The 1970’s

 

    The teams of the 1970’s had a combined record of 63 wins and 28 losses. The decade began with two solid season, the 1970 Fords finished with a 6 – 2 record led by All_Deco Henry Stephens followed by the 1971 squad with a 7 – 3 mark. Top runner in 1971 was All-Delco Rich Kozicki. This was the last cross country season for Coach McGarvey. In 1972 math teacher Mike McMillen took over the program. Coach McMillien also became head track coach for the boys in 1973. By the mid-1970’s McMillen became combined head boys and girls coach as girls cross country was introduced in 1976. Coach McMillen coached cross country until 1996. The growth of the girls’ program will be posted latter on our website.  As the teams grew larger in the 1970’s McMillen was granted an assistant coach, Jay Williams, in 1978.

 

    The team used a new 2.35 mile course behind the police headquarters (Police Field) in 1972. Their record was 7 – 2 and were led by outstanding senior Greg Dalton. Greg finished 2nd at Delcos, and the Central League Championships. He was 2nd at the Neshaminy Invitation, 6th at the Steel City Invitation at Coatsville, and  5th at the Temple Invitation at Belmont Plateau. At season’s end he placed 4th at Districts and 10th at States.

He was backed by teammates Manny Menendez, Doug Roessler, Phil Olimpi, Bob Rossi, Larry Cowan, Brian Sproat, and Jim Slowik.

 

       As head coach McMillen moved the cross country course from the Police Field to a

piece of school district real estate off  Coopertown road. It was a former mansion known

as All-Gates and its enjoining property made an excellent cross country course for the Fords. The 1973squad had an injury plagued season and settled with a 3 – 5 record. By 1974 they were back with a 6 -3 record with strong running by many promising underclassmen. Top runners were Doug Rossler, Garnish Bala, Chuck O’Keefe, Norm Lane, Paul Bell, Steve Peters, and Dave Trueman.

 

    Over the next three seasons the team only lost 3 meets while winning 25. In 1975 the team was runner-up in the Central League. Team MVP Norm Lane was All Delco and All League. Other varsity runners were Chuck O’Keefe, Paul Bell, Tom Joyce, Jeff Thorton, Jerry Williams, and Mark Mulligan. The 1976 season had the Fords breaking Springfield’s 22 meet winning streak and in doing so ended up as Co-Central League Champions. The team was very strong in the #1 and #2 slots with Chuck O’Keefe and Paul Bell consistently placing among the top finishers in each race. Strong support came from Tom Joyce, Ken Hohn, Karl Rucker, and Jerry Williams. With 12 of the 15 letter winners being underclassmen this set the table for 1977 where the Fords were League runner-ups with a 9 – 1 season (8 – 1 Central league record). Senior captains Paul Bell and Tom Joyce gave the Fords a potent one, two punch. Varsity depth came from Chuck Moriarity, Carlton Adams, Jerry Williams, Mike Hunsicker, and John Caiazzo.

 

    The decade ended with two seasons in which the Fords placed in the middle of the league. Running strong for the team were Bill Shralow, George Hails, Sung Choi, Tom Belmont, Mike Hunsicker, Paul Tramontino, Bill Karavalis, and Steve Blakeslee.