History of the male varsity track and field program at Florida
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It did get hot, the hottest place I've ever been--just wide open spaces. Jarrett, The track was located about yards from the dressing facil- Athletic Office Budget File, Coach Miller remembers that the money was adequate for purchas- ing equipment, as there were no recruiting costs or athletic scholar- ships in Basic policy of the athletic department, under the direction of Danford, prohibited the practice of awarding scholarships for athletic ability.
The athlete shall be treated the same as other students. There shall be no favoritism shown him and no discriminati n against him be. Any monetary rewards create a false sense of values and create situations in which it is useless to expect significant educational results.
In brief, the university dedicates itself to promotion of the amateur ideal in sports. Annual Report, This idealistic philosophy soon faced extreme pressure from alumni, town people, and students who wanted to upgrade the football program Talahsse Dmocat 23 January Grudgingly, inthe ban against athletic scholarships was rescinded for the football program Annual Report, This concession by the athletic committee and Danford opened the flood gates for an expanding football budget and sounded the death knell for Danford's idealistic dream of a truly amateur sports program that would have no distinction between major and minor sports Tallahassee Democrat, 18 August Danford's hope was that within a broad spectrum of activities stud ents the field event entries that comprised the majority of the scoring punch of the Seminole traeksters.
The Seminoles were woefully weak in the running events and especially vulnerable in the sprint and longer distance races. Coach Miller remembered his first team as willing but not possessing out- standing talent Miller, Unfortunately, the results of the season bore out his pessimistic evaluation.
The meet's opening event, the mile run, pro- vided an indication of the difficulties facing the Seminoles. The Mercer distance men swept the mile run with a slow winning time of 5: Undaunted by the opening setback, Charles pMihoney cruised to a: Thus Mahoney became the first Seminole to score a track and field victory for the garnet and gold. Norman Eubanks, an All-Dixie Conference football end Yeller,followed Mahoney to the winner's circle by copping the yard high hurdles with a time of: Jim Pence captured a valuable third behind Eubanks.
The Bears quickly recaptured their commanding lead by sweeping the yard dash and the high jump.
History of the male varsity track and field program at Florida
Florida State was able to send only three men to the victory circle. George Grosskopf lowered the school record in the half-mile to 2: He had set the pre- vious record two weeks earlier against Mercer College.
Thombleson's school-record setting performance ended the Seminoles victory efforts for the day. The Seminoles engaged the Chootaws on the west campus red clay track, where Mississippi College's strength in the running events provided the Choctaws an edge that the Tribe was never able to overcome.
George Grosskopf was the only Tribe runner able to break the Chocta's stranglehold on first places in the foot-racimg. Grosskopf scored his third consecutive dual meet victory in the half-mile, as his 2: Sweeps of the top two spots in three field events spearheaded a Seminole drive that fell just short of victory.
With the exception of James Arnold, the nucleus of the Seminole track team was returning. The premature departure of Arnold would hurt the Tribe. In addition to senior Ed Kucera, first year man Bill Wagoner and Ken Jarrett would be called upon to fill the void left by the departed school record-holder in the two-mile run.
Carlos Fraundorfer, the most unlikely weight man ever to com- pate for Florida State University, made his appearance an the Tribe track scene. Fraundorfer packed only pounds on his lean 6' 3" frame. He depended upon exceptional quickness and power to propel the weight implements. Fraundorfer also used these exceptional talents to excel in the high jump, broad jump, sprints, and an occasional yard lap on the mile relay team. Max Watson, the team captain, had 35 yard dash, while Joe Fracassi grabbed off third ".
Coach Miller received a glimpse of the quality athlete he had in freshman Carlos Fraundorfer. The slender Tampa freshman bounded 21' 3" in the broad jump for the first of his three wins of the day.
A toss of 2" in the discus, and a school-record tying leap of 5' 10" in the high jump netted him top honors in both events. A second in the shot put drove his individual point total for the day to a very creditable 18 points. John Poston and Bill Wagoner each captured two events that sparked an opening Seminole spurt as the team grabbed off the first five running events.
Bill Wagoner showed his potential as he success- fully completed the difficult mile and half-mile double. He was clocked at 4: Wagoner's yard run time ranked him second on the all-time list for Sei. John Poston dipped under: He turned the furlong in a sharp: With their six-dual-meet-winning-streak on the line, the Seminoles opened at home against Loyola University of New Orleans.
Likeable senior Ed Kucer4 carved out a Teammate Ken race, -a especially pleased thai had finally tasted the thrill of Tom Sebring was nipped b, The much heralded and long w of Florida State and the Miami Hurrici west campus red clay oval in Tallahas!
