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AUSTIN PALMER FALLON GORDON GEORGE FOERSTER ALVIE ASHLEY TEXAS-RICE-TEXAS A M Running at only half-steam the Longhorn thinlies ran off and left the Aggies and Owls in a Southwest Conference preview the Thursday night before the state schoolboy finals in Memorial Stadium. The Steers counted 100 2 points to A M ' s 31 2 and Rice ' s 38. In the freshman division Texas also counted the most and took the meet from Victoria Junior College and the Rice freshmen. Joe Villarreal, Texas ' distance ace, set the crowd buzzing with a 2-minute halfway time, and then followed through with a 4:08.8 mile, 8.4 seconds off the SWC mark. Also under the conference time was the performance of the championship 440-yard relay quartet. The four sprinters covered the course in 40.5 seconds. It was Eddie Southern ' s only race of the night as he elected to pass up the hurdles. Texas dominated nearly every event placing men in first place in seven out of the ten running events and in three of the six field events. DALLAS INVITATIONAL MEET Dallasite Eddie Southern took individual honors, but for the fourth straight year the University of Southern California walked off with the team title in the record-smashing Dallas Invitational Meet before 10,000 Easter weekend fans. Southern ran his fastest high hurdles, 13.9 for a new meet record, won the low hurdles in meet record time and ran on the Texas sprint relay team that tied the world record around two turns. He totaled 1 1 J a points and top honors for the one night stand before going the next day to the Kansas relays. The high point of the meet as far as Texas was concerned was the revenge victory over ACC in the 440-yard relay, making the two teams even in four meetings this year. Bobby Whilden of Texas went into the anchor lap with a good lead and Morrow, running anchor for ACC could not close the gap as the Steers won by three yards. Texas ' miler Joe Villarreal was barely edged out by the Trojan ' s Sid Wing as Wing reset the mark with a 4:15.2. In addition to Morrow ' s record-equalling 100-yard dash, Wally Wilson of Texas tied the 440-yard dash standard with a 47.8 effort. In all the university division of the meet smashed seven meet records and tied two. MEXICO CITY INVITATIONAL MEET The Mexican record book has taken on a distinct Texas flavor since the Texans arrived in the city for the National Invitational Meet. The 13-man Longhorn team piled up 114 points to 108 for second place Mexico University. In doing this the Steers took 14 firsts and smashed 1 1 of the Mexican records. Eddie Southern and Wally Wilson broke records that they had set themselves last year as freshmen. Texas sprinter Bobby Whilden set new marks in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, with 10.6 and 21.5. Weightman Johnny Warren broke the shot put standard with a 52-iyi effort and rewrote the discus mark with a throw of 141-6. Southern lowered his own 200-meter low hurdles record to 23.8, and won the high hurdles in 15.2. Wilson ' s clocking in the 400-meter dash was 49.1, four-tenths of a second under the mark he set last year. George Foerster smashed the 800-meter mark with a 1:58.7 time, and NCAA cross country champ Walter McNew won the 1,500 meter event in a record 4:07.8. Pat McGuire put his name in the book with a 23-8 broad jump, and John Novey set a new pole vault mark of 13-3. To close out the two-day meet the Orange and White won both the 400 and 1,600-meter relays, setting records in both. Their new times were 41.7 and 3:19.4. DRAKE AND PENN RELAYS Dividing their talents for one weekend, the Texas thinlies gave good accounts of themselves at both the Drake and Penn Relays in Des Moines and Philadelphia. However, the most creditable win of the weekend was marked up by the Longhorns ' 440 and 880-yard relay teams in the Penn meet. Entering only those two events the Horns ran to a 41.1 victory in the quarter, matching the mark which another Texas quartet had set in 1936. The team of Wally Wilson, Eddie Southern, Hollis Gainey, and Bobby Whilden had set a new world ' s record of 39.9 the week before at Kansas but the Franklin Field oval, with short straightaways, sharp curves, and a slow track, proved no help to the Texans. With Southern and Gainey exchanging places, the same four won the half-mile relay in 1:25.4, again tying a meet record. Up in the corn state at the Drake Relays the Steers, slightly hurt by the absence of the two star relay quartets, managed only a second in the distance medley relay after setting a new record in that event also, only the week before at Kansas. Kansas had revenge- though, and came on to win the distance run with Texas second in 10:04.1. Sophomore Bruce Parker snagged third in the javelin throw, and Bob Billings tied for fourth in the high jump. J. FRANK DOUGHERTY HOLLIS GAINEY WALLACE WILSON .JOE IRVIN
