Friday, September 13, 2019

V 9 N. 29 May , 1968 Part II

Two issues of TF&N this month so here is the second issue. All hell is breaking loose in Europe' it is the Prague Spring and the streets of Paris are on fire.  Emil Zatopek will soon be forced out of his cushy job in the army and put behind a garbage truck until the citizens of Prague recognize him and run along with the garbage truck he is on.  He will then be sent to work in a uranium mine.

MAY II 1968

Two records have been set since our last report, neither of them providing much excitement. St. Cloud State's Van Nelson gets the collegiate record at six miles and the javelin record for freshman and junior college falls to Marc Murro.
Mark Murro

Van Nelson

Competition is not a factor in either. Nelson is running for the Olympic 10,000 qualifying mark which he gets by 5.6 seconds with a 28:54.4. But the record comes a lap earlier when he passes six miles in 27:56.8, breaking Doug Brown's 27:59.2 set in 1965. He wins by a minute and a half, obviously lapping the field. Murro, also dominant, takes less time to put his name in the record books. His 273-0 wins the national junior college meet by 50 feet.

The performances that were discussed across the breakfast table the next morning were based on competition. Villanova brings its mile and two mile relay teams to Fresno to take on San Jose State and Kansas in the West Coast Relays. Results are mixed.

In the 2MR the first three Kansas kids can't break 1:53, leaving Jim Ryun 35 yards behind Dave Patrick on the anchor leg. The gap proves too much. Patrick is world-class. Though Ryun is up for the challenge, running 1:46.6 and gaining 2.2 seconds, the Wildcats prevail 7:23.6 to 7:26.8.

The mile relay is the order of the day. Fourteen thousand fans stay until 10:12 to see Larry James and Lee Evans tangle on the anchor leg. The weather fails to cooperate as the temperature has dropped to 50 degrees negating fast times. The first three legs for both teams average 48 seconds. James and Evans are together at the handoff. Unfortunately for Evans, Ron Freeman of Arizona State is in the mix as well. Evans has trouble getting by Freeman and by the start of the backstretch is five yards down to James, who two weeks earlier had blazed the fastest quarter-mile ever with his 43.9 split at Penn.

If his task looks hopeless, no one has told Evans. He closes most of the ground by the 200, comes even on the curve and pulls away on the straight to split 44.9. James runs 45.6 but this day belongs to Evans and San Jose. Spartans 3:09.4, Villanova 3:10.1.

An aiding wind is negated by the cool weather. Other outstanding marks are Gayle Hopkins' 26-7¼ LJ, and Earl McCullough's 13.3 HH, both wind-aided. Dave Maggard adds a quarter-inch to his shot put PR with his 65-11 victory. The discus matches former world record holder Jay Silvester and three-time Olympic champion and former world record holder Al Oerter with Silvester the decisive winner 204-9 to 198-10.

Not all the noteworthy action is in Fresno this day. Seven hundred miles north in Corvallis, Oregon, two diverse Washington State teammates stave off strong competition to record significant victories. The meet is the Northern Division (of the PAC-8) consisting of Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.

The WSU athletes are 6-7, 268 lb John Van Reenan and Gerry Lindgren who measures 5-6, 119. Van Reenan easily wins the shot at 61-6¼ but has to dig down to top Tim Vollmer of Oregon State in the discus, 198-5 to 197-10, an eight-foot improvement for Vollmer.

Fast forwarding in history from the New York Times June 21, 1972
LOS ANGELES, June 20 (UPI)—John Van Reenen of South Africa, the discus thrower, has given up hope of finding another country before the Olympic Games.
“There's no way I will be in the Olympics,” said Van Reenen, whose country is barred from the Games because of its policy of racial separation. “Every nation's had or are having their trials.
“I thought I might be able to become a United States citizen, but it's too late now. The trials start next week and there's no way I could become a citizen overnight.”
The 25‐year‐old Van Reenen has been living in California since his graduation from Washington State University. Last weekend, the Amateur Athletic Union barred him and a South African distance runner, Johan Halberstadt, from its championship meet “because South Africa has no reciprocal agreement that lets Americans compete in their championship meet.”

