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Reunion of Champions

  • Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Time: All day
  • Location: Luther College

Luther College Track and Field 1957-1986

Dear Norse Track and Field Team Members:

From 1957 to 1986 Luther College Men’s Track and Field teams won an unprecedented 26 Iowa Conference Championships over 30 seasons.

This summer from July 12-13, 2019, Luther College will host a reunion for all the men who participated in this streak of winning seasons. We hope you will join us in Decorah, Iowa, for two days of fun, remembrance, and celebration of your days as Norse Track and Field Champions. Spouses/significant others are welcome to attend.

In addition to good food and fellowship, each registrant will receive a complimentary Nike Dri-Fit Norse Track and Field T-shirt (give us your size(s) on the Meal/Event Registration form (One per person, please).

Tentative Schedule of Events (RSVP for Meals and Events here!)

6:30 p.m., Friday, July 12
Mabe's Pizza Party and Opening Evening Program (Cost: $25/person)
T-Bock's Sports Bar and Grill Upstairs
Meet your teammates, former coaches and staff for an evening of food, fellowship, stories (mostly true... some exaggerated!) and a lot of fun.

9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13
Tour of Athletic Facilities (optional)
Meet Head Track and Field Coach Stephen Fleagle and his coaching staff for a tour of Luther's current facilities and see the proposed future plans for the Regents Center.

10-11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13
Luther Book Shop is Open
Stop in to pick up new Luther gear!

10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 13
Run/Walk/Ride (optional)
Meet teammates and friends at the Luther Bell for a casual 4k run or walk, finishing at Pulpit Rock Brewery. Cyclists may use this opportunity to ride the entire 11-mile loop, or an out-and-back, on the scenic Trout Run Trail.

12:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13
Explore Decorah's many eateries. The afternoon is free to do as you wish.

1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13
Golf at Oneota Golf and Country Club with Luther host Jim Haemker '72 (Greens Fees: $30/person; Cart Fee $15/person)
Join friends and teammates for a casual afternoon of golf.

5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13
Meet at the Dahl Centennial Union's Oneota Market for a Reception (Cash Bar)
6:30 p.m. Dinner overlooking Carlson Stadium/Legacy Field. Buffet dinner includes rack of pork, sides, rolls and butter, lemonade and water, ice cream dessert. Enjoy a casual evening socializing with friends and family at the most scenic venue in Decorah.  (Cost: $25/person)

Make Plans!

Get in touch with friends and teammates and make your plans now to include a trip to Decorah this summer. Below is a link to lodging in Decorah. Make your reservation early. Decorah fills up on summer weekends!

There is a block of rooms at a special rate reserved for "Luther Track and Field" at the new Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Call: 563-382-8800.

You can register here for on-campus residence hall housing in Baker Village for a reasonable rate (single rooms, shared bath facilities).

You can register here for on-campus residence hall housing in Norby House for a reasonable rate (singles and doubles, shared bath facilities).

If none of these options work for you, there are other lodging options in Decorah as well.

Organizing Committee:

Head Track and Field Coach Stephen Fleagle
Associate Professor Emeritus Bob Naslund ‘65
Assistant Track and Field Coach Kirk Neubauer ‘76
Assistant Professor Emeritus Jeff Wettach ‘79
Head Women's Cross Country and Assistant Track and Field Coach Yarrow Pasche
Head Men's Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track and Field Coach Steve Pasche
Development Officer Paul Mullen ‘79
Development Officer Doug Nelson ‘82
Associate Director of Alumni Relations Kirk Johnson ‘82
Associate Athletic Director Alex Smith ‘03
Assistant Athletic Director for Development Russell Schouweiler ‘05

Head Coaches during this era:

1953-58         Edsel Schweizer
1959-63         Kent Finanger ‘54
1964               Armin Pipho ‘60
1965-66         Kent Finanger ‘54
1967               Gary Embretson ‘59
1968-79         Bob Naslund ‘65
1980-86         Kirk Neubauer ‘76

Questions? Contact Sherry Alcock, 563-387-1505

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