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EDDIE SOUTHERN BROOKS PATRICK RREAL TRIANGULAR MEETS The Orange and White trackmen opened their 1957 season by pulling a repeat performance against Houston and Texas A M in Houston. The Longhorns crushed all opposition as they totaled 150 points to Houston ' s 46 and A M ' s 19. Bobby Whilden was the afternoon ' s standout performer as he dashed to a victory in the 100 in 9.5 and another first in the 220-dash in 20.7 for a new meet record. An exciting mile relay victory ended a very successful afternoon for the Horns. The Steers also took firsts in the 440-yard dash, in 48.4, a new record chalked up by Wallace Wilson, the mile run, and Olympic veteran Eddie Southern glided through the high hurdles to the first slot in 14.3 seconds. In the field events the Horn cindermen wound up with five firsts out of six events. The Steer freshmen also glided to victory over the squads from Houston and A M. BORDER OLYMPICS In convincing style the Longhorns used their strength to win the twenty-fifth meeting of the Border Olympics in Laredo. Bobby Morrow and his Abilene Christian Wildcats broke two records, Eddie Southern broke one and tied one, but the Longhorn strength combined was too much for the highly touted Wildcats. The Orange and White cindermen counted 92 points with ACC and Oklahoma A M accounting for 36 and 32 respectively. The last race, the mile relay also was won by the Horns. Texas A M was ahead by 10 yards after two laps, when Steer third runner Jimmy Holt took the baton in fourth place. When Holt handed off to anchorman Wallace Wilson the Horns were in first place by a yard. Wilson carried the lead on to the tape. Morrow was a high point man for the day with I2 l -j points but was closely followed by Southern with 12. The Texas sophomore streak tied the 18-year-old high hurdles mark, racing to a 14.3. Seemingly running all alone, Southern also left the competition in the l ow hurdles to take that race in 22.8, setting a new Border Olympics record. The Steers took their point total in the field events. The fact that the Steers had so much depth in each event often taking seconds, third or fourth as well as first was important in the victory for the afternoon. SOUTHWESTERN RECREATION MEET Texas ' 440-yard relay team clocked in with the fastest time ever run around two turns, 40.4, and the Longhorns went on to roll up 74J 2 points to take the team title in the Southwestern Recreation Meet in Fort Worth. In all, Texas won 1 1 of the 14 events and placed at least third in the other three. Bobby Whilden, Texas senior flash, took the outstanding performer award. He had won the 220, finished second in the 100, anchored the sprint relay and then ran the first leg on the anti-climactic mile relay with which the Longhorns walked away. Eddie Southern also had his share of victory for the afternoon with a first and a second, and had a hand in the two relay victories. Wally Wilson ran first and put Texas ahead from the beginning of the 440. Southern, handling the second leg, added a little lead for Hollis Gainey who flew around the far curve on the third leg, and gave anchorman Whilden a three-yard lead over Morrow. Whilden steamed on in, winning by about eight yards. Texas, showing excellent strength in the field events, took firsts in each one. Paul Schumann set a new record in the shot put, 51-2J 2, Joe Irvin won the discus and Alvie Ashley took the high jump. Pat McGuire and John Novey grabbed victory in the broad jump and pole vault respectively. TEXAS-BAYLOR-SMU Though rain was falling the Longhorn Thinlies were able to flood out the trackmen from SMU and Baylor in a triangular meet held in Austin. Texas had 116 2 points to the Mustangs 23 and Baylor ' s 34 2 . The Horns won 14 of 16 events, completely sweeping the broad jump, with Pat McGuire leaping 24 feet, 7 2 inches. The mile relay runners came home 15 yards ahead of the nearest competition after Eddie Southern and Jimmy Holt had built up the lead. The fastest time ever turned