Kirk Reynolds, NCAA historian for Division III has put together the national championship cross country results at
DIII and College Division Cross Country. (Click on the purple words, guys).
Just browsing through those results, a person of a certain age can spend a nice hour remembering those days, finding the names of old friends and competitors, reliving some of those races and seeing how the sport has evolved over the years. Some of those schools in the College Division are now forces to contend with in DI and DII. The majority have remained DIII. Some have changed their names Kansas State Teachers to Emporia State, some have disappeared. Some reached their zenith and then retreated. Kentucky State and Central State of Ohio two African American majority colleges fit that description.
I'll try to go through each year and see what I can pick out of the results that brings back a memory to me. Perhaps you will see other stories you would wish to recount. How many of these guys went on to be movers and shakers in a multitude of fields? Any Nobel laureates from those U. of Chicago teams or best selling writers? Cross Country races were our playing fields of Eton.
All these events were at Wheaton, IL until 1975 when the event started moving around the country.
Weather conditions, number of teams, and number of teams and runners with top three are listed. There were some men who really made their mark on our sport as you will see below. See some I missed? Have a good story about one of them? Let me know.
Nov. 15, 50 degrees and rain 13 teams 95 runners finishing, 4 miles
1. Northern Illinois 90 1. Paul Whitely Kans. State (Emporia) 20:45
2. South Dakota St. 93 2. John Gutkneckt Ohio Wesleyan 20:49*
3. Central Michigan 107 3. Ed Vander Heuvel Cent. Michigan 20:53
*in a year to come , Gutkneckt would represent the US in the Russian dual meet at 10,000meters
Nov. 14, 30 degrees, 4" snow on course, 20 mph winds, 11 teams, 90 finishers, 4 miles
1. S. Dakota St. 67 1. Paul Whitely Kans. State (Emporia) 23:01
2. Kans.St Emp. 75 2. Richard Anderson Winonoa WI 23:10
3. Wabash 78 3. Les Hegedus Central St. Ohio 23:40*
4. Central St. OH 87 43. David Wee St. Olaf MN 23:40**
11. MIT 314 MIT had less than stellar day, they were working out the Big Bang theory in the motel last night.
* Les is covered in an earlier posting Les Hegedus story
** David is on our mailing list and a regular reader of this blog
55 degrees, 21 teams, 137 finshers 4 miles
1. Central St. OH 72 1. Mulholland Loras College 20;28
2. Mankato St. 109 2. Shirey Slippery Rock 20:34
3. S. Dakota St. 111 3. Ed Winrow SUNY Buffalo 20:35
4. David Wee St. Olaf MN 20:46
5. Les Hegedus Central State OH 20;51
6. James McFadden NE Missouri 21:10 *
*James is another guy on our regular readers list. His brother Jerry is another and a major contributor of pictures and comments. Jerry was a 4:05 miler, and finished second for Missouri in the Big 8 mle in 1963.
Central State , a team from a traditionally African American college dominates the establishment. Hegedus was an American Hungarian, and there was a Frenchman also on that team.
Weather conditions unknown 16 teams, 118 finishers 4 miles
1. Southern Illinois 33 1. Mulholland Loras 20:06
2. S. Dakota St. 82 2. Joe Thomas S. Illinois 20;12
3. Slippery Rock 113 3. Helgeson N. Dak. St. 20:13
4. Les Hegedus Cent. St. OH 20:30
10 Jim Dupree So. Illinois 20;52*
* Jim Dupree several times represented US in international meets as an 880 man, about 1:48.
He was fourth at the 1960 Olympic Trials for U New Mexico, then transferred to S. Illinois that summer. Amazing race for a middle distance runner.
weather not known, 20 teams, 146 finishers, 4 miles
1. Central St. OH 77 1. Les Hegedus Central St. OH 19:59
2. Northern IL 96 2. John Camien Kan. St. Emporia 20:06
3. Kans. St. Emporia 119 3. Ireland Sloan Kan. St. Emporia 20;08
7. Ed Winrow SUNY Buffalo 20:49*
Ed Winrow would go on to be a great competitor on the roads in years to come.
55 degrees 10mph wind, 23 teams 160 finishers , 4 miles
1. Kansas St. Emporia 94 1. John Camien Kan St. Emporia 19:16*
2. Akron 174 2. Ireland Sloan Kans. St. Emporia 19:29
3. S. Dakota St. 179 3. Patterson Mont. St. 19:57
* Camien would finish second in the University Division to Villanova's Vic Zwolak.