August 23, 2018

SA athletics giant John van Reenen dies

2018-08-23 08:36

Cape Town - South African athletics giant John van Reenen passed away at the age of 71 on Tuesday.
Van Reenen made headlines in 1975 when he broke the discus world record.

During apartheid, Van Reenen left South Africa to study at Washington State University where he was pursuing his art studies on a scholarship. He studied Fine Art throughout his athletics career, specialising in etchings.
In the 1970 season he twice broke the South African record while competing for Washington State, but his major landmark came in 1975, when on March 14, he threw 68.48m to set a new world record in Stellenbosch.
According to Netwerk24, Van Reenen's right foot was amputated in 2013 after he contracted gangrene. His leg was later also amputated under his knee.
The Afrikaans website added that he died from complications from diabetes.
After his track career, Van Reenen  was and artist and lecturer at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.  to see examples of his work clik here.
John Van Reenen

If you are wanting to know more about Tim Vollmer Wikipedia fills in the facts.
Timothy William "Tim" Vollmer (born September 13, 1946) is a retired American athlete who mainly competed in the discus throw. In 1971 he won the AAU title and a silver medal at the Pan American Games. He placed in the top four at the AAU Championships in 1968–73 and finished eighth at the 1972 Summer Olympics.[1] Vollmer is a member of the Portland Interscholastic League Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

Back to Roy's reporting: The previous month Norwegian Arne Kvalheim of Oregon had set the collegiate two mile record of 8:33.2. Lindgren was one of those left looking at his backside in that race. He vowed not to let that be the case in this meet's three mile. Running an uneven pace (4:13 mile, 8:50 2M), Lindgren leads on the last lap until Kvalheim passes him on the backstretch only to have Lindgren rally for the victory with the fastest US time this season, 13:16.4 to Kvalheim's 13:19.2.

For the first time in fifteen years, Oregon doesn't win this meet. Hated rival Oregon State scores big in the sprints to edge the Ducks 84-81 and send the crowd home happy. Of special note is the odd style of OSU high jumper Dick Fosbury who wins with a 6-9¾ clearance by turning and sort of jumping over on his back. Well, you'd have to see it to understand. It's the crackpot sort of thing that will be here today, gone tomorrow. It is as unlikely to catch on as, say, shot putters spinning like discus throwers.

In our most recent entry, we wrote of Compton High's magnificent high jumping talent. Since that time Reynaldo Brown has improved his PR by a quarter of an inch to 7-0¾ and Pat Bradford has shown consistency with a 6-11 clearance to go with his 6-11¾ best. In our earlier report, we stated that there was also an unnamed Tarbabe who had jumped 6-5¾. Apparently, if you haven't cleared six and a half feet at Compton you are doomed to anonymity. We are excited to report that the young man has achieved this standard of acceptance and therefore has been identified. He is the offspring of Mr. and Mrs. Ishman. If your last name is Ishman, your given name is of no importance. Bob, George, Eddie, it doesn't matter. You are destined to be Ishy the rest of your life. Say it with me, Ishy Ishman, Ishy Ishman, Ishy Ishman. Kinda fun, isn't it?  Ishman Family Crest, Coat of Arms

Clearly the Compton coach did not look at Ishy's origins and family name when selecting an event.  Had he done so, Ishy would have been throwing the javelin.  ed.

This from the Book of Names:

Ishman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ishman is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person
  which meant warrior of the spear. Ash, another ancient Saxon name meant spear.

Early Origins of the Ishman family

The surname Ishman was first found in the county of Wiltshire, where they held a family seat 
from very ancient times. Ash, in ancient Saxon meant "spear," therefore Ashman was a
 "spear warrior," and its ancient records are included in the Domesday Book compiled by 
Duke William after his Conquest of England in 1066. It shows them to have had manors and 
estates in Wiltshire.

