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  • First Foreigner To Win In The NCAA?

    Who was the first auslander to win in the NCAA Championships? (As far as I know, he was also the first to score, period.)

  • #2
    Re: First Foreigner To Win In The NCAA?

    I'm going to make a guess it was Earl Thompson. He ran for Dartmouth and I think he won the high hurdles back in 1921 at the first NCAA championships in Chicago.

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    • #3
      Re: First Foreigner To Win In The NCAA?

      Buttermilk has it, unless GH is thinking of someone else.

      Thing is, Thomson wasn't such an auslander. He went to Long Beach Poly ('15) where he was a great all-arounder: 6-1 3/4, 16.2 (42"), 15.2w (42"), 109-1 (2k DT). He started college at USC before going to Dartmouth.

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      • #4
        Re: First Foreigner To Win In The NCAA?

        Yup, in the first edition. Sooooooome day, when my NCAA book finally gets done, not only will it have results of every year by event, will also be by-year recaps. Here's what 1921 looks like at the moment:

        1921
        Chicago, June 18—113 competitors.

        TEAM SCORING
        Official scoring system was for 5 places—5-3-2-1-1/2:
        1. Illinois 201/4
        2. Notre Dame 163/4
        3. Iowa 14
        4. Washington 121/4
        5. Wisconsin 93/4
        6. Nebraska 8; 7. Grinnell 7; 8. tie, Ohio State & Northwestern 6; 10. Iowa State 51/2; 11. tie, Chicago, Dartmouth, Kansas Agricultural (Kansas State), Michigan, Penn, Penn State, Pitt & Stanford 5;
        19. Minnesota 4; 20. Oregon 3; 21. tie, Georgia Tech, Washington State & Yale 23/4; 24. Knox 21/2; 25. tie, Baylor & Kalamazoo (Western Michigan) 2; 27. tie, Ohio Wesleyan & U. of the South 11/2; 29. tie, Rice, St. Olaf & Texas A&M 1.

        Scoring leaders using the classic 10-8-6-4-2-1 system (even though 6th-placers are unknown for this year):
        1. Illinois 56
        2. Notre Dame 411/2
        3. Iowa 38
        4. Wisconsin 301/2
        5. Washington 29

        100 YARDS
        1. Len Paulu (Grinnell) Jr 10.0
        (MR)
        2. Bill Hayes (Notre Dame) Jr nt
        3. Ed Smith (Nebraska) Jr nt
        4. Eric Wilson (Iowa) So nt
        5. Vic Hurley (Washington) So nt

        220 YARDS
        1. Eric Wilson (Iowa) So 22.6st
        (MR)
        2. Ed Smith (Nebraska) Jr nt
        3. Leonard Paulu (Grinnell) Jr nt
        4. Bill Hayes (Notre Dame) Jr nt
        5. H. King (Ohio Wesleyan) Jr-Sr nt

        440 YARDS
        1. Frank Shea (Pitt) Sr 49.0
        (MR)
        2. Lawrence Butler (Michigan) Sr nt
        3. Phillip Donohoe (Illinois) Jr nt
        4. James Pratt (Washington) So nt
        5. Ed Johnson (Wisconsin) So nt

        880 YARDS
        1. Earl Eby (Penn) Sr 1:57.4
        (MR)
        2. Joseph Higgins (Iowa St) ? nt
        3. Clyde Nash (Wisconsin) Sr nt
        4. Howard Yates (Illinois) So nt
        5. Phillip Donohoe (Illinois) Jr nt

        MILE
        1. Ray Watson (Kansas St) Sr 4:23.4
        (MR)
        2. Gordon McGinnis (Illinois) Jr nt
        3. Mearl Sweitzer (Minnesota) So-Jr nt
        4. Oscar Ferguson (Ohio St) Jr nt
        5. Stanley Graham (Iowa St) ? nt

