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1986 Centralia High School Boys Cross Country Team
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2004 Team Award Winner


photo includes girls' cross country team members who were not inducted 

With a seventh place finish at the IHSA Class AA State Meet, the 1986 CHS boys cross country team capped off a season of tremendous accomplishment.  The team placed first in six invitational meets throughout the season, including the 29 team Mattoon Invitational.  

They were second of 18 teams at Edwardsville, and third of 42 teams at the prestigious Peoria Invitational. The team took the South Seven Conference title with Neal West winning the individual title. Nick Schwartz was third and Vince Schwartz fourth as all seven runners finished in the top 20.

The Orphans qualified for the IHSA Class AA State Meet with a second place showing in the Sectional, five points behind Springfield (Lanphier). West was second individually as three runners placed in the top 15.  

At the State meet, West finished eighth and Nick Schwartz tenth overall. Disregarding individuals (runners who qualified without their full team), they finished fifth and sixth respectively and others were as follows: Vince Schwartz 37th, Lyle Gross 92nd, Lee Gross 120th, for a team total of 260 which was 14 points ahead of Springfield (Lanphier).  The sixth and seventh runners for Centralia were Scott Rampona and Tim Fletcher.

COACH - Rod White, ASSISTANT COACH - Ken Jones

TEAM MEMBERS - Bryan Ross, Mike Brown, Lee Gross, Vince Schwartz, Nick Schwartz, Neal West, Tim Fletcher, Scott Rampona, Lyle Gross, Jim Leek, Matt Crain, Alan Sanders, Jim Wiemken, David Brandon, Steve Bushong, Greg Allen, Jeff Lowery, Kyle Booth, Jim Ryan, Sean Earle, Adam Kluthe, Scott Mullenix Lane Donoho, Matt Finley, Brian Copple, Taylor Freeman, Kirk Foltz, Eric Brandon, Dale West, Greg Essenpreis.



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