Monthly Archives: July 2018


Fourth of July Classic.   Wismer Budweiser Distributing Co.  Baytown, TX.
circa 1996

USA Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier Alfredo Vigueras took the race out in a very fast 4:30 first mile to capture the first $250 premium.  Olympic Trials Steeplechaser Jon Warren, New Zealand Olympic  Marathoner Sean Wade, Horacio Salgado (Mexico) and Jose Iniquez of San Antonio fast upon Alfredo’s heels.

Mile two passed in 9:12 and this time it was Warren to claim the $250 premium.  Mile 3 blew by in 13:57 with a strong surge by Wade collecting the first of his cash incentives.  Still a tight pack of 4 chasing runners through in 14:00.  Wade putting the hammer down with a 4:30 4th mile (18:27) to claim the final bonus.

The top 5 fellas battling it out for some Real Prize money.  $3000 overall prize purse  ($1200-800-500-300-200) to be split between the top 5 runners.  $1000 in mile premiums.  $1000  to the first runner under the course record of 23:16.  Same money for the ladies.

Wade coming up the final stretch.  I’m at the finish line exhorting a remarkable run, sub 23:00 a real possibility.  He slows, to a jog, and then a mere trot.  The ticks go by, he steps across the line in 23:15.  New course record by a mere one second.  “What the hell Sean?”  And he tells me that he’ll be back next year to run 23:14.

The mid 1990s.  When Racing was Real, and shorts were short.  L to R standing, Willie Martin, your scribe and elite athlete coordinator, Bobby Nygard,  Joel “Pepe” Moyer.  Seated, Pete Cote and Ralph.  This small road race management committee put on The Heatwave 5 Mile for a quarter century.




Thank goodness for the press.  Above the fray.  Where angels fear to tread.  Calling it like it is.

The early ought  genesis of this column was comparing local talent.  Having the balls to name names.  Hurt some feelings, bruised some egos.  Repercussions still reverberate.

My 2018 men’s mid year talent report.  Road and Track only.  Grant Wintheiser on the injury shelf skews things considerably.  What is clear is that Johnny Rutford has established himself as this year’s Class of Nebraska.  Leading his LRC Racing mates and every other Good Life athlete.  Peter Falcon (Team Nebraska) is not far behind.  Our two best athletes.  Honorable mentions to Al Sanabria (unattached), Nolan Border (LRC), and Nolan Zimmer (LRC).  I’d like to send those 5 to Club Cross this year.


Nolan Border, Peter Falcon, Al Sanabria, and Johnny Rutford at May’s Lincoln Half Marathon.

Class A All Sports

Class B All Sports

Class C All Sports

Class D All Sports

UNL Athletic Department Ranks 23rd Nationally