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Seventh In The Nation - NAIA
The NAIA meet runners included seated. Dick Zaparanick. Jim Watson. Tim Hendricks. Ron Jones: standing. Coach Jim Pilkington, Dan Trout. Ray Uher. Jack Weyers. and Van Allen.
Coach Jim Pilkington’s Bobcat Harriers experienced the most satisfying season in the five year history of the sport on Peru Campus. The year was filled with honors as the Peruvians were undefeated in duals, triangulars and quadrangulars, won the Nebraska College Conference Meet, defeated the Nebraska University Freshmen for the Mid-western AAU Championships title, copped the NAIA District
II title for the third consecutive year and finished seventh in the national run offs.
The highlight of the season had to be the defeat handed to Kearney State College in the Nebraska College Conference Meet at Wayne State in October. This was the first defeat of Kearney since the sport became a part of the conference athletic program twelve years ago.
JACK WEYERS - All American
Jack Weyers from Sterling. Nebraska, was the most exciting thing that has happened to Peru State distance running in the history of the school. A freshman with high school credentials and skills that would make any coach envious was a fitting description for this unassuming young man who made the 1967 edition of the NAIA All-American Cross-Country squad. Jack placed 14th in the 1967 National Meet in Elmwood Park. Omaha, with a time of 21:13 and helped pace Peru to a seventh position in NAIA Cross-Country. It appears that Jack will live up to his press clipping which accredit him with five state championships spread out over the one-mile, the two-mile and crosscountry.
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Cross Country-N.C.C. Champs
The 1967 Cross Country squad was (standing) Jim O'Donoghue. Jim Morgan. Jack Weyers. Hay Uher. Dick Warkins. Roger Neu-jahr. Van Allen. Tim Hendricks. Jim Watson. Dick Zaparanick. Hon Jones. Dan Trout. Calvin Smith. Coach Jim Pilkington. Russell Sears. Ed Cox. Lyle Fritz. Jay Haggerman. Dick Heusman. Hod Montang. Lennie Gabrila. Dave Curtis. Jerry Gillispie. and Tom Dammast.
A Salute to Graduating Harriers
Jim Watson from Red Cloud. Nebraska, has been a very consistent runner and a great psychological boost for the squad in the past season. During the four years that he has worn the blue and white. Jim has seldom been out of the top three finishers for the Bobcats. Not blessed with great speed, but overly endowed with a tremendous desire to produce would be a fitting salute to this four year letter winner.
'Pirn Hendricks, a Nebraska Class A state crosscountry champion from Omaha South, is the most dedicated distance runner in the history of Peru State College. Not overly blessed with speed. Tim won the NCC Cross-Country Championship (1966), and holds the school four-mile record in cross-country. Tim was a 1965 co-captain and was voted Most Valuable runner in 1967. Tim also holds mile and two mile records in track.
An honor roll student, devoted distance runner and the object of many popular jokes describes one of the most liked and appreciated young men on the crosscountry squad. Dick Zaparanick has fought tenaciously to hang on to the sixth and seventh team place for the past four seasons. His teammates voted him the Loyalty Award for the 1967 season; an honor which expresses how all members felt about him.
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Van Allen-Junior Jay HaKKerman-Freshman
Three letters One letter
Ron Jones-Junior Three letters
Calvin Smith-Sophomore One letter
Dan Trout-Sophomore Two letters
Ray Uher-Sophomore Two letters
Jack Weyers-Freshman One letter
Van Allen was a consistent runner in the top five his sophomore and junior years and he thrives in hill running. Van was elected by his teammates as co-captain for the 1968 campaign and was voted the most improved upper-class runner by the squad in 1967.
An exciting freshman runner. Jay Haggerman, could push many of the upper-classmen out of their position in 1968. He was voted the most improved freshman runner in the 1967 season.
Ron Jones is potentially a runner that should be sitting in the number two or three spot next fall. Ron was captain of the very successful 1967 cross-country team.
Calvin Smith, a 49-second quarter-miler. has been a Junior Varsity leader during the 1967 season. He presently holds the Peru State College 440-yard dash record in spring track.
Dan Trout is a runner who comes on late in the season with his best races as Conference and National times arrive. He has been elected cocaptain for the 1968 season.
Ray Uher, a 2:00 half-miler in high school, has the speed and body build to be a tough competitor at the longer distances and should be a consistent "top fiver” in 1968.
Jack Weyers if an exciting freshman runner who has posted a 4:19.5 mile and holds the three-mile cross country record at 14:31.0. Jack was voted the most valuable freshman runner by his teammates for the 1967 season.
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