Glenwood head cross country and assistant track coach Todd Peverill has been inducted into the Iowa Association of Track Coaches (IATC) Hall of Fame.
Peverill, was introduced as part of the IATC’s 2013 hall class at a banquet in Ames Dec. 7. Peverill is a longtime coach in Glenwood, having headed the cross country program since 1997 and coached the long-distance runners on the Ram track team since 1993. But it’s his feats on the track nearly 35 years ago that placed Peverill in the IATC Hall of Fame.
After a photo-finish second place showing in the mile in 1978, Peverill, a standout track and cross country athlete at Waterloo East, took home the gold at the 1979 Iowa State Track meet in the 1,600 meters in a blistering, then state record time of 4:13.65.
Peverill found out in October that the IATC was planning to honor him. His wife, Lu, and his sons, grandchildren and parents made the trip to Ames for the banquet.
“It was surprising and humbling,” Peverill said. “I didn’t even know I had a record still until coming back to coach 20 years ago. It’s nice to have peers and coaches vote you in. I was not expecting it.”
Peverill doesn’t recall all the details of that 1,600 more than 30 years ago but he does remember the pace. At the end of the first lap, Peverill moved from fifth to second and settled in on the shoulder of leader, Mike Cupp from Valley. He surged a couple of times, trying to take control of the pace, but Cupp would have nothing of it. Peverill’s coaches had told him to wait until the100-meter mark to start his kick, but Peverill, with visions of the 1978 loss still in his mind, didn’t wait that long and threw it in gear as he approached the third turn. Cupp and the field had no answer.
“I usually liked to kick at the 300 mark but my coaches were yelling at me to wait so I waited until the 200 and I took off,” Peverill said. “It was probably the fastest 200 I’ve ever ran in my life. I ended up winning by over six seconds I think.”
His winning time of 4:13.65 was the large class state meet record until it was broken just last season. It still ranks in the top 10 in all classes.
Peverill had little time to savor his victory or the state record – which he wasn’t aware of at the time – because he was busy getting ready to run the 4x400-meter relay. Peverill and his teammates didn’t do too badly in that race either, winning a gold medal in a state-meet record time that stood for a few years, he said.
The icing on the cake for Peverill and his teammates: Waterloo East went on to win the Double A team championship.
Peverill also had a very successful cross country career at East as well, finishing third in the state meet as a junior and eighth as a senior.
After running at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Peverill settled into coaching at Glenwood. He has been as assistant track coach at Glenwood for 20 years and has coached a state champion in the 3,200-meter along with two state champions in the high jump and three Drake Relays champions. In 16 years heading up the Rams’ cross country team, he has five Hawkeye 10 Conference titles, five state qualifying teams, nine individual state qualifiers, three state medalists and an individual state champion.
Its fitting Peverill goes into the hall of fame in the same year his record was broken not once, but twice at the Iowa State Track Meet. West Des Moines Valley’s Jason Thomas ran a 4:10.14 to edge Josh Evans of Marion Lin-Marr who ran a 4:12.03 finished first and second in the 1,600 at last spring’s state meet. Peverill was standing on the infield at Drake Stadium when they did.
“I think it probably stood for long enough,” Peverill said.