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John Dobson X-C & Track & Field 1963-1967

Crusaders - 2014 Season
Posted Monday, January 20, 2014 by John Dobson Metals, Trophies, Plaques

January 20, 2014

4525 Cove Circle N

St. Petersburg, FL 33708



Archbishop Stepinac High School

950 Mamaroneck Avenue

White Plains, NY 10605


Attention: www.stepinacathletics.com,

As a new member of stepinacathletics.com, I am attempting to list all of my Cross Country (X-C) and Track & Field accomplishments from the years 1963 to 1967. These awards were earned at some of the following venues: Van Cortland Park, Bronx, NY; the 168th Street Armory, New York, NY; Randall’s Island, Bronx, NY; West Point, NY; Blue Mountain, NY; Fordham University, Bronx, NY; Catholic University, Washington, D.C.; and the Penn Relays, Philadelphia, PA. Two of my former outstanding competitors were Martin Liquori, Bergen Catholic who attended Villanova University and David Pottetti, Fox Lane High School who attended Harvard University. This information is based on the physical metals and trophies that have been in storage for fifty years as a reminder of my “brilliant” Cross Country and Track & Field career.


1963 Freshman Year

Westchester Track Coaches & Officials Association #2 silver metal

Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) X-C Freshman class A 6th place metal 1963

CHSAA X-C Freshman 2nd place team metal 1963

CHSAA Relays Silver Metal 1963

CHSAA Class A 3rd place team 1963

CHSAA Freshman X-C 4th 1963

Fordham Prep X-C Freshman Gold Metal 1963

Gold Spike Shoe (charm)

Iona College Spike Shoe Club Frosh 1st Place 1963

Manhattan Prep Annual Freshman X-C Run Gold Metal 1963

Manhattan Prep Annual Freshman X-C Run Silver Metal (team) 1963

1964 Freshman/Sophomore Year

Fordham Prep Class A Freshman Distance Medley 1964

CHSAA 1 Mile Bronze Metal

Eastern Interscholastic X-C Championships (Fordham University) Class B 1st team 1964

Westchester Track Coaches & Officials Association 1964 Cross Country Varsity 23

CHSAA X-C 9th place 1964

CHSAA X-C 2nd place team 1964

CHSAA Sophomore X-C 3rd Team 1964

CHSAA Championship Sophomore XC 4th place 1964

Xavarian Brothers Sophomore 1st Place 1964


1965 Sophomre/Junior Year

All Hollows Distance Medley Relay Bronze Metal 1965

Archbishop Stepinac Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award 1965 (trophy)

CHSAA X-C 15th Place 1965

CHSAA Championships Sophomore 2 Mile Silver Metal 1965

CHSAA Relays Novice Distance Medley Relay Gold Metal 1965

Iona College Spike Shoe Club Class A 6th Place 1965

Iona College Spike Shoe Club Class A 2nd Place Team 1965

Iona College Spiked Shoe Club 14th Annual Cross Country Meet 1965 Varsity A Race 2nd Place-Donated by the Iona Glee Club (Plaque)

Westchester Track Coaches & Officials Association All County Team 1965

Westchester Track Coaches & Officials Association Bronze Metal 1965







1966 Junior Year/Senior Year

Archbishop Stepinac Cross Country Team-Captain

CHSAA Championship X-C 3rd Place Team 1966

St. Francis Prep Bronze Metal

St. Francis Prep Bronze Metal

St. Francis Prep Silver Metal

Xavarian Brothers Meet (CFX) Bronze Metal



1967 Senior Year

At the Old Madison Square Garden at 48 Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, I was entered in an indoor one mile race. At the start of the race, which was run on an 11 lap track which Stepinac had an exact wooden replica, I thought that the pace was too slow so I ran to the lead for the middle part of the race. I did not realize that the Garden was indoors and that there were numerous smokers restricting the oxygen in the air. There were no laws against indoor smoking in 1967. I was also not in the best shape for this middle distance race. The rest of the field was more than happy to let me set the pace (Rabbit). At the beginning of the fourth quarter I was starting to slow dramatically as each of the other competitors started to pass me. I ended the race in last place and it took me 30 minutes to stop gasping for air and recover from the race.

The next week I handed in my Archbishop Stepinac red fleece sweat suit and made a decision to spend more time on my studies to get into a good college!



Respectfully Submitted


John E. Dobson

Class of 1967



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