Category: Cross Country

The Bradley University women’s cross country team had seven of the top nine finishers in the women’s three-mile race led by the sophomore twin duo of Caitlin Busch and Kristen Busch, while senior Nathan Davis paced the Braves men in the four mile race at the 27th Bradley Intercollegiate Friday afternoon at Detweiller Park. The Busch twins crossed the line together in second with a time of 16:45 and junior Sarah McMahon was fourth overall at 16:53 as the trio helped lead the Bradley women’s cross country to dual wins against NCAA Division one opponents Butler and Chicago State.  The Braves boasted seven of the top nine finishers on the day, with sophomore Liz Smits leading a another pack of four BU runners in sixth at 17:13. Fellow Sophomore Emily Delvo had a solid outing after missing the track and field season, matching freshman Casey Kramer with a time of 17:14 to help lead the Bradley women’s squad. Also helping pace the Bradley men’s squad was junior Eric Delvo, who was just four seconds off the top time in the field at 19:55.  Freshmen Patrick Campbell and Caleb Beck had strong debuts finishing fourth and fifth among Division I runners with times of 20:04 and 20:05, respectively, while sophomore Marshall Moyer made his return to the lineup and was sixth among Division I runners at 20:10.

-Bob


The Iowa State women’s team claimed the team title at the seventh annual Bradley Classic and the Iowa men’s squad took the title on the men’s side Friday afternoon at Newman Golf Course. DePaul’s Matthew Graham overtook Iowa’s Jeff Thode in the final 50 yards to win the men’s individual title by four-tenths of a second and finished with a course record time of 23:37 for the 8K.  In the women’s race Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Elise Sigg won the individual title, crossing the line 12 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Casey McDermott of Drake.  Sigg’s time of 21:05 is the seventh fastest 6K time in the seven-year history of the event. 

-Bob

At Peoria High School he played Varsity baseball for four years and football for three, and was co-captain in both football and baseball his senior year. He was All-City guard his sophomore year, and All-City/Greater Peoria as a tackle his junior and senior years. During his senior year, he was named All-State by both the Chicago Daily News and Champaign News-Gazette. At Bradley University, Robertson started as Offensive Center in football for three years and Catcher/1st Baseman for three years (freshmen were ineligible at that time). He played Sunday Morning League baseball for twelve years.

In 1953, he began his coaching career at Princeville High School where he served as head basketball, assistant football and head track coach. Returning to Peoria High in 1956 as an assistant coach, he was head coach in football from 1957 to 1965, compiling a record of 50 wins, 20 losses and 8 ties. His 1963 team was undefeated and untied and his 1964 team was undefeated with a record of 9-0-1, the first in the history of the school, and the 1957 team was Big 12 Champion. In 1963 and 1964, his teams were Mid-State 9 Champions. He also coached wrestling, golf, and assisted in basketball, track and baseball.
Robertson left coaching for administration in 1965, serving through 1987. As principal of Peoria High School, he was instrumental in bringing the State Cross Country meet to Peoria, serving as meet manager for sixteen years. At Peoria High, he took the lead in developing many athletic programs and school facilities, including the Girls’ Athletic Program.
“Corky” introduced and administered the first experimental injury prevention condition program to the IHSA. He was a basketball official for 20 years on both the high school and college scene and worked many tournaments. He served the MidState Conference as its President several times, and he is the only individual to have played, coached and administered the annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Day” football game between Manual and Central.
He is the current president of The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame and is enshrined there along with his father, “A.J.”, and brother “Jimmy”.

-Bob

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