Phil Lorenc (Cross Country & Track and Field, 1959-63)
Lorenc earned a total of 12 varsity letters throughout four years of
cross country and track and field. Even as a sophomore co-captain,
Lorenc left an impression on his team, once breaking his ankle in the
first mile of a cross country race but pressing on to finish third and
help his team go on to an 11-0 season. During his junior year as a
captain, he again helped the Leathernecks to an 11-0 record, and their
first state of Illinois cross country title since 1926. He placed sixth
at the NAIA national cross country meet that year, and finished second
as a senior.
In 1962, Lorenc set a school record at the Drake
Relays with a two-mile run time of 9:10.6. As a senior, he ran a record
mile of 4:17.8 at the State College of Iowa Relays, and later that
season established a school record and won the NAIA national steeple
chase title with a time of 9:29.7. After his senior season, he was
named the Rock Hanson Athlete of the Year by Western Illinois.
Lorenc earned a bachelor’s degree in 1963 in education, and followed with a master’s degree from Eastern Illinois in 1964.
his collegiate career, Lorenc won the 1966 Southern California Cross
Country Championships, broke the nine-minute barrier in the two-mile
run in 1967, and ran his lifetime best mile at Central College of
California in 1967 with a time of 4:02.1