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  • NCAA XC Freshmen Champions? (Div.i)

    I know that Henry Rono (1976), Bob Kennedy(1988) and David Kimani(1999) won titles when they were freshmen. Any others? Anyone know the year freshmen became eligible for varisty competition?

    Individual Champions
    1938 Greg Rice, Notre Dame, 20:12.9
    1939 Walter Mehl, Wisconsin, 20:30.9
    1940 Gilbert Dodds, Ashland, 20:30.2
    1941 Fred Wilt, Indiana, 20:32.1
    1942 Oliver Hunter, Notre Dame, 20:18.0
    1944 Fred Feiler, Drake, 21:04.2
    1945 Fred Feiler, Drake, 21:14.2
    1946 Quentin Brelsford, Ohio Wesleyan, 20:22.9
    1947 Jack Milne, North Carolina, 20:41.1
    1948 Robert Black, Rhode Island, 19:52.3
    1949 Robert Black, Rhode Island, 20:25.7
    1950 Herb Semper, Kansas, 20:31.7
    1951 Herb Semper, Kansas, 20:09.5
    1952 Charles Capozzoli, Georgetown, 19:36.7
    1953 Wes Santee, Kansas, 19:43.5
    1954 Allen Frame, Kansas, 19:54.2
    1955 Charles Jones, Iowa, 19:57.4
    1956 Walter McNew, Texas, 19:55.7
    1957 Max Truex, Southern California, 19:12.3
    1958 Crawford Kennedy, Michigan St., 20:07.1
    1959 Al Lawrence, Houston, 20:35.7
    1960 Al Lawrence, Houston, 19:28.2
    1961 Dale Story, Oregon St., 19:46.6
    1962 Tom O’Hara, Loyola (Ill.), 19:20.3
    1963 Victor Zwolak, Villanova, 19:35.0
    1964 Elmore Banton, Ohio, 20:07.5
    1965 John Lawson, Kansas, 29:24.0
    1966 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 29:01.4
    1967 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 30:45.6
    1968 Michael Ryan, Air Force, 29:16.8
    1969 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 28:59.2
    1970 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 28:00.2
    1971 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 29:14
    1972 Neil Cusack, East Tenn. St., 28:23
    1973 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 28:14.8
    1974 Nick Rose, Western Ky., 29:22.00
    1975 Craig Virgin, Illinois, 28:23.3
    1976 Henry Rono, Washington St., 28:06.6
    1977 Henry Rono, Washington St., 28:33.5
    1978 Alberto Salazar, Oregon, 29:29.7
    1979 Henry Rono, Washington St., 28:19.6
    1980 Suleiman Nyambui, UTEP, 29:04.0
    1981 Mathews Motshwarateu, UTEP, 28:45.6
    1982 Mark Scrutton, Colorado, 30:12.6
    1983 Zakarie Barie, UTEP, 29:20.0
    1984 Ed Eyestone, BYU, 29:28.8
    1985 Timothy Hacker, Wisconsin, 29:17.88
    1986 Aaron Ramirez, Arizona, 30:27.53
    1987 Joe Falcon, Arkansas, 29:14.97
    1988 Bob Kennedy, Indiana, 29:20
    1989 John Nuttall, Iowa St., 29:30.55
    1990 Jonah Koech, Iowa St., 29:05
    1991 Sean Dollman, Western Ky., 30:17.1
    1992 Bob Kennedy, Indiana, 30:15.3
    1993 Josephat Kapkory, Washington St., 29:32.4
    1994 Martin Keino, Arizona, 30:08.7
    1995 Godfrey Siamusiye, Arkansas, 30:09
    1996 Godfrey Siamusiye, Arkansas, 29:49
    1997 Mebrahtom Keflezighi, UCLA, 28:54
    1998 Adam Goucher, Colorado, 29:26.9
    1999 David Kimani, South Ala., 30:06.6
    2000 Keith Kelly, Providence, 30:14.5
    2001 Boaz Cheboiywo, Eastern Mich., 28:47
    2002 Jorge Torres, Colorado, 29:04.7
    2003 Dathan Ritzenhein, Colorado, 29:14.1
    2004 Simon Bairu, Wisconsin, 30:37.7
    2005 Simon Bairu, Wisconsin, 29:15.9
    2006 Josh Rohatinsky, BYU, 30:44.9
    2007 Josh McDougal, Liberty, 29:22.4

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    Doesn't this wean that Lindgren & Pre were freshman winners?

