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  • #16
    Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

    >'Probably 1960 in Boulder,Folsom Field, the National AAU Championships'

    I
    >used to live in Boulder, so I find that interesting. Was there a track in
    >Folsom Field in 1960? By 1968 it had moved to its present location, Potts
    >Field, (see Robert Redford in 'Downhill Racer' to see what I mean).

    The last track season for Folsom Field was 1966. Potts was used the next season (1967) and Big 8 was at Potts in 1968.

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    • #17
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      • #18
        Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

        Probably a WSU dual meet in '61. I was at a lot of HS meets as a competitor, but that was probably my first "real" meet. In those days, the Washington HS state meet was also at Pullman, so that may have been a "bigger" meet. I don't think that the Pac 8 league meet was held there while I was in school. After an Army stint, I returned for the Lingren/van Reenan teams (and maybe the GH years) and those were some fun meets.

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        • #19
          Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

          Perhaps not the very first, but the first I remember -- and indeed probably my earliest memory of anything. Stanford-Los Angeles Athletic Club, March 26, 1932. Ben eastman runs 46.4, world record by a full second; coach Dink Templeton is in a hospital, but a phone is rigged on the infield, and the two talk before and after the race. I was five, but my visual memory is distinct.

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          • #20
            Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

            Hey, oldvaulter... do you recall that at the old Coliseum Relays they used to run some high school exhibition events? A guy from my hs ran one of my favorite events there: the class C 120 low hurdles. A bunch of little tiny but very quick 17 and 18 year olds eating up 10 low hurdles. It was cool.

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            • #21
              Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

              It must have been the Philadelphia Inquirer Games in the late 60s. I think the first real outdoor meet was the 1972 Penn Relays in which Larry Black ran a sub-44 relay leg for NC Central.

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              • #22
                Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

                The 1956 Coliseum Relays where Dumas made the "First" official 7' jump. Very exciting for a 15 year old kid.

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                • #23
                  Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

                  >The 1956 Coliseum Relays where Dumas made the "First" official 7' jump. Very
                  >exciting for a 15 year old kid.

                  Think again. Dumas' 7 footer was at the FOT not Coliseum Relays.

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                  • #24
                    Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

                    <Think again. Dumas' 7 footer was at the FOT not Coliseum Relays.>

                    Wrong oh great one. It occurred at the Coliseum.

                    Never argue with an old shotputter who was there.

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                    • #25
                      Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

                      Twas the '72 Mt SAC Relays. My HS Coach, Joe Douglas, who was a founder of the Santa Monica TC in '71 picked me up and we sped out to Walnut, CA. Joe's vision for the SMTC at that time was to become a "World Class" track club.

                      The first track meet that I ever watched was the '64 Tokyo Olympics, Jim McKay announcing the feats of Hayes and Mills left quite an impression on this 8yr old!

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                      • #26
                        Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

                        ><Think again. Dumas' 7 footer was at the FOT not Coliseum Relays.>

                        Wrong oh
                        >great one. It occurred at the Coliseum.

                        Never argue with an old shotputter
                        >who was there.

                        No, I am not wrong, it may have been at the Coliseum, but it was NOT at the Coliseum RELAYS as was stated. The FOT's were at the Coliseum.

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                        • #27
                          Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

                          I stand corrected, it was the FOT. Don't know why I remembered it as the Relays.

                          High jumper Charles Dumas dies; was first to clear 7 feet
                          By ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press Writer
                          January 5, 2004

                          LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Charles Dumas, an Olympic gold medalist who was the first high jumper to clear 7 feet, died of cancer Monday. He was 66.

                          Dumas cleared 7-0 1/2 in the 1956 Olympic Trials at the Los Angeles Coliseum. He went on to win a gold medal in the event in the Melbourne Olympics that year.

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                          • #28
                            Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

                            >><Think again. Dumas' 7 footer was at the FOT not Coliseum Relays.>

                            Wrong
                            >oh
                            >great one. It occurred at the Coliseum.

                            Never argue with an old
                            >shotputter
                            >who was there.

                            No, I am not wrong, it may have been at the
                            >Coliseum, but it was NOT at the Coliseum RELAYS as was stated. The FOT's were
                            >at the Coliseum.

                            that's cool Jack, even "Great Ones" such as I am quite frequently wrong, just not this time ! And I bet those Coliseum Relays were great every year. Then the Dodgers came to town.... and did't they keep the meet going, with a grass track, until the Dodgers built the new place in Chavez Ravine ? The when Dodgers left a new track was re-laid ?

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                            • #29
                              Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

                              Very hard to believe that hjsteve really thinks Dumas' jump was at the Coliseum. I was at the Olympic trials that year and saw the jump. No point arguing. It's a question of verifiable fact.

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                              • #30
                                Re: First *real* track meet you attended?

                                >Very hard to believe that hjsteve really thinks Dumas' jump was at the
                                >Coliseum. I was at the Olympic trials that year and saw the jump. No point
                                >arguing. It's a question of verifiable fact.

                                billthedog...you need to read the posts more carefully...hjsteve pointed out that Dumas's WR and first ever official 7 foot jump WAS at the L.A. Coliseum in 1956 when the OT WAS held there. That's the fact(s)!

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