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  • Youth Games, Junior Olympics, 1970's

    Remember the Youth Games and the Junior Olympics meets? They were large 30 years ago as well. A little tidbit below for the uninitiated (note names such as Mike Shine, Sheila Ingram, Steve Williams):

    Five track and field records-four of them in the girl’s events-fell at the 7200-foot altitude of theAir Force Academy as more than 250 of the finest competitors from across the United States met at the1971 AAU Junior Olympics under the joint auspices of the AAU of the United States and the Quaker OatsCompany, national sponsors for the events.New York City’s Harold Williams repeated as the gold medalist in the 100 yard dash, equaling hisown National Junior Olympic Championship record of 09.5, but a little fourteen year-old Sheila Ingramfrom Washington, D.C. was clearly the crowd favorite as she raced past more experienced competitors toobliterate the record of 55.3 in the girl’s 440 yard dash. The soon-to-be eight grader was timed in anincredible 53.9 seconds.Shortly after Miss Ingram’s spectacular race, fifteen thousand spectators saw Needham,Massachusetts’ Kathy Guiney steal the year-old girls’ 220 mark with a 23.9 clocking over the furlong. Shewas followed closely by the old record holder, Robyn Russell of Cleveland, Ohio, who set a short-livednew record in the preliminaries.The two other records in the girl’s competition came in high jump with a 5’43/4” effort by DeniseKemp of Reno, Nev., and a winning 440-yard relay mark of 47.1 by the Region 6 team.The only boys’ record to fall came in the shot put when two-time Pennsylvania champion RonaldSemkiw of Pittsburgh heaved the 12-pound ball 62’6”.Hundred-yard dash winner Williams teamed with Steve Williams (no relation) of the Bronx, N.Y.,half-mile champion Bob Smith of Simsbury, Conn., (who narrowly missed the national record in hiswinning effort) and Jed Hauck of Saddle River, N.J., to capture the boy’s 880-yard relay event. HaroldWilliams, who was in third place when he received the baton, steadily pulled closer to Donald Robbins ofSaint Rose, La., and ripped past the tiring youth with honors for his Region 1 team.Closing ceremonies for the National AAU Junior Olympic Championships were highlighted by aperformance by the United States Air Force Aerial Demonstration team, the Thunderbirds.
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    TRACK & FIELD RESULTS 1971GIRLS80-YARD LOW HURDLES: 1. Bobette Krug (LaJolla, Calif.), 10.4. 2. Claudia Johnson (Washington,D.C.), 10.4. 3. Lorraine Tummings (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 10.4.100-YARD DASH: 1. Ditra Henry (Chicago, Ill.). 10.9. 2. Jane Oas (Wayzata, Minn.), 11.0. 3. DeborahEdwards (Huston, Tex.), 11.0.220-YARD DASH: 1. Kathy Guiney (Needham, Mass.), 23.9---NEW RECORD (Old record---24.3 byRobyn Russell in 1970). 2. Robyn Russell (Cleveland, Ohio), 24.0. 3. Deborah Edwards (Houston, Tex.),24.2.44O YARD DASH: 1. Sheila Ingram (Washington, D.C.), 53.9---NEW RECORD (old record---55.3 byJennifer Hughes in 1970). 2. Wendy Lenig (Estes Park, Colo.), 55.5. 3. Dee Ann Ediger (Ringwood,Okla.) 56.7.880-YARD RUN: 1. Liane Swegle (Seattle, Wash.), 2:16.8. 2. Debby Beck (Maple, Glen Pa.), 2:21.3.Anita Scandurra (Greenlawn, N.Y.), 2:20.0LONG JUMP: 1. Gaylene Barber (Rock Island, Ill.), 19-3. 2. Debbie Flipper (Long Island, N.Y.), 19-3.3. Judith Salley (Orangeburg, S.C.), 18-10 _.HIGH JUMP: 1. Denise Kemp (Reno Nev.), 5-4 _ ---NEW RECORD (old record 5-4 _ by Frances Bushin 1967). 2. Alice Pfaff (Lexington, Mass.), 5-4 _. 3. Connie Dorsey (Champaign, Ill.), 5-4.SHOT PUT: 1. Iva Wright (Fresno, Calif.), 46-5. 3. 2. Susie Snider (Waco, Tex.), 44-5. 3. UrsulaRadford (Camas, Wash.), 43-2.440-YARD RELAY: 1. Region 6, 47.1--=NEW RECORD (old record 47.2 by Region 13 in 1970). 2.Region 2, 47.6. Region 1, 47.7.
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    TRACK & FIELD RESULTS 1971BOYS120-YARD HIGH HURDLES: 1. Charles Foster (Gafney, S. C.), 13.9. 2. Mike Shine (Pennsylvania),14.2. 3. Larry Holcomb (College Station, Tex.), 14.2.100-YARD DASH: 1. Harold Williams (Elmhurst, N.Y.), 9.5—EQUALS RECORD (set by HaroldWilliams in 1970). 2. Andre Redford (Kingsport, Tenn.) 9.8. 3. Barney Cobbs (Richmond, Va.), 9.8.440-YARD DASH: 1. Steve Williams (Bronx, N.Y.), 48.1. 2. Doran Marcus (Johnson City, Tenn.),48.5. 3. Warren Anderson (Lynchburg, Va.), 48.6.880-YARD RUN: 1. Bob Smith (Simsbury, Conn.), 1:53.7. 2. Paul Rice (Fulton, Mo.), 1:54.3. 3. PaulCummings (Santa Maria, Calif.), 1:54.3.ONE-MILE RUN: Chuck Musick (Arvada, Colo.), 4:26.7. 2. Dave Bernardy (Portland, Ore.), 4:27.7. 3.Rodney Cromeans (Austin, Tex.), 4:29.4.LONG JUMP: 1. Alvin Brown (Sarasota, Fla.), 23-8 _. 2. Al Kolarik (Shawnee Mission, Kans.), 23-3 _.3. Donald Robbins (Saint Rose, La.), 22-8 _.HIGH JUMP: 1. Randy Smith (McPherson, Kans.), 6-9 _. 2. Shannon LeRoy (Brentwood, Tenn.), 6-6.3. Troy Hvass (McFarland, Calif.), 6-6.SHOT PUT: 1. Ronald Semkiw (Pittsburg, Pa.), 62-6---NEW RECORD (old record 61-7 _ by SteveAdams in 1969. 2. Terry Albritton (Newport, Beach, Calif.), 59-3 _. 3. Bill Johannsen (Phoenix, Ariz.),59- _.l880-YARD RELAY: 1. Region 1, 1:29.3. 2. Region 12, 1:29.4. 3. Region 9, 1:29.4.

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    Re: Youth Games, Junior Olympics, 1970's

    BOYS 120-YARD HIGH HURDLES: 1. Charles Foster (Gafney, S. C.), 13.9.
    Wasnt he the world-class hurdler who during the mid to late 70's who looked like Kojak? How old were these athletes in 1971.

    These kinds of times for youngsters reminds me of when I ran a 440 yard dash at Oberlin College in Central Ohio against top competition when I was 13 and I was almost lapped! My heat was run around 9:30 a.m. and it was nearly dark when I crossed the finish line. (Im' just kidding but this is great information)

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      Re: Youth Games, Junior Olympics, 1970's

      These results remind me of the since discontinued Keibler Meet in Illinois (USA)involving some of the top juniors in the world. Famous athletes to have competed at that meet as juniors include Carl Lewis, Wilson Kipketer, Kathryn Merry, Juliet Campbell, Bert Cameron,Merlene Ottey.

      Anyone have any access to any of those results?

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