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).