Running Shots

 

1965 - The 47th Annual CA State meet - The two-mile is added to the list of official events!! Evolution of the state meet record.
Ralph Gamez junior first 2M state champion Ralph Gamez Sr NCS finals finish Pete Romero Ruben Chappins Ron Johnson

Ralph Gamez (Berkeley) a jr. wins the first 2M (9:12.9) (Above).

'66-Gamez repeats and improves to 9:01.6, the first 6 finishers broke the existing meet record. Pete Romero, a Reedley Jr. was 2nd (9:05.2).

'67-Pete Romero (Reedley) moves up to win in 9:00.5, a new state meet record.

Romero, runs 15 miles every morning through the vineyards of northern CA... Pete started the season with an amazing triple: 8:53.0 /1:56.6 /4:15.0 (2M/880y/Mile) -in that order - within one-hour and 40 minutes!!!

'68-Ruben Chappins (Excelsior, Norwalk) wins by .3 as a jr. (9:05.7).

'69-Chappins burns a 55.9 last lap to lead 3 under the meet record and going <9 with his 8:57.0 win !! (Ron Johnson (West Torrance) is second in 8:59.0.

'70-Ron Johnson (West Torrance) moves up one to win in record time: 8:55.6.
Dale Fleet Clairemont HS, SD - Indoor race
Curtis Beck leads CIF Southern Sectional Rich Kimball Eric Hulst

'71-Dale Fleet (Clairemont, SD) cruised a 61.2 final lap to finish in a new meet record - 8:53.8.

Dale was never below 9:30 for 2M until he ran 9:11.2 outdoors to qualify for the San Diego Invite. where he ran a then 3rd fastest indoor 2M in history with a 8:56.8 (above photo).

'72-Curtis Beck (Santa Monica) a jr., wins state and lowers the meet record to 8:52.3!!

*(Above) Beck enroute to a then Jr class record and moved to 3rd on the all-time 2M list with an 8:48.8 in the Southern CIF meet ('72)! (L-R, Williams, Innes (Upland), Marc Genet (Santa Ana).

'74-Rich Kimball (De La Salle) is pushed most of the way by sophomore Eric Hulst, to smash the meet record with a -8:46.5!! '75-Eric Hulst (Laguna) pushed all the way to the end by Ralph Serna lowers the meet record to 8:44.9!!
The the two-mile race has since been replaced by the 3,200 meters in 1993.
German Fernandez
Vacancy.

'08-German Fernandez (Riverbank) reduces the meet record to 8:34.23 = (8:37.43/2M).

Year -Your Name Here (School) Time.

 

2007 California State Meet: 3200
German Fernandez junior German Fernandez junior German Fernandez junior

German Fernandez (Riverbank, L), a junior, lines up for the 3200.

Results.......YR..School/section..Time
1) Eric Avila 12 Bnta Vsta/sd 9:01.77
2) Chad Hall 12 Big Bear/ss 9:03.68
3) German Fernandez 11 Riverbank/sj 9:08.05

Fernandez pushes the pace.

Photos: trackandfieldphoto.com

Eric Avila (Bonita Vista) begins his charge for home with Foot Locker xc champ Chad Hall (Big Bear) following. Fernandez hangs on for third place.

 

Pete Romero
Pete Romero 2012
Dale Fleet leads state meet race Roman Gomez junior

Pete Romero was the subject of a 1967 Sports Illustrated Article (June 26, 1967) issue.

After winning state, Pete won the Golden West Invite 2M (above).

July 7, 2012, Pete Romero with a framed Sports Illustrated issue displaying his article and full-page color photo.

Photo: Rebecca Smith-Serna

June 5, 1971 - CA State Meet

Dale Fleet (Clairemont, SD) sets the meet record-8:53.8. L-R-Gordon Innes (Upland)2nd-8:54.4, Ed Mendoza (Helix)-5th-9:00.8, Jose Amaya (Wilson)-3rd-8:54.4. (The top 3 finishers broke the old Meet mark of 8:55.6).

June 2, 1984 - CA State Meet

Los Angeles Coliseum

Roman Gomez, a junior, wins the 1600 (above) after taking the 2M 80 minutes earlier -completing the tough 1600-3200 double for only the second time in Meet history (Rich Kimball in 1974).