The first two encounters had the fledgling Seminoles, but the Trib. Then Poston unleashed a furiouE that carried him to a narrow victory. The watches reV tacular new track and school record time of: TI duel continued in the yard dash. FSU's sprint seT the way to crush his Miami opponent with a magnificent In doing so, Poston had established another track and Coach Ken Miller felt that his sprint star could have sprinter in the country over yards on that partict 40 the yard dash with a new track record of: Parker's triumph kept him undefeated in dual meet competition.
The Seminoles split the field events down the middle with the Hurricanes. School record holder Joe Fracassi closed out his successful year in fitting style. The Brie, Pennsylvania, junior captured his specialty with a vault of 12' 6", only one inch short of his school mark. The Hurricanes held a slight lead after the competitive first leg.
Dick Mize trailed his man until the middle of the final turn when a quick burst propelled him into the lead. Parker maintained the advantage in the third leg and a sterling: The Tribe foursome had hustled through the mile in 3: Coach Miller summed it all up by saying, "they had not expected to lose to us" Miller, Charles Durbin was wheeling the Seminole bus down a hill on Highway between Ellaville and Butler.
When the bus reached the bottom of the hill, the right front axle snapped. Durbin described the bump as being just "a little up and down--wasn't a rough bump at all" Durbin, The left front wheel flipped around aboard from almost certain immolation Durbin, Fortunately, the road had rain gutters on both sides.
The first lurch threw Durbin completely out of the driver's seat. However, he was able to retain his grasp on the wheel, and when the bus rico- cheted off the rain gutter, Durbin. The rain gutters and Durbin's driving skill kept the bus on the road until most of its velocity had been dissipated. The bus finally left the road and without turning over, came to rest in a grove of trees.
The bus had traveled yards before coming to rest Talla- basses Democrat, 24 May Smoke from the pinned tire filled the interior as Durbin hus- tled people off the bus. A last minute check by Durbin discovered a distance runner, who had been sleeping, groping around in the smoke looking for his shoes Durbin, Woody Parker marvelled at Durbin's driving ability.
I tell you one thing--that really shook some people up" 'Coach e.
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The only bright spot far the Seminoles occurred in the final event. They lopped four and six-tenths seconds off the existing school record John Poston made the Seminole's son national competition on June 6 and competed in the National Intercollegiatl the yard dash.
The completion of every season brings to an end the collegiate track careers of a portion of the team. The year was no exception as it tolled the and of John Poston's distinguished track career at FSU. His flashing spikes had carried him to two individual school records and had anchored two school record setting relay efforts. Coach Miller described him as "a man ahead of his time" Miller, His records stand as proof of the statement.
The Jacksonville sprinter covered the furlong in the same Miami meet in: No Seminole sprinter was to touch that record until the season. Both times were run on the same hot May afternoon, after which Poston was still able to anchor the crucial mile relay to victory with a superlative: John Poston was definitely a sprinter ahead of his time at Florida State University.
A quiet and dedicated distance runner was hanging up his spikes at the conclusion of the season. Senior Ed Kucera was not a man blessed with striking talents as a runner; yet, his determination and willingness to sacrifice made him invaluable to the team Jarrett, The endless days of practice paid dividends on April 26 when da State University's track team rewrc s. Poston contributed his and yat th Harvey Heagerty, Richard Mize, and Wood3 ,ool mark in the mile relay by seven and nir a fine 3: Set discus by three and one-quarter inches wit 45 encounters and running their collective dual meet record to 16 and 6.
Coach Ken Miller and his Seminole thinclads faced the campaign without the services of standout sprinter John Poston. For two years, the slender Jacksonville jackrabbit had consistently handled opposing sprinters, and provided the strong anchor leg so necessary for success in the sprint relay races.
Recruiting was light, hot the Seminoles did land a promising hurdler in Weston Minton.
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Despite a dearth of newcomers, Coach Miller was confidently awaiting the onset of the new season. His optimism was created by the quality of returning letterman.
Heading the impressive list of returning veterans was sophomore Carlos Fraundorfer. Fraundorfer -a the high point getter and holder of the school record in the shot put and discus. Joe Frocassi, an Erie, Pennsylvania senior, had one more season to put together the elusive foot jump in the pole vault. The Seminoles were loaded in the middle distance events. Woody Parker, the first Seminole to run order the second mark in the yard dash was returning for his junior season.
The mile and half-mil. In the final dual meet of the season, the talented middle distance runner ran only the half-mile, setting a new school record with a 2: The joys and triumphs of the 46 season were now past and the Seminoles readied themselves for the upcoming campaign.
The Seminoles were unable to win many places, but the quality of performance was excellent. His superlative effort earned him third place. Joe Fracassi increased his own school record in the pole vault to 12' S" to capture a tie for second place. Disaster stalked the Tribe in the sprint medley relay. Woody Parker ran the lead-off quarter-mile in an awesome: The Seminoles were disqualified, and Parker's courageous effort want for nought; however, there was little doubt that Parker was ready to run.
