At Mr. Newton's retirement celebration this past year people came in from all over the world to wish him well. I have a picture of my son, who is now coaching at a high school in the same district in IL that York is in, with Coach N and with Don Sage, and with Marius Bakken, who came all the way from Norway for just the celebration. I was privileged to know him for many years, to know that his influence on my kids was immense, and to know that his sense of integrity was beyond reproach-no matter what others thought about how he coached or how his runners ran. I have nothing but respect for him, and know that high-school XC in the US would not be the same without him. 28 state titles in IL in 50+ years- and no other team has, I think, more than 5.