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On This Day In History | 1963

May 11, 2019
B Track 1963

The ’63 track & field squad

On this day 56 years ago, the track and field team won the 8th in a string of twelve consecutive Ivy League championships. Here is the recap from the June 1963 edition of the Blue & White.

Track Team Wins Ivy League Title: Sets Mark

An undefeated dual-meet season, another Ivy League Championship, new school records in five events, and a stunning introduction to big-time track competition–these were the highlights of the 1963 track season.

[Bill] Johnson got the day off well for the Brookers with his fourth consecutive discus win, spinning to a new record of 145′ 4″. He then put the 12-lb. shot 53′ 6 3/4″ for another meet mark. Bernie Mumo and Bob Coane surprised onlookers with their first and second places in the high jump. When defending champ and record-breaker John Beal of Trinity failed at 5′ 6″, Mumo and Coane kept on moving, achieving 5′ 10 1/2″ and 5′ 9 1/2″ respectively. Jack Emery took second in the pole vault at 11′ 3″.

The starring roll in the meet was taken by Doug Wedel. The student body president had won the freshman 880 and scored consistently in varsity events the next two years, but he had never won a varsity contest. After winning his section of the 440 in faster time than [Carl] Lingle for his first gold medal, Wedel went on to confound the experts by demolishing the 220 field for a second triumph. Meanwhile the javelin was in progress, so down to the football stadium he jogged to flip the spear just one inch farther than the competition–and this on his final throw. His strong third leg on the 880 relay left Lingle nothing to chase but the clock.

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