Inductees Until Bergan High School won its second consecutive boys cross country title in 1981, no Class A program had successfully defended its state championship.
And the `81 Trojans did it with a lineup that included four state-finals newcomers among the seven individuals coach Mike Sullivan called on to compete at Detweiller Park.
Returnees Richard Spring and Dan Ray placed third and fourth individually. But it gets better.
For team-scoring purposes, seniors Spring and Ray were first and second because the individual winner and runner-up were from schools that didn't figure in the team race.
Then came the state-finals newcomers.
Sophomores John Stein and Craig Ray and junior Mark Cummings were Bergan's third, fourth and fifth scorers, with team places of 19, 29 and 41.
The reloaded Trojans wound up with 92 points compared to 111 for runner-up Trenton Wesclin.
In 1982, Bergan and Trenton Wesclin traded places.
Until Bergan High School won its second consecutive boys cross country title in 1981, no Class A program had successfully defended its state championship.
|Salen "Doc" Herke|
Salen "Doc" Herke was one of the most successful football and basketball coaches in Peoria prep history. Herke began his illustrious career as a football coach at Peoria High School in 1916 and continued in that capacity until the 1941 season. He also coached basketball at Peoria High through most of that period.