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World Junior XC Champion Bobby Thomas (75) leads Ralph Serna World Junior XC Champion Bobby Thomas (75) leads Ralph Serna
Mark Nenow and Bill McChesney
McCHesney leads Hunt 1980

World Jr Cross Country champion Bobby Thomas ('75) leads Serna (Irvine Frosh), 3M (1976).

Serna Collection

Nenow & McChesney ('79).
McChesney leads Hunt (Indoor-'81)
Bobby Thomas & Gary Tuttle Two months before winning the World Jr. Cross Country title, Bobby Thomas (L) (& Gary Tuttle) chased Prefontaine at Sunkist Indoor 2M. Pre breaks away from John Ngeno (WSU) Pre wins Sunkist '75
1/18/75 - Sunkist 2M Results:
1. Pre (OTC) 8:24.4 (7th fastest world time)
2. Jim Johnson (Club NW) 8:30.4
3. John Ngeno (WSU/Kenya) 8:35.6
4. John Lawson (Pacific Coast Club) 8:42.0
5. Gary Tuttle (Beverly Hills Striders) 8:43.6
6. Frank Shorter (Florida TC) 8:50.0
7. Bobby Thomas (Glendale CC) 8:52.4

 

Thom Hunt is near the lead Thom Hunt World Junior XC Champion-77 Thom Hunt is about to take the lead Thom Hunt nears the finish.

After 2nd in 76, Thom Hunt (143) moved up one place to win the World Junior XC title ('77).

Hunt opened up a 15 meter gap after two of the three laps of the 7.5km race and stretched it to nearly 100m at the finish.

The U.S. junior team, won, making it four in a row, but were given a scare by the Spaniards, whose losing margin of 44 at Chepstow was reduced to just four points here. Actually Spain had all four scorers home inside the top 15, while the Americans had to wait to 18th place, but led by outstanding individual winner, Hunt, they had just enough in hand!!

Hunt sprints to the finish Thom Hunt wins in San Diego
Feb. 20, 1981, San Diego - San Diego Invitational, Hometown hero Hunt wins the 2Mile in 8:27.6

 

1971 - Mitch Kingery -8th grade....

Jan. 17, 1971, 8th grader, Mitch Kingery started off with a 1:12:07 @ Nat’l 20 kilo Championships (20th place)!
Feb. 6th Mitch ran the Las Vegas marathon in 2:58:10 good for 19th place.
Feb. 20 Searsville Lake, Kingery ran 45:26 (8M) netting 23rd place.
March 7, West Valley Marathon, Kingery just misses the age-14 marathon record (2:43:04) with his 2:47:27!
April 18, De Anza Ridge Run, Hilly 10M, 6th Kingey-65:25, Bested all HS runners.
May 22, Palos Verdes Marathon, 14th Kingery breaks the 2:40:00 barrier with a 2:39:43!

Mitch Kingery in 8th grade

(L) Kingery dropping down in distance comes up short, by .4 -running 2:11.1, in this 880y race with 25 mph winds.

July 9-10, Kingery  was part of the winning team in the 24 hour relay (28 teams).
July 31, Ocean to Bay Marathon- 11th Kingery in 2:52:10.
Aug. 7, @ PA-AAU Hour Run Championships- Kingery is 16th with 10M-996yrds.
Aug. 15, Raced up Pikes Peak (ascent) in 4:51:20 for 137th place!
Sept 4, Emerald Hills Run, Kingery 41:24, 27th place.

Kingery, a HS freshman...

December 27, 1971, Phoenix, Arizona, Fiesta Bowl Marathon, Mitch Kingery runs an age-15 world mark, 2:34:37, in 9th place!

January 1, 1972, Los Altos Hills, Midnight Run (tough 5.2 Mile course), 14th Mitch Kingery in 27:59!

January 23, PA-AAU 20 kilo Championships: 10th Kingery 1:07:51.