A great day for the wide open spaces.
Nov. 14 63 degrees, 23 teams, 169 finishers, 4 miles
1. Kentucky State 95 1. Ed Schneider NE Missouri 19:43.9
2. NE Missouri 105 2. William Moore Cent. St. OH 19:44.8
3. St. College of Iowa 164 3. Gene Takle Luther College 20:02
99. Ken Sparks Ball St. 22:36*
Kentucky State another a traditionally African American university like Central State of Ohio. The only surprise here is that Jim Kemp their great sprinter was not on that team as he had a very wide range of running ability. Interstingly they came to the meet with only five runners.
*Ken Sparks would become a noted 880 runner for the Chicago Track Club as well as an exercise physiologist through the Human Performance Lab at Ball St.
28 teams, 228 runners (the West Coast is getting into the meet now) 4 miles
1. San Diego U. 55 1. Gene Takle Luther College 19:38
2. Eastern MI 164 2. Dennis Boehler West. IL 19:41
3. Valparaiso IN 207 3. David Hefferen S. Dak. St. 19:55
8. Ed Watt NW Louisiana * *
21. Robert Fitts SUNY Cortlandt 20:39**
The West Coast boys skunked the Midwesterners in their first appearance at the nationals.
* Finally a rep from the Deep South NW Lousiana St.
**Bob Fitts another exercise physiologist to be, coached at SUNY Cortlandt by none other than Dave Costill who would go on to Ball State in a couple of years and create the world famous Human Perfomance Lab.
Nov. 12, 40 degrees, 40 teams, 286 runners, 4 miles. Hey the West Coast saw how San Diego dominated last year and decided to come out in greater numbers.
1. San Diego St. 58 1. Robert Fitts SUNY Cortlandt 19:40
2. Western IL 184 2. Ambrose Burfoot Wesleyan 20:03*
3. Eastern MI 203 3. Dennis Boehler West IL 20;09
5. Gary Tuttle Humboldt St. 20:11**
14. John Galloway Wesleyan 20:26***
47. Russell Pate Springfield 20:57****
130. Bob Lewis North Central IL 21:35*****
164. Joe Piane Loras 22:06******
* Burfoot future 1968 Boston winner and long time writer and author on subject of racing.
** Gary Tuttle would make a huge name on the roads.
** *Jeff (listed here as John) Galloway future Olympic marathoner and running writer/entrepreneur.
**** Russ Pate, future exercise physiologist at South Carolia and very good road runner in the 1970s
***** Bob Lewis Long time successful coach at Frostburg State MD
***** Joe Piane Long time successful coach at Notre Dame U.
What a year and another shellacking by San Diego St.
Nov. 11, 54 degrees 46 teams, 321 finishers, 4 miles
1. San Diego St. 66 1. Arjan Gelling North Dakokta 19:33*
2. Cal. St. Pomona 133 2. Grant Colehour Eastern KY 19:39**
3. Ball State 191 3. Greg Bagley San Diego 19:55
4. Arkansas St. 218 37. Chuck Koeppen Ball St. 20;39***
120. Bob Lewis North Central IL 21:26
* Arjan Gelling would cross over the creek and get second at the University Div. meet as well
as winning the USTFF meet in 1967. See earlier posting Arjan Gelling
** In 1969 Grant Colehour would finish 4th in the University Divison race.
***Chuck Koeppen would run in Olympic marathon trials in 1972 and become a long time HS coach in Carmel IN.
42 degrees , 45 teams, 313 runners, Meet goes to 5 miles.
1. U. of Nevada 56 1. Maurice Benn Nevada 24:54
2. Eastern IL 119 2. Dave Robbins Portland St. 25:14
3. Mankato St. 151 3. Troy Roberts Western IL 25:18
4. Gary Tuttle Humboldt St. 25:26
5. Arjan Gelling N. Dakota 25:30
Nov. 15 50 teams, 357 runners
1. Eastern IL 84 1. Ron Stonitsch C.W. Post 24:53
2. East MI 146 2. John Cragg St. John 25:06
3. Chico St. CA 228 3. Arjan Gelling North Dak. 25:14
4. Humboldt St 240 4. Bill Scoby Humboldt St 25:38*
* Is this the guy who would become known as "Mad Dog" Scoby tearing up the roads in the 70s?
