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  • #31
    One more high school boy: James Jackson - #10, 100, 1954

    There are quite a few high school girls missing, most--if not all--from before their schools had girls track programs.

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    • #32
      I don't know who ranked the women in 1968. Maureen Caird and Raelene Boyle were both 17 (both born 1951) and won gold (hurdles) and silver (200) in the Mexico City Olympics.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by gh View Post
        in the language of T&FN world, "high schoolers" always means U.S.
        OK so no point mentioning Australians who won Olympics medals.

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        • #34
          Margaret Bailes #4 100, #6 200 in '68

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          • #35
            Kathy Hammond 400; #10 in '68, #2 in '69.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by midwestfan View Post
              ...

              I could not find ages for Bill Hairston or Jerry Proctor.

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              Proctor is May 04, 1949

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              • #37
                The thread of this topic is "high school" athletes who were voted by Track and Field News into the top ten places in the world for their event. The definition of high school is someone going to a 9-12 grade school (assumes that someone completed 1-8 grades). College definition has no grade or age definition, just a school of "higher learning.

                The question of Prep school after going to 9-12 school would not be defined as a high school athlete. gh is correct on Bob Mathias issue. That also should pertain to Ted Meredith's records. It did apply to all those California high school track athletes who went to Jr Colleges for 1-2 years before entering college. They were in "limbo" not a high schooler and not a collegian.

                Can you take 5-6 years to complete the 9-12 high school grades?
                Can you start high school at age 15-16 and complete grade 12 at 19-20 years of age?
                Can you be home schooled for your 9-12 grades?

                Track and Field News should have some age limitations and school representations on "high school" athletes.

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                • #38
                  I've checked on all the U.S. women's world rankers from 1956 through 1979.

                  Here is a nearly full list of U.S. high school women who made the world rankings from that period. This includes several women whose most notable performances came in the Olympics of 1956, '60, '64, '68, and '72, but after Sept. 1 of their senior years.

                  Margaret Bailes (1/23/51; Churchill, Eugene, Or HS -68) - #4, 100, 1968, #6 200 1968
                  Chandra Cheeseborough (1/10/59; Ribault, Jacksonville, Fl HS ’77) – #9 100 1976, #5 200 1975
                  Mavis Laing (12/5/53; Arcadia, Phoenix, Az HS ’71) - #4, 200, 1970, #9, 400, 1970
                  Janell Smith (5/3/47; Fredonia, Ks HS ’65) - #10, 400, 1964; #3, 400, 1965
                  Madeline Manning(1/11/48; John Hay, Cleveland, Oh HS ‘65) - #9, 400, 1965
                  Charlette Cooke (St. Mary’s Acad, Inglewood, CA HS ’66) - #3, 400, 1966; #2, 800, 1966
                  Kathy Hammond (11/2/51; Mira Loma, Sacramento, Ca HS ‘69)- #5, 400, 1967, #10, 400, 1968, #2 400, 1969
                  Lois Drinkwater (4/15/51; Central, Phoenix, Az HS ’69) - #9, 400, 1967
                  Esther Stroy (8/12/53; Spingarn, Washington, DC HS ‘70/71) - #8, 400, 1969
                  Mable Fergerson (1/18/55; Ganesha, Pomona, Ca HS ’72) - #5, 400, 1972
                  Sheila Ingram (3/23/57; Coolidge, Washington, DC HS ‘76) - #10, 400, 1976
                  Sharon Dabney (10/25/57; John Bartram, Philadelphia, Pa HS ’77) - #10, 400, 1977

                  Marie Mulder (Foothill Farms, Ca JHS '65; Crossland, MD ‘66, Foothill Farms, Ca HS ’68) - #9, 800, 1965
                  Mary Decker (8/4/58; Portola, Ca JHS ’73; Orange, Ca HS ’76) - #4, 800, 1973; #10, 800, 74
                  Francie Larrieu (11/23/52; Fremont, Sunnyvale, Ca HS ’70) - #9, 1500, 1969

                  Patty vanWolvelaere (4/15/50; Renton, Wa HS ‘68) - #5, 80H, 1968

                  Eleanor Montgomery (11/13/46; John Adams, Cleveland, Oh HS ‘64) - #10, HJ, 1963; #8, HJ, 1964
                  Joni Huntley (8/4/56; Sheridan, Or HS ’74) - #10, HJ, 1974

                  Willye White (12/31/39; Broad Street, Greenwood, Ms ’59) - #5, LJ, 1956, #8, LJ, 1958
                  Kathy McMillan (11/7/57; Hoke County, Raeford, NC HS ’76) - #3, LJ, 1975, #2, LJ, 1976

                  Karen Anderson (4/5/38; Lansdowne, Pa HS ’56) - #10, JT, 1956
                  Barbara Friedrich (1/18/49; Manasquan, NJ HS ’67) - #10, JT, 1966, #2, JT, 1967
                  Last edited by dj; 08-19-2018, 08:35 PM.

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                  • #39
                    On a sidenote...The track here in town named after Bailes is about 300 yards from my house....

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                    • #40
                      Surprised no one has mentioned Dwight Stones, #3 in '72

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by berkeley View Post
                        Surprised no one has mentioned Dwight Stones, #3 in '72
                        Stones was third in the 1972 NCAA Championships for UCLA.

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