EASTMAN TIES WORLD'S MARK
AS TROY WINS
Stanford Star Equals Ted Meredith's Record
Blond Ben Captures Quarter Mile
in 47 2-5s. Cromwell's Team Wins by Lopsided Score
BY BRAVEN DYER
Blond Ben Eastman, Stanford's big bertha of the track,
fired his opening blast at the world's 440-yard record yesterday
at the Olympic Stadium and scaled the throne previously occupied
only by Ted Meredith of Pennsylvania.
Combining the speed of a frightened gazelle with the
smooth-striding form of a champion, Blond Ben tied Meredith's
mark of 47 2-5s. in the greatest quarter-mile race ever staged
on the Pacific Coast.
Vic Williams of Southern California, national A.A.U.
champion, pushed Blond Ben to his sensational feat, trailing his
northern foe by slightly more than a yard in a spectacular finis
which saw the great Trojan runner expending every ounce of
energy in a futile effort to nip Eastman at the tape.
WHAT SC DID
It was a field day for Troy at the Olympic
Stadium yesterday. Dean Cromwell's
team broke six of the ten meet records,
smashed and tied one other. The
Trojans won nine first places and placed
second in all but three, taking second in
every event they did not win. Every
Trojan performed as well, or better than
expected in the special event.
Yesterday's victory climaxed two years of
undefeated competition on the Coast for
The best way of describing the race is
to say that it was all that it was
advertised to be. Talked about,
raved about, written about and dreamed
about for lo these many months, the battle
provided 20,000 frenzied fans with their
greatest kick of the day.
BLOND BEN STEALS SHOW
Eastman's feat was the outstanding feature of the California
Intercollegiate which sparkled with so many brilliant
performances that a separate story could well be devoted to each
of the record-breaking events of which there were no less than
Dean Cromwell's powerful University of Southern California
team won the meet in a gallop, with every Trojan performing
in heroic fashion. The men of Troy outdid themselves
yesterday, every man on the team coming through in his
The score was so lopsided it was funny. Southern
California, 93; Stanford 49; California 19; and U.C.L.A., 2.
That's how they finished.
In amassing this staggering point total the Trojans won nine
first places and broke six of the ten meet records set, tying
one other. In the events the Trojans didn't win, six, they
placed second, and grabbed all but three second places during
the day. Paste that in your hat for something to shoot at!
The new meet records, two of which tied world marks were as
Quarter-mile--Ben Eastman, Stanford, 47 2-5s, tying world
mark held by Ted Meredith and made in 1916. Old meet mark,
48 2-5s, by Johnny Morrison, Stanford, in 1929.
100-Yard dash--Frank Wykoff, S. C., 9.5s, tying accepted
world mark set by Eddie Tolan last year. Old meet mark,
9.7s, by Wykoff last year.
Mile run--Cliff Halstead, S.C., 4m 23-45s. Old
record, 4m. 29.9s., by Halstead last year.
Two-mile run--Spud Mossman, California, 9m, 39 2-5s.
Old record 9m. 57 3-5s., by Ray Smith, U.C.L.A., last year.
Half-mile run--Vic Fitzmaurice, S. C., 1m. 55 2-5s.
Old record, 1m. 57s., by Bill McGeagh, S. C., last year.
220-yard dash--Frank Wykoff, S. C., 20 4-5s. Old
record, 21 2-5s., by Hec Dyer, Stanford in 1929.
Low hurdles--Capt. Ernie Payne, S.C., 23 2-5s. Old
record, 23 3-5s, by Jimmy Payne, S.C. in 1929.
Mile Relay--Stanford, 3m. 15 1-5s. Old record, 3m.
17 3-5s., by Southern California last year.
Javelin--Kenneth Churchill, California 212ft 1in.
Old record, 200ft 9 3-4in., by Emery Curtice, California, last
Broad Jump--Dick Barber., S.C., 24ft. 9 1-4in. Old
record, 24ft 1in., by Jess Hill, S. C., in 1929.
Pole vault--Bill Graber, S. C., 13ft. 6in. Ties old
record held jointly by Ward Edmonds, Stanford, and Jack
Williams, S. C., in 1929.
If that isn't something to write about then I'm an all-American,
all-European, all-Siberian halfback.
The 440 was run in lanes for the first 220 yards.
(Ben) Eastman had the pole and kept it throughout the
entire race. (Vic) Williams in lane two,
starting slowly as usual, found not only Eastman, but also Al
Hables ahead of him when the men broke away from the lanes
midway on the back stretch.
