L.S.U. Tigers Win National Track Meet, 58-54
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Tigers Better World’s Records in Winning Collegiate Meet over Trojans
By Charles Dunkley
Associated Press Sports Writer
Originally published in The Morning Advocate on June 18, 1933
Out of a barrage of flying spikes that tore five accepted World’s records to bits, a surprising team from Louisiana State tonight turned in the most amazing upsets of the season by defeating Southern California’s Trojans for the National Intercollegiate Track and Field championships at Soldier Field, 58 to 54.
Indiana, winner of the 1932 championship, finished third with 37 points, with Stanford fourth with 26 3/7. Michigan, the Western conference champion was fifth with 24 3/5, while Illinois State Normal and Kansas tied for sixth with 22 apiece. Oregon was eighth with 20, Nebraska ninth with 16, and the Colorado Aggies, tenth with 14. Forty teams shared in the scoring.
Gordy Wins Meet
The meet was won in a whirlwind finish to the astonishment of the spectators, when Matthew Gordy of Louisiana State, grabbed his pole and vaulted 14 feet to tie William Graber of Southern California, and keep his team on top after it had led through most of the night.
Before the pole vault Louisiana State had compiled 49 points with the Trojans, who captured the I.C.A.A.A.A. meet at Harvard two weeks ago, trailing with 37. The Trojans, seeking their fourth national championship saw their hopes vanish into the night air when Gordy hoisted his body over the bar. The crowd broke into a cheer as the Southern boys were crowned champions.
In addition to eclipsing five World records, two World records were tied, and seven records for the meet tumbled into oblivion. Glenn Cunningham of Kansas set a new American record in the mile running brilliantly in 4:09.1 in the fist race of the meet.
The Kansas flyer was only six-tenths of a second short of the world record credited to Jules Ladoumegue of France in 1931. Charles Hornbostel, Indiana’s star, found the pact too hot and landed in sixth place. Ray Sears of Butler, followed Hutton, with William Howell of Michigan and Dean Woolsey of Illinois, taking fourth and fifth places.
Hardin Races to New Record
Glenn (Slats) Hardin, Louisiana State’s versatile star, established a new meet record for the 440-yard run, finishing in 47.1 seconds after a blistering battle with Ivan Fuqua of Indiana. Hardin got away in front and managed to withstand Fuqua’s brilliant bid by about a yard.
Ed Ablowich of Southern California, was third; Sid Dean of Iowa, landed fourth, and B. Ward of Oklahoma, and Tompkins of Southern California took the other two places. The former N.C.A.A. record was 47.7 seconds, by Emerson (Bud) Spencer of Stanford, in 1928.
Torrance Bests World Mark
Jack Torrance, 265 pound giant from Louisiana State, reared back and heaved the 16 pound shot 52 feet 10 inches to better the accepted World record. His effort surpassed the 52 feet 7 7/8 inches of Z. Heljasz of Poland, recognized as the World record, but was short of Leo Sexton’s American mark of 53 feet ½ inch.
Gus Meier of Stanford, scored over the 120 yard high hurdles in 14.2 seconds, equalling the accepted World record, credited to Percy Beard of the New York A.C. Meier led all the way but outfinished Al Moreau of Louisiana State, only by inches. His time was a tenth of a second slower than the meet record set last year by the late George Saling of Iowa.
L.S.U. Takes Early Lead
After six events had been completed Louisiana State was leading with 28 points. Southern California, the favorite, had 21 for second, and Michigan was third with 20. Indiana followed with 15 and Kansas and Illinois State normal had 14 each.
Hornbostel, the Indiana iron man, came back in the mile to race the 880 yard run in World record time. After a terrific struggle down the stretch, the Hoosier lunged past Cunningham to win by about two inches in 1 minute, 50.9 seconds. The time equalled Ben Eastman’s unofficial World record, and bettered the accepted mark of 1:51.6, made by Dr. Otto Peltzer of Germany, in 1926.
L.S.U. Holds Lead
Louisiana State still led after ten events, with a total of 34 points. Southern California and Indiana were tied for second with 29.
