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I would also like to thank John E Spalding for his many hours of research trying to locate missing names and marks for the athletes. Russell, the CIF's official history, says there were four not three sections in the beginning. I've also enclosed the text of my introduction to Bay Area Sports Stars, which explains the Bay Area situation in a bit more detail. Anyway, here are the starting dates for the sections of the CIF, which was formed in March, Football was governed in by the Amateur Academic Athletic Association.
Other games and meets were arranged in a haphazard manner untilwhen competition around the bay was provided by the Academic Athletic League. The AAL provided structured competition for boys in football, baseball, swimming, tennis and track and field.
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Basketball was added early in the 20th Century. A few schools offered less formal interscholastic competition for girls in baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Teams represented schools, but were not under the direct control of principals, superintendents or elected school officials. There were frequent disagreements over eligibility, rules and finances. InJames E. After a series of meetings, the California Interscholastic Federation was formed in March, Its main purpose was to put the direction of high school athletics in the hands of educators.
The NCS was established in September, Of 70 high schools invited to join, only 15 responded initially. Some needed more time to meet and discuss the new organization. Scores of other schools became members within the next few years. Although several Oakland high schools were CIF members in the first few years after the organization formed, they dropped out in when the Oakland Athletic League was created.
Four years later, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Section was organized. Eventually, it took in Solano County schools. Schools in all five sections belong to leagues which sponsor competition in up to 16 sports for boys and girls -- who became full fledged partners in the prep sports world when federal Title IX legislation was passed in the early s.
Earl Johnson of Fullerton did the same thing in the high hurdles. Melville barely beat Paddock to the tape in theand the time of 10 flat set a new State record. Paddock had his revenge later when he took the in 22 flat, equalling Les Wark's record.
The other outstanding performer in the meet was Lloyd Hill of Coalinga. He won the high jump with a near-record Meanwhile Kilby won the lows in record time but only got a 3rd in the highs. If he ran in thehe didn't place. It would be hard to decide between Hill, Melville, and Paddock as the outstanding athlete of the meet.
Hill had 8 points, Kilby 7 in their 25 point total. The next 5 places were closely contested. Pasadena with Paddock had points, Sacramento 15, Redlands 14, LA Poly 12, and Manual Arts for a change got only 11, including 8 points from their shot putters, Blewett and Brockman.
The names attracting most attention in pre-Meet excitement were sprinter Charley Paddock and discus heaver Johnnie Boyle. Paddock, in his senior year at Pasadena, was confident of winning both sprints, and Boyle LA High was expected by many to shatter the discus record. Scoring competition took place in the same 14 events as in and Schiller from LA Poly accomplished this tremendous feat and it would be 11 years before anyone would equal him.
This was the 3rd year in a row that he won the longer race and his second win in the State Meet Only his loss to Melville in the spoiled a double three-year sweep. Paddock was to go on to Olympic fame by winning the meters in timed in He also was leadoff man for the victorius US meter relay team which clocked He tried to match Blankenship's double in the and mile and came close to pulling it off. He won the mile, although in a slow 4: Young of Bakersfield tried the same double and came in 2nd in the and 3rd in the mile.
Their 25 points overshadowed San Bernardino's 16, who were led by low hurdle winner Harry McDonald Manual Arts took 3rd place with 12 points, followed by Bakersfield 11Fresno 10and Berkeley and Ukiah 9. Twenty-six schools scored points. Returning to compete after setting a high jump record in last year's Meet was Brick Muller, although he was now competeing for Oakland Tech. Other prominent returnees were Jerry Pearce Berkeleymile champion, and John Boyle transfer to Manual Artsdiscus winner.
The javelin was dropped as a scoring event after three years of being included, and would not reappear until In fact, winning marks in all events except the discus were the poorest marks in the 5 meets to date.
Examples showing the terrible conditions were Jerry Pearce's win in the 2: Despite the conditions, however, individual stars emerged. In particular Brick Muller scored in 3 events, winning the high jump atwinning the broad jump atand placing 3rd in the high hurdles. Another standout was Charley Daggs of Claremont, who won the highs in Elsewhere in the field events, John Boyle won the discus at and placed second in the shot put behind Hartmann.