Eastman had a lead of four yards over Hables, who in turn was
three yards ahead of Williams. As they stormed into the
next to last turn Williams began to pull up, as is his custom.
Slowly but surely he gained on Hables, finally drawing abreast
and then passing the Stanford boy. With the fans yelling
and standing on their hoofs, Vic raced into the final curve, his
shoulders hunched and his goal the overtaking of Eastman.
But in the meantime Blond Ben had been going on his merry way.
Staid old track followers marveled at the consummate ease with
which Templeton's ace ate up the yardage. No effort, no
quickening of the pace, no wild swinging on the arms -- just
that same old space-annihilating stride which appeared to float
Blond Ben around the arena.
But Williams wasn't licked yet and as they flew into the final
turn he gave 'er the gun. down the home stretch they came,
Troy's national champion in furious pursuit of Stanford's
sensational sophomore. Slowly Williams gained inch by inch
with that battling finish which has made him famous.
Just as it appeared as if Vic were going to draw alongside of
his greatest rival, Blond Ben floated a little faster.
There was no apparent effort even then, just an eerie-like
drawing away by the Stanford star. And thus they came to
the tape -- Eastman floating along and Williams digging in for
all he was worth. Slightly more than a yard separated them
at the finish and that represents the difference in the running
ability of the two at least it did yesterday and it will be hard
to make any who saw the race believe that Williams,
stout-hearted as he is, can ever beat Blond Ben Eastman.
(Frank) Wykoff's sensational sprinting settled
definitely the question of his superiority over Hec Dyer.
Frank is the best man in the 100 and had Dyer run the furlong
yesterday he undoubtedly would have been licked there also, for
Wykoff's time of 20 4-5s. has never been equaled on the Pacific
Coast by any runner other than that old campaigner of years ago,
Charles William Paddock.
Frank had a margin of almost three yards in the 100, with Les Hables
given third over Milt Mauer of S.C., who looked to be entitled to no less
than a tie for that spot. Maurer is unfortunate in being so small.
Dyer due to a pulled muscle, did (? -- content cut away)....
...worthy while the two-mile produced the most thrills in the way of red-hot
Long-legged Ernie (Payne) fairly skimmed over the
abbreviated barriers and his mark of 23 2-5s. entitles him to the distinction of
being one of the very best, if not the best, in the country.
The two-mile was a three-cornered fight between Spud Mossman, Earl
Callahan and Ches Unruh for first place and a dog-eat-dog battle
between Aebersold of Stanford and Gardner of S. C. for fourth.
Mossman led until the next to last lap when Callahan went out in front by two
yards. Then as they raced into the first turn of the final lap, Mossman
took the lead, but held it only briefly for up came Unruh with a rush from the
rear, passing the pack and taking the pole. No Trojan has any more "guts"
than Unruh and the crowd was pulling for him to win, but Mossman had something
in reserve and 20 yards from the tape he turned it loose and Unruh, in a last
effort to stay with the California star, lurched forward but couldn't make his
legs move any faster. Callahan, in the meantime, had faded to third, well
back of the other two.
In the meantime Aebersold, who has been ill, and Gardner jockeyed back and
forth, first one leading and then the other. Gardner had more left at the
finish and annexed a fourth which nobody had expected him to win.
Nothing was more surprising yesterday than Vic Fitzmaurice finishing first in
the 880. Tagging along behind the entire pack during the first lap, Vic
put on that furious finish of his and passed Bill McGeagh on the final turn to
win in a great rally. His showing yesterday earned him a trip to the
I.C.4-A meet at Philadelphia.
UPSET IN HURDLES
The high hurdles brought about an upset, as had been suspected. Nesbit
of Stanford, the favorite, hit two hurdles early in the race and found
himself running well to the rear with Stokes. Berry and Bills
of S.C. out in front. Just when it appeared that the Trojans were going to
take the three first places, Bills hit the next to last barrier and then
stumbled completely over the final hurdle to allow Brugman of Stanford to
take third and Crawford of California fourth. It was discovered
that Nesbit had in reality kicked over three hurdles, so his finishing fourth
did no good. The time was 15.1s., this being the only track race in which
a record did not fall.
Bob Hall's steady improvement in the shot put and discus featured the
field events. The tall, quiet Trojan bettered 48ft. for the first time this year
to take second and then whirled the discus 151ft. for his best effort of the
season in this event, earning second here also.