We just went over 17,000 hits on this site today. Not bad for a very narrow niche blog. And what a great lot of information. I've included a Villanova U. website with a bio about Vic Zwolak, some good pictures of Tom O'Hara who won the NCAA cross country meet in 1962, and a brief recollection of Leslie Hegedus, an American Hungarian who made his mark in the Midwest and also nationally in this year. Thanks to Roy Mason for a great synopsis of events.
Zwolak takes it out hard, but O'Hara, who has been told to stay with the leader, does exactly that. In the second mile Idaho's Paul Henden takes the lead briefly and O'Hara responds. Zwolak regains the lead, but in the fourth mile Danny Murphy of San Jose tries to break away with no success. With a half mile to go Zwolak drops off the pace, but teammate Pat Traynor takes the lead and tries to steal the race. O'Hara, a 4:01.7 miler, is having none of it. He stays with Traynor until 150 yards are left and blows by to win by ten yards, 19:20 to 19:22. Murphy hangs tough for third at 19:32 with Zwolak fourth in 19:41.
For an update on Vic Zwolak, check out this website made by Villanova on Vic. Nice job by a university that does not forget its past athletes.