Bruce Kritzler wrote:A guy at work told me he ran (high school or college) track in Nebraska against Mel Pender?
Something's wrong with the telling. Pender never ran high school or collegiate track. Grew up in Georgia before entering the Army.
I suspect your friend was running track in college and actually ran against Pender's contemporary, Charlie Greene, who tied the 100y WR while at Nebraska, 1964-67.
Or, your friend ran Pender in an open race.