 

 

Earl Lockhart (Sacramento HS) Soph

Promising soph, Earl Lockhart (Sacramento HS) ran a 4:52 mile in 1921.

As a Jr, Earl would place 5th in the CA state meet mile ('22) before taking TWO CA State Title’s in 1923. Lockhart won & lowered the 880 record by 210, clocking a swift 1:59.0, then coming back to win the mile with a 4:31.6. Earl became the second (and last) successful 880-mile doubler, duplicating Gerald Blankenship's (Visalia) 1915 feat!!

 

Louie Zamperini (Torrance HS)

May 26, 1934 -CA State Meet-Edwards Stadium, Berkeley

*Louie "Iron Man" Zamperini (Torrance) set CA state meet record for the Mile with 4:27.8.

Torrance HS did not participate in the state meet in '35. Zamperini would not be there to defend his title.

Louie Zamperini (Torrance HS)
Zamperini sets a world interscholastic record in the mile

(L) The previous week (5/19), Southern Section Finals at the L.A. Coliseum.

Louis set a world interscholastic record in the mile, clocking in at 4 minutes and 21.2 seconds... Gaylord Mercer (Hoover) is second at 4:23.4 & two-time defending state champion Virgil Hooper (Antelope Valley) was a DNF....
... Zamperini's record would last for 19 years!

 

(Below) Zamperini qualifies for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany.

July 13, 1936
Olympic Trials 5000m
At Randall Island, NY.

(R) Louis Zamperini is in the middle of the pack.

Photo from the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Zamperini in the middle of the pack
Don Lash leads   (L-R) Barney Gedwillas, Norman Bright, Louis Zamperini & Thomas Deckard

Don Lash leads.

Photo from the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

The Chase pack (L-R) Barney Gedwillas, Norman Bright, Louis Zamperini and Thomas Deckard in the 5000 meter race.

Photo from the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

(L) In the end, Zamperini of Torrance, CA & Don Lash of Indiana University finish in a dead heat -15:04.2 for both.

3rd Thomas Deckard (Indiana) 15:06.5 completed the Olympic 5k team.

Zamperini and Lash in dead heat

 

 

Woody Covington (Compton) Dale Story (Orange) Bruce Bess La Habra 1961

Woody Covington (Compton) 1958 CA State Mile Champ in 4:23.7

Dale Story (Orange) '59 CA State Mile Champion (5/29/59) HSR 4:11.0 (62.6, 62.6, 66.1, 59.7)

At Oregon State, Story would win the Individual NCAA XC title...
Barefoot in 32° icy 20-mile an hour wind!!

*Bruce Bess (La Habra) 1961 CA State Mile Champ - 4:14.8

Bess made 3 state meets: 5th as a soph, won as a JR & 2nd as a senior!

 

Dennis Carr Jr XC Dennis Carr JR sprint finish (Mile) Dennis Carr a junior at Lowell HS Dennis Carr wins CA state 880, NR!

Dennis Carr (Lowell HS, Whittier)

Class of '63

After winning the CA State mile in a NR & fastest 16-yr-old in history with a 4:08.7, as a junior (6/2/62), Dennis Carr dropped down in distance...

(Above R, 6/1/63) As a senior, Dennis Carr (Lowell) won CA state meet at the 880 with a NR -1:50.9 (53.9, 57.0).

6/7 At the Compton Invite, Carr ran the fastest HS time ever - 1:49.2!!

6/22, Carr would also win the Golden West Inv. in 1:50.8.

 

Dennis Carr (Lowell) Tracy Smith Arcadia Tim Danielson (Chula Vista)

*Dennis Carr (Lowell, CA) 1962 CA State Mile Champ 4:08.7 NR
(62.6, 62.9, 64.2, 59-flat.)

Carr not only broke the jr class record (mile), he set the NR as well. His 4:08.7 at 16 yrs 7 months made him the youngest record holder and fastest 16-yr-old miler in history.

Tracy Smith (Arcadia) 1963 CA State Mile Champ - 4:14.4

Smith ran 9:11.6 to set HSR for 2M @ Eugene 8/2/63

Tim Danielson (Chula Vista) two-time CA State meet mile Champ ('65-66) & lowered the State record both times 4:08.0 (65) to 4:07.0 (66).

