Allen Hugli and Dale Lapham were the overall winners in the Neighbourhood Block Trot at Queen Elizabeth Park. Hugli covered the 10-km distance in 32.48 minutes. That gave him a comfortable margin over second-place Pat Duffy. Duffy finished in 35.13. Lapham's win was in a five-km race at 17.40, just ahead of John Beals' 18.02.
Local runners were active in Michigan last weekend. The 11th annual Mackinac Island eight-mile race attracted over 600 participants. Leading the way was Mario Festival who came in second. Rick Partridge won the masters' division and placed 24th overall. Willie Martin placed 39th and third in the masters' division and Wayne Whent was 50th. On the women's side, Sandra Mulroney won the 19-and-under category followed by Kathy Brisco. Armande Pieschke was second in the 40-and-over category.
September 13 has been named Terry Fox Day and to commemorate his Marathon of Hope, communities across Canada are organizing Terry Fox runs. In Sault Ste. Marie the run will be held at the all-weather track at Queen Elizabeth Park. It is being organized by the Algoma Unit, Canadian Cancer Society and Sault Stryders.
Allen Hugli entered Saturday's second annual Run, Eat and Boogie road race with no goals in mind. He looked at the run as a workout for the upcoming high school track and field season. Thirty-one minutes, 40 seconds later, Hugli crossed the finish line with a personal best time in the 10-km event. The event, sponsored by Water Tower Inn and Athlete's Foot, attracted 100 runners.
Three Sault runners will be among the 7,000 competitors in the 85th Boston Marathon Monday. Ross Mervyn will make his second attempt at the 26-mile, 385-yard event while Lou Orazietti and Dale Hansson make their initial appearances at the spring classic.
Sault Ste. Marie's Al Hugli returned from Madrid Monday after helping the Canadian men's junior team to a third-place finish at the world cross-country running championships over the weekend. Hugli, a student at Sault Collegiate, finished 24th overall out of 114 runners from 22 countries.
Monday's surprise snowfall didn't prevent Al Hugli from completing his daily jog along the streets and hills of Sault Ste. Marie. Hugli, a student at Sault Collegiate, is entering the home stretch of a training program for the ninth annual world cross-country championships in Spain.
The Community Services Board approved in principle a proposal to allow a small group of Sault runners to use the upper level of the Memorial Gardens as a track, on a trial basis. In a letter to the board, Doug Richardson, of Sault Northland Atheltic Club, explained eight members of the group are now training outdoors. He said indoor training is crucial to development of speed training and indicated a willingness to work around any hours set down by the CSB.
Wayne Dustin's first-place finish in London Saturday in the boys' midget division led the 13-runner Sault Ste. Marie contingent participating in the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association cross-country championships. Dustin, of Bawating, claimed the Sault's highest-ever finish at OFSAA. He placed 18th in the same division last year. Kai Heino, Sir James Dunn, was 26th in the division. Al Hugli of Collegiate placed second in the senior boys' class.
Sault Ste. Marie's Ross Mervyn qualified for his second Boston Marathon in Allendale, Michigan, Saturday at the Grand Valley Marathon. Mervyn had six minutes, 35 seconds to spare when he crossed in the finish line in 3:03:25, as the qulaifying time for Boston in the spring was 3:10:00.
Not since 1972 has Sault Ste. Marie had a NOSSA champion in cross-country, but White Pines senior girls changed that Thursday. The six-member White Pines squad and seven other Sault runners qualified for the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association (OFSAA) final in London. Sandra Mulroney finished fourth to lead the White Pines team. She was joined by Sandra Mackie, Lisa WIlson, Earla Sproule, Wendy Schmidt and Pam Hendricks. Also travelling to OFSAA will be Wayne Dustin of Bawating, Kai Heino of Sir James Dunn, Richard Johnson and Al Hugli of Collegiate, Pauline Johnson of the Dunn, Cheryl Gaetano of Korah and Collegiate's Lorna Smith.
Sault runner Lou Orazietti placed 281st overall at the Labatt's Marathon in Toronto that attracted 1,511 competitors. Orazietti finished the course in three hours, four minutes. Orazietti's finish qualified him for the next year's Boston marathon.
Doug Richardson will open the Sault's first specialty store for sports footwear at 360 Queen Street East, across from Woolco. A top distance runner in the Sault, Mr. Richardson has seen a pressing need for this type of store. The store, which he will operate as a franchise owner, will be known as Athlete's Foot.
Doug Richardson, of Sault Ste. Marie, leading a field of 700, won the 15-kilometre race at the Traverse City Cherry Festival on Friday in a time of 49:04. Richardson crossed the finish line with a 100-yard lead. Other Sault runners in the race were Doug Morrison, Ross Mervyn, Arro Laasko, Glen Humphries and J.J. Hilsinger.
Doug Richardson of the Sault Stryders Club captured the 10-km Cheboygan Chase by 42 seconds. Richardson, who earlier this summer won the Manulife Fun and Fitness run in Sudbury and the Bolderdash in the Canadian Sault, was clocked in Cheboygan in 32:09 minutes in the men's 20-29 age category. The Stryders were also represented by Mario Festival, Mike Gabriel and Bob Gowans.
There is still no indication of a start on the construction of an all-weather track at Queen Elizabeth Park. An attempt will be made to iron out differences which have resulted in a delay of the construction. City officials will meet with negotiators of Local 3 Canadian Union of Public Employees to discuss the possible removal of union pickets which were set up at the site, causing contractors to stay off the property.
The eight-lane all weather track at Queen Elizabeth Park is in danger. The possibility it might not be built looms following the refusal of a contractor to cross Canadian Union of Public Employees picket lines to begin work on the $291,175 facility. "If we don't have the track done this fall, there is the very good chance that we are going to lose our Wintario grant," said Harold Brain, parks and recreation director.
Doug Richardson, of Sault Ste. Marie, proved the top runner in Sudbury Sunday in the 10-km Manulife Fun and Fitness Run. Richardson's time of 33 minutes, 36 seconds, proved tops of the 600 runners entered from all over Northern Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie has had a third athlete qualify for the Canadian Junior Track and Field championships in Vancouver. Phil Baker qualified in the decathlon at the North Central Regional track championships. Baker, a Sir James Dunn student and a member of the school's track team, will join Ray Gingras of Korah and Dave Burden of Bawating at the Canadian finals.
Saturdays' Boulderdash wasn't decided until the finishing "kick". There was little to choose between Doug Richardson, Dale Hansson, Ray Pacque and Mario Festival for almost 10 kilometres but Richardson dominated the final 100 yards for the victory in the competitive division.
Third place was the finish for Sault Ste. Marie's Bill Siegman in the men's 110-metre hurdles final in Montreal Saturday. Siegman was seeking to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton in which only the first-place finishers in each event qualify.
It marked the end of an era. Jo Forman remarked about it himself at a testimonial dinner held Monday night in his honour. "Gone is the bitter rivalry that used to be," Mr. Forman told the 190 guests at the Algo Club. He referred to Ben Littner, colourful coach of the Tech Trojans, and Tom Tipton, coach of the Collegiate Wildcats, both of whom have retired. Nowadays there's just the healthy rivalry among the schools. Forman has been coach at Sir James Dunn since 1956.
George Jonescu is determined to see an all-weather track facility built at Queen Elizabeth Park this September. To realize his dream, he has to raise $32,778.28 by August 1 and he is asking school students to go out and prove that they can accept a challenge and win it. Jonescu has a plan that calls for students to organize a drive to collect labels from Colgate-Palmolive products that can be turned in for cash refunds.