Pearce did not attempt an mile double as he did in This was their 3rd championship in the 5 State Meets to date. Well behind at 12 points was Oakland Tech, with all points being scored by Brick Muller.
Other athletes would make their names known also. Probably the best of the new records were provided by Bud Houser, sophomore from Oxnard, as he added two feet to the shot put mark and one foot to the discus.
None of the running marks was badly broken but all of them except themile, and low hurdles gave ground to the spirited assault. However, Jim Fulkerson of Ventura did himself proud with a win in the low hurdles A great performance was also turned in by Thurmond Clarke LA who won the in Their 18 points beat by 2 the total gathered by Oxnard. Houser got 10 of Oxnard's total and Argue the other 6. Over high school athletes from all sections of the State were on hand for this, the 7th State Meet.
The majority of the boys were from the south, and many arrived with big reputations. There were two notable "Buds" returning from last year's meet. Bud Houser, Oxnard junior, who had set State records in both the shot and discus, and Bud Nash Chinoalso a junior and returning broad jump champion.
In addition Bob Allen Redlands was the strongest sprinter back. He had placed second to Sudden in the last year and 4th in theand had won the in The Meet started at 2 pm.
It would have been wrong! An astounding 7 new records were set and one was tied. And this was out of 13 events. Once again Bud Houser was the superstar. He broke his own shot put record by more than 2 feet and his discus record by more than 11 feet! Improvements of this magnitude were unheard of. And the other Bud didn't disappoint either.
Bud Nash bettered the broad jump record by a full 6 inches. Other records improved only modestly, but improve they did. Elmer Boyden from Vallejo was a one man spectacular. He participated in 3 events and they were tough ones, the, and broad jump. His win in the and 3rd in the is the only instance of an athlete placing in both these events in the same Meet until In addition he came in second in the broad jump.
And he wasn't alone. Jack Houston won the highs Houser, however, was the star. A distant second was a tie between Oxnard with 10 points from Houser and Vallejo with 10 points from Boyden. Following were Compton and Redlands with 9 and Palo Alto with 8, mostly from seconds in both hurdles by Leistner. The number of stars and the exceptionally good marks made in the qualifying competitions indicated that this, the 8th CIF Championship, would be one of the greatest.
Not only a number of California prep marks were threatened, but Bud Houser Oxnard and Harlie Bickmore Huntington Beach were shooting for National interscholastic records in the shot, discus, and pole vault. Coach Tommy Davis of last year's champion Lincoln, LA pronounced the Stockton track the fastest he has been on this year.
However 3 new State records were set and one tied. Two were due to the fantastic Bud Houser who, in his senior year, advanced the 12 pound shot put record another 3 feet and the discus record another 9 feet! Houser had now won both the shot and discus in 3 straight Meets and had set records every time.
Houser went on to world fame by winning the shot put in the Olympics and the discus in both the and Olympics. He set Olympic records in the discus both years. Bud Nash, who had transferred from Chino to Huntingdon Beach High, broke his own broad jump record by about an inch. This was Nash's third straight broad jump crown!
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First was Ed Shaw of Monrovia, who won the in Could the fact that the was run on a straightaway have contributed to this slow time? It would be very difficult to know where you were in a straight race after running most races on closed ovals.
And this leads to another digression. With the Meet held at the Fairgrounds, was the mile a one lap race and the half a lap? Each scored 8 points with Schwobeda upsetting the National interscholastic record holder, William Kerr Huntington Beach in winning the mile 4: Meanwhile Kaer, only a junior, won the lows There must have been an adverse wind.
Bud Nash who had transferred to Huntington Beach only this year had 5 points and his brother 3 with a second in the Manual Arts, LA came in 2nd with 12, mainly from Thomas' win in the and Blewett's win in the highs. Past that things were close. Four new State records seemed certain to be hung up. Both hurdle records and the marks in the high jump and pole vault appeared vulnerable, as the athletes had been turning in better marks all season.
