Gary Carlsen's 196-4 discus throw puts him 15 feet up on the competition. Tommie Smith loses the 100 to Gaoussou Kone of the Ivory Coast but returns to win the 200 in 20.7. Neil Steinhauer wins the shot at 62-11½ and takes third in the discus at 174-5. Van Nelson leads the 5000 and 10,000 until the final straight where he is out-sprinted by home town hero Keisuke Sawaki both times. An injured left arch leaves Wade Bell in sixth (1:48.9) far behind Australian Ralph Doubell's 1:46.7.
Dyrol Burleson Article Clik here. There are some glaring innacurracies which any of our older readers will catch. We choose not to go into them. Ed.
Is Dyrol Burleson back in the game? Maybe. The ex-Oregon great has been maintaining fitness on a 50 mile per week regimen but is now doubling that in preparation for an attempt at making the Olympic team.....George Young is also on the 100m/wk plan in preparation for the Olympics, a quest dependent on whether a bleeding ulcer remains dormant. He says he was in top shape in April when the ulcer kicked up and forced him to curtail training.........
George (and Roy), another state was California, which first contested the two mile run at the state track & field championships in 1965.
- Ralph Gamez of Berkeley H.S. had the honor of being the first 2-mile champ, and he also repeated in 1966.
- The attached JPG pic of the results (from Bill Peck's great book on the history of the Cal State T&F meets 1915-2006) notes that the temperature was 90+ degrees.
That is true, but on the track the temperature was 100+ degrees, and driving around Bakersfield that afternoon, all the temperature displays at commercial buildings were hovering at 103-104 degrees.
- A second footnote declares -- "Mike Ryan (Wilcox H.S., CC) ran 8:57.8 on November 7, 1964 for an all-time California HS best."
- Because of the November date, with a 2-mile run on a track, this most likely was recorded during the 5-man 2-mile time trial for T&F News "Postal National Cross Championship."
- So, George (and Roy) are asking "Why didn't young Mr. Ryan run the 2-mile?"
- In the 1960's, California state rules did not allow an athlete to run 2 distance races in the same meet. Athletes like Mike Ryan and Tim Danielson may well have excelled in two races, even at the state meet, but they had to choose one of three races: the 880, mile or 2 mile.
- So, then, George asks "Well, which event did Tim Danielson and Mike Ryan run in 1965?"
- On this same hot Bakersfield track, Tim Danielson (junior from Chula Vista) became the 1965 state mile champ with Mike Ryan finishing second.
George (and Roy) a second attached JPG file shows the results from that same meet for the 880 -- a phenomenal battle on a sizzling hot track between Richard Joyce and hometown favorite Clark Mitchell, with Joyce prevailing in a then National HS Record of 1:48.8, and Mitchell taking the silver medal in 1:49.3. It was the greatest HS 880 race ever run.
- Also included for fun is a video summary of the 1965 Cal state two mile:
Thanks again for allowing us to relive these classic memories!
Wonderful response Tom. I too got caught up in your answer, and then when I reread Roy's question, I noted that he referred to the number of states having the two mile in (1961) not 1967, the year of this particular replay. While California started running the two mile in 1965, the question was about 1961. This was indeed confusing to all of us, except Roy. George