TriCounty Tim Broe came out of East Peoria High School to become perhaps the most successful long-distance runner in local prep circles.
When he won the 3200 meter event in the Class AA state track meet last spring he completed a track-cross country sweep that is unparalleled in local high school history.
He started his streak by winning the 1993 state Class AA cross country title at Detweiller Park, won his first state 3200 event in the spring of 1994 and returned to again win the Class AA cross country title in 1994.
Along the way to his four state championship medals, Broe, coached by long-time East Peoria coach Ed McGraw, won several Mid-Illini conference titles in cross country and track as well as winning seven regional and sectional championships.
Broe is currently on track scholarship at the University of Alabama. He finished his cross country season as the No. 2 team for the Tide and will run the 5000 meters in the spring.
Tim Broe came out of East Peoria High School to become perhaps the most successful long-distance runner in local prep circles.
For forty-one years, Bert Sanders has been promoting and volunteering at sporting and outdoor events in the Peoria area. An enthusiastic individual in the community, he has been foremost at the front in many aspects of area sporting events. Bert has actively been a hands-on person. Peoria Journal Star sports writer, Jack Ehresman said, "With the help of Bert, Don Wolland and the Isaac Walton Legion, they started what was called National Hunting and Fishing Days." This involved thirty-two outdoor clubs. Bert and Don served for 3 years (1971-1974) as co-chairmen of the event.