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Joe Thomas Dreams of Olympic
Joe Thomas Dreams of Olympic
Item IDEgyptian19611107joe.tif
TitleJoe Thomas Dreams of Olympic
Authorby Tom McNamara
DescriptionThomas, a SIU sophomore, has won three of four outings this fall and nine of 10 last season.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1961 November 7
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TranscriptJoe Thomas Dreams of Olympic

by Tom McNamara

Mascots of SIU sports, the Saluki dogs. re descendants of the famous Egyptain hunting dogs and noted for their speed and endurance. SIU's cross—country sensation Joe Thomas must have picked up some trade secrets from the Salukis.
Thomas, a SIU sophomore, has won three of four outings this fall and nine of 10 last season.
Joe suffered his first setback as a Saluki last fan in the IIAC championships at Illinois State when Mauri Jormakka, Eastern Michigan's top-notch runner, finished ahead of him. His only other reversal came in the first meet this season as he finished fourth at Kansas University.
The lean, 5-9, 135-pound runner who turned 20 in August, already has attracted national recognition with a sensational prep career at Uniontown, Pa.
Here One Year
He joined up with Lew Hartzog, one of the country's outstanding young track coaches, at srn last fall and together the pair seems almost unstoppable.
Thomas was participating in the first annual Golden West Invitational track meet at Monterey Park in Los Angeles two summers ago when he heard of Hartzog and Southern. The informant was John Turek, national prep high hurdle record-holder of North Miami, Fla., who had already made plans to enroll at Carhonda!e. Turek was competing tn the West Coast ‘meet at the time.
Thomas suffered one of his few defeats of a track career at Los Angeles, placin' second to Ben Tucker of San Francisco who ran a 4:12.6 mile. Thomas was clocked one-tenth of a second slower.
However, the sophomore has been untouchable this fall while competing with Hartzog‘s strong cross-country squad. The Saluki team has notched three straight victories and now are awaiting the larger meets later this fall when thy hope to attract national recognition.
In winning a dual meet at IVestem Illinois earlier this fall Thomas was timed in 16:36 over a hilly three and one-quarter mile course while running against a strong wind, He won his second consecu‘tive race against Illinois State in 16:12 over a three and one-quarter mile course and required 18:00.4 minutes to capture a three and mile race at Eastern Illinois last week.
Versatile Trackinan
In addition to his cross-country exploits in the fall, Thomas also runs on the indoor track circuit during the winter for the Saluki AAU track club. After winter conies the track season where Thomas continues his mastery over the distance events.

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