PREFONTAINE ATHLETIC AWARD SPEECH
Presented by Mac McIntosh
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet
1969 Marshfield graduate Steve Prefontaine was a generational athlete. In his senior year he set a national high school record, won a national championship, and competed for the US national team in Europe. As a sophomore teammate, I assumed athletes like Pre came along every year; as the 8-season head coach of the Pirate track and field team, I’ve come to appreciate just how rare athletes like Pre truly are.
Tonight we recognize an athlete who fits that mold. Cam Lucero compiled a distinctive record of achievement last year that won’t likely be matched for years to come. His breadth and depth of athletic excellence are the foundation of a recent streak of dominance by the North Bend Bulldogs in state-level competition. Pre was a multi-year state champion in two sports for the Pirates – cross country and track. Cam led three varsity teams as captain to elite performances in state championship contests.
He led two separate Bulldog teams to the state championship football game and earned First-Team All-State honors as quarterback and defensive back his senior season. As a basketball point guard, he was named Class 4A Player of the Year and earned unanimous selection to the All-Tournament First Team while leading the Bulldogs to a third-place team trophy, the best finish in school history. In track, his second-place finish in the high hurdles and leg on the winning 4x100 relay team led the Bulldogs to a second-place team trophy. That quartet’s time is also a school record.
If you’re a North Bend Bulldog, you’ve grown to expect athletic excellence from athletes named “Lucero”. If you’re a fan of South Coast sports, you’ve celebrated the achievements of previous winners of this award, like Mark Helfrich, Ali Worthen, and other conference and school record holders and All-Americans.
Tonight’s winner is one of the most decorated athletes in North Bend school history, with a post-scholastic future as bright as any of his predecessors. Please help me recognize the 2015 Prefontaine Athlete of the Year, Cam Lucero.