ASU, Oerter Break Marks
Yang Scores Brilliant 9,121

by Dick Drake

WALNUT, CALIF., April 27 -- Arizona State's mile relay team did what people had been expecting them to do, Al Oerter continued to do what he has been doing, and C. K. Yang did more than expected -- all of which resulted in world's records at the fifth annual Mt. SAC Relays.

Each record in its own way was amazing.

Arizona State's mile relay quartet combined for an effort which shaved 1.1 seconds off the world's mark set by a national team composed of the best U.S. quarter-milers in 1960. In collectively running 3:04.5, the ASU splits were Mike Barrick 48.0, Henry Carr 45.1, Ron Freeman 45.6, and Ulis Williams 45.8. Barrick and Carr ran their usual strong legs. Williams went out unusually fast but ended up going slower than in most anchor legs. It was Ron Freeman's 45.6 that made the difference. That gave the Sun Devils three men under 46.0.

After only two week's training and in his first competitive effort of the season, Al Oerter increased his own discus mark from 204' 10" to 205' 5-1/2". With five of his six throws over 200', Oerter put on the greatest discus display in history. His series was 201' 5", 205' 5-1/2", 199' 3-1/2", 204' 1-1/2", 203' 3",and 202' 10". Jay Silvester, who finished second at 197' 4", had a practice throw out around 215' and a foul throw at 207'.

And then there was Bob Hayes who ran the 100 meters faster than any man under any conditions. But it took a 11 mph wind to enable him to run 9.9.

In the 10,000 meters, Ron Larrieu ran one of the fastest 6 miles ever recorded by an American. He was clocked in 28:40.6 for six miles, and went on to win the 10,000 meters in 29:39.2.

Rex Cawley ran the fastest 440 yard intermediate hurdles of the season in 50.9, while Ron Whitney recorded the second fastest at 51.1.

Joe Faust came out of retirement to win the high jump on the countback rule at 6' 8". In the decathlon, John Dobroth cleared 6' 8-1/2".

The javelin had two men over 250'. Ron Ulrich won the event at 254' 1-1/2" with Frank Covelli a close second at 251' 10-1/2".

In the relay division, San Jose State's freshmen broke the national frosh record in the two mile relay in 7:34.4. The UCLA freshmen, who led much of the way, finished just tenths back in 7:35.5, also under the old record.

Southem California easily ran the fastest time of the season in the sprint medley with a 3:18.0 clocking.

by Dick Drake

WALNUT, CALIF., April 27-28 -- C.K. Yang amalgamated 9,121 points in the decathlon to become the first man to score over 9,000 points and in doing so obliterated Rafer Johnson's world standard by nearly 500 points.

Heavy rains which fell Friday morning and forced postponement of the first day to Saturday didn't seem to bother C.K. "Friday was the longest day, I got up at 5 a.m so I could be out there early. I was nervous about good results. I was so happy when they finally decided to postpone it."

Yang Chaun-kwang, the UCLA senior via Nationalist China, actually broke the world mark in the javelin, the ninth event. All he needed was a throw of 212' 10-1/2", well within his capabilities. On his third try he got off a mark of 235' 5", which was worth 1,040 points. At that point, to break 9,000 points would have required a 5:05 in the 1500 meters. He ran 5:02.4 for 245 points.

He vaulted 15' 10-1/2" which is three-quarters of an inch higher than the decathlon scoring table lists. As of now, he has received 1,515 points but may receive 60 more points pending a review. Yang actually tried to clear 16' 6-1/4", and had one good attempt at the mark. It was the first time an athlete has exceeded the highest number of points possible according to the scoring chart.

Yang recorded several good marks in addition to his performances in the pole vault and javelin. He ran the 400 meters in 47.7 and the 110 meter high hurdles in 14.0, and high jumped 6' 3-1/2". He had sub-par performances in the broad jump and shot put.

In the shot put, his first attempt was 45' 5-1/2", but the officials had neglected to weigh the implements prior to the competition, and when Yang's shot was found to be an ounce light the mark had to be thrown out. The best he could do after that was 43' 4-1/2".

It is interesting to note that Johnson still leads Yang according to the Portugese Tables, 8172 to 8161. The big difference lies in the pole vault; not only does this table score the metal and glass poles separately but the curve for the performances is different.

Summary: Yang 9121; 2. Herman 8061; 3, Bock (Strid via Germany) 7309; 4, Emberger (USMC) 7299; 5. Pauly (OreSt) 6969; 6. Toomey (SCVYV) 6552; 7. Thoreson (Westmont) 6410; 8. Dobroth (SCVYV) 6155.

From Track & Field News
May, 1963