This Day in Track & Field–May 1


1920—A combined Oxford/Cambridge team set a World Record of 7:50.4 in the 2-mile Relay at the Penn Relays with a lineup of Wilfrid Tatham, Henry Stallard, William Milligan, and Bevil Rudd, who would win Olympic gold in the 400-meter in Antwerp.  udd, a native of South Africa, also won a bronze medal in the 800-meter. Earl Eby was winning the silver medal in the 800 and anchored Penn to wins in the Mile Relay (3:22.4) and Sprint Medley (3:29.0).

Penn State won the first two of its 32 Relay titles, finishing 1st in the 4-mile Relay (18:16.8) and Distance Medley (10:37.2).

PennPenn’srman Landers scored a unique double, winning the Pole Vault(12-6[3.81[) and the Triple Jump

(46-7  ½[14.2]).

Miss Missouri ‘skson Scholz won his second title in the 100-yard dash (10.2/also won in 1918).  Later, Cholz won Olympic gold in the 4×100 in Antwerp and ihe 200 at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

Another Olympic Champion-to-be (110mh) in Antwerp was DartDartmouth’sl Thomson, who won the 1st of his 3 Penn titles in the 120-yard hurdles (15.2).

This was the only year that the Relays were held in May!


Jackson Scholz

Earl Thomson

1954—Stan Lampert threw 59-5  7/8 (18.13) in Asbury Park, NJ, to break Parry O’BrO’Brien’srican Record in the Shot Put (59-2 3/8 [18.04]).  ’BrO’Brienained the record a week later when he broke the 60-foot barrier with a toss of 60-5  ¼ (18.42) in Los Angeles.  ampLampert’sk was never ratified as a World Record.

Lampert was an All-American at NYU, finishing 2nd and 3rd at the 1949 and 1950 NCAA Championships.

Carey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, photo by Bank of America Chicago Marathon/Kevin Morris

1975–Carey Pinkowski, a senior at Hammond H.S. in Indiana, ran 8:56.2 for 2 miles on a cold and blustery day.  y the end of the spring, teammates Rudy Chapa, a junior, and fellow senior Tim Keough had run 8:51.0 and 8:52.8, respectively, giving the school an unprecedented trio of sub-9 2-milers. The coach behind the team was Dan Candiano, a 4:09 miler at DePaul.

            Pinkowski, an All-American at Villanova, has been the Director of the Chicago Marathon since 1990.

            Chapa, who set the still-standing prep 10,000 record of  28:32.7 the following year, won the NCAA 5000-meter title in 1978 and helped Oregon win the team title at the 1977 NCAA X-Country Championships.

            Keough, a former football player, wrestler, and pole vaulter(!), attended Arizona State, but his running career stalled after he broke a bone in his foot during his freshman year.

 Footnote: The late Larry “The “Olonel” Sul” Ivan, one of the sports fans (and a former pilot for the Flying Tigers), flew to Hammond just to meet Candiano and his team.

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A Look Back:

1976–Future Hall-of-Famer Mac Wilkins bettered his previous World Record in the Discus, not once, not twice, but three times at the San Jose Inv. Wilkins, who would win Olympic gold later in the year in Montreal, improved the record on his first three throws, opening with 229-0 (69.80), followed by 230-5 (70.24) and 232-6 (70.86).

Now a coach, Wilkins worked with Ryan Crouser in the weeks leading up to his gold medal-winning performance in the shot put at the 2016 Olympics.


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1976—Auburn freshman Harvey Glance won the 100-meter in 9.9 in Baton Rouge to tie the World Record he shared with many others. Lance went on later in the season to win the first of his two NCAA titles in the 100 and win a gold medal in the 4×100 at the Montreal Olympics (4th in the 100).  t the time of his death in 2023, he was still coaching Kirani James, who he coached at Alabama.  James was the gold medalist in the 400-meter at the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympics and the silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  He completed his Olympic and World Championship medals by winning bronze in Tokyo in 2021 and silver in Eugene in 2022.


1976—Holland’s Jos Hermens, now one of the world’s top managers (among the athletes he has represented—Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele [still]), set world records for 20 kilometers (57:24.2) and the one-hour run (13 miles, 10-yards) in Papendal (Holland), breaking his own previous marks.

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2010—In a remarkable debut at the distance, Chris Solinsky set an American Record of 26:59.60 for 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitation at Stanford. Meb Keflezighi had set the previous mark of 27:13.98 in 2001. Also under Meb’s was Galen Rupp (27:10.74).

            Kenyans Daniel Selel (27:07.85) and LiberLiberty’s Chelanga, who set a Collegiate Record of 27:08.39, finished between the two Americans.

            Solinsky, who won five NCAA titles while at Wisconsin, is now an assistant coach at Oregon…previously coached at William & Mary, Portland and Florida.

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