Country, Track and Field
We are aware that
Cross County takes place in the fall, however, we decided to
combine our sports. We have only a few well chosen photos
and memories, however, we are hoping these may jog
memories and inspire others to overcome personal hurdles
in order to dash to their computers, open the vault
in their minds, take a broad jump of faith and
relay their own stories. (Ok, I'm all out of track
We had a pretty good track team our senior year.
It seems like Jay Hoover won at pole vault most of the time, but
I think our running events were the most successful. I do
remember watching our half mile relay team. Bill Irish ran one
leg of the relay. His legs were so long, he looked like he was
moving in slow motion. Yet, he almost always overcame his
opponent. If I remember correctly, myself and Joe Schubert ran
the two mile, Dennis Dwiggins ran the mile.
Can you name all those in this photograph?
Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of my track days but I
do have some good memories. I really enjoyed playing sports in
high school even though I was never nearly as good as I wanted
to be. Also, we had a lot of really good athletes in our class
so it was tough for a tall skinny awkward guy like me to
compete. Luckily, I did find quite by accident that I had some
ability running sprints.
My fondest memory came from the conference track meet our senior
year. In almost every meet during the season Jay Hoover and I
finished first and second in the 100 yard dash (Jay finished
first and I finished second). The conference track meet was
special because the winner actually won a trophy. We all like
wining trophies but no one liked it any more than Jay. Much to
my surprise I beat Jay that day and I know he was disappointed.
He was also the first one to congratulate me after the race. I
think the trophy is in a box somewhere in the basement but the
memory of Jay's sportsmanship is still fresh in my mind.
Now for perhaps my most embarrassing moment. No, I never took
off my sweat suit and realized that I forgot to put my
gym trunks on. During the spring of our senior year I asked
Jane Steele out on a date. Things went well so we had a few
more dates. One afternoon she and a couple of her friends came
down to Lynn to watch the track meet. Also, to my surprise
three or four girls that I knew from Union City showed up
unexpectedly including one I had dated in the past. It was a
cool spring day so we were keeping our "sweats" on until it was
time to run. After I finished the 220 yard dash, much to my
embarrassment, Jane rushed over and wrapped me in a blanket.
You might have thought that I just won the Boston Marathon or
swam the English Channel in icy waters. To make matters worse I
glanced over at the Union City chicks and they were all having a
nice laugh at my expense. God bless Jane; I know she meant