Hungary has a unique position in the world of track. It's the only country in the world that was not under British rule at one time and yet conducted its early national championships at English distances, not metric.
The Hungarian national championships began in 1896, but it wasn't until 1915 that Hungary switched to the metric system for track races. (I don't know how field events were measured from 1896-1914.)
So here's the big question for which I've yet to find a definitive answer: Why? Why was non-Brit Hungary using yards and miles?
I figured this might be due to hereditary ties to the Court of St. James dating back to Queen Victoria. But the Austro-Hungarian Empire appears to have had no such ties. On the other hand, Victoria did have or produce 19th century hereditary ties to Denmark, Greece, and several principalities of Germany. But none of those countries ever ran English distances at their national championships.
So why Hungary???