    1966 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 29:01.4
    1967 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 30:45.6
    1968 Michael Ryan, Air Force, 29:16.8
    1969 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 28:59.2
    1970 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 28:00.2
    1971 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 29:14
    1972 Neil Cusack, East Tenn. St., 28:23
    1973 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 28:14.8

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    • #3
      Originally posted by trig
      Doesn't this wean that Lindgren & Pre were freshman winners?

      1966 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 29:01.4
      1967 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 30:45.6
      1968 Michael Ryan, Air Force, 29:16.8
      1969 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 28:59.2
      1970 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 28:00.2
      1971 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 29:14
      1972 Neil Cusack, East Tenn. St., 28:23
      1973 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 28:14.8
      Prefontaine redshirted 1972. He was a frosh in 1969.

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      • #4
        Thank you, I forgot about redshirts.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by trig
          Doesn't this wean that Lindgren & Pre were freshman winners?

          1966 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 29:01.4
          1967 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 30:45.6
          1968 Michael Ryan, Air Force, 29:16.8
          1969 Gerry Lindgren, Washington St., 28:59.2
          1970 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 28:00.2
          1971 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 29:14
          1972 Neil Cusack, East Tenn. St., 28:23
          1973 Steve Prefontaine, Oregon, 28:14.8
          And Lindgren was a soph in 1966. Pre was 3rd in the 1969 race when he was a frosh (behind Lindgren and 1968 winner Mike Ryan)

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          • #6
            Walter,
            I should have known that you would know.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by trig
              Walter,
              I should have known that you would know.
              You can bet I checked that more than once before posting here

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              • #8
                When did freshman become eligible to compete at the varsity level?

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                • #9
                  I think it was around '74 for revenue sports. It must have been earlier for others, T&F included. Obviously it had its greatest effect in basketball.
                  I've got Nick Rose finishing #9 as a Fr in '72. He followed that with a #2 to Pre in '73, the year Virgin arrived to get a#10 in his first year.

                  You've got to give Kennedy (18) the best debut ever nod, with his #1 in '88.

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                  • #10
                    I think freshmen became eligible in '71 or '72, when Rose won . . . I know they were eligible in '73 (when I was running as a freshman).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DecFan
                      I think freshmen became eligible in '71 or '72, when Rose won . . . I know they were eligible in '73 (when I was running as a freshman).
                      I've been told by one source it was 1972 (fall of 71?)

                      Now I'm told it was 1968

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                      • #12
                        Freshmen were eligible in 1969, not sure about '68.

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                        • #13
                          The answer should be simple to find. Look up in your old T&FN Annual Issues and see when they stopped giving a separate US list for college freshmen /JUCOs. My files are at home, else I'd already have the answer.

                          Failing that, find an old-timer & ask him. I just left a message with Sid Sink, who was a frosh in the fall of '67 and I know was not eligible. He'll be able to tell me whether or not his teammate Dave Wottle was eligible as a freshman in the fall of '68.

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                          • #14
                            Freshmen eligibility for track began in 1968, although some conferences and the IC4A did not go along immediately. I am presuming that cross country frosh eligibility began in 1967.

                            During WWII and for a few years thereafter, freshmen were eligible. The period (for track) was about 1942-1947.

                            As for Walter's list, there were no freshmen winners before Rono '76.

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                            • #15
                              I was able to confirm that 1968 XC had some frosh (Gerry Hinton NCAA 4th). But the TFN report noted that the Big 8 conference allowed frosh starting that season which backs up dj's post about conferences adopting at different times.

                              Didn't have the 67 XC issue, but while checking the 68 issues I coincidentally saw a nice photo of the young Walt along with a story about winning a TAFNOT trip.

                              By the way, NCAA football started allowing freshman in 72.
                              http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/ ... hanges.txt

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