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Veatch/Anderson have state finals connection

Posted Monday, July 23, 2012, at 4:02 PM

The other day I did a story about the 1950 and 1959 Bloomfield High School boys cross country teams that advanced to the state.

Jim Veatch, who won the Terre Haute Sectional and finished fifth in the state meet in 1950, had an offer to run cross country and track at Indiana University.

He turned that down but still attended Anderson College, where he still ran.

"Jim felt God's call to attend Anderson College, so away he went," said his uncle Richard Anderson, who sent me an email after the story appeared in The Greene County Daily World.

Anderson attended Martinsville High School, where he was on back-to-back Artesian teams that went to the state finals in cross country.

"We qualified in 1972 and 1973," said Anderson, the father of former White River Valley athlete Kelsey Anderson.

"When Kelsey went to the state finals for the discus in 2009, it meant that she was the third generation of our family to participate at the state meet," said Richard. "But I did not qualify as an individual as Jim and Kelsey did. I was just part of a qualifying team."

Richard said that Veatch currently lives in North Manchester, IN with his daughter.

He sent me his thanks for remembering his mother's brother and his teammates from 62 years ago. It's ironic how things can be connected.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at hargisbj@gmail.com or at (812) 847-4487, ext 12.

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