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This Day in Track & Field–June 11

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


1927—Auburn senior Weems Baskin (14.9) won the 120y-Hurdles at the NCAA Championships at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

He would become the long-time coach at the University of South Carolina

Other winners included:

Washington junior Herman Brix Shot Put  46-7  ¼ (14.20); Would win the silver medal at the 1928 Olympics

Michigan State senior Fred Alderman 100y (9.9) 220y (21.1/straight)

Butler senior Hermon Phillips 440y 48.5 MR

Illinois senior John Sittig 880y 1:54.2 MR

Iowa State senior Ray Conger Mile 4:17.6 MR

Georgia Tech sophomore Ed Hamm Long Jump 24-1




1932—Marquette sophomore Ralph Metcalfe was a double winner at the NCAA Championships in Chicago. He set an American Record of 10.2 for 100-meters (timed in 9.5 for 100-yards) and a World Record of 20.5 for 220-yards on the straightaway (AR of 20.3 for 200-meters).  Metcalfe would go on to win silver in the 100, bronze in the 200, at the Los Angeles Olympics later in the season.

        Another sophomore, Kansas’ Glenn Cunningham, got credit for two American Records–winning the Mile in 4:11.1 and being timed at 1500-meters in 3:53.1.

        Iowa’s George Saling set a Collegiate Record of 14.1 in the 120-Yard Hurdles.






1949–The great Emil Zátopek set a World Record of 29:28.2 for 10,000-Meters in Ostrava.

WR Progressionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10,000_metres_world_record_progression

1954–Parry O’Brien had the greatest series in history in the Shot Put at the Southern Pacific AAU meet in Los Angeles.

The former USC Trojan opened with a modest 57-3 (17.45), then improved to 59-1/2 (17.99+) with his 2nd toss. Next was a throw of 60-5  ½ (18.42+), just ¼” short of his World Record of 60-5  ¾ (18.43). He got his 1st WR of the day with his 4th throw of 60-6 (18.44) before backing off to 60-1/2 (18.30) in the 5th round. The 1952 Olympic Champion saved his best for last, improving the World Record to 60-10 (18.54) on his final throw. He would set a total of 10 official  World Records during his career and would win a 2nd Olympic title in 1956.

WR Progressionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men%27s_shot_put_world_record_progression


1955–UCLA’s Rafer Johnson scored 7,985 points in the Decathlon in Kingsburg, California, to break Bob Mathias’s 3-year old World Record of 7,887. Kingsburg is home to Rafer Johnson Junior H.S.

WR Progression: http://www.decathlon2000.com/eng/844/

1966–Tommie Smith set a World Record of 20.0 for 220-yards in Sacramento. Henry Carr set the previous mark of 20.2 in 1964.  Smith had set a WR of 19.5 for 220-yards on the straightaway the previous month.