track types for US Nationals?


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track types for US Nationals?

Postby johnclark » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:23 am

Just wondering when the tracks for US Nationals became synthetic? I think the 1963 Nationals were on a rubber track, but were they synthetic from then on or did they go back to cinders/dirt/grass for a while after that?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: track types for US Nationals?

Postby gh » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:56 am

Bakersfield '73 was dirt.... thinking that's the last one.
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Re: track types for US Nationals?

Postby rhymans » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:10 am

Between 1964 and 1972 it was

1964 New Brunswicj - Cinders
1965 - San Diego - synthetic
1966 - New York - Cinders
1967 - Bakersfield - Cinders/Brick
1968 - San Diego - cinders (different stadium than in '65)
1969 - Miami - synthetic
1970 - Bakersfield - Cinders/Brick
1971 - Eugene - synthetic
1972 Seattle - synthetic
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Re: track types for US Nationals?

Postby johnclark » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:31 pm

thanks guys!
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Re: track types for US Nationals?

Postby PDJ551 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:35 am

To make a minor correction which no one probably cares about is that the Rutgers track in 1964 was cinder/brick. It was a new track that had been just completed before the nationals. The NJ high school state meet, usually held at Rutgers, was run at Highland Park H.S. I know this because a couple of weeks later (maybe it was even days) an AAU meet was held on the new facility. They told us that it was crushed bricks, imported from England. I finished a very distant 3rd in the 440, maybe it was 400 meters. I just recall how firm it was. I remember the contrast of the new red track with the top of the chute still composed of black cinders. I guess they figured that they would never use the chute again. But for some dumb reason they decided to use the poorly groomed chute in the 1969 state meet so that they could run the 440 around only one turn. I remember that well because the school that I was coaching at had a very good sprinter. After winning the 100 yd dash, he stepped in a hole at the start of the 220 (actually his better event) and ripped a hamstring, which plagued him throughout college.
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Re: track types for US Nationals?

Postby wineturtle » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:23 pm

rhymans wrote:Between 1964 and 1972 it was

1964 New Brunswicj - Cinders
1965 - San Diego - synthetic
1966 - New York - Cinders
1967 - Bakersfield - Cinders/Brick
1968 - San Diego - cinders (different stadium than in '65)
1969 - Miami - synthetic
1970 - Bakersfield - Cinders/Brick
1971 - Eugene - synthetic
1972 Seattle - synthetic


Thanks In a discussion on the Icahn facebooksite we have been trying to pin down when the first allweather went down at Downing in NYC.
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Re: track types for US Nationals?

Postby dj » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:55 am

wineturtle wrote:
rhymans wrote:Between 1964 and 1972 it was

1964 New Brunswicj - Cinders
1965 - San Diego - synthetic
1966 - New York - Cinders
1967 - Bakersfield - Cinders/Brick
1968 - San Diego - cinders (different stadium than in '65)
1969 - Miami - synthetic
1970 - Bakersfield - Cinders/Brick
1971 - Eugene - synthetic
1972 Seattle - synthetic


Thanks In a discussion on the Icahn facebooksite we have been trying to pin down when the first allweather went down at Downing in NYC.


Downing Stadium's $150,000 Elastaturf track was inaugurated with the Brandeis Relays, April 11, 1970.
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