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  • #16
    Re: Forrest Beaty - what if?

    I have heard several times that Beatty was very thickly muscled legs and was prone to leg problems and his big muscle pull in '62 state meet was a significant one, both physical and mental (gun shy). It seems he had bandaged hams throughout his college career. A brother of mine saw him run in several invite meets in SoCal area and he said that he was man - all else boys. He was awestruck at how he ran people down in relays. Except it seems there were three guys in his HS leagues that were all sub 21 guys.... Turner & ??? Much track community noise about him


    • #17
      Re: Forrest Beaty - what if?

      Beaty was cover boy on the High School Track Annual for '62.

      At Cal he ran mostly the 440 and teamed with Dave Archibald & others to win the NCAA Championship Meet's inaugural Mile Relay Title in 1964 at Eugene, Oregon.

      BTW, Archibald, who was recently inducted into the Cal T&F Hall of Fame, continues to travel around the world. He has no house or car and is a full-time advernturer.

      Trivia Note: Archibald was proud of the fact that he still holds the LA Coliseum record for the fastest 440 yards. Not only has the track been removed but the likelihood of returning to the 440 distance is a long shot!!


      • #18
        Re: Forrest Beaty - what if?

        In many ways sports medicine was primitive in the 1960s. Very few knew how to properly rehab a hamstring injury. Even fewer knew how to correct imbalances between muscles. Probably many sprinters got hurt in high school and reinjured the same muscle so many times in college. There were some trainers that knew a lot in those days, but information was not disseminated. As a high school coach from 1969-present I witnessed the growth of knowledge in this field and was pleased to see many athletes restored to good health and able to run painfree and without the reoccurence of injuries.