El Camino College Announces Inductees to its Athletic Hall of Fame
In celebration of its 75th Diamond Anniversary, El Camino College proudly announces the induction of 12 alumni athletes to the 2022 Warriors Athletic Hall of Fame Class. The superstar sports heroes will be inducted during a formal ceremony on June 2, 2022 at El Camino College.
Jeff Miera, El Camino College Athletics Director expressed the importance of honoring these amazing athletes.
“This year’s inductees exemplified what it means to be a member of the Warriors during their time at El Camino,” explains Miera. “The inductees span eight sports and more than 40 years of excellence on their respective fields of play.”
The ceremony will be held at the Athletics Multi-Purpose Room inside the El Camino Gym Complex with doors opening at 5 p.m. for a social hour. Dinner and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the 2022 El Camino Athletics Hall of Fame are $75 per person and can be purchased at the following link: https://elcamino.prestosports.com/hof/HOF_Ticket_Purchases.
This year’s Athletics Hall of Fame inductees are:www
Rukayah Bent-Mikail (Track & Field: 2011-12) One of the greatest triple jumpers in El Camino College history, Bent-Mikail won back-to-back CCCAA State Championships in the triple jump in her time with the Warriors. She posted mark of 40 feet, 1 inch to win the 2011 state title and followed that with a mark of 39 feet, 10 inches to win state in 2012. During her sophomore season, Bent-Mikail went undefeated in the triple jump as she won the event at the South Coast Conference Championships and CCCAA Southern California Championships. In the latter, she set a personal-best mark of 40 feet, 5 inches which still holds as the third best mark in El Camino history. Bent-Mikail would go on to transfer to Cal where she competed for the Golden Bears.
Candy Carrico (Softball: 1989-90) Starting out as a local high school standout at Leuzinger High School, Carrico went on to star for the Warriors softball team. As a freshman in 1989, she went 19-7 overall with a 0.60 ERA while also posting a .327 batting average and a .425 mark in conference play. She was the South Coast Conference Most Valuable Pitcher along with a First Team All-South Coast Conference selection in her first year. She also earned a spot on the All-Southern California Team as the Warriors finished as conference champs with a 15-0 record in SCC play. Carrico would earn an All-SCC Second Team nod as a sophomore in 1990 before moving on to Florida Southern University. Carrico continued to excel in her two years with the Moccasins. In 1991, Carrico was named honorable mention for the All-Sunshine State Conference team. She also earned a nod to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) All-South Region Second Team. She surpassed those accomplishments in 1992, earning a First Team All-Sunshine State Conference nod along with a spot on the NFCA All-South Region First Team.
Casey Clark (Baseball: 1998-99) Shined for the Warriors as a sophomore in 1999 as he played in 42 of the team’s 44 games. He batted .442 with 68 hits including 16 doubles, three triples and five home runs. He was outstanding in the clutch as he batted .412 with runners in scoring position and posted an incredible 1.209 OPS (On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage). His 40 RBI were the most on the team and he stole eight bases. Clark’s incredible year was rewarded with First-Team All-American, First-Team All-South Coast Conference and First Team All-Southern California selections.
Ed Eno (Football: 1968-69) A member of the 1960s El Camino Football All-Decade Team, Eno was a standout defensive back for the Warriors in 1968 and 1969. He earned All-Metropolitan Second Team honors as a freshman in 1968 as the Warriors won the Metro League title with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play. The Warriors advanced to the second round of the California Junior College Playoffs in 1968.
Daymon Lee (Track & Field: 1985, 87) A two-time state champion in the 400-meters for the Warriors, Lee is currently the all-time El Camino record holder in the event with a time of 45.80, which he set in the 1985 campaign. He won the state title in 1985 with a time of 45.99 and wrapped up his El Camino career with the state title in 1987 with a time of 46.45. Lee was also a member of the 1985 4x100 meter relay (40:30) and the 1987 4x400 meter relay (3:07.41) teams that remain the El Camino College record holders. Lee posted a 400m time of 45.70 as the anchor leg on the 1987 relay team.
John Norris (Men’s Wrestling: 1967-69) A local star on the mat, Norris entered El CaminoCollege with a high school state championship under his belt at Mira Costa High School. In his first season with the Warriors wrestling at 130 pounds, Norris finished second in both the Metropolitan Conference and Southern California Sectionals. He posted a 15-4 overall record in his first year. As a sophomore, Norris helped lead the Warriors to a team runner-up finish at the state championships and won the individual state championship at 130 pounds.
