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Jerry Karver, College Mile King, runs into the record books

May 10, 2016

In 1947, he captured the triple crown of long distance racing, winning all of the national major Mile titles, the IC4A, NCAA and the NAAU, becoming only the second athlete to hold all three titles in the same year.

By Margaret Harner, Berks & Beyond

Gerald "Jerry" Karver was a premier long-distance runner in the United States through high school and a star-studded career at Penn State, where he was captain of the Nittany Lions track team.

His athletic career began on the track at Boyertown High School. In 1940 and 1941, he was state high school champion in the 880, Mile and Cross Country races. In championship events, he set records of 4:27 for the Mile and 2:02 for the half Mile.

For these achievements, Jerry was named Berks County Outstanding Athlete for 1940. He was the first harrier in Pennsylvania to win all three state scholastic track titles in two consecutive years, setting records in all three.

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