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Page 141 text:
The girls squad members were from left to right. Elaine Flattre. Sue Bosserman. Judy Holt. Diana Collingham. and Pat Thompson.
Practice sessions were long and hard.
Girls Cross-Country Begins Second Year
In the meet distance of one and one-quarter miles, the girls posted their best times against John F. Kennedy College. Peru lost the meet by a score of 6-22.
Elaine Flattre................................ 8:44
Diana Collingham.............................. 9:13
Although cross-country had been a part of the NCC for 12 years, it was not introduced to Peru until Coach Jim Pilkington organized the first squad in 1963. This squad consisted of four trackmen and two basketball players.
In its relatively short existence at Peru, the cross-country team has posted a record of which any school can be proud. Their finishes in the NAIA national meets were 14th (1964), 3rd (1965). and 7th (1966-1967). They also boast two individual All-Americans; Jack Weyers (1967) and Louis Fritz (1965).
In 1966 Coach Pilkington organized his second cross-country team. This time the team consisted of six girls, however, the limited competition in the Nebraska area has hindered the expansion of interest in the girls team.
From the very start, personal pride in themselves, strong “coach-runner" rapport, and a sincere desire to do their very best has characterized the entire program.
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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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1968 Bobcat Football Squad
R. Merwin C. Mizerski
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