Robyn Queen (Women’s Soccer: 1982) The leading scorer on the 1982 squad that finished as unofficial state champions (state championship playoffs not played officially until 1988) for the second straight season. The Warriors posted an 18-1 overall record and outscored teams 181-5 during the season including a 127-0 edge in Metro Conference play. They averaged 9.5 goals a game. Queen led the team in scoring with 51 goals including scoring five of the team’s six goals in a 6-2 victory over Mount San Antonio at Golden West College in the championship game. Queen was named the MVP of the Metro Conference and also nabbed a First-Team All-Conference selection. She would move on to Cal State Dominguez Hills where she was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now the United Soccer Coaches) All-American Second Team in 1985, the first women’s soccer player to receive the accolade at CSUDH.
Shane Redmond (Football: 1977-78) A two-year All-Metro Conference selection, Redmond was a part of a Warriors team that went a combined 14-5-1 in his two seasons. As a freshman, Redmond earned a spot on the All-Metro Conference Second Team as he was a member of a defense that allowed 95 rushing yards per game to the opposition in 1977. In his sophomore year, Redmond was outstanding on the defensive line as he recorded a team-best 65 unassisted tackles. He was named the team MVP as he spearheaded the Warriors top-rated defense in 1978. He was named First Team All-Metro Conference, First Team All-State and a First-Team All-American. For his career, Redmond recorded 191 total tackles in his two-year career, a number that ranks sixth on the El Camino All-Time Record Book.
Marcel Reece (Football: 2005) In just one season at El Camino, Reece made his mark in the history books. He tallied 49 catches for 1,128 yards and 11 touchdowns, a mark that currently ranks fourth in the El Camino Record Book for a single season. His 23.0 yards per reception remains as the best mark in El Camino history. Reece was named to the All-Mission Conference First Team and was Honorable Mention for the J.C. Athletic Bureau All-America Team. Reece would move on to the University of Washington and then go on to play in the National Football League for seven seasons, six of them with the then Oakland Raiders. He played in 96 career NFL games and made 210 catches for 2,088 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 9.9 yards per reception. Reece also rushed for 844 yards on 185 carries in his career with three touchdowns. He garnered three straight Pro Bowl selections (2012-14) and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro Second Team as a fullback in 2013.
Russell Shaw (Football: 1994-95) One of the greatest wide receivers and all-purpose players in Warriors’ history, Shaw’s name is all over the El Camino College record book. His sophomore year in 1995 ranks eighth all-time in receiving as he hauled in 65 receptions for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns. Overall, his 101 total receptions for 1,790 yards ranks third all-time. His 25 career receiving touchdowns also rank as the most ever in El Camino College history. Along with being a threat at the receiver position, Shaw also wreaked havoc on kickoff returns. He ranks third all-time at El Camino with 774 kickoff return yards in his two-year career including a touchdown. Shaw would go on to receive a scholarship to Michigan University where he was a member of the 1997 NCAA National Champions as selected by the Associated Press Top-25 poll. In 1997, Shaw played in all 12 games and had 25 receptions for 284 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned 11 punts for 80 yards, spelling Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer Charles Woodson. Shaw was the first Warriors player to receive a scholarship from Michigan.
Ken Stills (Football: 1981-82) Played defensive back for two seasons under head coach Jack Reilly. The Warriors finished second in the Metro Conference each year with Stills earning All-Metro Conference honors in 1982. Stills continued his career at the University of Wisconsin where he played two years for the Badgers. In 1983, he played in nine games and racked up 29 tackles with two interceptions and three pass break ups. He improved greatly as a sophomore as he logged 55 total tackles (33 solo) including three for a loss. He recorded five interceptions including two in a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 8, 1984. Stills would go on to be selected in 1985 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers in the eighth round and 209th overall. He would go on to play six years in the NFL. He played in 77 games and recorded seven interceptions for 107 yards and one touchdown.
Shiloh Talanoa (Softball: 1998, 2000) A high school standout at El Segundo High School, Talanoa was named the Daily Breeze High School Player of the Year along with Ocean League MVP, First Team All-Ocean League and team MVP for the Eagles. As a freshman with the Warriors, the pitcher and infielder earned a spot on the All-South Coast Conference Second Team after tying for the state lead in home runs. After missing the 1999 season, Talanoa took it to the next level in 2000 as she earned both All-South Coast Conference First Team and All-State First Team selections. The Warriors advanced to the 2000 California Community College Softball Championships as the No. 11 seed. They played in the Palomar Regional Group where they went 2-2, defeating No. 6 Antelope Valley twice but falling to No. 3 Palomar two times to put an end to the season. Talanoa would head to Arizona State in 2001 and played for a Sun Devils squad that went 36-22 overall and made it to the NCAA Regionals.