in by a Texas varsity miler was recorded to the credit of Joe Villarreal, with a time of 4:12.2. SMU won the only two events that the Steers did not take the high jump and 2-mile run. The Orange and White placed at least three men ip eight events. Wilson ' s win in the 440 was a last-minute affair. He caught Emmett of SMU in the sprint to the tape, winning in 48 flat. The Steers sprint relay quartet ran 40.6, only two-tenths of a second slower than their own fastest time around two turns. In the Field events Texas swept all but the high jump. John Novey, Johnny Warren, Bruce Parker and Joe Irvin picked up firsts in the pole vault, shot put, javelin, and discus respectively. PAUL SCHUMANN BOBBY WHILDEN BOB BILLINGS JOHN NOVEY
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LAVERN VOIGT JOHNNY WARREN PAT McGUIRE WALTER McNEW KANSAS RELAYS Texas lashed past the 40-second barrier in the sprint relay to record the fastest time ever run, 39.9. The Longhorn foursome of Wally Wilson, Eddie Southern, Hollis Gainey and Bobby Whilden ran without aid of strong pursuit but their perfect baton pass and swiftness brought them the historic clocking. The Kansas meet was the third stop for the Steers after competing the week before in the Mexico City Olympics and the night before in the Dallas Invitational Meet. Only two days earlier they had tied the world mark of 40.2 at the Dallas meet. The Jayhawks and Texas Tech each won three relays and each contributed a memorable record in the process. Texas scored a 1 : 24.2 880 victory over Oklahoma A M with Lavern Voigt subbing for Southern after the Longhorn great was sidelined by a pulled muscle. The Steers went on to rewrite the record books in the distance medley with a record smashing time of 10:04.3 run by Brooks Patrick, George Foerster, Walker McNew and Joe Villarreal. In the hurdles event Southern was edged out of first in his specialty by a fleet Charles Batch of Missouri and had to drop out of the 880 and mile relay. Whilden ran second in the 100-yard dash. The Longhorns ' world record headlined one of the finest productions on the cinders in the country and helped them to share the over-all meet spotlight with the host Jayhawks as well as to bring home gold watches for every member of the team. AAU MEET Despite a slow track the Texas sprint teams turned in a surprisingly good performance at the Gulf Coast Meet. The 440-yard relay team ground out a 40.4 stint while the mile relay team of Brooks Patrick, J. Frank Daugherty, Wally Wilson and Eddie Southern beat out Houston by 15 yards with a 3: 13.1. Heavy rains and flood conditions prevented Oklahoma A M and Olympic performer J. W. Mashburn, from competing. In Houston heavy afternoon rains caused the slow track and forced broad jump competitors to use a grass runway. Texas did not take a full team, only the relay teams and several sprinters. Southern took the baton three yards behind Houston but managed to gain the lead by 10 yards at the third handofF to Gainey in the 440 relay. CALIFORNIA RELAYS The University sprint relay teams broke the existing world records and approached their pending records in the 440 and 880-yard relays at the Coliseum Relays in Los Angeles. A large crowd of 43,955 braved 60 degree spring weather to see the Longhorn cindermen whisk the baton around the oval in a flat 40 seconds in the 440. In the 880 with J. Frank Daugherty replacing Wally Wilson, the same team of Eddie Southern, Hollis Gainey and Bobby Whilden bested their old record of 1:25 in 1:23.9. The world famous meet saw such contenders as Tom Courtney, the world ' s fastest half-miler, Merve Lincoln of Australia, a four-minute miler, and Laszalo Tabori, Hungary ' s great distance man. Saturday night found the tired Steers in Modesto, Calif., for the Modesto Relays. The Texans were challenged only in the 880-yard relay and they make the most of it by racing to a 1 :23.9. Due to a minor muscle cramp Southern was withheld from the mile relay and the revamped team came in fourth. Earlier Texas won the 440-yard relay in 40.3 with little competition. About the most ironic part of the whole two day journey to the West Coast was that Joe Villarreal, the Steers ace miler, turned in his best performance in the mile run but had to be contented with eighth place. The time was 4:06.7, the best time ever run by a sophomore. JOHN DUCKETT JIMMY HOLT BILL GREVE GORDON RATCLIFF PAOE 535
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