Inductees BERGAN HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCED ITS SECOND STRAIGHT CLASS A GIRLS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP through a total team effort - the Trojans scored 48 points, 11 more than second-place Teutopolis, without winning one event.
Coached this season by Sister Diane Franque, Bergan qualified a dozen athletes for relay and individual events and all 12 won at least one state medal.
Suzie Tuffey and Sandy Geier came the closest to a win for Bergan. Tuffey was second in both the 800 and 1600 meter runs, going the 800 in 2:16.4 and the 1600 in 5:01.9, while Geier was second in the 200 meter low hurdle in 29.6 seconds.
Geier joined Julie Szidon, Cheryl Geier and Diane Joseph on the 400 meter relay team that finished fourth, Carrie Eggerichs was fourth in 58.7 in the 400 meter dash and the 1600 meter relay team of Amy Converse, Barb Beyers, Marie Pasquel and Eggerichs was third in 4:07.7.
The 800 medley relay team of Szidon, Joseph, Cheryl Geier and Annette Pisano finished sixth in 1:48.5 and Sandy Geler was sixth in the 200 dash in 26.8. Joan Murphy was seventh in the 3200 in 11:36.9.
BERGAN HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCED ITS SECOND STRAIGHT CLASS A GIRLS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP through a total team effort - the Trojans scored 48 points, 11 more than second-place Teutopolis, without winning one event.
1977 Elmwood Cross Country Team
Front Row: (from left) Jim Haines, Sam Durst, Rod Andrews.
Elmwood High School won the first state championship in the school's history in the fall of 1977 when it won the Class A state cross country championship at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Coached by Tom Meyers, Elmwood placed five runners in the top 50 to finish with 118 points. Right behind Elmwood came Beecher with 140 points, Minooka with 143 and Lebanon with 147. Darryl Dorich finished 14th in 15:20 to lead Elmwood while Rod Andrews was 15th in 15:32. Mark Kissee was 37th, Dan Harlan 38th and freshman Jim Haines 49th to round out Elmwood's top five. Sam Durst came home 99th and Nick Reinhart 132nd.