The New Hayward Field
Latest Report on Hayward Field Construction.  By the way, does anyone know if the stadium
will still be called Hayward Field upon completion?  Check this article from the Sept. 10
Ishman Family Crest, Coat of Arms

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

V 9 N. 28 Conversations with a Longhorn, Walter Belt

Been chatting a bit with Walter Belt, a thrower of consequence at the U. of Texas in the mid 1960's.   He enlightened me on the weight training program at that institution back in those days when benefits from weight lifting were only beginning to be understood and applied to sports other than kicking sand in the faces of runts on the beach.    He informed me of the Stark Center at U of T that is dedicated to two thousand years of weight training with its magnificent collection and archives.
Here is some of our conversation:

August 26, 2019

Please add me to your distribution.     Thanks

Walter Belt        UT Letterman, 65-66-67

Will do, Walter.  How did you find us, through a teammate?   .................................................
 If you wish to make comments, you are more than welcome.  There is a place at the end of each posting which I then screen before putting up. I 've never refused anything unless it sounds like
spam.   ............................  Glad you can join us.  What were your events?

George Brose

Ricardo Romo has been forwarding to me.  He and I were on Texas team in 65 and 66. He graduated and I had one more year. I was a thrower - lucky enough to be in lock step with Randy Matson in high school and college. In high school I was 3rd nationally behind Randy and Bruce Wilhelm. 2nd to Wilhelm at Golden West - Matson went to the AAU nationals. Being a mere mortal I did not keep up with either through college and  afterwards. 2nd at Kansas Relays and 3rd at Texas Relays were my best showings. When I was a senior and they were freshmen I did beat Al Fuerbach at Kansas and Oldfield in Austin. While watching Oldfield with Matson, Matson commented, "If that guy ever learns to dance, he will beat my records". Oldfield was stumbling around the ring and almost falling over but still throwing 65. Same story with Fuerbach and Oldfield, 

Thank you for doing all this. Not much on track and field these days.  With reference to the over 9000 at the dual meet -- I bet there were not many more than 9000 at the natl champs in Des Moines.


Yes, track is in a sad state of affairs.  It is where TV and professional sports and Dancing With the Stars have taken us.    I cannot say I get very excited watching track on TV these days  (even though some of the performances are incredible).
Thanks for writing and telling about yourself.  You were at a great school and in a great program.  Did you do much weight training in your day?  We had a modest weight room with a bench
and a couple of dumbells (not the athletes) at OU. It had a dirt floor under the stands.   It was more than the football team had then.  Oh yes, we also had a spittoon next to the bench.  Mike Lindsay, from Scotland, had insisted on getting some weights.  Lindsay (4th at Rome Olympics in 1960) Dan Irwin, Richard Inman, and Sheppard Miers were our main throwers.  We also had Preston Smith from Grapevine TX and Carl Pelligrini from Dallas.  Carl was a very good discus thrower.  Carl had transferred from a school in Boston.  Once told me about a naked couple jumping off a building on St. Patrick's day in Boston and it only made the fourth page of the papers.  

George – for the day, we had a great weight training facility at UT. It was used by all sports. The room now is the football cheerleaders practice and locker room.

No spittoons!

Our training coach was a phys ed professor. Fyi, UT and the general Austin area has a long history of weight training – or “physical culture” – outside of the team sports. See below link     Readers, clik on this site, it is an incredible source of all kinds of info including audio interviews with many members of the 1968 US Olympic Team.   The Stark Center is a must visit if you are in the Austin area. ed.  

Terry Todd lettered in tennis before the iron bug got a hold of him.    Again Dear Readers if you are into weights, history, or Texas barbeque, you must check this out. ed.

The whole article is something else, but do scroll down to the bit about Mike Graham’s Old Texas Barbell Company.

Graham’s partner, Carol Finsrud, was one of the first female throwers at UT.

And you thought track and field was a cult.

