The 1974 spring track team went undefeated in dual meet competition, the second undefeated team under head coach Bob Lawson. In addition, the Falcons tied for first in the Prep State Meet with Lawrenceville, a team they had easily beaten earlier in the season in a dual meet. The state meet was decided in the mile relay team, where Peddie placed first but was disqualified for an illegal zone pass. If the relay had counted, it would have been a solid Peddie victory.
Outstanding performances highlighted the 1974 season. The 480-year shuttle hurdle relay team of Dave Rogers, Craig Avedesian, Rich Feaster, and Pete McConnell broke the Peddie School record with a 1:06.0. Mike Price, a sophomore, long jumped 22’2”. Turned the 440 in 50.7 to win the state meet, and anchored the mile relay in 50.0. J.P. Flynn, a junior ran the two-mile in 9:51.9 while Mike McCrab covered the distance in 10:00. Bill Stuart, a senior, ran the mile in 4:32. Kevin Smith, a senior, ran 100 yards in 10.1 and 220 years in 21.7. Pete McConnell, a junior won the Peddie Relays 330-yard intermediate hurdles event in 41.0 and won the state prep meet with a 41.5.
Leading the Peddie Scorers for the season were Mike Price in the long jump, 440, and mile relay; Brian Cooke in the 440 (53.0( and the mile relay; Craig Avedesian, Dave Rogers, Rich Feaster, and Pete McConnell in the hurdles; J.P. Flynn, Mike McCrabb, Bill Stuart, and Steve Ranson in the distances; in the weights Mark Pektack placed 3rd in the state shot put with 46’; and John Neely and Al Schumer threw the javelin.
The outstanding devotion and determination brought this team through with such great performances culminating in one of Peddie’s finest track teams.