After taking and losing the lead, Myron Pilbrow, tiny distance runner, from Grinnell college, Grinell, Ia., staged a last spurt to beat out Cliff Watson of Indiana, by two steps in the two mile. His time 9:22.8, was about six seconds behind the meet record set by Charles Shugart of Miami university, last year. Joe McCluskey, famous Fordham two miler finished fourth just a step behind Harvey of the Colorado Aggies.
Slats Cracks Second Record
Hardin became a double winner and kept Louisiana State in the lead in the point total by winning the 220-yard low hurdles, in 22.9 seconds, one-tenth of a second faster than the accepted World record made by Charles Brookings of Iowa, in 1924. However, it was two-tenths of a second slower than the meet record, established last year by Jack Keller of Ohio State.
With 13 of the 15 events finished, Louisiana State was out in front with 49 points. Indiana was second with 37, and Southern California trailed the Hoosiers by a point.
Duncan McNaughton of Southern California, Olympic high jump champion and Vincent Murphy of Notre Dame, tied for first place in the event at 6 feet, 4 inches, not up to the best performance of either. Watkins of Abilene Christian, Willis Ward of Michigan, L.G. Richey, Alabama Poly; Howard Spencer, Geneva college, and M. Jameson of Colorado tied for the other three places.
Purvis, Purdue football star fell only three-fourths of an inch short of the meet record in the javelin, tossing the spear 216 feet, 6 ¼ inches.
Gordy Soars Fourteen Feet
The struggle for the national collegiate track and field championship developed into a close battle between the surprising Louisiana State team, and Southern California at Soldier field, with the final result hinging on the pole vault. Until this event, Louisiana State was leading with 49 points, to 45 for the Trojans.
Matt Gordy, tiny L.S.U. vaulter, clinched the meet for the Louisiana team, when he cleared 14 feet in the pole vault to tie for first place with Southern California’s star, Bill Graber.
Tigers Head of Scorers
Table of the twelfth annual National Collegiate Athletic association track and field meet tonight:
Louisiana State, 58; Southern California, 54; Indiana, 37; Stanford, 26 3/7; Michigan, 24 3/5; Illinois State Normal, 22; Kansas, 22; Marquette, 20 6/7; Oregon, 20; Nebraska, 16; Colorado Aggies, 14; Chicago, 10; Grinnell, 10; Purdue, 10; Notre Dame, 9; Pittsburgh (Kan.) Teachers, 9; Abilene Christian, 8 3/5; Illinois, 8; Arizona, 8; Butler, 6; Detroit City College, 6; Denison, 6; Ohio State, 6; Elmhurst (Ill.), 6; Rice Institute, 6; Geneva (Penn.), 4 3/5; Fordham, 4; West Virginia, 4; Iowa, 4; Wichita, 4; Oklahoma, 3; Alabama Poly, 2 3/5; Colorado, 2 3/5; Texas A&M, 2; TCU, 2; Pomona, 2; North Dakota State, 2; Washington, 1; Iowa State, 1; Emporia Kansas Teachers, 1.
L.S.U. Has Most Champions
The national collegiate track and field champions crowned at Solder field tonight (Figure at end indicates time):
100-Yard Dash – Ralph Metcalfe, Marquette university, :09.4.
220-Yard Dash – Ralph Metcalfe, Marquette university, :20.4.
440-Yard Run – Glenn Hardin, Louisiana State university, :47.1.
880-Yard Run – Charles Hornbostel, Indiana university, 1:50.9
Mile Run – Glenn Cunningham, Kansas university, 4:09.8
Two Mile Run – Myron Pilbrow, Grinnell college, 9:22.8
120-Yard High Hurdles – Gus Meier, Stanford university, :14.2
220-Yard Low Hurdles – Glenn Hardin, Louisiana Sate university, :22.9
Pole Vault – William Graber, Southern California, and Matthew Gordy, Louisiana State university, 14 feet.
High Jump – Duncan McNaughton, Southern California, and Vincent Murphy, Notre Dame, 6 feet 4 inches
Shot Put – Jack Torrance, Louisiana State university, 52 feet 10 inches.
Discus Throw – Henri Laborde, Stanford, 163 feet 3 ¾ inches.
Broad Jump – John Brooks, Chicago, 24 feet 4 ¾ inches.
Javelin Throw – Duane Purvis, Purdue, 216 feet 6 ¼ inches.
Hammer Throw – Roderick Cox, Michigan, 156 feet ¾ inch.