Not trying to start any type of racial debate or anything of that nature, but the topic of white sprinters was brought up today and the question came up, how many people have broken 10.0 in the 100, and has any caucasian sprinter ever accomplished this feat? If no, what is the fastest ever run? Just looking for a few answers.
Last time this question was asked, a HUGE debate ensued and it took ages before the poor thread starter got the answer to their question. So before it all breaks out again, the answer is: no. No white/caucasion man has ever ran sub-10. The fastest white man in history is Marian Woronin, who ran 10.00 (+2.0m/s). Koji Ito of Japan also ran a 10.00 (+1.9m/s), and there have been a few others who got close (Matt Shirvington and Nicolas Macrozonaris have both ran 10.03).
Wow this is exciting! A thread involving race that has not degraded into a food fight. At the same time, raising a question that seems to be a real poser for the brightest minds on the subject of Athletics!
My guess is that she is not the fastest, but a recent name that comes to mind is Alison Culley of Foxboro MA and Syracuse. She is the record holder at Syracuse (and ECAC champion) in the 100/200. PR's of 11.62/23.38 and 11.54w. Another recent Caucasian sprinter from MA is Christine Moschella at Stanford who has run 23.77.
I looked at the all-time list but I don't know most of the names to say . . . except #1 for the world is still Irina Privalova and her 10.77.
Kathy T-M is looking like a surprisingly good guess. I don't claim to have complete recall of every NCAA field since 1982, but in looking at all the names I think she's the only Cauc (7th in '96) ever to make the final.