|Greene and Hines in one of their many races.|
Modesto Hines and Smith clik here
Van Nelson takes the 3 and 6 mile races while Jim Hines works the other end of the spectrum. He runs a pedestrian (for him) 9.6 100 but makes up for it by clipping a tenth from his 220 best with a 20.3 effort. There is no mention of how the hardware is dispensed. One went home with the trophy, the other with a promise. Was there a coin flip? Did they play rock-scissors-paper? Arm wrestle? This information has been lost to history.
|Jim Hines in Mexico a year later.|
Trivia Question: What do Danielson and Simpson have in common?
.....SC coach Vern Wolf has confidence in one of his lads. “Earl McCullough will run 13.2 before he is finished next year.” He laments the loss of Rupert Hoilett, “We miss him badly in the 440 and mile relays.” Verne, your 440 team just crushed the world record by six tenths of a second and you missed this guy? Who would you drop from that squad? Verne isn't done praising his guys. “Gary Carlsen is a real gentleman, a fine student who is going to dental school and look how he throws that discus.”
|Dr. Gary Carlson|
|Coleman working out on his 'home track'|
Our “Making Do With What You Have” award goes to Leon Coleman (he would finish 4th at Mexico in 1968 in the 110HH) of Winston-Salem University, as of this writing the third fastest hurdler in the world. Winston-Salem doesn't have a track. Leon does his training on a grass surface. “Our school finally expects to get a track. We sometimes workout on Duke's track.”.......The credo that success is based on hard work may be true to an extent, but having a genetic leg up is definitely an advantage as per Ron Clarke.
Here is some more on Willie Turner from the Yakima, WA School District Website.
- State Champion both Junior and Senior years in the 100 and 220 yd dashs.
- As a Senior while running the 4th leg of the 4 by 200 yard relay, Willie sprinted his team from last to 2nd recording a 19.8 split time that at that time was the fasted recorded in history for a high school student.
- To this day, Willie holds three school records at Davis in 100 meter at 10.5 sec, 200 meter at 21.2 seconds and long jump at 23 ft 9.5 inches
- While at Davis High School, Willie won 55 of 57 races.
- Attended Oregon State University on a full track scholarship.
- Immediately broke OSU freshman records in the 100 and 220 yard dashes.
- Tied the word record in the 100 yr Dash at 9.1 seconds
- NCAA Champion 220 yd dash
- Pan Am Games - Gold medal in 4 x 100 meter relay, silver medal in 100 m dash
- World Games in Europe was 200 meter Champion and 400 meter Relay Champion
- American Record 4 by 100 yard relay
- Injured in 1968 of all things a PE trampoline accident that prevented him from competing in the 1968 Olympics.
- In 1970 Willie worked hard to return to form and won Pac 8 Champion 220 yd dash setting a Pac 8 record of 20.4 seconds
- Tied Word Record 50 yd Dash and 100 yard dash
- From lane 8, Willie won the 1970 NCAA 220 yard Dash
- In 1970 ranked the top 200/220 Runner in the World
- College Roommate – Dick Fosbury (of Fosbury Flop fame)
- Olympic Camp Roommate – Bob Beamon (1968 world record Olympic long jumper )
- Longtime Friend – Tommy “the Jet” Smith (1968 200 meter Olympic Champion)
- Muhamad Ali
- Mother and Father
"Thanks Joe, Roy is the one who writes these T&FN synopses. I just find pictures, add some color like the Willie Turner piece and edit." George