Feb. 11, Oakland Coliseum-Indoors -HS-2M -6th Kingery in 9:43.0 (1 -Bobby Grubbs Washington ... 9:22.4).

Feb. 5, Las Vegas Marathon, 6th Kingery 2:34:43, only seven seconds off his best!

Feb. 13, 1972, Burlingame-San Mateo, The Second Annual West Valley Marathon
Clear Blue Skies, Temperature in the low 50's. The course, consisting of five 5-mile loops and a short loop of one mile, 385 yards at the end, was officially certified by Ted Corbitt's Standards Committee as being an accurate marathon. (20thlast year, Kingery just missed age 14 record with his 2:47:27).

(R) Mitch Kingery, a freshman, placed 12th clocking a 2:29:11 (Don Kardong won-2:18:05).
***a World age-group record for 15-year-olds***
Splits: 5M 27:33, 10M 56:48, 15M 1:25:30, 20M 1:53:43, 25M 2:22:18.

Freshman, Kingery finishes the marathon-WR for 15yr-olds
Mitch Kingery -Runner's World Cover

15 year old, Mitch Kingery's feats in recent weeks... within a six-week period, he ran 2:34 Marathon Race (MR), 1:08 (20kilo), 2:35 (MR) and finally the 2:29:11 perfomance (L) at the West Valley Marathon - a World age-group record for 15-year-olds attains a Runner's World cover (March 1972).

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Eugene, Oregon, July 9, Sunday, 5:50pm, 1972 Olympic Marathon Trials.
35th Kingery ... 2:31:46.2, (youngest qualifier ever) & the sensational frosh led the Nation in the Marathon for preps.

 

A sophomore, Kingery races in the Mud at Crystal Springs XC course. Senior teammate Matt Yeo traded wins with Kingery during the '72 XC season. Sophomore marvel Mitch Kingery.
Kingery races through a muddy Crystal Springs course.

Senior teammate Matt Yeo traded wins with Kingery during the '72 XC season.

Nov. 22, Sophomore marvel, Kingery won the CCS Championships (Yeo was 3rd).

Nov. 4, '72 -Kingery was second at the 2M postal with a 9:12.5 with Yeo 4th at 9:14.

Dec. 2, Kingery was also second at the 3M postal with a 14:12.2.

 

Anatomy of a Prep Record *Marathon* - - Mitch Kingery's racing schedule leading up to his Prep Marathon Record '73

Dec 30, Sat, College of San Mateo (CSM)/All Comers, 2M: 1st Kingery 9:28.6.

Jan 6, Sat, CSM/All comers Mile: 1st Kimball ... 4:19.6, 2nd Kingery ... 4:26.3.

Jan 13, Sat, Examiner Games Trials @ CSM, 2M: 6th Kingery 9:18.3.

Jan 21, Sun, PA-AAU 20 kilo Championships: 4th Kingery 1:06:06 -Pictured (R, #596).

Jan 26, Fri, -Examiner Games Cow Palace, 2M: 3rd Kingery 9:15.8.
Jan 27, Sat, Magnan Memorial 18-Miles (Hilly!): 1st Kingery 1:56:10.

Feb 3-4 (Sat & Sun) No races....

Kingery (#596, soph) racing at 20k
Feb. 11, '73, Sunday, West Valley Marathon - *Prep Record*
Soph Mitch Kingery enroute to Prep marathon record

(L) The pack of four stayed together through 10 miles (54:50), before Ron Zarate (#164) broke away. By 15 miles Zarate led by 22 seconds over 16-year-old phenom Kingery (# 263) 1:21:45 to 1:22:07).

(R) San Carlos Sophomore, Mitch Kingery, braving rain, ripped a 2:23:47 marathon; age 16 & Prep Record (5:29 pace!). Kingery placed 2nd to Ron Zarate 2:23:15, & ahead of Jon Anderson, 2:23:57.

