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LSU’s dominance in track and field can be traced back to the 1933 season when the Tigers won their first national championship at Chicago’s Solider Field under the guidance of legendary head coach Bernie Moore. Next week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships mark the 75th anniversary of that historic victory that helped lay the foundation for one of the elite programs in all of collegiate track and field.

Second in a five-part series remembering LSU’s first national champions takes a look at the coverage of the meet provided by The Morning Advocate in Baton Rouge and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans on the morning of June 18, 1933 following the Tigers’ thrilling victory.

L.S.U. Tigers Win National Track Meet, 58-54

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.

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L.S.U. Athletes Break World Records to Triumph in Intercollegiate Meet

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.

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