Rohe Track Era All About Us!

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CROSS COUNTRY SEC CHAMPIONS 1963-72

THE CHUCK ROHE ERA (1962-1972)
CROSS COUNTRY

1968 Cross Country
Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Assistant Coach: Thad Talley
Regular Season Record: 6 Wins, 0 Loss
Callaway Gardens Invitational: Champions
NCAA Region Three: Champions
SEC: CHAMPIONS
NCAA: 17th



Members of the Tennessee’s 1968 cross country team were Captain Ken Rowlett, David Calvert, James Craig, Dick Fairbanks, Allen Fletcher, Bob Halliburton, Audry Hardy, Gary Hiscock, Larry Kelly, Dickie Kleier, Fred Marjenhoff, Tony Masi, Steve Nelson, Sam Rutherford, Owen Self, Jim Smeltzer, Butch Stewart, Bill Villeneuve, and Gordon Wilson.


During the regular season the 1968 Volunteers defeated Ohio, Ohio State, Air Force Academy, Alabama, East Tennessee State, and the Quantico Marines. In major meets Tennessee won the Callaway Gardens Invitational, the NCAA Region Three Meet, and the SEC Cross Country Championships.

Ken Rowlett remembers the NCAA Region Three Meet as follows:

Ken Rowlett remembers the NCAA Region Three Meet as follows:

The NCAA East Regional was a most memorable trip. We all ran together in tight
groups of 2 or 3, and we strategized as we ran. I coached the guys along and we
picked off runners along the way to victory. Our talking during the race gave us
advantage and psyched out other teams.

The Vols also won the 1968 SEC cross country meet, which was held in Birmingham,
Alabama, on a 4.065 mile course. Tennessee finishers were as follows:
Place Name Time
1
3
7
9
10
11
13
Owen Self
Ken Rowlett
Steve Nelson
David Calvert
Dickie Kleier
Sam Rutherford
Gordon Wilson
18:39.90
18:55
19:22
19:33
19:35
19:40
19:46
Tennessee competed in the 1968 NCAA Cross Country Championships on a windy
November day in the Bronx, New York City, New York, and finished in 17th place.
Places and times for Vol finishers were as follows:
Place Name Time
41
129
131
133
140
157
207
Owen Self
David Calvert
Dickie Kleier
Steve Nelson
Ken Rowlett
Sam Rutherford
Gordon Wilson
30:32
31:54
31:56
31.58
32:05
32:20
34:03
 
 

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