Soph Kingery sets Marathon Prep Record

6 DAYS Later...
Feb. 17, Pleasanton 20 Kilometer Kimball (Jr) was 2nd (64:19) & Kingery (soph) 3rd (64:39). Kimball avg-5:10 per mile for the 12.4 miles. Kingery avg- 5:12.

*Kimball runs his last road race before Track Season;
Feb. 24, Martinez 8-Miler, 1st Rich Kimball .. 41:22, ... 4th Roy Kissin (San Ramon HS) .. 43:01.

Mitch Kingery vs Rich Kimball

 

Mitch Kingery leads from start Mitch Kingery Rich Kimball

Northern Calif... Fall of 1973 ('73 CCS XC Finals LINK)

Central Coast Section-Kingery raced through his junior XC season undefeated. That included winning the 2M postal (9:00.5) & setting a Crystal Springs CR.

North Coast Section-Kimball, a senior went undefeated as well... They met at...

Nat'l 3-Mile Postal (Dec, 1, San Jose)

1. Kimball 13:43.6 (state record, 6th best all time). He would go on to win the World Jr XC title.

2. Kingery 13:56.4.

*The NEXT day- Kimball would try a longer race (8.4M) at Livermore, breaking away from the field at 2½ M, and win by 64 sec., in CR - 43:10 (5:02 pace!).- 2 weeks later Kingery would run 10M in 52:10 (5:12 pace) relay leg @ Christmas relays.

 

As a sophomore, Kingery was the top distance performer at San Carlos High School for track that spring. Kingery improved to 9:09.4 at the 2M and qualified for the state meet for same. At the state meet, sophomore Kingery, was 8th in 9:14.3, just ahead of a freshman, Eric Hulst in 9th (9:16.1). Mitch Kingery, a sophomore, is the top 2-Miler at San Carlos HS.

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1/18/75, Roy Kissin (San Ramon) won the Sunkist Invite in 9:09.6 over Kingery-9:14.3, & RonFritzke-9:24... Six days later...

2M start... Kingery pushes the pace...

San Franciso Examiner Games, Jan. 24, (above) Kissin & Kingery met again....

1) Kissin-9:07.8, 2) Kingery-9:09.4, 3) Fritzke-9:24, 4) Holmes (Downey-Soph)-9:27.6.

 

Tim Danielson (Chula Vista HS) Dave Marrick (Lincoln Way HS) Craig Virgin Intentional tie: Pinkowski & Chapa

Tim Danielson

1966

Dave Merrick (Lincoln Way, 71) Won the IL distance double 4:07.4/8:49.0 (Mile/2M) (R) Easily wins Golden West Inv. 2M (Chadez photo) & 13:38.2 - 3M. Craig Virgin (Lebanon, IL) doubled 4:08.5/8:48.6 (Mile-2M) before his then HSR 2M and closed his season with a 13:58, 5K win over the USSR Jrs (73).
Pinkowski and Chapa tie @ Indiana XC State meet, CR in "74."

 

Thom Hunt & John Treacy Tom McChesney leads Brad Hudson and Calvin Gaziano McChesney and Rono in Europe
Hunt and Treacy tangle on the road at Super Bowl 10k "90.

Tom McChesney (South Eugene) Class of "73.

Set the bar high for little brother Billy by running 8:53.2 / 14:24.4 / 29:54.4 (2M / 3M / 6M).

Brad Hudson (South Eugene) & Calvin Gaziano (Castro Valley) -'84.

Rono, McChesney & Thomas Wessinghage (GER) race 3,000m in Cologne, West Germany (8/22/82).

 

Bobby Grubbs Freshman Bobby Grubbs Senior Grubbs Oregon Frosh

Bobby Grubbs (Washington HS, CA) class of '72. (L-R), Freshman, senior & Oregon frosh.

Raced 8:54.6 for 2-Miles, 3rd in CA State meet (2M) came back the next week to win the 8 lapper @ International Prep Invite in IL.

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