I wonder if that physical culture industry came from the Germans who immigrated into the area around New Braunfels and the like.  They had the 'turnvereins' with a lot of exercise with
Indian Clubs as they were called in English.   Dayton where I grew up and Cincinnati had a number of those gyms in the 1880s.    Pierre de Coubertin the father of the modern Olympics
was impressed by the Germans and the English sport mentality although it was quite different in the two countries.  The French had nothing of the sort except smoking, drinking wine and doing
impressionist painting,  and he didn't think they would fare too well in future wars because of this.  At that time the French could have fought the English as easily as the Germans.  He came to  America too and saw sport in schools and brought the idea back to France.

Walter, I love this kind of story. It's going on the blog.  It's what makes us unique.  All these  guys have stuff in their heads that we've got to
collect before it's forgotten or six feet under.    You may remember Joe Don Looney who played football somewhat infamously at OU after transferring from I think TCU or UT then Cameron JC. Leading punter in the nation and All American running back.   He was heavy into weights and would go down to Baton Rouge in the summer to hang at a gym, where Billy Cannon did a lot of lifting.  Joe Don ran a 9.7  100 yards and was about 225 pounds.  Crazy and proud of it.  He ran track with us in 1963 or 64 to avoid spring football.  How our track coach managed that with the A.D. is anyone's guess but they didn't call Coach Bill Carroll , 'Slick Willie' for no reason.   Bud Wilkinson said that Looney was his first and last JC transfer ever, period.  Once in the spring game Looney purposely went after three unblocked tacklers and ran over each one
and went about 60 yards into the end zone and then walked back to the huddle.   Wilkinson, who was God, with a whistle and clipboard  in Norman, said, "Looney, aren't you ever going to hustle?"    Looney replied,   "Fuck, coach, I'm not ashamed to admit it, I'm tired as Hell."   Almost no one dropped the F bomb in  those days, esp. to persons in supreme authority, but that was Looney.  When OU lost to Texas next season they got rid of him about two weeks later for slugging a grad assistant.  Wilkinson retired and ran unsuccessfully for governor of Oklahoma.  It was said that losing that last time to Texas cost him the election.  Tom Osborne I think is the only football coach that won a major election after football,  becoming a Congressman.  Were there others?


Can any of you Longhorns help me with identifying members of this 1964 Longhorn team?

Top Row:  Left Coach Price,  Ernie Koy (football all American?), 5th from left  Preston Davis
Middle Row  2nd from left  Ricardo Romo

Front row:   second from left  Loy Gunter   , second from right  Chuck Frawley?

And finally:

Last week we mentioned a boy from Wasco, CA setting the HS HJ record.
Reynaldo Brown had a week to bask in the glory of this achievement before Wasco's (CA) Otis Hailey claims the record with a leap of 7-1¾. 

Well, friend Pete Brown, wrote asking if I knew the Merle Haggard song
"I'm a Radiator Man from Wasco", which I didn't.  If you like Merle Haggard  clik here     I'm a Radiator Man From Wasco

Roy fills in the knowledge gap:   Do you know where Wasco is located?  That would be the San Joaquin Valley, just 24 miles from Bakersfield.  The population is 25000.  There are 8000 in the Wasco State Prison.  Not sure if they are counted.  Here is our little known fact of the day.  The area around Wasco grows 55% of all the roses grown in the US.

Monday, August 26, 2019

V 9 N. 27 Dave Edstrom R.I.P.

Image result for dave edstrom decathlon
Dave Edstrom Capping Off His Pan Am Games Decathlon
Victory in the 1500 at Chicago 1959

Dave Edstrom throwing at 1959 Pan Am Games in
Chicago's Soldier Field

David Allan Edstrom
Sept. 10, 1938 - May 9, 2019
David Allan Edstrom was born in Portland and passed away May 9, 2019 in Denver, Colo. He was 80 years old.
David grew up in Sherwood, Ore.,with his parents, Sigward and Elsie Edstrom and sister Janet (Weber). He ran track at the University of Oregon and in 1959, won a gold medal at the Pan American Games and in 1960 made the Olympic team. In 1968, David and his family moved to Colorado Springs where he was the assistant track coach at the Air Force Academy. He went on to become a municipal bond attorney, specializing in public financing of municipalities. 
Edstrom with Rafer Johnson and Steve Anderson of Oregon