Tim Danielson and Otis Martin

Tim Danielson (Chula Vista) raced two 2M. He won them both. Golden West and shown here with Otis Martin (Lincoln, SD) at the South Bay Relays at Sweetwater High School in 1966. Danielson won in 9:04.8. Martin ran 9:13.6. Martin qualified for two state meet 2M (junior '66, & senior '67) placing 5th in both races.

 

Brent Tubb (Cleveland) Brent Tubb (Cleveland) is a two-time CA State meet mile Champ Mark Schilling nips Terry Cotton Conrad Suhr wins state 880

Brent Tubb (Cleveland) is a two-time CA State meet mile Champion.

As junior (1970), Tubb won CA state Mile at 4:12.9, & was the top Jr. with a 4:09.2 seasonal best.

'71, Tubb repeated as state champ (4:09.6, above) & led the nation's half-milers with a fine 1:50.1!!

6/3/72, Mark Schilling (L, Garden Grove) & Terry Cotton (El Cajon) waged a thrilling battle. Schilling won the CA state title in record time; 4:05.4. Mark covered the final 440 in 56.7 to nip Cotton and broke the previous meet record by Danielson (4:07.0). Cotton was also under the old record with 4:05.5! 6/7/75, San Diego, Leigh High School's Conrad Suhr, upsets U.S. Prep HS leader Dan Aldriridge (Petaluma) to win the CA state 880 title. 1:51.0 to 1:51.5.

 

June 1, 1973, Woodland, CIF State Track Meet, Community Stadium
Lompoc HS - 2nd Place Team **All those points came from two men in the long distance events!!**

The Pack at halfway   Alvin Gilmore (Lompoc) wins mile!

Mile-Run - Alvin Gilmore of distance-rich Lompoc HS came to the CIF meet with the second best (CA) mile time but came out the winner in convincing fashion. Not considering himself a "kicker," Gilmore sprinted away on the third lap. With one lap to go, Gilmore had a 15 yard lead... it proved to be enough; his lead withstood the strong finishing kicks -one half-second up on his challengers.

1) Alvin Gilmore (Lompoc) ..... 4:11.4
2) Steve Crowley (Gunn) ........ 4:11.9
3) Bob O'Brien (Bellflower) .... 4:11.9
......
7) Ralph Serna (Loara) ........... 4:16.3

Two-Mile -Four returnees, who occupied the first six spots as juniors, took the first four places.... But in a slightly different order....

Terry Williams (Lompoc) placed only 6th last year, losing to rival Curtis Beck (Santa Monica), dominated the '73 race with an 8:54.8 to win by 5.4 seconds over last year's runner-up, Dave Taylor (Merced).

Terry Williams Lompoc wins 2-Mile

Last year's time (8:53.5) for Dave Taylor (R, Merced), would have won this year!!

1) Terry Williams (Lompoc) ........... 8:54.8
2) Dave Taylor (Merced) ............... 9:00.2
......
4) Curtis Beck (Santa Monica) ...... 9:02.8
6) Rich Kimball (De La Salle) ........ 9:08.7
8) Mitch Kingery (San Carlos) ....... 9:14.3
9) Eric Hulst (Frosh, Laguna Bch) .. 9:16.1

Dave Taylor (Merced) was 2nd for the second time

...

June 5, 1976 -CA State Track Meet - Edwards Stadium, Berkeley; Sat. - Mile
Thom Hunt & Don Moses in the pack   An ailing Thom Hunt falls off pace

Coming off the final turn it's Jim Arriola (Gahr) leading the charge for home...

Jim Arriola Gahr leads
1  Jim Arriola Gahr ......................... 4:14.6 -strong winds!
2  Paul Neveu  Grossmont .............. 4:14.6
3  Don Moses  Crescenta Valley .... 4:17.5
4  Mike Wright  Vanden ................. 4:17.5
5  Bob McMeans  De Anza ............ 4:18.3
6  Dave Daniels  San Gorgonio ....... 4:20.2
7  Thom Hunt  Patrick Henry .......... 4:23.2

 

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Harold Kuphaldt (Bella Vista) was 5th at CA state meet at 3200 (8:54.78), as a junior in '81 @ Cerritos College , Norwalk.

