Rohe Track Era All About Us!

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CROSS COUNTRY SEC CHAMPIONS 1963-72

THE CHUCK ROHE ERA (1962-1972)
CROSS COUNTRY

1964 Cross Country
Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Regular Season Record: 9 Wins, 0 Losses, 1 Tie
Callaway Gardens Invitational: Champions
SEC: Did Not Compete
USTFF: Champions
NCAA: 11th




Members of Tennessee’s 1964 varsity cross country team included Bob Barber, John Ellington, Roy Hall, Don Pinkston, Mickey Shelton, Rocky Soderberg, David Storey, Mike Tomasello, Coppley Vickers, Carl Williams, and Norm Witek.



Tennessee’s 1964 Vols were undefeated during the regular cross country season defeating Bowling Green, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Ohio, Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, and 11 teams at the Callaway Gardens Invitational, and tying Miami (Ohio). Tennessee also won the National USTFF Championships and finished eleventh in the NCAA Championships. Due to a conflict in scheduling between the SEC and NCAA meets, Coach Rohe decided to send his team to the NCAA Championships.



The NCAA cross country meet was held in East Lansing, Michigan, on November 23, 1964.

Bob Barber remembers it as follows:

We had about 8" (or more) of snow on the ground. There was a path about 5 or 6
feet wide, that was cleared on the golf course. It was very difficult to pass
a runner if you were bunched within a group, without going out into the deep snow.
It was also very cold and very slippery. We had a great team that year. At worst
we were probably third or fourth best in the country in normal conditions. I think
we beat Ohio University handily in '64 when Stan Huntsman brought his team
down to Knoxville to run us on the AG campus. Most of our team was from the
South (I was the exceptional Northerner) and had not experienced a race in
those terrible weather conditions. It was very unfortunate timing. Under normal
conditions Vick would have been All-American (in the top 15) which he proved
the next week at the US Track & Field Federation (USTFF) Cross Country
Championships in Chicago, where conditions were better (cold but no snow on
the course).


Schools finishing in the Top-25 in the NCAA meet were considered to have the best programs in the country and Tennessee finished eleventh. Individual finishes for Tennessee were as follows:

Place Name Time
50
58
66
86
104
161
177
Coppley Vickers
David Storey
Bob Barber
Bob Redington
Rocky Soderberg
Don Pinkston
Mickey Shelton
21:16.4
21:21.3
21:28.0
21:40.0
 
22:48.0
23:54.5

The Vols ended the 1964 cross country season on a high note by winning the National USTFF Track & Field Championships, which were held in Chicago. Tennessee scored 41 points, followed by Southern Illinois in second with 76 points and Minnesota in third place with 90 points. The Knoxville Track Club team finished seventh. The USTFF meet was not as big a meet as the NCAA but it was a national championship and pitted the Vols against some very good runners. The first six UT finishers in the race were as follows:

Place Name
3
9
11
12
17
23
Coppley Vickers
Bob Redington
David Storey
Rocky Soderberg
Bob Barber
Don Pinkston
 
 

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