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Bloom Township Track & Field Records
(Combined Bloom and Bloom Trail Records)

Event Athlete(s)                                                                                      Time              Year
55 Meters J. Walker                                                                                6.16               2001
55 Meter High Hurdles J. Jackson                                                     7.26               2005
200 Meters T. Moore                                                                              22.0               2001
300 Meters G. Carter                                                                            31.9                1977
400 Meters K. Williams                                                                       49.78              2012
600 Meters J. Hoskins                                                                          1:15.5             1984
800 Meters J. Small                                                                             1:55.4             1976
1600 Meters T. Bauer                                                                          4:17.1             1975
3200 Meters J. Small                                                                          9:08.1             1 976
Sprint Medley J. Walker, K. Mannie
Ts. Andrews, G. Grabarek                                                                 3:39.4              2000
800 Meter Relay J. Walker, T. Moore
H. Prather, Tl. Andrews                                                                    1:31.13             2001
1600 Meter Relay B. Rodgers, H. Kennedy
O. Burnett, B. Collins                                                                         3:26.0               1972
Event Athlete Distance Year
Long Jump D. Moore                                                                         24' 4-3/4"          1998
Triple Jump E. Tate                                                                         49' 10-3/4"         1976
High Jump C. Whitfield                                                                  6' 8"                      1983
Pole Vault T. Johnson                                                                      16' 7"                    1974
Shot Put H. Benberry                                                                      61' 6"                      1967

Event Athlete(s)                                                                             Time                        Year
100 Meters K. Mannie                                                                   10.24                     2000
110 Meter High Hurdles J. Jackson                                          13.8                       2005
200 Meters A. Mayo                                                                      21.2                        1985
300 Meter Low Hurdles O. Meeks                                              38.2                        1979
400 Meters Ts. Andrews                                                               48.22                     2002
800 Meters J. Brooks                                                                    1:52.1                      1982
1600 Meters T. Bauer                                                                  4:15.6                       1975
3200 Meters L. Lenting                                                               9:01.8                      1975
400 Meter Relay T. Moore, Ts. Andrews
Tl. Andrews, J. Walker                                                               41.44                        2001
800 Meter Relay G. Carter, J. Rose
K Monroe, K Mannie                                                                    1:27.49                               ?
1600 Meter Relay B Collins, J Smalzer
H. Kennedy, J. Johnson                                                              3:16.5                       1971
3200 Meter Relay D Carrizales, M Lenke
T. Bauer, J. Small                                                                        7:36.83                     1976
Event Athlete Distance Year
Long Jump J. Jordon                                                                 24' 9"                            1993
Triple Jump J. Jordon                                                              51' 10-1/2"                  1993
High Jump K. Williams                                                           6' 10"                              1986
Pole Vault T. Johnson                                                              16' 7"                              1974
Shot Put H. Benberry                                                              62' 10-1/4"                   1967
Discus H. Benberry                                                                173' 4-1/2"                     1967


Issac Jefferson sets the National Interscholastic Indoor Record for  pole vault at 13'4 3/8".


Homer Thurman is still considered as one of the greatest all around athletes in the history of Bloom HS. Homer set nearly all of Bloom’s basketball records while he was in school. He was on the varsity for four years and led his team into the state tournament twice. Homer was also the Illinois State High Jump Champion as well as a member of the state champion mile relay team. In football, he was an all state receiver/defensive back. 

Leroy Jackson (born December 8, 1939 in Chicago Heights, Illinois)is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Western Illinois University and is a member of the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

On Dec. 8, 1962, his 23rd birthday, Jackson caught an 85-yard touchdown pass for the Redskins from quarterback Norm Snead in a 34-21 loss to the Baltimore Colts. He had been a first-round NFL draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, the 11th player selected in the 1962 draft.

Jackson was the Illinois state champion in the 100 yard dash three years in a row for Bloom High School from 1956-58.

Elzie Higginbottom Jr.                 Homer Thurman


Housing developer Elzie Higginbottom, Jr. was born on November 24, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to Elzie Higginbottom, Sr. and Katherine Skaggs Higginbottom. His parents instilled entrepreneurial and service values within him. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1965 with his B.A. degree in Agricultural Economics and was an accomplished athlete in men’s track and field. In 1963, he was named NCAA outdoor All-American, placing fifth in the 440-yard dash in national competition. He also won Big Ten indoor titles in the 440. Higginbottom was a three-time Big Ten champion, anchoring the mile relay to a conference title in 1962. He also held the University of Wisconsin records in the indoor and outdoor 440-yard dash for more than 20 years. Higginbottom was later honored by the university with the “distinguished alumni award.” All of his success as a track athlete taught him how to focus and discipline himself, which proved invaluable in his real estate endeavors.

LeRoy Jackson Three Time State Champion

1957 State Champs

Track 1958

Repeat state champs.  The 13 man team representing Chicago Heights at state scored an astonishing 39 1/5 points, seventh highest in the 63 years of state track.  Fred Macklin and Leroy Jackson were responsible for 21 ½ points.  The squad took 6 first places and scored in 9 of the 14 events.  At the district track meet held for the first time at Bloom, the Trojans dominated.  They took first in all but 1 of the 14 events. Bloom totaled 92 ¼ points with runner up Kankakee scoring only 19 points.  Records were set in the 440, mile relay, broad jump and high jump, all by Bloom.