U. of Oregon Members of 1960 Olympic Teams
Jim Grelle, Dave Edstrom, Sig Ohleman, Coach Bowerman
Harry Jerome, Jim Grelle, Otis Davis

From Sports Reference Dave's resume follows:

Dave Edstrom won the Pan American Games gold medal in the decathlon in 1959, with his other major decathlon title coming at the 1963 Kansas Relays. At the AAU decathlon, he was runner-up in 1957, 1959, and 1961, and placed third in 1958 and 1963. Edstrom finished fourth at the 1960 US Olympic Trials, which doubled as the AAU Championship, but he made the team as the third American, as [C. K. Yang] of Chinese Taipei finished second to [Rafer Johnson]. Edstrom was world ranked in the top seven for five consecutive years (1957-61). He competed for the University of Oregon, the Emerald Empire TC, the Oregon TC, and the US Air Force.
Personal Bests: 120yH – 13.8 (1960); HJ – 1.95 (6-5) (1958); LJ – 7.29 (23-11¼) (1958); SP – 15.23 (49-11¾) (1960); DT – 52.83 (173-4) (1963); JT – 65.33 (214-4) (1958); Decathlon – 7,870 (1960).
No indication is given as to what happened at the Rome Olympics , but he is only credited with three events completed  100, Shot Put, and  Long Jump

George   and friends:

It is with deep sadness that I am hearing of the passing of Dave Edstrom.  U-of Oregon 1961 Decathlete.
Yet, of course,  I must thank you.

Dave was a member of our group that competed in New Zealand in January of  1962.
Such a great soft spoken guy!   No. pretentions. 
On this trip, Dave was not expected to compete in a decathlon but, ran
 the 110M Hurdles, long lumped, high jumped, and ran 100M as I remember.

Ernie Cunliffe, 1960 Olympian, was my roommate on the trip and, Jim Dupree 800M, S. Illinois U. was also, a member of our group. 
Jim, likewise, passed away over the past 2-3 years. Jim was the - 1961 AAU Champion. at 880 Yd.

Rounding out our group was: Bruce Tulloch of England.
Footnote: All of the tracks we ran on in New Zealand were grass, laid out and surveyed on either Cricket pitches or rugby grounds.
Bruce Tulloch who ran bare foot loved them, as did I. -  (except for running 400M on  rugby grounds); which were much more uneven.
I don't remember breaking 49.0 for 400M on either of these "Tracks". But faired quite well on the Cricket pitches: 1:48.5, 1:49.2, 1:50.6 for
880 Yd.

John Bork
WMU Class of 1961

Sunday, August 25, 2019

V 9 N. 26 May, 1968 Relays Weekend

May 1968 #1
Penn, Drake and Mt SAC all on the same weekend.


Roger Bannister about 1952/53
How do you spell Penn Relays? V-I-L-L-A-N-O-V-A, that's how. The Wildcats dominate with a record five relay wins, the mile, two milefour mile, distance medley and sprint relay.
Of special note is the continued emergence of Larry James as a quarter mile force. The junior has been progressing nicely this season. In February he won the indoor USTFF 500 in 56.0, only half a second off the WR. In March he won the indoor NCAA 440 in 47.0, the fastest ever run on an 11 lap to the mile track. April 6 saw him run his first out of the blocks 440 since high school when he ran 45.2 in a dual meet with Tennessee*. These were merely steps leading to his performance at Penn where he anchored the Wildcats mile relay team to victory with a blistering 43.9 lap, the fastest ever run by a human being under any circumstances.

