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This Day in Track & Field, March 25, 2024, John Treacy Enthralls Ireland with World Cross Wins in 1978 and 1979! by Walt Murphy News and Results Services

This Day in Track & Field, March 25, 2024, John Treacy Enthralls Ireland with World Cross Wins in 1978 and 1979! by Walt Murphy News and Results Services

 

This Day in Track & Field–March  25

 

1942–A Night in the Bronx—From Wally Donovan’s “A History of Indoor Track & Field”.

“The curtain came down on the 1942 indoor track season with one of the most smashingly successful indoor meets ever.

The meeting was for the benefit of the Navy Relief Society. It was conducted on an oil-splattered banked board track, measuring 9 laps to the mile, and was primarily used for auto racing.

A crowd of more than 5,000 jammed into the huge Coliseum in the Bronx to see the six All-Star events. They saw six world marks created.”

Roy Cochran got credit for two of those marks in one race, clocking 47.9 for 400 meters and 48.2 for 440 yards.

The same was true for John Borican, who ran 1:50.0 for 800 meters and 1:50.5 for 880 yards (breaking his own World Records). He was the 1941 U.S. Champion in the Decathlon!

John Borican, photo courtesy of NJ Sports.com

A Georgetown quartet of Charley Fish, Charley Williams, Hugh James, and Hugh Short won the mile relay in 3:17.2, and Seton Hall won the 2-mile relay over a tough Fordham team in 7:33.9 (also faster than the outdoor record) with a lineup of Anthony Luciano, Frank Fletcher, Robert Ranier, and Chester Lipski.

No records were set in the mile and 2-mile, but the winning times were fast. NYU senior Leslie MacMitchell won the former in 4:07.8, just missing the World Record of 4:07.4 that he shared with Walter Mehl and future Hall-of-Famer Greg Rice took the longer race in 8:52.9, not far off his World Record of 8:51.1.

2nd in the mile was Gil Dodds, who would later set 3 World Records in the event. 3rd in 4:14.1 was Frank Dixon, a 5th-year student at St.Francis Prep H.S. (Queens, NY)

A National Hall of Fame member, Cochran would win gold medals in the 400 and 4×400 at the 1948 Olympics after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Cochran   Rice  MacMitchell  Borican  Dodds

1978—Maren Seidler raised her American Record in the Shot Put 4 times on this date in San Jose,CA:

      58-02           (17.73/19 inches better than her previous mark of 56-7 [17.24])

      58-04  ½      (17.79)

      60-03           (18.36)

      60-06  ½     (18.45)

Hall of Fame Bio (2000)https://www.usatf.org/athlete-bios/maren-seidler

World Cross Country Championships

 

1978–Glasgow, Scotland provided ideal x-country conditions for the World Championships–torrential rain, wind, and a difficult, muddy course! Providence…

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