Seminary Captures State Championship
Michaeleen November 1967 p.4
St. John Seminary even in its relatively short existence has realized a few victories in the field of athletics, chief of which are three consecutive district cross- country victories. However, on October 28, the frustrated expectation of these three previous years was finally fulfilled when the seminary’s cross-country team won the 1967 Class “C” State Championship at Pioneer Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. This triumph comes not only as a fitting reward for the team which was labored for two months with rigorous workouts and meets, but also, for the school which has proudly backed district winning teams at the state contest in previous seasons.
During the regular season the 1967 team compiled a perfect record of seven victories and no defeats, the majority of which were against teams in higher class ratings. The highlight of the season was the 5th annual Adelhelm Hess Memorial Run. In the meet, St. John placed four finalists in the top ten finishers out of a field of seventy competitors and easily outdistanced the competition. This meet proved to be an omen of the championship caliber of the seminary’s team. At the district competition, the team, living up to the expectations of the students and faculty, was again victorious. The team’s members: Al Liekhus, Elmer Wemhoff. Dick Kaup. Dave Hann. And Steve Cooney compiled near perfect score of 11 points for the school’s fourth straight district victory. This victory, however, only whetted the team’s appetite for the state title.
Despite the cold weather and the wind on the day for the state competition, the team, cheered on by a group of students and faculty members, was victorious. The team total of 22 points for the seminary’s four runners in the firs ten finalists proved far superior to the 48 points of the nearest opponent.
Coach Jim Kane, who confidently worked his team through the season to the State Finals, was very satisfied with the team’s winning effort. He has big hopes for the next year’s team too, because only one member of this year’s champions will graduate.
The students and the faculty are very proud of the winning effort shown by the members of the 1967 team and they have every right to be proud.