Whereas James has suddenly appeared on the world stage, he has been competing in track since he was 11. Obviously, he was an extremely talented prospect when he went out for football as a ninth grader at White Plains HS in New York. One needs to question the wisdom of the freshman coach who played him at left guard. Seeing the futility in getting beat up by big guys, James abandoned further gridiron adventure to concentrate on track. As a senior, he was state champ in the low hurdles (18.7) and placed second in the 300 intermediates (38.0). Then it was off to Sacramento for the Golden West meet where demonstrated his versatility, by triple jumping 48-7 to place fourth. More importantly, he was a key cog on White Plains' national record-setting 880 (1:25.4) and mile relay (3:12.7) teams. All this said, he was only the second best quarter-miler on the team behind Otis Hill.
Dave Patrick anchors the sprint medley, distance medley and the two mile yet neither he nor James is selected the outstanding athlete of the meet.
Dave Patrick

Frank Murphy

That honor goes to teammate Frank Murphy who split 1:49.1 for his 880 in the 2MR, broke open the DMR with his 2:53.6 1320 and anchored the 4MR in 4:04.1.
Ian Hamilton, Charlie Messenger, Frank Murphy, and Dave Patrick after their
WR 2 mile relay set earlier in February at the Mason Dixon Games in Louisville.

Tribute to Larry James by Walt Murphy

Drake 1953

Click your heels together three times and say “There's no place like the Drake Relays” and we are in Des Moines where Saint Cloud State senior Van Nelson captivates the crowd with three mile (13:17.4) and six mile (28:22.2) victories.
Van Nelson  tailed by Lou Scott?

 Texas, anchored by Dave Morton's 45.4, runs 3:05.5, the fastest mile relay in the country this season. Lamar Tech and Ohio, anchored by Randy Clewis (45.6) and Emmett Taylor (45.2) are second and third in 3:07.3 and 3:08.1. 

Sunday none of this mattered when the news came that the plane carrying the Lamar relay team of Don Delaune, Mike Favazza, Waverly Thomas, Clewis, half-miler John Richardson and coach Ty Terrell had crashed, killing all aboard.


Continuing west we arrive at the Mt SAC Relays where the highlight is the removal of Jim Ryun as a world record holder. Okay, we're stretching this a bit. Jim was co-owner of a world best, specifically the distance medley. As the DMR is not a recognized WR event, his Kansas team's 9:33.8 was only listed as the fastest ever. As such, it is the target for the Fort McArthur squad of Bob Tobler, Darnell Mitchell, Tom Von Ruden and Preston Davis.
Bob Tobler
Tom Von Ruden
Preston Davis
                             If I could find a picture of Darnell Mitchell I would put it here.

Tobler leads off in 47.2. Mitchell runs the 800 in 1:50.2. Von Ruden's 2:56.1 places responsibility squarely on Davis' shoulders. The former Texas star is up to it, running his mile in 3:59.9 to establish a new world best of 9:33.4. Yep, all that work for four-tenths of a second. Removing some of the glitter from the performance was the fact that much of the crowd is still filing in as the race is being run.


There is a backstory to our Distance Medley World Record.  Originally our Army coach, Ralph Higgins of Oklahoma State fame, had picked Bob Tobler (440), Tom Von Ruden (880), me on the 1320 and Bob Day of UCLA fame for the mile anchor.  He had put the numbers to paper and thought we had a chance to get the WR.  However, after beginning our warmup, Day began to feel weak and complained to Higgins that he didn’t feel well enough to run.  Once Bob began throwing up Higgins knew that he had to find a fourth.  Who?  Higgie settled on Darnell Mitchell who he moved to the 880.  I doubt Darnell had more than 20 minutes to warmup.   Coach asked both Tom and I what we wanted to do and both of us opted for the 1320.  Coach picked me for the anchor.  Higgie tells me later he chose me because of my two recent runs, a 3:40 in the 1500 at the Australian National Championships in March and a 4:01 mile at the Texas Relays in early April. 

