Hall of Fame Inductee - 1941 - 880 Yard Relay Team
Having won a district title in the 880-yard relay in 1940, the Quincy High school track figured to contend for another state appearance in the event by returning stalwarts Harold Krull and Duke Curran.The addition of Lee Haney gave the Blue Devils more speed, but little did anyone expect Ken Seiz to anchor one of the school's greatest relay teams ever. "It amazed us when he ran in practice when track season started because he'd never run that fast before," Curran said. "He couldn't beat us, but now he could. We found out during his junior and senior years he ran home for lunch. He showed up in the spring a new man." It made the 880-yard relay team a title contender. A week before the district meet, the Blue Devils set a meet record at the Fort Madison Relays by winning in 1:32.1. The next week, the foursome broke the district record, previously set by Galesburg in 1938, by winning in 1:34.0 in windy, cold conditions at Q Stadium. At the state meet in Champaign, the QHS quartet - Curran, Haney, Krull and Seiz in order - ran the fastest time in school history, finishing first in 1:31.3. Evanston took second and Maine third in the event. It is the only relay team in school history to win a state championship.
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