Hardin, Torrance Set New Marks; Gordy Saves Day with 14-foot Pole Vault; Trojans Second
By Maurice McCann
Special to The Times-Picayune
Originally published in The Times-Picayune on June 18, 1933
Led by the brilliant Glenn Hardin, who shattered world’s records in both the quarter-mile and the 220-yard low hurdles, Bernie Moore’s fine Louisiana State University track team sprang a startling surprise here tonight by winning the national intercollegiate championship from a field that included Southern California, I.C. 4A champions; Indiana, defending champion, and Michigan, Western Conference kingpins.
The final team standing was Louisiana State the winner with 58 points and Southern California second with 54 points. Indiana finished in third place.
Little Matt Gordy, 135-pound senior pole vaulter, saved the day, or rather the night and the year for the Tigers when he cleared 14 feet to cinch the meet for Old Louisiana. This mark is more than half a foot better than the veteran Bengal has ever done during his three years of varsity competition.
Graber of Southern California got over the bar on his second effort. Three others, including Gordy, were left in the running. If either of the two beat out Gordy for second and Graber won the meet would have gone to Southern California.
Gordy Sails High
Gordy steeled himself for his best effort on his last try. He came down the runway with all of the speed his little body could muster. He sailed into the air. Higher and higher. His little body went across the bar. He threw his arms high into the air.
But one of them hit the bar on the downward fall and the cross bobbled. A fair breeze was blowing, making it appear that perhaps the bar would fall. But it didn’t, and old Louisiana athletes and supporters rushed up to hug and squeeze the little pole vaulter. He had saved the day and given L.S.U. the greatest track triumph any old Louisiana team has ever scored.
Graber and Gordy both tried 14 feet 2 inches. Both were tired after more than two hours of vaulting and neither came close to getting over although Gordy came closer than his rival.
Jack Torrance, giant all-around star, got off a winning toss on his last try in the shot, the iron ball sailing 52 feet 10 inches, which surpasses the recognized world’s record by almost three inches. Baby Jack came back with a third-place heave in the discus. Al Moreau, veteran Old Louisiana hurdler, was nosed out in the high hurdles, but came back with a nice effort in the low hurdles to place sixth and give the Tigers another point.
Buddy Blair, Old Louisiana all-around soph, won fourth place in the javelin.
Hardin’s performance in the quarter was remarkable. The Tiger flier was set one yard for breaking the gun. This gave such brilliant men as Fuqua of Indiana and Ablowich of Southern California a one-yard head start. “Slats” lost inside rail at the 150-yard mark. He pulled away from Fuqua, running in second place, and held a three-yard advantage 120 yards from the promised land.
Fuqua made his bid about this time and he closed in on Hardin, inch by inch, but 20 yards from the finish he realized it was a hopeless task and he faltered, although the Tiger star was tiring. The time was 47.1, which is 3-10ths of a second better than the recognized world’s record.
The low hurdles were just a breeze for Hardin. He took the lead about midway in the race and cantered home a winner by three yards in 22.9, which is 1-10th of a second better than the recognized world’s mark.
Moreau Off Slowly
Moreau was off to a rather slow start in the high hurdles, allowing Gus Meier of Stanford, to get at least a yard lead before they reached the second hurdle. The big Louisiana Frenchman put on the juice and inch by inch he closed the gap.
He was trailing the West coast star by several inches when they went over the last hurdle and he closed part of this small gap before they both broke the tape. It was the closest thing to a dead heat staged during the two-day meet. Meier’s winning time was 14.2, which equals the world’s record of Percy Beard, former Auburn star.
Torrance’s third-place heave in the discus was 147 feet 7 inches. The winning throw by LaBorde of Stanford, was 163 feet 3 3-4 inches, which set a new meet record. Blair’s fourth place in the javelin was 195 feet 6 1-2 inches. Purvis of Purdue won the event with a toss of 216 feet 6 1-4 inches.
The Bengals’ victory was made the more remarkable by the fact that only five Old Louisiana stars figured in the scoring, Hardin winning the two first places, Torrance a first and a third, Moreau a second and a sixth, Gordy tying for first and Blair a fourth.
Coach Moore was given a fine ovation from the several thousand fans when he was called to the winners’ stand and saluted as the coach of the national championship team.