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April 25, 1937 - Image 7

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Records Fall At Penn; Rain Slows Up Drake'


Distance Men
Pace Indiana
In Penn Meet
Hoosier Four Mile Teami
Sets New World Mark;
Lash Trims Beccali
PHILADELPHIA, April 24.-(P)-
Indiana University's monopoly of
major events in the 43rd Pennsyl-
vania Relay Carnival was brought to
a smashing climax today when Don-
ald Ray Lash, the Hoosier "Iron
Man," sprinted to triumph in the fea-
tured one-mile invitation race after
antchoring a word record victory for
his team in the classic four-mile col-
lege relay championship.
Lash, looking back over his shoul-
der with a triumphant grin. outraced
and outsmarted Italy's Luigi Beccali,
the favorite, as well as the veteran
Gene Venzkeof the New York Athletic
Club in the crowning event of the
two-day program.
Lash Runs Fast 440
Lash exploded a last 440 yards in
58.3 seconds to capture the mile but
his time for the full route, 4:24.3, was
far from sensational and paled by
comparison with the beating that he
and his teammates administered two
hours earlier to pop time, and five
rival teams, in the four-mile relay.
The distance classic, strictly a
duel between the Hoosiers and the
stop-watch from start to finish, end-
ed with Indiana setting up a new
world mark of 17 minutes 16.1 sec-
onds and wiping out marks that have
stood to the credit of America's great-
est milers. It clipped more than five
seconds off the officially listed record
of 17:21.4, which the famous Joie Ray
helped the Illinois A. C. team estab-
lish in 1923. It likewise eclipsed the
pending world mark of 17:17.2, which
the all-star United States quartet
of Chuck Hornbostel, Gene Venzke,
Archie San Romani and Glen Cun-
ningham set at London last August
15 ini the post-Olympic dual meet
with British Empire athletes.
Smith Stars
Lash clinched the record with a
4:17.2 mile, for the anchor leg, but
the runner who made the new mark
possible was his lanky Negro team-
mate, Jimmy Smith, who electrified
the big crowd by reeling off the sec-
ond mile in 4:14. This was the fast-
est performance in Smith's career.
Mi Trutt, the leadoff man, and Tom-
my Deckard, thi~d runner, were timed
in 4:22.2 and 4:22.7, for their share
in the record-smashing proceedings.
The North Texas boys, including
the Brown twins, Elmer and Delmer,
lost a new carnival record as well as
fi'st place when they were ruled out
for twice failing to pass the baton
within the zone limit. Running a
front race from the gun, the Texans
beat Indiana by five yards and were
clocked in 1:25.3, beating the meet
record set last year by the University
of Texas, only to discover their ef-
forts were in vain. Indiana thus
gained a "gift" triumph, while Oc-
cidental College of Los Angeles and
the University of Georgia moved up
to second and third places.
North Texas Comes Back
The same North Texas quartet,
comprising Stovall, Chrisman and
the Brown brothers, showed their
courage by coming back to capture
the class "B" one mile relay cham-
pionship with anotherrecord-smash-
ing performance. The Texans, with
Delmer Brown safely standing off a
48 second final lap challenge by
Pittsburgh's mighty John Woodruff,
broke the tape in 3 minutes, 19.6 sec-
onds. This clipped eight-tenths of a
second off the Carnival mark for the
event, set by Colgate in 1930. It
was also the fastest mile of the meet,
shading the time of 3:20.5 made by
Manhattan's quartet in the major
one-mile race.

The remaining record achievement
of the final day was turned in by
Western Michigan Normal, winner
of the special mile relay for teachers'
colleges. The time 3:23 clipped three
tenths of a second off Western Mich-
igan's own mark for the event.

s Steeplechase Vietor


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Tommy Decktrd, outstanding
University of Indiana distance
runner, added another laurel to
his reputation by winning the 3,000
meter steeplechase at the Pena.n
Relays yesterday and running a
lap on the four mile relay team
which set a new world's record in
the event.
LinKSmen Win
First Tilt, 126.
From Purdue
Playing what Coach Ray Court-
right termed "remarkable golf under1
such bad weather conditions" thel
Varsity golf team defeated the Pur-
due linkmen 12-6 yesterday over ther
University golf course. Rain, which
started right after midday, continued
all afternoon and forced the playersf
to almost wallow over the course.
'This tilt, the first of the year -for
the Wolverines crew, is also their first1
in defense of the Big Ten title which
they hold and which they have held{
for the past five consecutive years.
David Shoots '74
The low score for the day was that
of David of Purdue when he entered
a 74 to beat Michigan's Captain Al
Saunder's 75 on the eighteenth greenf
by only that one stroke.
In the morning foursome play
Saunders and Jack Emery playing
4gainst David and Blank topped Pur-
due 2-1 with respective scores of 76,
75, over the Boilermaker pair's 75
and 82.
Al Karpinski and Bill Barclay
halved their matches with Purdue's
Freese and Anderson. Both Michi-
gan men totaled 79 strokes while
Freese and Anderson each turned in
With the rain coming down in tor-
rents just in time to start off the
singles matches in the af ternoon,
Emery hit a 76 to down Freese 3-0
without any trouble. Freese tallied 82.
Yearnd Replaces Barclay
Performing in place of Barclay in
the singles Bill Yearnd blanked An-
derson 3-0 with an 82 while his op-
ponent got 86. Bill Warren who took
Karpinski's place scored an 80 to
Blank's 83. The score for this match
was 2-1.
If the rainy weather continues as
it has, the meeting scheduled with
Michigan State for next Tuesday,
which has already seen one postpone-
ment, will again be postponed ac-
cording to Courtright in order to put
the course back into shape.

