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    Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    "There are five real good recruits in the state. We got three of them. One couldn’t get into school, and the other went to (the University of) Iowa...which is about the same thing." - Coach Johnny Orr

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    Re: Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    This made me cry all over again. I flew into Des Moines that night too.

    We lost some amazing people that night.



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    Re: Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    Thanks for sharing. I was just 5 at the time so I remember nothing being so young. I know flying gets to a destination quicker but you would almost think Milwaukee would be close enough to travel by ground. Was watching espn gameday the other week when they did a small remembrance piece on the Marshall plane crash.



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    Re: Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    Cross country is underrated



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    Re: Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    We lived on Shriver Ave. at the time about a block and a half from where the plane came down. The plane flew at tree top level eastbound on Shriver Ave. I grabbed my coat and ran down the street to where the plane had came down. It had smashed into the base of a large oak tree in the front yard on the east side of Country Club Blvd. I was in shock. Soon after I got there it caught on fire and it almost made me sick to my stomach. I can still remember the scene as if it had happened yesterday. The oak tree did not survive and was removed.



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    Re: Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    As a young freshman who had run cross country in high school this really hit home for me at the time. Tragic.


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    Re: Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    It would have been a nice tribute to win the national title this year but without our top runners it isn't going to happen. We were ranked #1 at the seasons beginning projecting to have our full team able to run. Top 10 still in reach. If we get our runners back who missed this year we might have a shot at the big prize again next year. Some of our runners have really stepped up in the absence of our our All-Americans.



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    Re: Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    Here's an article from the Ames Tribune. I remember having a 5:00 class that day and worrying about driving home due to the forecast of freezing rain. I made it home and saw what happened on the 10:00 news.

    I felt very sad seeing the photo in the Iowa State Daily of Bonnie Sons crying in Hilton Coliseum.

    http://amestrib.com/sports/cross-cou...h-30-years-ago



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    Re: Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    This was the year before I arrived on campus, but attending high school in Iowa I remember it well. Very sad.



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    Re: Remembering the 1985 Cyclone W Cross Country tragedy

    Rest in peace.



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