A little humor, a little history
Stubborn vaulters: One medal equals two… In the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Japanese pole vaulters, Shuhei
Nishida and Sueo Oe, tied for second place.
The athletes refused to compete in a jump-off to determine who finished second.
They had a jeweler cut their Olympic medals in half and create two “new”
medals-both half silver and half bronze.
–“Olympic Champions,” Sports
Illustrated for Kids, 1996
Earl "the Pearl"
Long Beach Poly HS/ Long
Beach CC/ USC
five NCAA, AAU titles, led-off world
- McCulloch had an injury problem that hindered
his freshman year at Long Beach CC.
USC he became an All American receiver in football and then was NCAA
Indoor 60HH champ in ’67 and the 1967 and 1968 NCAA 110 HH Champion. Earl was known for his
lightning start and led-off the still standing USC world record
440-yard relay record team which included Fred Kuller
(Santa Ana CC) and the more notable O.J. Simpson (San Francisco CC).
- McCulloch also won the 60-yard indoor (6.9)
and 120-yard outdoor (13.5) AAU/USA hurdle titles.
- He was USC co-captain his senior year and left
with EVERY dual meet record that he ran in the high hurdles.
- McCulloch was inducted into the charter class
of Long Beach City College’s Hall of Champions and was honored with a
USC Heritage Award He was also on Track & Field News April
1968 front cover. He entered the NFL rather than pursue the
1968 Olympic team.
- Coached by Joe Lanning at Long Beach CC.
-Long Beach CC Athletics web page; USC media guide/
USATF, NCAA web pages
high school?/ Modesto CC/ college?
First to throw over 50 in state meet
Back-to-back state titles
Jones was the first woman to throw 50 feet or more-50-0 ½”- in the
state meet. Her 1983 meet record held up until 1990. Jones won the 1983 and
1984 state shot put titles.
-2007 state meet program/ additional information firstname.lastname@example.org
JC-now Hartnell CC/ UC Berkeley
- Sprinter Hal Davis of
Salinas JC, now Hartnell, and high jumper Les
Steers, College of San Mateo, were the first two community college athletes
inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame charter class in 1974. A profile
of Steers will run in May. Check out USATF.com (Hall of Fame).
War II deprived Harold Davis of the international recognition that should
have been his (there were no Olympics held in 1940 or 1944 due to WWII). During the early 1940s, Davis rightfully
held the title “World’s Fastest Human,” winning just about every major
sprint title over a four-year period.
June of 1941, Davis tied Jesse Owens’ world
100-meter dash record of 10.20 while a student at Salinas Junior College
under USATF Hall of Fame Coach Bud Winter. Davis also ran a 20.2, 200-meters world
record that year.
- At UC Berkeley Davis won
the NCAA 100 and 220-yard titles in 1942 and 1943. Overall, he won the AAU 100
title three times and was a four-time champion in the AAU 220. Nicknamed
the “California Comet,” he first came to national attention while in high
school, where he ran the 100-yards in 9.7 and the 220 in 21.0.
–USATF web site/ “The Best I Ever Coached” by Bud
Tom Moore-Modesto’s Man
Petaluma HS/ Sacramento
CC/ UC Berkeley
high hurdles: National JC and world
60 years-starter, promoter, meet director of California Relays
Moore was a national treasure for our sport. For 60 years he brought Modesto’s California
Relays from a small event to an internationally recognized event.
In the 1942 inaugural meet in Modesto Moore not only ran the hurdles, but
he served as one of the starters. Three years later he was running the
- By the late 50s open and collegiate
competitors from all over the country included the California Relays in
their “California calendar” that included
West Coast Relays, the Coliseum Relays, and the Compton Invitational. The
month in the west was an annual “rite of
preparation” before the NCAA and AAU nationals. From
1955-72 the California
community colleges held their state championships during the staging of
the relays, and always a sold-out crowd with well-run meets and great
coverage by the media.
- Moore competed in track at Petaluma High School, then as a hurdler at
Sacramento CC where he set a national JC high hurdle record of 14.5.
As a hurdler at UC Berkeley he tied the world high hurdle record of 14.2
at the 1935 West Coast Relays in Fresno.
He also won the AAU Nationals 440-yard intermediate hurdles
- Moore was head of the USOC bid
evaluation task force involved in choosing the U.S. city to be considered as
host for the 2012 Olympic Games. In 1988 he was inducted into the USATF
Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the California Community College
T&F Hall of Fame.
-“In Dedication” by Ron
Morris, On Track 2005 catalogue/ USATF web site