Soaked T rack
Hlampers Fieki
In Iowa Mee t
Archie San Romani Beats1
Rideout Twins; Riot Ten
Teams Outstandjing '
DES MOINES, Ia.. April 24.-(P)-I
Archie San Romani, mighty little flier
from Emporia, Kan., gave the famous
Rideout twins of Texas a lesson in
distance-running today, and five Rice'
institute sprinters sped to a pair ofl
yhampionships, in the rain-drenched
28th annual Drake Relay Carnival.
The two-day relay and special event;
classic of the middle west provided
today's 12,000 soaked and half-frozenr
spectators with much in the way of;
thrills, but for the first time within
the memory of the oldest veteran,
not a single record in the college and1
university divisions was damaged. c
Romni Misses Record
San Romani was after a new world
record to replace Paavo Nurmi's sixc
minutes, 42.5 seconds for the one1
and one-half mile run outdoors, set
in 1925. He didn't miss it by so much,
covering the odd distance in 6:46.9,
and with better conditions, might
have achieved his goal.
The Rice delegation started with
a smashing triumph over the Univer
sity of Texas' four sophomores, in the
440-yard relay. The Owls took the
half-mile relay in a stirring battle
with Kansas University in 1:28.8.
Washington State's fleet four, Jack
Orr, Harry Netteton, Lee Orr and
Oren Benke fulfilled expestations in
the university one-mile relay feature
with a victory over Ohio State.
A Big Ten Party
The rest of the program was pretty
much a Big Ten party. Wisconsin,
with Bradford Towle, Lloyd Cooke,
Charles Fenske and Walter Mehl do-
ing a front-run act from the start,
won the four-mile relay in 17 minutes,
50 seconds, almost 10 seconds, almost
10 seconds slower than the meet rec-
ord established by Indiana's great
team last year. Michigan State Col-
lege was a poor second. - Tommy
Sexton, Bob Blickle, Bob Squire and
Charles Beetham, wearing Ohio
State's scarlet jersies polished off
Drake in the university two-mile
event, in seven minutes, 54 seconds.
Illini Takes Shttle Relay
Illinois, represented by Duane Cul-
linan, Clare Lehmann, Dick Brunton
and Jack Robinson, scored its sec-
and straight triumph in the 440-yard
shuttle relay. The Illini, timed in
1:01.7, whipped Nebraska by about
14 yards.
Bobby Grieve, another little ma,
won the 10-yard dash by a couple of
inches over Ed Toribio of Oklahoma,
for Illinois' second victory of the day.

Oosterbaan Prepares To Make
Cut In Frosh Baseball Squad

In n effort to reduce his freshman
baseball squad to working size, Cach
Bennie Oosterbaan will swing the
well-known "axe" this week-end, and
with the one stroke will eliminate all
but approximately twenty-five of the
About sixty candidates have been
taking part in the intra-squad games
during the past week, and from their
showing in these scrimmages, the
freshman mentor will make his se-
At this point, but three. infield as-'
pirants have definitely won their
spurs. One of them isVirgil Scott, a
big left-handed hitting first baseman,
who has been pounding the ball at
a terrific clip during early workouts.
Scott hails from Hazel Park, the town
which producted the present varsity
first-sacker, Dan Smick. Another
outstanding candidate for the same
position is Howard "Hank" Green-
berg f Dayton, Ohio. Although not
quite as steady as Scott around the'
bag, "Hank" has proven himself to

be an equally powerful hitter.
On the left side of the diamond,
things don't shape up quite so well.
Shortstop Mike Rodnick, hard-hit-
ting and flashy-filding Chicago boy
appears to be the only one reasonab-
ly sure of his post.
Charley Pink, blond all-round ath-
lete from Detroit, appears to be a
cinch for one of the outfield berths,
while little Grant Valpey who cap-
tained the Cranbrook prep team last
season, also looks good in the outer
Russell Dobson, lanky Ann Arbor
boy rates as the outstanding hurling
candidate, by his work against the
varsity in the batting cages. Johnny
Schuler of Royal Aak appears to be
the No. 1 catcher.

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