gh wrote:The NCAA was run on 8-lane tracks as early as the '30s. I'm sure dj can give you chapter and verse.
Yes, but I went only with the first year (1936) in which I found at least 8 finalists in the 200/220 on a turn. The 440 was often run without lanes back then, and I didn't check straightaway races as it wasn't unusual for tracks to have more straightaway lanes than on the full oval.
dj wrote:Los Angeles Coliseum had eight lanes in 1932, as did Berlin in '36, Helsinki in '52. It was Olympic tradition however, to advance only six runners to sprint, hurdle and relay finals through 1960.
One reason for advancing only six on an eight-lane track was to avoid using a chewed-up lane 1.
More examples: 1936 NCAA, held in Chicago, 8 lanes 200 on the turn. 1946 NCAA, Minneapolis, 8 lanes 200 turn
I suspect eight-lane tracks were not all that rare back then.
Well, I stand corrected. I knew Tokyo was the first to use 8 finalists in the lane races and just assumed the others did not have 8 lanes.
dj wrote: "it wasn't unusual for tracks to have more straightaway lanes than on the full oval." ------------ St. Martin's University in Lacey, Washington [near Olympia] has ten (10) lanes on the main straightaway of its new T&F facility. I took photos of it a week ago today and wish there was a quick/easy way to append one to a board message such as this.