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California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby Guest » Wed Aug 06, 2003 7:54 pm

In each year of 1927, 1947 and 1967 an athlete won 3 events in the California High School State Meet. Anyone out there remember who they were?

Hint: All three won the long jump and were all from the greater Los Angeles area.
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby Guest » Wed Aug 06, 2003 8:26 pm

I think the great Frank Wykoff (my mother was born in Glendale) won the 1927 California state high school long jump, 100, and 220. As for 1947, I remember Hugh McElhenny (Los Angeles) won the long jump, 110 hurdles, and 180 yard hurdles. In 1967 it was Jerry Proctor winning the long jump (I competed against Jerry in the long jump in college...he went to Redlands), 110 hurdles, and the 180 hurdles. Proctor was a great talent. I believe he won more NCAA track and field championships than any other athlete in history.
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby Guest » Wed Aug 06, 2003 10:34 pm

Bingo: Wykoff, McElhenny and Proctor are correct. You even got the right events.

I believe Wykoff ran on the U.S. Olympic 4X100m. relay teams in 1928 (when he was still a prep at Glendale H.S.) and again in 1932.

Of course everyone, over 50 that is, remembers Hustling Hugh McElhenny of Compton College, the University of Washington and San Francisco 49ers football teams in the late 40's and 50's. Hugh supposedly held the "honor" of being one of the few athletes ever to flunk of of USC's extension school and supposedly also had to take a pay cut when he signed his professional football contract with the 49ers. He was reported to have held an executive v.p. position with a large Seattle corporation. It was alleged he have never spent a day on the job but continued to collect his paycheck none the less. And such is what legends are made of.
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby gh » Thu Aug 07, 2003 7:49 am

< Proctor was a great
>talent. I believe he won more NCAA track and
>field championships than any other athlete in
>history.>>

Huh? He won exactly 1.
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 07, 2003 8:04 am

I didn't say Divison I NCAA. Check how many he won in Division III championships (indoor and out).
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby Anne Animus » Thu Aug 07, 2003 8:15 am

180 yard hurdles? What kind of a f...ed up distance is that?
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby gh » Thu Aug 07, 2003 8:27 am

>I didn't say Divison I NCAA. Check how many he
>won in Division III championships (indoor and
>out).>>

Ahh, that's a whole different story. His total there is...0!

When Proctor was competing, there was no Div.III, just NCAA and NCAA College Division. And there was no indoor meet other than the big one until 1985, when it went to the current 3-division setup. Is it possible you're thinking of the NAIA? (I think Redlands was an NAIA member.)
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 07, 2003 8:38 am

You are right. Just move those two middle letters around and you've got it. NCAA to NAIA. I believe Redlands was NAIA back in the 1960's and I think they are NCAA III now.
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 07, 2003 12:04 pm

Anne Annimus wrote:
"180 yard hurdles? What kind of a f...ed up distance is that?"

Answer: The 180 yard low hurdles was the standard high school distance up until about the late 70's or early 80's. I think they chose that because it was about as long a straight away as most high school tracks had. It's obvious Anne Annimus doesn't go back very far in the historical department. We used to have some real doozies of rules, races and distances back in the "olden times".
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 07, 2003 12:04 pm

Anne Annimus wrote:
"180 yard hurdles? What kind of a f...ed up distance is that?"

Answer: The 180 yard low hurdles was the standard high school distance up until about the late 70's or early 80's. I think they chose that because it was about as long a straight away as most high school tracks had. It's obvious Anne Annimus doesn't go back very far in the historical department. We used to have some real doozies of rules, races and distances back in the "olden times".
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Re: California H.S. Triple Winners

Postby 6 5.5hjsteve » Thu Aug 07, 2003 12:42 pm

back in the 50's/60's in New York track, we had the 180 lows, and the 880 relay, no other hurdle or relay events. The they added the sprint medley in 1961. There was no javelin (and of course no Hammer) and I bet they still do not have either. And of course no 2 mile, just 100/220/440/880/mile.
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