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'l'he .Xbilenc High School mile relay tuam. composed of liud Dryden, Glynn Wyatt. Willard
Moser. and Ralph lialfanz. set a new high school record at the State Nleet in Austin when they
ran the mile in tht- amazing time of 31255. One month later the Athletic Association voted that
the squad be sent to the National Track Meet at Chicago, .lune 4-5. Starting several days before
the Meet. the Abilene cindermen arrived in Chicago and had several long work-outs before the
time of the races. Halfanz. the captain of the quartet. was elected to hold down the anchor
position. llryden started the race, leading at the end of his lapg Wyatt ran the second lap. man-
aging to hold his owng then Moser took the baton and at the end of his lap was leading his nearest
rival by several yards: and llalfanz. the anchor man. ran the last quarter. crossingz, the finish lint-
about five yards ahead of his nearest opponent. The Eagles were clocked at 31282. several seconds
slower than the time at the State Meet: nevertheless, they took away first place honors as the
fastest high school relay team of 1932. The four members of the squad received gold medals and
Abilene High School received a large trophy. a bronze figure of a track man as he gets "on thc
By the middle of February approximately twenty-five prospects. including four lettermen.
reported for the first 1933 track work-out. Moser, Wyatt, and Dryden, members of the State and
National Championship Relay Team of last year. were among the veterans, also Cogdell. a dash
man of last season. The 1933 squad appeared to be a cinder team, as there were very few field
aspirants. Having worked out for nearly a month, the Eagles entered the Lubbock Invitation
Tournament on April 1. Coach Mayhew took five of his choice track men. Willard Moser was
the big attraction of the meet, winning the 100-yard dash in 10 flat, and the 440 in 53.6. He also
ran the anchor lap on the winning relay team. Cogdell ran third in the 100 and Wyatt finished
third in the 440. to give the Eagles a total of 19 points. While these five men were at Lubbock.
the rest of the Eagles entered an invitation meet held at Abilene Christian College, and placed
third. Austin was the only Eagle to get a first place, winning the 880. MCDBHTIHHH was the high
scorer, making 6 points, while the rest of the Eagles raised the total to 19 3-4-. Coach Mayhew
planned two other meets, but his squad was unable to attend.
Xl Ilene High Srhool's annual city track and field meet, qualifying candidates for the District
mtet was held on 'Nlarcb 23-24. Twonty-five Eagles entered the different events. and sixteen
tllldllfltfl for places on the team. Only one city record was broken-the broad jump. Baldwin
and Cogdell both beat the old record of 20 feet, 7 inches. by several inches. Moser was the out-
standing performer of the meet.
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