conversion question - 200m

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conversion question - 200m

Postby BillCarr » Tue Aug 12, 2003 4:41 am


I keep track of the history for my high school up here in Massachusetts, and I'm looking for any insight involving a 200 conversion question.

As it turns out, the school (Newton North) had some lightning AAU junior top ranked guy in the late 1950's named Paul Gould who ran a 21.2yh. First off, I'd like to say that for that era I think that's pretty quick. Anyway, my guess is that it was run on a straightaway. Newton High (only one school back then) had a furlong straight up until the new school was built in the early 1970's, and the old track had been the site of many of the state-level meets.

This hasn't come into play until recently when we had another wiry white kid, Mass 300M indoor champ Dan King, rocket a 21.7h on a curve.

anyway to compare ? what if I say that is there any way Gould's time wasn't on a slower cinder surface, while King's was on a brand new Rekortan track (Weston high) . . . . or should I just leave them as two different records like I have them now - King's as the one to catch, Gould's as a reminder of yesteryear ?

additionally, Gould also ran a 9.7yh in the 100y, which using TF&N Green book conversion is also still the school record, over 40 years old.

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Re: conversion question - 200m

Postby dj » Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:47 am


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Re: conversion question - 200m

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:57 am

.3 sec is the conversion I've heard, but you can certainly keep both - one as the straight yard mark and the other as the curve metric mark. I would note that the 21.2ys is 'worth' 21.4mc.

Re: conversion question - 200m

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 12, 2003 6:44 am

The conversion according to the McWhirters is 0.3 to 0.4 seconds -- I go with the more conservative of the two. That means your 21.2yS is worth 21.5 for 200m around a curve.

Re: conversion question - 200m

Postby gh » Tue Aug 12, 2003 7:04 am

This is one question that doesn't have any single answer; not only does it vary depending on from which lane you run on the curve (as we can see, there's a couple of 10ths difference between lane 1 and lane 8, generally speaking), it also depends on your body type. A long-legged flamingo like Tommie Smith, for example, would have a larger differential, as perhaps exhibited by his awesome 1966 season when he rewrote 220 sprinting, running 19.5 on the straight and 20.0 on the curve a month apart.

In essence, they're completely different events.
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