The 1960’s

 

    Going into the 1960’s the boys’ cross country team had an expanded dual meet schedule as their Suburban II League opponents included 10 other teams. They faced Plymouth-Whitemarsh, Cheltenham, Methacton, Abington, Conestoga Upper Merion, Norristown, Lower Merion, Upper Darby, and Harriington in the league. At this time courses ran between 2.0 to 2.5 miles. Despite a weak team in 1960 the teams of the early 1960’s were increasingly stronger until a perfect 10 – 0 record was achieved in 1964.

The 1961 team was 5 – 2, the 1962 team was 8 – 2, and the 1963 team was 9 – 1.  The 1962 team peaked well and finished 2nd in both the League and the District Championships. Their team was captained by their two of their fastest runners Bill Hoffman and Jeff Ryan. The 1963 team won the Suburban II League Championship and went on to place 2nd in Districts and 9th in the PIAA State Championships. The team was led by seniors Neil Weygandt and Rocky Liotta.

 

    By 1964 a new meet was held that included all public, catholic, and private schools in Delaware County….the Delco Championships. Besides having a perfect 10 – 0 season in 1964 the team repeated as Surbuban II Champions, finished 2nd at Delcos, 3rd in Districts, and 8th at the PIAA State Championships. The team, in addition to great depth, also possessed an outstanding #1 runner in Bill Walters who finished in 5th at States. Other runners that backed up Waters were Andy Collins, Terry Hershey, Bob Pattison, and Bob Purvis.

 

    With Bill Waters back in 1965 the team only lost 1 dual meet. They were runner- up in the Surburban II Championships and 4th at Districts. Waters became Haverford’s first Delco Champion. Other top runners were Dave Dran and Dennis Heller. This was the last year that the team was coached by William Jackson.

 

    The 1966 season was a rebuilding year but by 1967 and 1968 the Fords were back, better than ever. At this time more and more schools offered cross country and some leagues were realigned. To help minimize travel to meets a new league was created in 1967 . This league should be familiar to all, the Central League. The 1967 squad were undefeated League Champs. They played 3rd at Delcos, 3rd at Districts, and 10th at the PIAA State Championships. Coaching the team for this season only was Mr. Christman. Even though the courses were shorter in the 1960’s and times can’t be compared to current runners running 5K courses it should be noted that in 1967 Dave Sheridan would run a 4:23 mile on the track and his teammate, Ken Keehn, would run 9:30 in the 2 mile the following year.

    Ken Keehn was our second Delco Champion in 1968. He was also Central League Champion, 2nd at Districts, and a State medal winner finishing 17th. The team was League runner-up with an 8 – 1 record. The decade came to a close with the 1969 team finishing with a 5 – 3 record. For the decade the Fords won 67 meets and lost 20.

 

    In “the Shoe” series Haverford had 6 wins and Upper Darby 4 wins in the decade.