Finally Steve Turner of Hollywood looked like a cinch to better the high jump mark off his performances in his most recent two-big meets. The Meet started at 1: Points were scored in the same 13 events contested since An added incentive existed in the meet as a team of California preps was to be chosen to compete in the National Interscholastic Meet in Chicago later this month. However an additional three State records were broken and one tied in what was probably the fastest prep track meet ever held in California.
Morton Kaer, the Red Bluff High star, was responsible for two of the records. Not only did he run the lows in an excellent This added 9 inches to Nash's record! Ross Nichols of Huntington Beach tied the National interscholastic record in the highs, winning in Pollock won the final in still another Nichols won the first heat in Not only did Kaer set two Meet records but he finished a close second to Nichols in his high hurdle record, with Bickmore who ran Lockhart's time of 4: In the sprints Bob Lee of Frtanklin was outstanding.
He won the with a fine Sacramento scored 15 points from Lockhart's double and Hank Coggeshall's win in the high jump and they also had one of the favorites, another Pollock, entered in the However Pollock got involved in a shoving-spiking incident on the final turn and didn't even place. Over of the best high school athletes in the State were to participate, and most arrived Friday, spending the night to assure they'd be throughly rested. Advance thinking indicated four State records were in jeopardy, the pole vault, high jump, and both hurdle events.
Lee Barnes, brilliant Hollywood athlete, was picked to better the existing pole vault record held jointly by him and Harry Smith of San Diego after he vaulted in the A. Henry Coggeshall, a transfer to LA Poly and last year's high jump wimmer, had repeatedly gone higher than the record during the season.
DeWolfe Requa of Manual Arts was the threat to the low hurdle record. Thirteen events were once again contested. Heats in the sprints, hurdles and relay were to start at 11 o'clock with finals starting at 1. Local merchants donated trophies for the winners of each event. Times told the happy news: The first three placers bettered the old State mark.
Barnes could try for no higher height as that was as high as the standards could go. Hansen won the mile in 4: Ed Gioege of Covina won that race in 1: Requa won the lows in His time, though not a record, was excellent considering the race was run around a turn. Vic Klein Hollywood won the in This was the farthest ever thrown to date in the State Meet except by Bud Houser. Hollywood's relay team won in 1: Only two other teams were in contention, Hollywood with Barnes, Klein, and their relay team was second with 19, with probably the best 2nd-place team in all-time Meet history.
Huntington Beach with 8 points from Ross Nichols was 3rd at Fourth place was Riverside with only 9. A larger number of quality performers were returning from previous meets than anyone could ever remember. Hanford won the in and had placed 2nd in the and 3rd in the last year. In addition Unruh was going to run the mile and there he would be meeting Carnahan of Riverside who was 2nd last year. The field events had strong returners also. Jack Williams of Inglewood, 4th at in last year's pole vault was back.
Exhibitions were also held in the pound shot put and javelin. No heats were held this year and the Meet started at 2 p. More will be said about their performance later. Three athletes ended with a first and a second place in their specialties to share top scoring honors with 8 points. Junior Hanford Manual Arts won the yard dash in Later in the he placed 2nd to Walter Hanson Concord who ran 51 flat.
Walter Floyd Lincoln, LA got his first place in the with Les Eades, the Hollywood flash, had things pretty much his own way in the highs and won by 2 yards in a fine In the lows, however, he lost to Clarence Norris of Santa Maria by about the same margin. Norris was clocked in The was almost a duplicate of last year but the order of finish was different.
However Unruh was not to be denied in the mile where he won in 4: Carnahan of Riverside was runnerup for the second year. Hulsman of San Jose stayed with him up to the 12 feet 6 inch mark, but could not go higher. Herbert Fleishhacker, Menlo weight man, did all that was expected of him. Manual Arts was a close second with However Mason, running the 3rd leg for Manual, came through with a clutch performance and Junior Hanford did the rest, Manual Arts winning with a new National record 1: San Diego was 2nd in both the relay and the team title.
