Regarding your May story “Best Track Teams Ever” in Belmond High School history: Your story inspired me to see what other BHS teams would be a close second to the 1960 Indoor and Outdoor State Champions and the 1992 and 2010 Runners-Up.
Two teams that deserve some recognition would be the 1976 team that placed third in Class B under coach Mike Long (member of the 1960 team) and the 1984 team that placed fourth in Class 2A under coach Larry Daniels.
From 1975-1986, BHS boys track teams won 59 of 83 invitationals that includes eight NIC titles, six district titles and eight top ten state track team finishes in 12 years. The head coaches included Mike Long, Keith Schmidt and Larry Daniels, and assistant coach Claude Post.
From 1956-1966 BHS earned nine NIC titles. Since 1930, Belmond has won 23 conference titles, followed by Forest City with 16.
BHS Class of 1984