Forest Beatty was a real race horse. Four decades ago he was peerless at 200 meters. A couple of years later Steve Caminiti (best known as a hurdler)and Freddie Kuller were very quick. Unfortunately for them there were a couple of other kids at the California State Meet named Hines and McCollough.
I think anthony Tufariello may have held the 400m record back when he was running in the late 70's....but not sure.
I know Casey Combest holds the 60m indoor HS record, and I think Beatty tied the HS 100y dash record.
Someone else may be able to verify all this.
Apparently he couldn't adjust to being away from home. I think his grades weren't good enough for a major university, so he went to a Junior College in the south, and then dropped out and went home and got a job.
This is only a few years ago. I think he's about 22yrs. old. There was talk of a comeback last indoor season, but I am only aware of him running one race last year.
What a shame......
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From the couple of times I saw him run, looked like the kind of guy who was more "quick" than "fast" and would have to do a lot of intense strength training to be a good 100m guy. Super at 60 indoors, but already fading at that distance.
Forest Beaty ran 9.4 100 yard dash in addition to his 20.2 straightaway 220 yard dash as an underclassman at Glendale Hoover. If I'm not mistaken Beaty won the Calfifornia State CIF 100 yard dash one year and the 220 yard dash two years in the mid-60's. The Foothill League, which included Glendale Hoover, had an outstanding group of sprinters when Beaty was there. Another white sprinter in the league was Ralph Turner of John Burroughs H.S. in Burbank. Turner ran 9.5 and also 20.6 when Beaty ran his 20.2. If I recall correctly there was also still another very good white sprinter that year from either Burbank H.S. or Glendale H.S. It was in the Foothill League Championships that one year in the early or mid 60's that these three plus a couple of sprinters from John Muir H.S. in Pasadena or Pasadena H.S. all ran 9.6 or better and 21.1 or better. Not bad for one little 7 team league. For those of you who aren't familiar with it John Muir has had a slew of California State Chapmpion sprinters.
Forest Beaty went on to run at the University of California in Berkeley and although a good collegiate sprinter he never quite lived up to his H.S. accomplishments. He graduated from Cal, went to medical school and about 6-7 years ago I read an article about him being a physician in the East Bay Area treating some group of unfortunates (I don't recall whether they were poor, HIV or what) on a humanitarian basis. He went from being a very good sprinter to a very good humanitarian physician. He surely has my respect.
I believe he won the Texas State 5A 100 and 200 meter races in 1978.
I know he ran a 9.3 100y and 20.78 200m in high school. Obviously he had a lot of potential, but I'm not sure that he ever went to college, or even raced again.
I believe he won the Texas
>State 5A 100 and 200 meter races in 1978.
I know he ran a 9.3 100y and 20.78
>200m in high school. Obviously he had a lot of potential, but I'm not sure
>that he ever went to college, or even raced again.
I'm pretty sure that Wayne went to UT. I was running for LSU when we recruited him and some of his Richardson HS teammates. I still remember seeing him anchor the indoor mile relay, jogging the first 220 and then reeling in the field on the second lap. I believe he got injured his frosh year in Austin.
Dave Mills evidently resides in the Kettering, Ohio area now. Of course, he's not fast anymore given that he's about 65 now! He was damned fast...440yd in 46.6 on the old 2-straightaway, 1-turn track at Ohio State...all on cinder.
Wayne went to college, the University of Texas-Austin and his primary sport was football, a receiver but didn't have much success on the field. He still ran track during his college career, but looked like a beefed up footballer, running track.
Sammy Dirske sp from Texas was my roomie in a national HS meet in Mt Prospect Ill. He was the Texas state champ and was the fastest or so in the early 70s. ( I was a high jumper back then)
>Beaty went on to run at the University of California in Berkeley and although a
>good collegiate sprinter he never quite lived up to his H.S. accomplishments.
>He graduated from Cal, went to medical school and about 6-7 years ago I read an
>article about him being a physician in the East Bay Area treating some group of
>unfortunates (I don't recall whether they were poor, HIV or what) on a
>humanitarian basis. He went from being a very good sprinter to a very good
>humanitarian physician. He surely has my respect.
Thanks for the update on Forest Beaty, a great guy and one of my favorite athletes when I was in high school. I saw his 20.2 race (incredible). It was over 220 yards (about .1 longer than 200m), on a straightaway, on dirt. I also knew him later at UC Berkeley. In his senior year at Glendale Hoover, 1962, his biggest challenger in Southern Calfornia was another super-fast white guy, Larry Sapp of Bonita (LaVerne), California.