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This Day in Track & Field–March 1

 by Walt Murphy’s News and Results Service  (wmurphy25@aol.com), used with permission

1935–Ted Ellison, a 20-year-old senior at DeWitt Clinton (Bronx, NY) H.S., won the 220-yard dash at the Columbia Interscholastic Meet at the 13th Regiment (aka 245th Coast Defense) Armory in Brooklyn. His winning time of 22.2 broke the 10-year-old World Indoor Record of 22.4 that was set by Loren Murchison on the same track in 1925.

Two other winners went on to have long careers as announcers!

In addition to qualifying for the Berlin Olympics the following year, Marty Glickman (James Madison-Brooklyn,NY), the winner of the 100 here in 10.2, most notably became the radio voice of the NY Knicks (21 years) and the NY Football Giants (23 years), but he covered many sports (including T&F). He also became a mentor to many younger announcers, including Marv Albert, and is a member of the announcing wing of the NBA Hall of Fame.

Running the 3rd leg on the Brooklyn Prep team that won the 2-Mile Relay was Jack “Legs” O’Reilly, who had a successful radio career (he was the announcer for the popular show, “The Shadow”) before becoming the long-time PA announcer at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Penn Relays,  and the IC4A Championships.

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1958–For the 2nd year in a row, Ron Delany’s unusual double win in the 1000y and 2-miles led Villanova to the team title at the IC4A championships at NY’s Madison Square Garden. Manhattan’s Tom Murphy won the 600y in 1:11.2.

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1968  High-jumper Eleanor Montgomery set an American Indoor Record of 5-10  ¾ (1.80) in Cleveland.

Hall of Fame Bio(2013):




1968–Tracy Smith ran 13:15.2 for 3-miles at the Toronto Maple Leaf Games to break his year-old World Record of 13:16.2. Willie Davenport tied Hayes Jones’s World Record of 5.9 in the 50y-hurdles.

1969—In what was thought at the time to be the last race of his Hall-of-Fame career, George Young set a World Indoor Record of 13:09.8 for 3-Miles at the U.S. Indoor Championships in Philadelphia. However, Young, a 3-time Olympian in the Steeplechase (winning the bronze medal in 1968), would go on to make his 4th Olympic team in the 5000-Meters in 1972 (1st round).

Other Winners/Highlights:

Norm Tate was a double winner in the Long Jump (25-8 [7.82]) and Triple Jump (53-1 [16.18]).

Poland’s Henryk Szordykowski (4:05.0) beat Marty Liquori (4:06.3) in the Mile.

Martin McGrady nipped Jim Kemp in the 600y, with both clocked in 1:12.3.

1000y-1.Herb Germann (2:08.0), 2.Tom Von Ruden (2:08.7), 3.Dave Patrick (2:08.7)

60y-1.Charlie Greene (6.0), 2.Bill Gaines (6.1)

60y-Hurdles-1.Willie Davenport (7.0), 2.Erv Hall (7.0)

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