1924 Lee Barnes b. 7-16-1906, Salt Lake City, UT, won the pole vault in 3.90 meters.
not the favorite he prevailed over the US champion. Also of note the World Record holder
in the pole vault Charles Hof of Norway had injured an ankle and could not jump, but instead
ran the 800 and finished 8th in 1:56.7. Quite a Plan B don't you think? Barnes is the only
person to perform as a stunt double for Buster Keaton as seen at 2:16 in this video.
Lee Barnes performing for Buster Keaton
1928 Betty Robinson Running in only her fourth track meet won the 100 meters at Amsterdam. A
few years later was injured in a plane crash and did not compete at Los Angeles in 1932.
1936 Helen Stephens b. Feb., 1918, Fulton, MO. The Fulton Flash in her first ever race set a
WR at 50 yards, beating Stella Walsh. At Berlin, she won the 100, ran on the gold medal
4x100 and finished 9th in the discus. PBs 100y 10.8, 200m 24.1, SP 44'11 1/2", (13.70)
and discus (39.50) at Berlin.
1936 Louis Zamperini b. Jan. 1917 finished 8th in the 5000 as a recently graduated 19 year old.
Went on to fame with his war exploits.
1948 Bob Mathias Tulare, CA, won decathlon at 17 in London and then set WR winning again in 1952.
1956 Eddie Southern, b. January 4, 1938 won the silver medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games in the 400IH as an 18 year old.
Oak Cliff TX newspaper The Oak Cliff Advocate claims in this article that he graduated in 1955, but that may be a mistake as there were some other errors in their story. So we will give him a pass since Preston says he didn't enroll in UT until after the Olympics and that he graduated in 1956. Here's the account from the Oak Cliff Advocate
Eddie Southern began running races at W. E. Greiner Junior High School before entering Sunset, where he set state and national high school records ablaze. The 1955 graduate competed as a member of the ’56 USA Olympic Track Team that traveled to Melborne, Austrailia, and stood on the podium as the 440-meter hurdles Olympic silver medalist. Along with his USA teammate Glenn Davis, Southern broke the world record in the pre-lims, and then both men broke it again in the finals. Southern was leading the pack until the last hurdle, when Davis passed him by and grabbed the gold. Southern went on to lead the University of Texas Track Team to Southwest Conference championships in ’57, ’58 and ’59, setting more individual records in multiple events.
Breaking news. Eddie Southern D.Q'd. Some back checking by Preston Davis indicates that Eddie did indeed graduate in 1955. Therefore his double at the Texas state meet most likely was in 1955 as well. Then he must have enrolled at UT in Fall 1955 and attended Spring 1956. He ran for UT as a soph in 1957 and may have sat out in Fall 56 in order to compete in the Melbourne Olympics. So he would have had some college time before going to the O's even though he was still 18 in 1956.
Went on to WR in 1500, Mile, 880, and a silver medal in 1500 in 1968.
1964 Gerry Lindgren b. March 9, 1946. Finished 9th in 10,000 meters at Tokyo. Earlier that
summer had won 10,000 in the USA USSR dual meet. Eleven time NCAA champion.
1976 Houston Mctear made US team in 100, but had to withdraw due to injuries. Replaced
by another high school athlete, Johnny Lam Jones.
1976 Johnny Lam Jones b. April, 1958, Lawton, OK. Replaced McTear and finished 6th in
the 100 meters. Won a gold on the 4x100.
1976 Dwayne Evans b. Oct. 13, 1958, P:hoenix, AZ. Won bronze in 200 at Montreal, 20.43.
Ran at Arizona State, won 200 AAU 1978, and NCAA 1981.
2004 Allyson Felix Born in November 1985, Allyson was still 18 when she made the US team
and earned a silver medal in the 200. Technically she had graduated in 2003 and so was a
year out of high school and had turned pro, but we think she earns a pass, because of her age.
2016 Sydney Mclaughlin b. 7-8-1999. Her future awaits.
2016 Vashti Cunningham High Jump Don Betowski reminded us that Vashti is also a recent high school
graduate from Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, NV. Her dad Randall Cunningham was also a pretty decent high jumper as well as an all Pro quarterback.