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.