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This Day in Track & Field History, March 14, 2024, Ron Delaney, Marty Liquori, by Walt Murphy’s News and Results Service

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This Day in Track & FieldMarch  14

(Delany, ’70 NCAA, ’81 NCAA, ’81 AIAW, ’86 NCAA, ’93 WIC, The “X-Man”, Casey Combest/Dueling H.S. Nationals, Last meal atCoogan’s/Born On This Day-Bumbalough, Kim Conley, Tessa Sanderson/R.I.P.- Dorothy Odam)

1958—Villanova’s Ron Delany, spurred by competition from steeper Phil Coleman and an announced 3/4-mile split of 3:01 (it was actually 3:05.3!), got his first World Indoor Record in the Mile, running 4:03.4  at the Chicago Daily News meet to break the previous mark of 4:03.6, set by Denmark’s Gunnar Nielsen at the 1955 Millrose Games.

       “People expected me to break the record all year. I am not a machine. I can’t be turned on and off. I just felt good at the end of three-quarters and I decided I could do it.”

Delany would lower the record twice more in New York the following year, first to 4:02.5 at the U.S. Championships and then to 4:01.4 at the NY Knights of Columbus meet. Jim Beatty finished a distant 4th in 4:15.6 in Chicago, who would end Delany’s reign as record-holder when he ran the first indoor sub-4 (3:58.9) in 1962!–discoveries


New York City, Madison Square Gardens, in the 1950s, from sport stadium postcards

1964—John Uelses, the first man to clear 16 feet indoors,  jumped 16-4  ½ (4.99m) in Cleveland to regain the American Indoor Record in the Pole Vault.


1970—A repeat 1-2-3- sweep in the Shot Put enabled Kansas to win the team title over Villanova (27-1/2 to 26) at the 6th NCAA Indoor Championships in Detroit.

For the 2nd year in a row, Junior Karl Salb (67-2  ½ [20.48+) was the winner over teammates Steve Wilhelm (64-7  ½ (19.69+) and Doug Knop (61-1  ½ [18.63). It was Salb’s 2nd of 3 wins in the event.

Michigan State’s Herb Washington equaled the World Record in the 60y-dash with his…

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