At North High, Claudette finished second in state in the 1500 meter in track three times, winning the title in 1979. She placed third in the 800 three times, was named All-State and a High School All-American. She was a standout at the University of Oregon, winning the NCAA Championship in the 1500, with a second in the 800, in 1984. She placed fifth in the Olympic trials, and competed as a U.S. team member in numerous international competitions. She still holds all North High distance running records.