Note: One of our readers, Thomas Coyne caught an error on the Oregon team photo below, correcting the date to 1965 from 1964. Since the photo probably came from Coach Bowerman's papers, we'll chalk the error up to him. However our sharp eyed and like minded Thomas Coyne did not let it get past him. Then another follow up came from John Lawson, former Kansas All American, bringing more information that Thomas was looking for. Good job guys. If anyone else catches mistakes or has more information to add about our stories, we'll be happy to put that on the blog. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org ed.
1964 NCAA MEET
with kind permission of Finnobar Callanan, Ireland
Bob Hayes chooses to run only the 200 and does so magnificently, clocking a wind aided 20.4. Once again Roberts matches the winning time but gets a second for his troubles. Jerome is third in 20.6. Roberts and Jerome are the meet's top scorers with 16 points.
Today, with the advent of technology, there are seldom ties in running events. This is not the case in 1964. In this meet there are two. The oddity is that they are not in the shortest races. In the 400 Nick Lee of Morgan State has the early lead but Ulis Williams of Arizona State owns the backstretch and takes a two yard lead into the final straight. Kent Bernard of Michigan
At this time Hayward Field had stands inside the track which block the view of the last turn. The 800 field is bunched at the end of a a 54.3 first lap, but down the backstretch John Garrison of San Jose State passes Villanova's Noel Carroll and USC's Bruce Bess
As exciting as the 800 is, the 1500 is even better. There is the Oregon – Oregon State rivalry between Morgan Groth and Archie San Romani. Middle America is represented by Tom Von Ruden of Oklahoma State, Richard Romo of Texas,
|Romo leading a stellar field of milers in another race|
|Romo today Pres. of U. of Texas San Antonio|
Day may be young, but he is not afraid to lead through splits of 58.3 and 2:00.6 with Groth and Von Ruden right on him. On the third lap Tucker takes the lead at the bell in 3:00.2. He leads down the backstretch with Groth on his shoulder. As they approach the final curve push comes to shove, literally. Groth, on the outside, takes a foot lead and cuts for the pole. He has been disqualified for this behavior twice this year. Day is having none of this. He shoves Groth but breaks stride in doing so. The inspector calls it a double foul with no advantage to anyone, so no disqualification.
|Bill Bowerman and Clarence 'Hec' Edmunson coach U. of Washington|
Remember when coaches dressed up for track meets?
Vic Zwolak may be bloody but he is unbowed. Two days later he dominates the steeplechase field with the fastest clocking by an American this year, 8:42.0. Oregon's distance depth pays off with 11 points as Mike Lehner finishes second in 8:50.6 and Clayton Steinke and Ken Moore take fifth and sixth.
The discus is won by New Mexico's “jolly, rolly-polly Negro track nut” (your reporter isn't capable of making this sort of stuff up), Larry Kennedy. who drops the platter 185-2 away to relegate Occidental's Bill Neville to second at 181-7½.
Remember those 24 Oregon points in the javelin? Not only do these three throwers score enough points to top the total of all but five other schools, they comprise the first 1-2-3 finish in NCAA history.
Gail Hopkins of Arizona