The Mercer Bears started the meet by taking the mile run, yet after that event only the high j ump, evaded the grasp of the overpowering Seminoles. Fraundorfer also ran the second leg on 47 the victorious mile relay.
Joe Fracassi rose to a 12' 10" personal best in the pole vault to register both a victory and a new school mark. Scoring in his first meet as a Seminole, Wes Minton made his home debut a success by cap- turing both hurdle races with times of: Both times ranked second on the Florida State all-time best performance list.
The Seminoles were swamped by the Gators in what turned out to be a dual meet between the two state universities. The Florida Gators dominated the competition with points while the Seminoles trailed far behind in second with only 26 markers. Jacksonville Naval Air Station finished third with 12 points and the Pensacola Marine Base rounded out the field in fourth with 5 points. Florida State University did not win a single event, compiling most of their points with second place finishes by Carlos Fraundorfer in the shot put and broad jump, Woody Parker in the quarter-mile, Wes Minton in the yard low hurdles, and Bill Wagoner in the yard run.
He completed his day's work by finishing second to reamerst Woody Parker in the broad jump. The busy day of Woody Parker began with the anchor leg of FSU'a second-place-finishing yard relay, ending with a yard anchor leg on the winning mile relay.
On a whim, Parker petitioned Coach Miller to enter him in the broad jump. With Lbeapproval of the opposing coaches, Miller was able to make Parker a last minute entry. The event had already begun, when on his first jump without warm-up, Parker covered 22' 0" for the best jump of the competition Parker, Woody Parker r ewtote the FSU quarter-mile mark by flashing to victory with a: Parker was pleased with his performance but had been unaware of the quality of his effort.
On the other hand, there are races where you don't feel you have really performed your best and the time was out- standing. Florida State copped five of nine running events, hot were overpowered in the field events.
Joe Fracassi cleared 12' 6" for the only Seminole victory in the six field events. The day was not without its Seminole star. Wes Minton bolted to a quick victory in the yard high hurdles in a school record set- ting time of: Minton closed hard in the yard low hurdles to overcome favorite Baradel of Loyola in another school record shattering time of: His clocking in the low hurdles was five-tenths of a second faster than Tom B-wan's old mark.
Woody Parker captured the yard dash with a time of: Wagoner had finished second in the mile behind Chauvin of Loyola, but turned the tables on the Jesuit distance specialist in the yard run. Kenneth Jarrett won the first race of his career at FSU with his personal best time of The meet was a thrilling sequel to the encounter of the previous year, in Tallahassee.
The competition was hard fought, but the second and third place Miami finishes behind Ken Jarrett's With only the mile relay remaining, the Seminole foursome of John Kulzer, Robert Jones, Dick Mize, and Elwood Parker won the last event to narrow Miami's winning advantage to only one point as the final point standings were 66 to Woody Parker captured both the and yard runs with times of: John Poston was the only The second race was the yard high hurdles.
Coach Miller described Wes Minton as "a talented, but erratic hurdler" Miller, Unfortunately the Miami encounter was an off meet for Minton in the l-yard high hurdles. He followed his previous: The winning time turned in by a Hurricane hurdler was: Minton redeemed himself in the yard low hurdles by blazing to a: The two races epito- mized Coach Miller's characterization of Minton. However, during the two weeks following the Miami meet, an altercation broke out between Coach Miller and several of his key athletes.
The dispute led to the voluntary departure of veterans who had been instrumental in the Tribe's scaring all year Miller, Thus, the Seminoles entered the contest weakened, but determined to succeed Jarrett, All of these keep college track an insular endeavor, steadfastly refusing to bring in outsiders. When it comes to college track, we are talking to no one but ourselves engaging in a oval jerk, if you will. Certainly there are meets where this makes sense. The Penn Relays are a prime example.
But the Trojan Invitational was not either of these. Coaches are paid to win conference and national titles. This one came to me from RunnerSpace. At most dual meets, teams are allowed no more than thirty-two athletes. Virtually all track programs in the major conferences have at least that many on their roster.
Southern Cal, the host and ultimate decision-makers at the Trojan Invitational, has sixty men on the team. Sweeping first and second or first, second and third in a few events would go even further. And the Rockets were runners-up. Not a broad-based program, but in a mid-sized scored meet they are quite competitive with their mid-major peers.
My response is that in a meet of ten teams, nine of them are not going to win it. Take comfort in that. Your athletes will try their darndest to win, but the coaches are the adults and should be able to prioritize. As my Ohio hall-of-fame high school coach used to say, if you think you can win a championship, it pays to keep that a secret for as long as possible.
It makes it hard to split squads.