Jeff Ickes '74

A four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track and field at Grove City College, Jeff Ickes became the first Wolverine runner to compete in the NCAA Championships in both sports.

A graduate of Shaler (Pa.) High School, Ickes quickly became a key figure for the Grove City cross country team by helping the squad to an undefeated season and the Penn-Ohio championship in 1970.

Two years later, he helped lead Grove City to the 1972 NCAA College Division Championships. Ickes placed 82nd individually and the Wolverines placed 32nd in the team standings.

As a senior in 1973, Ickes captured fourth place at the Penn-Ohio Championships. He also set a new program record for five miles with a time of 25:34.

That year, Grove City qualified for the inaugural NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. Ickes took 50th place, helping Grove City to a 19th-place finish in the team standings.

Ickes also excelled in the distance events for the track and field program during his career. He set a new Grove City record in the three-mile run with a time of 14:29. Ickes also set a new six-mile College standard with a time of 30:11. He closed his career by qualifying for the 1974 NCAA Division III Championships in the six-mile run.

The College honored Ickes as its 1973-74 Sportsman of the Year.

Ickes graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1974. He earned his master's degree at Slippery Rock State in 1975. Ickes then
received his Ph.D. from Kent State in 1981.

He is a professor of counseling and psychology at Troy University. He has worked for over 35 years as a therapist, teacher and counselor trainer.