Rohe Track Era All About Us!

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CROSS COUNTRY SEC CHAMPIONS 1963-72

THE CHUCK ROHE ERA (1962-1972)
CROSS COUNTRY

1965 Cross Country
Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Regular Season Record: 7 Wins, 0 Losses
SEC: CHAMPIONS
NCAA District 3: CHAMPIONS
NCAA: Third




Members of Coach Rohe’s 1965 cross country team were Steve Allison, Bob Barber, Steve Deaton. Gerry Eddleman, John Ellington, Roy Hall, Tim Henderlight, Paul Ladniak, Melvin Maxwell, Don Pinkston, Jim Ray, Bob Redington, Henry Rose, Andy Russell, Mickey Shelton, Rocky Soderberg, David Storey, Mike Tomasello, and Norm Witek.


Tennessee’s 1965 cross country team defeated East Tennessee State, Ohio University, William and Mary, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Georgia Tech, and Mississippi State; were NCAA District Three Champions; were SEC Champions; and finished third in the NCAA Meet.

The 1965 SEC Cross Country Championships were held in Pine Mountain, Georgia, on a 4.0 mile course. The Vols took the first six places and won the SEC Championship with a perfect score. Tennessee’s top finishers were as follows:

Place Name Time
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
13
Bob Redington
Don Pinkston
Melvin Maxwell
David Storey
Bob Barber
Rocky Soderberg
Mickey Shelton
Mike Tomasello
19:15.40
19:46
20:07
20:08
20:10
20:15
20:30
21:27

The 1965 NCAA Championships were held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, on November 23, 1965. When the 164 runners lined up for the race the weather was clear with a temperature of 57oF, a 10-15 mph wind, and a light covering of snow on the ground. Tennessee runners represented their school exceedingly well and finished the meet in third place, which meant they had the third best Division I team in the country. This was quite an accomplishment. Tennessee’s top finishers were as follows:

Place Name Time
4
19
50
52
70
129
131
Bob Redington
David Storey
Don Pinkston
Melvin Maxwell
Rocky Soderberg
Bob Barber
Mickey Shelton
30:02.0
30:44.5
31:33.0
31:33.2
32:04.3
33:40.0
33:49.0

Bob Redington was the SEC Individual Champion and attained All-American status by finishing fourth in the NCAA Championships. Tennessee was to have many other outstanding cross country runners during the Rohe era, but by finishing third this was to be the best they ever performed in an NCAA cross country meet. In addition, Bob Redington and David Storey were the only Vols to finish in the NCAA top-25 during the Rohe era.

 
 

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