A long time coming
Pekin head cross country coach Davis Eidahl, right, is given the Distinguished Coaches Award from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union during the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday. Eidahl is the first cross country coach to ever receive the award, which up until this year had been given exclusively to basketball coaches. Eidahl has spent 50 years as a cross country coach, including 49 years at Pekin, where he has guided three girls’ teams to state titles in the past five years. Currently, Eidahl also coaches girls’ basketball and boys’ track and field at Pekin.