The press agent for the Olympic tryouts at the Coliseum the 16th
inst. dropped in again last night, as is his daily habit. This
time he came burdened with the startling information that
Wykoff is working out
privately and in secret." It seems,
according to the press agent, that Wykoff doesn't want
Charley Paddock or any of his other foes to know what he's doing.
Not only is Wykoff working out secretly, but it is positively
announced that "he
is training behind closed doors." Now this is
a startling departure from the approved method of training for an
outdoor race. You'd think that Wykoff would prefer to get out in
the open and do his stuff; but no sirree, "he's training behind closed
doors at Glendale High School." If you don't believe it just
drop out and see him in action any afternoon, if you can get in.
However, the press agent assured us that "Wykoff is not going
through any special signal drill nor is he perfecting any tricks which
he hopes to keep away from his opponents." He's absolutely above
board about the whole matter, and well wear no mustache to deceive his
foes, "merely hoping to cloak himself in a smoke screen of
uncertainty, not allowing his rivals to know how fast he really is."
It is to be hoped that the "smoke screen" will no envelope Wykoff as
he dashes for the tape on the 16th inst., lest he be lost to the sight
of the judges.
It is further stated that Paddock recently opined that he though
Wykoff probably wouldn't make the Olympic team, and that Frank is
"peeved to such an extent the he is determined to win a berth on
the team even if he has to humble Paddock to so so." This is hardly
the proper spirit for a high school youth to show toward the greatest
sprinter of all time and all devout track fans are waiting with gaping
mouths to learn that Wykoff has been misquoted
All joshing to one side, as the boys say, Wykoff steps into fast
company for the first time in his career. No sane sports
follower doubts that Frank is a fine runner. He won the national
junior A.A.U. "100" in 10 flat last year which stamps him as one
of the best young sprinters in the nation. But in Paddock and
Charley Borah he is meeting two of the greatest gallopers of all time.
Wykoff will be Glendale's entrant in the tryouts. He has
joined the Los Angeles Athletic Club but will not represent that
organization until after the tryouts. Glendale is entitled to
the honor which Wykoff will acquire by his sprinting and the Mercury
officials have no desire to steal any glory from "The Fastest growing
city in the world."
Frank Lombardi will run under the colors of L.A. High, also waiting
until after the tryouts to officially represent the L.A.A.C.
Paddock, Wykoff, Lombardi and Hugh Piney will run a week from
today in a special meet at Santa Barbara. These four will go
after the world's record for the 440-yard relay. The mark is
41s. flat, held by the Newark A. C., and made last July at Lincoln,
Neb. It ought to be an attempt well worth seeing for all are
great relay runners. (article added 8-24-03)