Mark Koster
Mark Koster

 

 

Mark Koster (1967)

Mark Koster was a two-sport star in Champaign's last graduating class (1967) before two high schools were formed. He earned three letters in track and two in football. Koster played safety and was the leading receiver on the undefeated 1966 squad. "During his final football game, the Maroons faced Urbana, both teams were 8-0 and rated in the Sweet 16 by a Chicago paper. "They outweighed us in the line and were favored to win, but we beat them 40-0 on their field." He's also the school record-holder in the 440-yard dash (:48.2) and ran the anchor leg on the Maroons' mile-relay team which placed second at the 1967 state meet. Champaign's relay (timed in 3:19.4) was runner-up to a Chicago Harlan foursome (3:14.9) which still possesses the state record. Koster arrived at UI where he started as just another face on the track team. Coach Bob Wright started Koster in the intermediate hurdles. Koster became a two-time Big 10 champion and set the school record (:50.9).