On another subject, does anyone know about Oceansides ” consecutive dual meet wins” streak of the 60’s and 70’s?
Some say it might been National Record. I ran on 1970 team (with Jerry Culp -7′ in high jump). I believe we were at 59 straight wins at the end of 1970 season). I’m not sure how many more wins, but I believe Vista ended the streak in 1971.
Tom Shields (Oceanside) and Jungle Jim Downs (Vista) put North County track and field on the map, showing city elites that outstanding athletes also resided in the faraway suburbs. The 1968 Oceanside team would have contended for a state team championship had not Ed Johnson, their great hurdler and relay anchorman, been injured after the Pirates decisively whipped Lincoln in the short and long races at the San Diego Relays. I also remember some Lincoln teams that won 31 varsity dual meets in a row in the middle ‘sixties. I’m not aware of the record you mentioned. Perhaps the Varsity, Class B, and C teams or junior varsities at the schools ran up that many victories.
Rick, Thanks for all the memories over the years. Yes, we did win 58 straight dual meets when I was at Oceanside. Prior to that, my last year at Vista we won seven dual meets.
What is the fastest recorded hand timed 220yd dash? in San Diego County?
I don’t have an answer. Quick guess, the 21.0 220s by Roscoe Cook (1956) and Dave Blunt (1971), which were converted to :21.14. David Russell (1976) and Kipperr Bell (1978) also ran 21.0’s that converted to :21.14. But Russell and Bell ran their races on the Olympic curve, which most people agree made Russell and Bell faster than Cook and Blunt. Then, when the U.S. converted to the metric system, the 220 became the 200, which is about one yard shorter than the 220. All of the sub-21s since Darron Norris’ :21.09 in 1984, were at 200 meters and fully electronic. The evolution of all things track and field has made for a greater sport but confusion when comparing the old and the new, at least for me.
I should have mentioned that a 200-220 comparison would be about 0.12 different, i.e. Norris’ :21.09 likely would be a :21.22 220.
Rick, by any chance do you still have a link to the San Diego Evening Tribune’s 1969 high school track and field guide? As I recall, it was printed in dark green ink and listed (as of that date) the county’s all-time boys marks. Thank you and have a pleasant week!
Ps: San Diego visits Kearny this coming Thursday in a league championship showdown for both girls and boys. 🙂
I compiled two track books, 1965 and 1971. The ’65 book had Bill Miller of San Diego High (in a Stanford photo) on the cover and the ’71 featured Tim Danielson of Chula Vista. The books were destroyed in our house fire in ’03 but I have managed to retrieve originals. I saw one of the ’71s on eBay recently…the guy wanted $21! Anyway, a friend at the CIF Southern Section made a few copies for me. You’re welcome to what I can spare. San Diego-Kearny used to be a pretty good meet. Complete results of dual meets were in the newspapers then. Now dual meets barely get a line. I may show up at Kearny on Thursday. Thanks for writing.
Matt, I’m saving a copy of my track books for you. Let me know if you’re interested.
Steven Fahy (La Costa Canyon)
2 miles: 8:55.24a Jun 21,2014 Brooks PR Invitational
(converts to 8:52.24 for 3200m)
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