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    Read recently where Hal Davis was credited with times of 9.7 and 21.0 in high school. Pretty good times for 1938-39. Yet, I noticed no mention of Davis in the state championship listings of top finishers. Anyone no why?

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    Re: Hal Davis

    Harold Davis did finish sixth in 1939:
    http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/tfn/ar ... eId=2&id=1

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    • #3
      Re: Hal Davis

      1938: 9.7 (=2 in the nation), 21.0 (led the nation)

      1939: 9.6w, 21.0w

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      • #4
        Re: Hal Davis

        Harold Davis did finish sixth in 1939:

        That's not in the Cal Hi State Championships. Odd that he had such great times and wasn't a factor.

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        • #5
          Re: Hal Davis

          1938: 9.7 (=2 in the nation), 21.0 (led the nation)

          1939: 9.6w, 21.0w

          DJ - Where did you find the times for Davis?

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          • #6
            Re: Hal Davis

            The fastest 100 in the nation in 38 and 39 was a 9.5 ran by many with Frank Wykoff being the most notable. In the 200....20.9/21.0. Davis is ranked in 39 with a 21.3.

            Like you I'm curious as to why in the Cal Championships he was an also ran.

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            • #7
              Re: Hal Davis

              Originally posted by lagster
              1938: 9.7 (=2 in the nation), 21.0 (led the nation)

              1939: 9.6w, 21.0w

              DJ - Where did you find the times for Davis?
              news clips of the Pacific AAU junior meet for both years, as well as other clips. Both marks in '39 were from this meet, also the 21.0 in '38. In '38 Davis had several 9.7s, including a windy 9.7 to win the PacAAU Jr.

              As cited above (incorrectly once, then corrected), the 6th place finish is from the 1939 AAU Sr Championships on a half-turn at Lincoln, Neb., not from the California state high school champs.

              I find no record of his competing in the Cal state meet in '38 or '39. In 1939 he was not a finalist at the state meet (top 8 advanced from the heats), and in '38 he did not finish in the top 5. In both years he was probably fast enough to have garnered some mention in the LA Times leading up to the meet.

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              • #8
                Re: Hal Davis

                Hal Davis did not compete at the California State Meet (or the North Coast Section meets) because his school -- Live Oak HS in Morgan Hill -- was not a member of the CIF. He was a bemused spectator at the 1938 meet, which was held at Hollister, just 35 miles from his school.

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                • #9
                  Re: Hal Davis

                  Thanks TC. Where did you come by that info?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hal Davis

                    Originally posted by lagster
                    Thanks TC. Where did you come by that info?
                    TC got it from this book:

                    "A work of assiduous track & field scholarship, The California State High School Track & Field Meet 1915-2006 is a feast for track nuts. Complete results of all finals, plus heats and qualifying in more recent years---a great achievement of statistical history by Tom Casacky and Bill Peck. You’ll find the names of some of the greatest in these pages: Paddock, Hines, Mathias, O’Brien, Dumas, Rafer Johnson, Devers, Flojo, many more, plus state champions who excelled in other sports like Hugh McElhenny and Bobby Bonds. Includes a bonus pictorial section with many rare photos. There’s also a summary of each state meet indicating team champions and individual highlights. 216pp. 2006."

                    T&FN used to carry the book, but I don't see it for sale. I'd be surprised if they didn't sell out their stock, but someone--perhaps TC--might have copies available.

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