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Dowell going into state track coaches Hall of Fame

December 6th, 2012 by nathan joyce

Lane “Lanny” Dowell was headed to the Tacoma Dome to watch the state football championships last week, when the phone rang.
It was a call telling him he was going into the Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“They laid that one on me, and I thought ‘whoa,’” he said.
Dowell’s coaching resume isn’t long. He was an assistant at West Bremerton from 1963-73. He was the head coach in 1974. He came back as an assistant for a few years.
He made a big impact as an official. He became an official in 1989 and worked 15 US track and field championships, including three Olympic trials.
Dowell as officiated nine international meets.
He was the national official of the year in 2005 and twice won the award in Washington and twice in Oregon. He’s been nominated for the national track and field officials Hall of Fame.
Dowell retired from working the big meets in 2008, but he still helps out at high school meets.
Dowell has worked tirelessly toward making the hammer throw a higher profile sport in Washington. It’s not a WIAA certified event in high school meets. He helped create a state championship meet for the event in 2000. He also a key figure in making the Washington vs. Oregon meet of champions in 1997.
He’s also worked with the WIAA on improving the quality of officiating, especially at postseason meets.
As Dowell points out, track and field is the most participated sports in high school and meets often don’t have qualified officials.
“That’s what has to be done to make the sport first class,” he said.

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