Nov. 14, 41 degrees, , 47 teams, 5 miles
1. Eastern MI 100 1. Mark Covert Cal St. Fullerton 25:13*
2. Cal. Fullerton 124 2. John Cragg St. John 25:17
3. Cal St. Davis 3. Gordon Minty Eastern MI 25:23
8. Tim Tubb Cal. Fullerton 25:37*
**Tim Tubb another one of our regular readers.
Nov. 13, 50 degrees, 51 teams, 389 finishers, 5 miles
1. Cal Fullerton 47 1. Mike Slack North Dakota St. 24:19
2. North Dak. St. 81 2. Tim Tubb Cal Fullerton 24:34
3. Eastern MI 109 3. Mark Covert Cal Fullerton 24:38
10. Steve Foster Ashland 25:03*
29. Tom Fleming Wm. Patterson 25:32**
* ** Both Foster and Fleming would go on to be first class road runners in the 1970s.
59 teams 413 finishers, 5 miles
1. North Dakota St. 84 1. Mike Slack North Dak. St. 24:36
2. South Dakota St. 143 2. Daniel Moynihan Tufts 24:40*
3. Cal St. Fullerton 158 3. Chris Hoffman Fullerton 24:46
4. Gary Bentley South Dak. St 24:50
5. Wayne Saunders U. IL Chicago Circle 24:52**
6. Chuck Smead Humboldt St 24:53
10. Steve Foster Ashland 25:03
12. Tom Fleming Wm Patterson 25:05
* famous daddy?
** All time highlight of U. IL Chicago Circle?
1973 After this College Divison splits and becomes DIII and DII
Here's where it gets weird.
This was the last year of the College Division, but also the first year of Division III. Well the meet did seem to be getting larger each year. Was it getting too unwieldy for the organizers or was it just a response to the formation of DIII across the board for all sports? Why then did they run two meets, same day, same place? Any answers from our readers? Was it because we got out of Viet Nam this year and were still feeling ambivalent about everything?
Division II 1973, I have trouble saying it.
Nov. 10, 30 degrees, 26 teams, 194 finishers, 5 miles. The results refer to this race as the 16th year of Division 2. Division 2 was only created this year, I guess the writer made a mistake in calling the College Division thusly.
1. S. Dakota St. 88 1. Gary Bentley S. Dakota St. 23:49
2. SW Missouri 93 2. Charles Duggan Springfield 24:09*
3. Eastern IL 99 3. Joe Rukanshagiza Sienna 24:10**
4. N. Dakota St 102 92. Ron Tabb Central Missouri 25:58***
5. Western IL 161 106. John Shull Wright St. OH 26:15****
6. Chico St. 180
7. Cal. Northridge 205
*** Ron would be heard from a lot on the roads in the future.
**** John is protege of a new coach at Wright St., Bob Schul, 1964 Olympic 5000 champ.
Division III 1973
Nov. 10 30 degrees , 33 teams , 250 runners, 5 miles. Again, this race appears to have been run same place, same date as College Division. Last time this ever happened.
1. Ashland 62 1. Steve Foster Ashland 24:27*
2. SUNY Albany 172 2. Glenn Behnke North Central IL 24:35
3. North Central IL 172 3. James Shrader SUNY Albany 24:38
The 1974 results do not list where the meet was held. But we now know it was again at Wheaton. In 1975 it was in Boston, MA in Franklin Park and has continued to move every year since.
Some additional info about the meet history is seen below taken from Kirk Reynolds' site.
Of interest is what College or DIII runners faced logistically to run the DIII and DI on the same weekend. With DIII and DI migrating all over the country, it could become a major challenge to get to the meet.
Comments from Steve Price, Kettering Striders coach, Bowling Green St. women's coach, Findlay University hurdles and sprints coach.
Division III runners at the Division I meet
in the early years) were invited to compete in the NCAA I meet on Monday – just two days after winning their own division meet on Saturday.
in the Division I Championships.
In 1974 and in subsequent years, the numbers shall be six from Division II and four from Division III. The individual finishers will be able to earn
medals, but their finishes won't be counted in team point totals."
to nationals when Marybeth won (in 1989 at Rock Island, Illinois) and drove home all night after the race, arriving at 8AM on that
Sunday morning. She got some new clothes and we drove to Annapolis for the Monday DI race. I doubt she was well rested for that one."
It was overheard that DI coaches were unhappy with DIII
runners taking All American positions away from the big