JIIARLES DENTON decided late in his college days Ihal he might also assist his university in tiack athletics as he had already done so well in football and basketball. Had he begun as a freshman, track authorities state that "Clinch" doubt¬ less would have shattered many records in the discus throw. .\s it was he came through with a win in the event against Washington and Grinnell and tied for second in Ihe stale meet at Iowa City. He is now athletic director at (Cellar Falls high school where his teams are attaining outstanding success.
"Ted" Miller linished his competition with the close of 1923. "Ted" was always a careful trainer and won many points for his alma mater.
Teams were entered in three indoor meets, the Kan¬ sas CAXy .\thletic Club and Missouri Valley (Conference events at Kansas City, and the Illinois Indoor Relays at Urbana. The Drake entries did well and gained valuable experience, but the lields were too fast and no places were scored by our boys.
The Kansas Relays
The lirst outdoor meet of the season was held on April 21st when the Kansas Relays were held at Law¬ rence. In this comiietition Ben Lingenfelter began his string of winnings, placing second to the great .\ngier in the javelin throw. The sprint relay team, perhaps the fastest quartet that ever represented the While and Blue, placed third to Kansas and Nebraska in the quar¬ ter mile event, the time of the winner being 43 sec¬ onds, just a fraction under the world's record. (Cap¬ tain McCannon, Young, Clements and Peairs composed our team. The same quartet placed fourth in the half mile relay, first, second and third places going to Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. The winning time was 1:29.5.
Drake in the Drake Relays
(Jn the lirst day of the Drake Relays, Friday, April 27th, Lingenfelter tossed the javelin 180 feet 11 Ya inches, the best throw of his career up to that time. And it was good enough to place second, Angier win¬ ning the event with an .American record breaking heave. Our athletes competed in the sprint relays and in the weights and hurdles and looked good enough to win in the usual run of meets, but the stars from every section of America Awere on a veritable rampage and literally burned up the track in every event. They had absolutely no regard for records hung up in other days.
It was through the Drake Relays that Claude Wright and F"ee Chew, now numbered among our lowly frosh, first became interested in Drake. These boys helped Alva, Oklahoma, High School run away with some lirst places in the high school section.
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