McDowell Track and Field

established 1957

1960

Coach: Lew Penna
Scores
Cathedral Prep
W 69-58
East
W
District 10 Championship
10th
 

1961

Coach: Lew Penna
Scores
Lawrence Park
 W 100-29
East
L 43.5- 83.5
Corry
L 52-75
North East
W 64.5- 53.5
Academy
L 30-7
District 10 Championship
 
Jerry Otteni took 6th place in the broad jump at districts with a leap of 19 feet 11.75 inches. 

1962

Coach: Lew Penna
Scores
Cathedral Prep
W 73.5- 53.5
Girard
W 99.6- 18.3
Lawrence Park
W 92-26
Corry
W
Academy
East
L 60-68
District 10 Championship
2nd
PIAA State Championship
48th
Place winners at districts included Dick Conover (Mile), Gary Behr (100), Ed Gieza (pole vault), Terry Halmi (javelin- district record at 186-6.5). The team showed a lot of improvement with four straight wins to start out the season and ended the season with a 2nd place finish at the District 10 Championship to Tech Memorial.  Conover finished 6th at states in the mile as well as the half-mile relay team.

1963

Coach: Lew Penna
 Scores
East
Cathedral Prep
L 63-65
Harbor Creek
W 105-22
Strong Vincent
L 51.6- 75.3
District 10 Championship
PIAA State Championship
25th

Terry Halmi broke his own district record in Javelin (194-9).  He went on to place 2nd at states in the Javelin (199-9).  

1964

Coach: Lew Penna
 Scores
Iroquois
W 94.6- 32.3
Strong Vincent
W 88.5- 43.5
Academy
L 60-67
Harbor Creek
W 95.5- 31.5
Conneaut (OH)
W 91-27
Cathedral Prep
W 63.8- 63.2
North East
L 60-67
Tech Memorial
L 33-94
Slippery Rock Invitational
3rd
District 10 Championship
2nd
PIAA State Championship
4th
Representing McDowell in the state track meet were Terry Halmi, Gary Behr, Bud Lewis, Chad Rife, Randy Hunsberger, and John Ferl. Halmi won the state javelin with a record breaking throw of 212 feet 6 inches. Rife took 4th in the Long Jump. The team finished 2nd to East in the District 10 Championship.

1965

Coach: Lew Penna
 Scores
Academy
L 53.5- 73.5
North East
W 80-57
Tech Memorial
W 67-60
Cathedral Prep
L 49-78
Strong Vincent
L 48-79
Warren
L 54-90
Youngsville
W 54-18
District 10 Championship
6th
PIAA State Championship
 
Traveling to the state meet for McDowell were John Ferl, Rob Wagner, and Bob Brownyard.  Robert Wagner won the broad jump at the state championship with a leap of 22 feet 8.5 inches.

1966

Coach: Jim Nelson
 Scores
Conneaut (OH)
W 84-45
Meadville
W 113.5- 27.5
General McLane
W 106-44
Academy
W 91-59
Tech Memorial
W 86-64
Strong Vincent
W 86-64
Cathedral Prep
W 95-55
East
L 74-76
Lake Shore 
2nd (4-1)
District 10 Championship
2nd
PIAA State Championship
 
In the district competition, Gary Renaud took 2nd place in the discus, Steve Kalinowski broke the old district record by 22 seconds with a 1st place finish in the 2-Mile.  Both qualified for states, where Steve placed 6th in the 2-Mile run. The team finished 2nd to Warren in the District 10 Championship.  They had their best season ever with a 7-1 record under the direction of Jim Nelson.

1967

Coach: Steve Rasey
 Scores
Corry
W 188-23
Meadville
W 125.5- 24.5
Tech Memorial
W 129-21
Cathedral Prep
W 110-40
Academy
W 95-55
East
W 104-46
Strong Vincent
W 87.6- 62.3
Harbor Creek Invitational
1st
Lake Shore
1st (5-0)
District 10 Championship
1st
The 1967 track team was the most successful in school history.  The squad crushed every opponent to end up undefeated at 7-0.  In district competition, 5 Trojans won individual events:  Bill Matijasic (half mile), Jon Bannister (mile), Dave Rose (high hurdles), Keith Penman (high jump), and Bill Ericsson (discus). The team also won their first ever District 10 title for track under the direction of Steve Rasey. 

1968

Coach: Steve Rasey
 Scores
Meadville
W 129-21
North East
W 87-63
Harbor Creek
W 91-59
Tech Memorial
W 114-36
Academy
W 102-48
Cathedral Prep
W 119-31
East
W 101-49
Strong Vincent
W 108-42
Youngsville Invitational
1st
Lake Shore 
1st (5-0)
District 10 Championship
1st
PIAA State Championship
 
For the second straight year the boys track team went undefeated at 8-0, and won the District 10 Championship. Paul Lack finished off the season with a 2nd place finish at states in the discus.

1969

Coach: Steve Rasey
 Scores
Meadville
W 125-21
Iroquois
W 112-29
Jamestown
W 106-35
North East
W 110-35
Tech Memorial
W 107-43
Harbor Creek
W 108-42
Strong Vincent
W 104-46
East
W 121-29
Cathedral Prep
W 91-59
Academy
W 115-35
Lake Shore
1st (5-0)
District 10 Championship
1st
PIAA State Championship
8th
In a year where the team won the District 10 Championship, and finished 8th at the state meet, Earl Anderson finished 1st at districts in javelin and 2nd at the state meet in the same event. The two-mile relay team set a district record. Roger Gunish finished 3rd at the state meet in the shot put with a throw of 57'-3''. The team has now won 30 consecutive dual meets.

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