Chrisman Cowchip Classic
Getting to run at Detweiller was one of my earliest running goals. This is the mecca of Illinois cross country. Craig Virgin, world cross country champion, still holds the record from the early 70’s. 19 days before Thanksgiving there is not a place on earth like Detweiller Park. Being top 25 and an All-Stater was my goal from the first race I ever ran as a 7th grader.
For a lot of people, heading out to the country and running in a cow pasture may not be their idea of a nice late summer Saturday morning, but in East Central Illinois there is no other place to be. The Chrisman Cowchip Classic. A grueling three mile course set up in a cow pasture with fresh evidence of cows scattered everywhere. The course winds up and down “Kill Hill” a total of six times in the two lap race.
When finding an assistant coach I wanted a runner, able to work six days a week with very little pay, long hours, and no benefits. It was hardly an ad for the average person, but to a runner it actually sounds pretty cool. Over the summer I have had a few people interested in the assistant coaching job at STM, but none of them ended up working out.
Hello, my name is David Behm and I am the Head Cross Country Coach at The High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign, Illinois. I coach both the men’s and women’s teams. STM is small Class A catholic school that is only 13 years old. We have an enrollment of roughly 290 students.