Benson Polytechnic High School - BluePrint Yearbook (Portland, OR)

 - Class of 1973

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FAR UPPER LEFT: Bob Fulton, frosh sensation, helps lead the Tech runners to a victory at Adams. UPPER LEFT: The crowd. estimated at two thousand. observes Tech runner Frank Wylam at the state meet, He ended up with a fine finish in twentieth place. ABOVE: Coach White gives reassuring words on a leg injury to Steve Pfalzgraff before a meet against Grant. LEFT: Junior, Russ Fleming, weaves through a pack of runners during the state meet in Eugene.

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Runners GiveTech Championship 1972 was a confusing year for high school cross country, as the meets were held in a different manner. All thirteen high schools of the P.l.L. ran against each other as many as three times, but the only time it counted as a win or loss was the last time the teams met before the city championship. This gave the runners more experience by racing against more teams than before. The 1972 season was a spectacular year for Tech cross country. The Benson team was defeated by Grant two times in a row, but this was early in the season. October 27. the day of the city meet, where all of the thirteen P.l.L. high schools met to determine the champ, was the last time Benson met their Grant rivals. Victory was sweet, but revenge was sweeter when Tech overcame all of the other teams by a large margin. Dan Fulton started the feat by outdistancing Jackson's Caxton Muune for a near record time. Following Dan in close order were the rest of the team: Frank Wylam, Bob Fulton, Mark Lasley. Wayne Goldsmith, Russ Fleming and Ken Hamilton. Mark Lasley and Wayne Goldsmith were greatly improved at this city meet which was a surprise since they did not have an impressive season beforehand. Six Benson runners finished before Grant put in their top three. ln the state meet Benson did not do as well as expected finishing seventh although placing Dan Fulton in fourth and Frank Wylam in-twentieth. The team chose Dan Fulton as the most valuable runner for the season. ln conclusion, this Tech team was the most colorful, the best coached, and had the best runners in recent history of the school. CROSS COUNTRY MEET SUMMARIES TECH STARTS THE SEASON OVERCOMING WILSON The first meet of the season was Benson's hardest race. as most of the runners were out of shape after the extra long summer. Although the Techmen won the counter against Wilson, the weather was hot, the course was tough. the times were slow and the team was glad this meet was over to race on into the, season. TECH RUNNERS ON THEIR WAY TO A WINNING STREAK Held at Franklin high school, Tech runners showed steady improvement by defeating their opponents by wide margins. Franklin runner, Ron Moon, pulled out to an early lead in which the race was a steady catching up for the win by Dan Fulton. TECH RUNNER SMASHES ADAMS COURSE RECORD Running under sunny October skies junior Dan Fulton shattered the Adams high school record set in 1968. Tech runners, having a season of minor injuries and ailments. managed to overcome their weaknesses in time to take care of Marshall and Jackson, winning 35-43-47. Russ Fleming running with a toe injury ran anyway moving up to number three man. Bob Fulton, feeling sick before the race, was another Tech asset. TECH RETURNS TO ADAMS WITH AN UPSET TO GRANT GENERALS Held again at Adams High School. Tech had an advantage over the previous week in that they knew the course, but due to injuries Tech's,number three and four runners were unable to run. The otherTech runners were just not able to make up for their losses. So winning this race would be tough. If Benson could overcome Grant, Tech would then know that they were the best and easily walk away with the city championship. High hopes resulted in tragedy as Grant and even Madison



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"First Title" In 15 Years pushed Benson away from the win. GRANT TAKES THE TECHMEN AGAIN Coming up against Grant for the second time in a row, the team stood a good chance to take the Generals this time. but most of the Benson runners had themselves psyched-out. They ran a terrible race and were walked all over by the Generals with a score of 23-32. Roosevelt and Washington teams dropped out at the last moment. TECH DEFEATED BY JACKSON RAIDERS BY TWO POINTS Being the last meet of the pre-city playoffs, Tech was still without runner, Russ Fleming, who was recovering very slowly from an injury. Benson runners are still depressed about their last two meets letting Jackson slip by winning with a slim margin 37-39. Tech runner Dan Fulton, remained undefeated throughout the season. TECHMEN GAIN CITY TITLE BY WIDE MARGIN Benson had not won a city championship in cross country for fifteen years, so hopes were up for the 1972 city meet. The Tech team, trying to take revenge on the other teams for their last four losses, wanted to improve and make a good showing. Ninety-one runners lined up at the starting line. It was a hard race, but turning up at the finish was Dan Fulton to take the individual title and following was the Tech team to take the city championship by a respectable margin. The 1972 city championship team: Dan Fulton, Frank Wylam, Bob Fulton, Russ Fleming, Mark Lasley. Wayne Goldsmith and Ken Hamilton were proud of their win. TECH TAKES CHANCE AT STATE The team thought the city meet was tough, they hadn't seen anything yet. The state meet was a different story. Teams from all over the state were trying to do the same thing Benson was trying to do . . . win. Runners were striding through swamps, over hills, around lakes, not mentioning the pushing, the shoving and other slight unseen fouls throughout the race. Other than that, it was just an everyday cross country race covering 2.5 miles.

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