My first Track & Field News, grabbed from the old Ryans Sports Shop in San Jose featured the Cal State prep meet of 1974. In a picture etched in my brain is Rich Kimball and Andy Clifford digging in for the final, final bit of energy in a mile won in just about 4:06. Kimball won the mile and two that year and his two mile was in 8:44 range. Observant reader Jeff Shaver, a graduate of San Jose State, found the following in the Spartan newsletter:
Kimball Named Nevada County’s Undersheriff
Richard Kimball, ’78 Criminal Justice, new undersheriff of Nevada County, Calif., joined the county’s Sheriff’s Department in 2002 as a deputy. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and to jail lieutenant in 2007. He began his career in law enforcement as an officer in the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department. In 1974, he won the World Cross Country Meet in Milan, Italy–the first American to win the race–and for that achievement scored a cover on Runner’s World magazine.