-sport athlete attended the University of Oregon where she was a four-year letter-winner in cross country and track & field. There, Klein competed as a member of the 1990 and 1992 University of Oregon Cross Country team who won the Pac-10 Championship. Both these teams qualified and competed at the NCAA National Cross-Country Championships. Not only did she contribute to U of O’s championship cross country team, but she led the track & field team to multiple Pac-10 Track & Field Championships in her sophomore and junior years. These same years, she placed 2nd in the 800m and was on the 4x400m Relay Championship team. At the 1993 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, Klein placed 2nd in the 1500m, and the team followed with an overall 2nd place victory.
Following the 1993 Pac-10 Championships, the U of O Track & Field team placed 4th at the NCAA Track & Field Championships where Klein contributed as an All-American and a 3rd place finisher in the 1500m.
Adding to her already impressive resume, Erika earned All-Academic First team Pac-10 honors in Cross Country and Track & Field in both 1992 and 1993. She received the U of O Jackson Award Winner: Most Outstanding Female Senior Student Athlete in 1993. Additionally, in 1993 she was named the University of Oregon NCAA Woman of the Year, The Women’s 1992-93 Pac-10 Conference Medal for U of O and The Everett Herald’s Woman of the Year in Sports.