Third was Hollywood with 12 led by 8 points from Eades.
Inglewood and Lincoln, LA, with all points from Floyd, tied for 4th at 8. Manual Arts, LA 16 pts. Competition was expected to be tougher than ever with scores of outstanding athletes from Northern California also entered. The dope sheet, however, figured LA Poly and Hollywood to battle it out for the team championship.
Hollywood was led by hurdler Jimmy Meeks, who had placed 3rd in the lows last year.
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He was expected to get his biggest challenge from Jimmy Payne of San Bernardino who ran 4th in that race, but set a National low hurdle record of The javelin was reinstated as a scoring event after an absence of 7 years, bringing to 14 the events contested. Roughly 70 schools were entered in the first State Meet to be held at the Coliseum. Competition began at 2 o'clock. Ross Nichols' high hurdle record, expected by many to last for years, was broken decisively by Jimmy Meeks Hollywood.
And not only did he break Nichols' State Meet mark with his The low hurdle mark got demolished also, and by a full second. Jimmy Payne of San Bernardino took no pity on the old mark when he winged to a Many years would pass before this was equalled. The yard mark gave significant ground too. Wehner blazed to a 9. Gantt finished 5th in the final. A new javelin mark was set by Lauterwasser of SF Poly and the relay record fell for the 2nd year in a row.
Jimmy Meeks came in 2nd to Payne in the lows which, with his record win in the highs, tied him for high scoring honors with 8 points. The other athlete with 8 was Eddie Moeller of San Diego. Doug Knowles Bakersfield won the in a slow 2: Except for the javelin, the field event performances were nowhere close to records.
They were led by first places from Lauterman in the shot and Cliff Gantt in the Hollywood scored 15 points, mostly from the 8 points of Meeks and the record relay team.
LA Poly 17 pts. There were a number of athletes returning who had scored points in last year's meet. First were Dick Wehner of Brawley, record holder, and Frank Wykoff of Glendale who had placed 3rd as a sophomore in Wehner's record Add to these Breeding Santa Ana2nd in last year's mile, and Pasadena's Jeddy Welch, 3rd to Payne and Meeks in the record lows, and the quality of competition becomes evident.
The same 14 events as last year scored points, but a new points system would be tried in the relay for the first time. It was decided to score the relay doublekeeping the individual events at It was to be a short-lived experiment. He won both his heat and the final in 9. He also won the in an amazing One other record went on the books and it was a big surprise.
The high hurdle mark fell again, and not by a little bit. His new mark was Remember that the State Meet record was High Hurdles Jeddy Welch Pasadena Lowering skies threatened rain throughout, but the first drops did not fall until 5 minutes after the final event.
The Meet could well have been called "Frank Wykoff and Friends. First he tied Wehner's record in the at 9. Following this he strolled over to the broad jump pit and won that with a leap of His 3rd victory of the day was in thewhich he won by two yards over Hables of King City, who in turn finished a yard ahead of Slocum. Wehner was entered in the Meet but did not place in either sprint. Jeddy Welch of Pasadena had a great day although being overshadowed by Wykoff.
He won the lows in Steiner of Chaffey was the third highest point scorer at 8. He won the discus at and came 2nd to Harold Falter of Glendale in the shot. But they got more than that. It was a great team and it would be before another team could score 5 firsts!2018 California State Prelims recap
Two hundred athletes representing 76 schools would compete both in qualifying heats and finals on the afternoon program. Glendale, with Frank Wykoffcrack dash man, heading its squad was given a chance of scoring 20 points but to score that many Wykoff would have to reverse a decision Lombardi of Los Angeles High won over him in the last week.
Another runner back from last year was Herb Welch of Visalia who had taken 3rd place in the as a sophomore. In the field events Dudley Stephens of Woodland returned after placing 2nd in the discus, also as a soph. A repeat of this mark would erase Lee Barnes' State Meet record.
Last year's experiment of scoring double points in the relay was dropped and would not be tried again. Frank Lombardiyear-old from Los Angeles High, ran yards in 9.