CROSS COUNTRY

Cross Country started about 1940 at Port Huron High School and competed in the Eastern Michigan League. The team worked out at White Park And Pine Grove Park. The team won numerous championships as well as several regional meets.

Three coaches have held the reins of Port Huron High School Cross Country for 70% of the time.

1930 Clipping from Lighthouse Newspaper
Home Course Hall of Fame (5 Km.):
Luke Privette 16:19 2007
Adam Roach 16:22 2001
Brad Mallory 16:45 2012
Jason Wilkins 16:51 1994
Joe Pellegrino 16:53 2007
Jeff Giles 16:54 1997
Matt Warren 16:59 1985
R.J. Barton 17:02 2008
Tyler Mueller 17:03 2009
John Spadafore 17:05 1989
School Records by Grade (5 Km.): On any course
Senior: Adam Roach 16:05 2001
Junior: Adam Roach 16:06 2000
Sophomore: John Keyser 16:32 1990
Freshman: Brockton Feltman 17:05 2005
YEAR
COACH
RECORD
1953 Bob Morley 0-7
1954 Mr. Wismer NO RECORDS
1955 NO RECORDS
1956 Earl Borr 2-6
1957-1973 Charles Richards 80-81-1
1974-1976 Tim Pinnix 1-27
1978-1979 Mac Domke 5-28
1980 NO SPORTS
1981-1983 NO CC
1984-2001 Lowell Spiess 80-95
2002-2003 Jim Rathje 1-18
2004-2010 Mike Pionk/Bill Prout 46-60
2011-2017 Mike Pionk 60-88

Lowell was born in Ohio, so he is a Buckeye import. He coached track for 43 years and Cross Country for 27 years. He first taught and coached at the Jefferson Jr. High from 1960-62 and then transferred to Port Huron High in the fall of 1962 where he coached football, basketball and track.
In 1971, Lowell accepted the position of Boys’ Varsity Cross Country and Track Coach at the newly formed Port Huron Central High School. His Cougar Track record was 58-5 with 6 Dual Meet Championships, 2 City Meet Championships, 5 SCAL League Championships and 3 Regional Championships. The 1972 team was 7th and the 1973 team was 4th at the State Finals. His Cross Country team record was 54-17 with 6 SCAL Dual and 5 League Meet Championships and 3 Regional Championships.
In the fall of 1980 he became the Boys’ Head Cross Country and Track Coach at Port Huron High. His Cross Country team record was 79-96 with 1 Dual and 1 MAC Red League Meet Championship. The Big Red Cross Country Team qualified for the State meet for the first time ever in 1995. His Track Team record was 127-34 with 4 EML Championships, 2 MAC Red and 3 MAC White Championships.
Lowell was Conference Coach of the Year 23 times, Regional Coach of the Year 4 times and Times Herald Coach of the Year 7 times. In 2002, the Port Huron Relays were renamed the “Lowell Spiess Relays”. He was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Archbold, Ohio High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Lowell retired from teaching in 1993 but continued to coach Track and Cross Country at Port Huron High School until the spring of 2002.

Adam Roach graduated in 2002 and is now a software engineer, who lives in California. He regularly places in the top of races. He won the Big Sur Marathon in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Big Sur International Marathon is an annual marathon held in California, United States along the Pacific coast. The marathon was established in 1986 and attracts about 4,500 participants annually. The Ultimate Guide to Marathons has consistently voted the Big Sur Marathon as the best marathon in the world.