I forgot all about the world record attempt and by the time Tobler, Darnell and Tom finish their legs there were no competitors visible on the finish straight…I had to have had a 200+ yard lead.  I had not paid any attention at all to split times by Bob, Darnell and Tom.  I do notice that it’s very quite...there couldn’t have been more than 50 people in the stands and only a few athletes on the infield.  I take off at a decent pace figuring to run around 4:05.  At the first quarter I hear Higgins “62-63” and I was quite content to continue at that pace.  At the 660 pole I hear Higgins screaming at the top of his lungs, “four minutes, four minutes!”  TVR is standing on the finish straight yelling “four minutes gets the world record!”  As I get to the half-mile pole Higgins is yelling splits of “2:04-2:05!”  I’m in trouble as I suddenly realize what is going on and I need to get to 4:00 minutes to have a chance to get the WR.  I get a nice surge of adrenaline as several of our Army teammates are around the track and Higgins is everywhere…he’s about 70 at the time and I am still amazed at the sprinting he must have done to get me the splits at each pole…and I get to the finish line just under 4:00 and .4 clear of KU’s record.  My fondest memory from that day is the hug and kiss on the cheek I received from Coach Higgins when it was announced we had broken the world record.  BTW, if I am not mistaken, Kansas, with Jim on the anchor, breaks the Army world record one year later!

Best regards,

Preston Davis

Randy Matson is up for the challenge of his two closest shot put competitors, Dave Maggard and George Woods. Though not reaching the 70 foot mark that only he had thrown, his 69-1 easily tops Maggard's and Woods' bests of 65-10 and 65-9.
Randy Matson

* Here is a
      reality check for old timers. That Villanova – Tennessee meet mentioned in the third paragraph drew a crowd of 9200. What would any top collegedual meet draw today? Let's rephrase that sentence to include the words “if dual meets existed today”. Your writer recalls early morning runs with a buddy in which, in addition to world problems, the impending USC – UCLA dual was doped out with the score changing on each run. “Sure, SC has three discus guys with better marks, but the UCLA kid is only four feet behind their second and third guys. If he can get a second, that's a six pointchange.”

The high school event to watch this year is the high jump. On April 20, Compton's Reynaldo Brown clears 7-0½ to break Clarence Johnson's national record by a quarter of an inch. He had a week to bask in the glory of this achievement before Wasco's (CA) Otis Hailey claims the record with a leap of 7-1¾. They won't meet until the state meet. Rest assured, our diligent reporters will be there covering it.
In a previous entry we had discussed the great talent of the Compton and Centennial high schools. Let's put this in perspective. Imagine that you are Pat Bradford. On April 23 Pat jumps 6-11¾ to become.....not state record holder, not district record holder, not school record holder, but #2 guy at Compton High. Oh, and by the way, Compton has a third unnamed kid who has cleared 6-5¾. Wonder if he will letter?
In addition to Hailey's HJ, three other national records have been bettered this season. Bob Bornkessel of Shawnee Mission High in Kansas clipped six tenths from Joe Kurzrok's 37.3 record set in last season's Golden West.
Port Neches of Groves, TX no longer holds the 440 relay record but it hasn't left the state. Fort Worth's Kirpatrick High blazed 41.1 to shave off a tenth.
As long as we are in Texas, let's pay homage to the greatest prep shot putter ever, Sam Walker. The Samuel High (Dallas) senior once again broke his own record with a throw of 72-3¼. How dominant is he? He has now bettered Karl Salb's record of 69-6 six times this season and holds 8 of the 10 all time best marks. Only Salb and Dallas Long (69-3) remain on that list. As we are early in the season, it is likely that by season's end, the top ten will be Sam's exclusive territory.
The second T&FN May issue is coming up soon. A highlight will be the name of that third Compton jumper. Stay tuned.

   What a nice blog entry today especially since I knew of many of the athletes.  It also caused me to lament the current demise of the Penn, Drake, and Mt. SAC relays, especially the first two.  Coaches and athletes now have no interest in relays because that is just a weekend wasted without a real opportunity to record an NCAA qualifying mark.  Coaching bonuses and NCAA appearances are all that matters.  Running in front of 52,000 fans at Penn, being part of the Iowa friendly hospitality at Drake, and basking in the huge fields at Mt. SAC are quickly passing away.  Too bad!  Bill Schnier

V 9 N. 29 May , 1968 Part II

Two issues of TF&N this month so here is the second issue. All hell is breaking loose in Europe' it is the Prague Spring and the str...