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History Revisited at The Russell Cup Centennial April 13, 2019


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  • History Revisited at The Russell Cup Centennial April 13, 2019

    Everyone is invited when Carpinteria HS (CA) hosts the 100th running of the Russell Cup Track meet on Saturday, April 13th.
    It's a terrific tradition: 45 schools (limit 1,200 enrollment limit) in a beautiful setting with world-class tri-tip BBQ and the beach a five minute walk away! If you can't make it, at least check out the following...

    Find current and historical info at:

    And a video documentary at:

    The meet actually dates from 1913 but didn't receive a name until 1914. Six meets were cancelled as the result of WWII restrictions so this year will be event #100.

    100 Legendary participants were selected, among them 7 Olympians ranging from Bud Houser to Allyson Felix and a long list of California State Meet winners.

    Another historical tribute will be 100 Yard, 1 Mile and 2 Mile races instead of metric distances.
    Athletes can compare their times with runners from more than a century past. Meet records for the old-timey distances are: Boys 100y 9.7 (in 1971) Girls 100y 11.2 (in 1976) Boys Mile 4:18.5 (1982) Girls Mile 5:17 (1982) Boys 2-Mile 9:21.3 (in 1982) Girls 2-Mile 11:59.2 (in 1982)

  • #2
    I liked the video documentary. Very well done.


    • #3
      Thanks jc203 for great video documentary on 100 year history of the Russell Cup Track meet.
      I thought you would be interested in an amazing connection of the first Carpenteria track meet o 1913 that led to the first Russell Cup meet in 1914.
      If you look up the Principal at Carpenteria school, Francis Figg-Hoblyn, who desired and organized the first grade school meet on 4/18/1913 you will find that the meet was such a success that his second meet was even greater and he secured Mr and Mrs Russell to donate a silver cup to winning team that then became known as the Russell Cup meet.
      Francis Figg-Hobyln's life story is one that only Hollywood or "Strange Inheritace" show could produce.
      It involves a 4-7.5 million dollar( or pound) estate in Cornwell, England, legal battles over 2 centuries on only male heir owning the estate. It involves 2 generations of a only sons not capable or desirous of estate and spinster daughters withou sons. One son, was an astute Stanford PRofessor a close friend of Lindbergh's son who did not want estate and died penniless in his 80's with his three childless sisters.
      A great story but the beginning of the Russell Cup history