WYKOFF AS GOOD AS
On Par With Wefers, Schick and
Others Duffey Says --- Amsterdam
His Big Objective
BY ARTHUR DUFFEY
Another new sprinting phenom has come forth on the athletic
firmament. Of course you know who he is. You do not
have to ask just who he may happen to be. If you cannot
guess, it is none other than Frank Wykoff, sprinter
extraordinary of Glendale High School, California.
And if indications count for anything, Frankie is going to
prove the greatest of all short distance runners. I know
this is saying a good deal, especially when one considers the
great sprinting feats of a Bernie Wefers, Bill Schick
of Harvard, Walter Tewksbury of Pennsylvania,
Charley Paddock of California,
Borah, also of the Golden West, and a few more
wonderful performers that could be mentioned. But Wykoff
appears to be the equal of them all at least.
STILL IN HIS TEENS
One only has to look into his sprinting performances to date.
Not yet is he 18 years of age. He has won about 20 races.
In that time he has beaten the pick of the world and he is going
stronger than ever. It is a general rule in athletics that
an athlete and especially a sprinter reaches the real peak of
his form about the age of 21 or 22 years. Yet here is
Young Wykoff still in his teens equaling and smashing world's
sprinting records and he, no doubt, will be the winner of an
Olympic sprint championship before he reaches his majority.
When I went up to the Hotel Lenox yesterday afternoon to get
a line on this youthful prodigy, I found him sitting on the side
of a bed talking his his ever-faithful trainer, Norman Hayhurst; and opening a
ton-full of telegrams of congratulation that he had received
from California and especially from his little home town of
Frankie was born in Glendale, Cal., just 18 years ago.
He could always run. He was crazy about the sport as he
put it. When he was six years of age he remembers taking
part in his first running race. It was his custom many
times to run around the block in his home town and test his
speed with the kids in the locality just to see how far he could
Yes, there is a story, too, about the little Californian when
he used to get in trouble, just some boyish pranks, that the
kids in the neighborhood always used to blame him simply because
they wanted to see him run so fast.
It was while at Glendale that this wonder boy first began to
show his sprinting talent. He went out for the track team
and also for football. But it was in running that he excelled.
He was so adept at sprinting that in all the church picnics and
gatherings that he attended he always won the sprinting matches.
He kept on his work and then in his sophomore year at Glendale
he was timed in 10 seconds for the century.
CAME TO FORE LAST SEASON
But it was not until April 1927, that he really blossomed
forth as a future world beater. In a set of races
that were held on the coast he was caught in 9 3-5 seconds for
the distance. They thought the timing was fishy. But
after due consideration, they learned that everything was right.
After running such a performance, he was finally matched with
Charley Paddock over the 100-yard distance.
Paddock gladly consented to such a meeting, but after the
race Paddock was a sadder but a wiser sprinter. For not
only did this young Loch invar from out of the sprinting West
beat Charley, but he hung up the figures of 9 3-5 seconds.
This was Frankie's first meeting with the king of short distance
Then they came together recently (6-16-28) in the far
Western Olympic tryouts hailed as the "Sprint of the Century."
And again Wykoff was victorious, not only in the 100
meters which was run in 10 3-5 seconds, but in the 200 meters
which he won by more than five yards
in 20 4-5 seconds.
I then asked him how he felt in the 100 meter tryouts in the
Stadium last Friday afternoon. Naturally we were of the
opinion that he would feel a little nervous, temperamental,
fidgety or the like. But not this kid.
"I knew I was going to have a hard
race in the Harvard Stadium," he said. "It was a long
trip from California to Boston. But I felt that everything
would come out from the way I was feeling.
DID NOT FEAR PADDOCK
"Before the race was held my-trainer
and myself got together and we sized up the whole situation.
We had it figured out that the runners to beat were
of Rice Institute and
of Ohio State.
"Of course we were not
underestimating the other contenders. We felt that we
already had beaten
on the coast and there was no reason
why we should not be able to repeat.
"When I took the mark in the opening
heat, I never felt so good," continued Wykoff. "I
was keyed up to the limit. I thought that gun would never
bark. But when it did go - so did I - and I ran until I
found that no one was near me.
"In no heat did I really feel tired
until the third. Then I knew I was going to be up against
it when I met
McAllister. Let me say right here
that McAllister fooled me. I never though he would be in
the hunt at all. But he was full of running and I was a
little surprised when I learned after it was all over that he
finished second to me in the final.
"It was the first time in my life
that I ever ran four heats one right after the other in the 100
meters. Of course I have run heats in the century and 200
yards before. But such heats are a great strain.
"In the final I felt sure I would
win. I knew I was going to have plenty of competition.
But the feeling that came over made me feel that no matter what
the other fellows had to offer I could go one better.
"Yes, I am glad it is all over.
They wanted me to run an exhibition in Saturday's fray, but my
trainer wants me to wait for
Amsterdam. That is our big objective now"
Young Wykoff is the son of a
Glendale, California. He is the only boy in the family.
He stands 5 feet 8 inches and weighs about 150 pounds. He
intends to enter Glendale Junior College
and then will go to the
University of Southern California. Just now his ambition
is to be a college athletic trainer. He loves the physical
condition of men and believes that that is where he belongs.