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This Day in Track & Field–May 28

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By Walt Murphy’s News and Results Service (wmurphy25@aol.com), used with permission.

(Henry Steinbrenner, Tábori, Nehemiah,’16-Pre Classic, Thiam/Born On This Day-Ayden Owens-Delerme, Pukstys, Conover, Musyoki, Koenig-Knudson/R.I.P.-Jim Thorpe)


1927–M.I.T.’s Henry Steinbrenner, whose son George was the owner of the NY Yankees, won the 220-yard low hurdles at the IC4A Championships in 23.9.

Yale’s Sabin Carr won the second of his three Pole Vault titles and became the first man to clear 14 feet (4.27). 15,000 fans attended the meet in Sesquicentennial Stadium (later known as JFK Stadium) in Philadelphia. Cal-Berkeley (yes, that Cal-Berkeley) won the team title.

WR Progressionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men’s_pole_vault_world_record_progression


1955—Hungary’s László Tábori ran 3:59.0 in London, becoming the third member of the sub-4-minute mile club (along with Roger Bannister and John Landy). Also joining the still exclusive (at the time) club were Brits Brian Hewson and Chris Chataway, both of whom were timed in 3:59.8. Chataway was one of the pace-setters a year earlier when Bannister first broke the magical barrier.

             Tábori, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 86, was the distance coach at USC for many years and remained active in the sport as an online coach.

            His Biography, “Laszlo Tábori – The Legendary Story of the Great Hungarian Runner”, was released in 2012.





1960–Jim Beatty dealt Dyrol Burleson a double-blow, beating him to win the Mile at the California Relays in Modesto, and taking away his American Record with his winning time of 3:58.0. Burleson, who finished 2nd in 3:59.2, set the previous AR of 3:58.6 just a month earlier.

1960–Villanova edged Penn State, 38 to 37-1/2, to win the IC4A team title on its home track. The top individual winner was Boston University’s John Thomas, who won the High Jump with a clearance of 7-1  ½ (2.17m). Thomas had set a WR of 7-1  3/4 just a week earlier at the New England Collegiate Championships. Tom Murphy (NYAC) won a special AAU 880y in 1:49.7.

Across the country in Seattle, Cal’s Jerry Seibert won the 880y over Stanford’s Ernie Cunliffe (1:49.0 for both) at the Big-5 Championships. Murphy, Seibert, and Cunliffe would comprise the U.S. 800-meter team at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. (From T&F News)