The Obscure Sprinter

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Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:16 am

Chibcha wrote: I was impressed by the records of Forest Beaty from Glendale Hoover. I remembered seeing his name in the past. Don't know if his sprint career went beyond high school.

Going from memory only, Beaty went to Cal and was a solid but not sensational quarter miler. I think they won the mile relay in the NCAA meet.
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Postby Texas » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:18 am

Chibcha wrote:What happened to most of these guys after illustrious high school track and field records is unknowable. It's never been an interest to check JC records to see if, for example, Julius Wheeler or Charles Moch or the other guys that you name, continued track careers after high school. Let's face it, there is an unlimited range of reasons. Just we will not know unless someone comes to this Forum and provides additional information.

I have not explored the Track and Field News site. I will when I have the chance. I did want to mention that the Helms Foundation (?) in Southern California has high school and junior college track and field records posted on the internet. Brings back names from yesteryear. I was impressed by the records of Forest Beaty from Glendale Hoover. I remembered seeing his name in the past. Don't know if his sprint career went beyond high school.

Forest Beatty did run for Cal, a multi faceted talent since he could also run a solid 400m. He was somebody who for sure should have been bigger than he ended up.
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Postby Texas » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:29 am

tc wrote:Julius Wheeler ran 9.8 as a sophomore at Manual Arts in 1962, 9.6 as a junior and 9.7 as a senior, when he was hampered by a hamstring problem. He never set an "official" LA City 100 record: Hubie Watson's windy 9.5 in 1959 was the accepted record until Phil Underwood resolved the issue in 1966 when he blew away Ronnie Ray Smith by three long yards with a legal 9.5 on a very slow track. Charles Moch was an age-group star who managed a 9.6 in the 10th grade but was soon undone by a bulky body. He played football on one of the best teams in City history the next year, then popped a hamstring and (as far as I know) never ran again. Bill Cowings ran 9.6 and 20.4 (straight) in JC in 1963, when he was state champion in both sprints. He was supposed to attend Texas Southern the next year (the Year of Grambling), but I don't know that he ever made it. He worked as a ferry boat attendant on Puget Sound for many years before retiring back to California. Alvin Mann (correct spelling) reached his career pinnacle at the 1963 State Meet, when he won two events. Like the House twins, his T&F biography ended there. And Jerry Williams, who was fifth (between Wheeler and Mann) in that 100, ran at San Jose State, worked as a long-time police officer, and is the father of the current general manager of the Chicago White Sox.

Great stuff..thanx!

At my old JC (COS-Visalia) there was a picture of Cowings and his school records of 9.5/20.5 were listed. I knew about his Texas Southern situation then he just vanished.

I saw Mann (have seen it spelled Mahn) run a couple times while at Fresno City. He was beating Sam Davis who was a legit 9.6 guy and a future Speed City-ite at SJS. Hard to believe talents like Cowings/Mann....poof!!!!!!!!!
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Re: The Obscure Sprinter

Postby trkcoach53 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:51 am

I know this thread is quite old but I do what became of Julius Wheeler. I coached 2 of his children in age group track in Carson, CA.

One of his daughters ran for Hawthorne on the 4 x 1 team that held the national record for years. He also had a son that ran for Gardena.

Julius went to East Los Angeles Community College, ran track but due to lack of dedication in the classroom, was drafted and wounded in Vietnam (shrapnel in the legs). When I met him he was working for Pac Bell and as previously stated I coached his daughters in age group. He was a very supportive parent for our track club. He used to run the parent/coach relays with us. Still quick back in the 80's.

Today he's retired and still resides in Carson with his spouse.

I recently heard that Ronnie Ray Smith, also of Manual Arts, and a former Olympian is having many health issues.


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Re: The Obscure Sprinter

Postby Jackaloupe » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:50 am

Charles Lincoln Lindsay (RIP) was not only a champion LJ'er (State or CIF?) but Student Body Pres. of Manual Arts HS. It was always my notion that he'd jumped > 25 ft. in HS, although he dropped down to 24-ish at USC, while dominating Frosh/JC meets in 100/220.

Charles was my best pal at USC, even a cultural mentor: a Math Major deeply interested in Philosophy and the Arts, he was also a pal of Jazz phenom Charles Lloyd, who even then was already composing for Chico Hamilton. I'd say Charles's maturing breadth of interests likely contributed to his "planing off" as regards T & F. He was an early exponent of (pre-computer) Math-modelling of the Stock Market, forming his own company after moving to what was then waay out in The Valley, to the spanking new Westwood Village (which he certainly helped integrate early on).

Years later, I ran into his first wife, an Eartha Kitt lookalike, at the DC Airport; she was escorting their daughter, Alison, to Howard U. in DC.
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