April 21-23 finds us in Lawrence, Kansas for the Kansas Relays. On the first day Jim Ryun gives the crowd a reason to come back the next two days when he anchors the Kansas frosh distance medley with a 3:59.0 mile and a 53.6 last lap. On the 23rd here he is again, this time in the Glenn Cunningham Mile.
A faster pace puts him at 3:00.7 at the 1320 but leaves plenty in the tank for a 55.1 finish and a collegiate record of 3:55.8, breaking Bob Day's 3:56.4 set last year. You would think that would be enough, but Jim is a team guy. He rounds out his day with a 47.0 anchor on the Kansas frosh mile relay team. Jim turns 19 next week.
Mt. Sac Relays
Closing our eyes, clicking our heels together three times and repeating the phrase, “There's no place like Mt. SAC” and suddenly here we are on the very same weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California.
|Dr Gary Carlsen,|
now a dental surgeon in Huntington Beach , CA
would go on to make the US team in Mexico City
Southwest Conference Championships
|Mike Manley last year in Eugene with your intrepid reporters|
San Jose State All Comers Meet
|Tommie Smith besting Lee Evans in 44.8|
As great as Tushaus' throw is, it may not be the best field event performance of the evening. Randy Matson is back in form. He disposes of the possibility of a challenge by Neil Steinhauer with an opening throw of 69-2, a mark that only he has surpassed and then only twice. Steinhauer's 64-6, betters the 64-2¾ personal best of.....wait for it......Perry O'Brien, who demonstrates the possibility of potential in this event. Once the shot put competition is disposed of, Matson wins the discus at 195-11, especially impressive as he beats all the country's best throwers save the absent Al Oerter. Likely they will tangle soon.
Boxed in the 100?
Many of our readers are long time track guys, greatly experienced, tellers of great track and field stories. Okay, let's try this on for size. How many times have you seen someone lose a 100 yard dash because he was boxed? See answer below?