        2 MILES
        1. John Romig (Penn St) Jr-Sr 9:31.0
        (MR)
        2. Russell Wharton (Illinois) Jr nt
        3. Lloyd Rathbun (Iowa St) Jr nt
        4. Canton (St Olaf) ? nt
        5. George Finkle (Wisconsin) So-Jr nt

        120 HURDLES
        1. Earl Thomson' (Dartmouth) Sr 14.4
        ( =WR, but not ratified, =CR; MR)
        2. Hal Crawford (Iowa) Sr nt
        3. Karl Anderson (Minnesota) So-Jr nt
        4. Chester Wynne (Notre Dame) ? nt
        5. R. Coughlin (U South) Jr nt

        220 HURDLES
        1. August Desch (Notre Dame) So 24.4st
        (MR)
        2. Albert Knollin (Wisconsin) So-Jr nt
        3. Mule Frazier (Baylor) So nt
        4. Wallace (Illinois) ? nt
        5. Chester Wynne (Notre Dame) ? nt

        HIGH JUMP
        1. Johnny Murphy (Notre Dame) So-Jr 6-3
        (MR)
        2. Dewey Alberts (Illinois) Sr ?
        3. Hoffman/Huffman (Iowa) So-Jr ?
        =4. Harold Osborn (Illinois) Jr ?
        =4. Chuck Frankland (Washington) Jr ?
        (1.905)

        POLE VAULT
        =1. Sam Gardner (Yale) Jr 12-0
        =1. Eldon Jenne (Washington St) Sr 12-0
        =1. Longino Welch (Georgia Tech) So 12-0
        =1. Lloyd Wilder (Wisconsin) ? 12-0
        (MR for all)
        =5. Dale Merrick (Wisconsin) Jr ?
        =5. William Hogan (Notre Dame) So ?
        (3.66)

        LONG JUMP
        1. Pete Stinchcomb (Ohio St) ? 23-31/4
        (MR)
        =2. Harold Osborn (Illinois) Jr
        =2. J.H. Sward (Knox) ? ?
        4. Guy Sundt (Wisconsin) Jr ?
        5. Dewey Alberts (Illinois) Sr ?
        (7.09)

        SHOT
        1. Gus Pope (Washington) Jr-Sr 45-41/2
        (MR)
        2. Fred Dale (Nebraska) Sr ?
        3. John Weiss (Illinois) Sr ?
        4. Marion Lindsey (Rice) So-Jr ?
        5. Lawrence Shaw (Notre Dame) Jr-Sr ?
        (13.83)

        DISCUS
        1. Gus Pope (Washington) Jr-Sr 142-2
        (MR)
        2. H.C. Blackwood (Northwestern) ? ?
        3. Praeger (Wn Michigan) ? ?
        4. Duke Slater (Iowa) grad ’28 ?
        5. John Weiss (Illinois) Sr ?
        (43.34)

        HAMMER
        1. Charles Redmon (Chicago) Jr 133-9
        (MR)
        2. H.C. Blackwood (Northwestern) ? ?
        3. Duke Slater (Iowa) grad 28 ?
        4. R. (F?) Skidmore (South) Jr-Sr ?
        5. Samuel Hill (Illinois) So ?
        (40.76)

        JAVELIN
        1. Flint Hanner (Stanford) Jr 191-2
        (MR)
        2. Arthur Tuck (Oregon) ? ?
        3. Howard Hoffman (Michigan) Jr ?
        4. Jack Mahan (Texas A&M) Sr ?
        5. Eugene Oberst (Notre Dame) Fr ?
        (58.26)

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        • #5
          Re: First Foreigner To Win In The NCAA?

          Earl Thomson also won the HH in the first edition of the California State HS meet, in 1915. He was second in the HJ and fourth in the DT. Despite his heroics, his LB Poly team finished a distant third.

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          • #6
            Re: First Foreigner To Win In The NCAA?

            I'm looking forward to that NCAA book. It's a lot of research and a lot of work, but it will be a tremendous effort. Thanks!

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            • #7
              Re: First Foreigner To Win In The NCAA?

              Make sure you have chapter on MORGAN ST.

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