June 5, '82, CA state meet @ Hughes Stadium, Sacramento, (R), Kuphaldt, the top returnee, won the state 3200 title (8:51.99) over junior Eric Reynolds of Camarillo (8:52.92).

Eric Reynolds & Harold Kuphaldt June 4, '83 CA State meet @ Memorial Stadium, Bakersfield, Reynolds (R), the top returnee, was an easy winner in the 3200, winning by about 10 seconds, with an 8:54.75. Eric Reynolds (Camarillo)
Also in '82, Kuphaldt, led the nation in two events: 2M (8:55.10) & 5k (14:23.70) and seconds in the 1500 & Mile (3:49.0/4:06.66).

'81 Foot Locker CC Nat'l Finals, Reynolds, junior, was 3rd -3 seconds behind Kuphaldt's 2nd (Charles Alexander won @ Fla).

'82 Foot Locker CC Nationals, Eric Reynolds ran away from the field enroute to setting a CR with a 14:35 @ Fla.

 

June 3-4, 1988 @ Cerritos College, Norwalk

Reggie Williams (River City, class of 1988) was the CA State's only double winner (4:08.78/8:59.61) that year.

Reggie Williams (River City) enroute to 1600 win

 

Eric Mastalir (Jesuit) wins CA State 3200m

As a junior, Eric Mastalir (Jesuit) was third at the CA State 3200 in '85.
As a senior, Eric (L) moved up to win the state 3200 in 8:44.95 (6/7/86) then...

6/14 -Golden West - 3000m
1) 8:07.60

6/21 -International Prep - Mile (R)
1) 4:06.87

Eric Mastalir (Jesuit) wins IPI Mile crown

L.A. Times Invitational - February 2, 1979 -Indoor @ Inglewood
Start of L.A. Times Indoor 2-Mile Chuck Assumma sets the pace Assumma leads Medvin Assumma outleans Medvin at L.A. Times Indoor 79

Paul Medvin & Chuck Assumma

duel at two-miles. Also in the race Australian Marcus Clarke, son of former distance great Ron Clarke -racing barefoot.

Assumma sets the pace.
Assumma leads Medvin.

Finish:

1) Assumma - 9:03.0
2) Medvin - 9:03.1

 

Dale Fleet '71 CA state meet 2M win Mac Fleet '06 CA State 1600 win Mac Fleet OR frosh Dale Fleet WSU Frosh

(Above)-Dale Fleet (Clairemont, SD) cruised a 61.2 final lap to win & finish in a new CA state meet 2M record - 8:53.8 ('71).

CA state 2M Champ Dale Fleet was never below 9:30 for 2M until he ran 9:11.2 outdoors to qualify for the San Diego Inv. where he ran a then 3rd fastest indoor 2M in history with a 8:56.8.

June 6, '09 Clovis

Mac Fleet (University City, San Diego) won the CA state 1600 title in 4:05.33. Mac raced a 1:58 over the final 800 to secure the win.

Fleet burst onto the Nat'l scene as a soph with a 3:50.48 / 1500 (= 4:06.5 / Mile).

CA State 1600: Mac finished second as a soph, and third last year while recovering from a foot injury.

Fleet enrolled at Oregon.

Dale Fleet went further north to WSU.

Dale & Mac Fleet 2012

FULLERTON, Calif. (July 7, 2012) – 1971 Golden State 2-mile champion DALE FLEET (Clairemont 71) and 2009 CA state 1600m champ, sibling MAC FLEET (University City 09).

The father and son state champions, Dale in the 2-mile and Mac the 1600, with commemorative framed photographs of their respective state meet finishes.

 

At Oregon, Mac Fleet picked up where he left off at University City HS...
Feb. 13, Mac promptly broke Galen Rupp’s school record in the indoor mile racing 3:57.70 (Husky Classic).
Fleet ended a solid freshman season at the NCAA West Regional, clocking a 3:45.08 in the opening round of the 1,500.  Advancing to the quarterfinals, Fleet  placed 15th (3:44.13, less than a second off his PR)....

During the 2010 outdoor season, an old high school foot injury (navicular stress fracture) returned and worsened (Mac kept running on it). Fleet underwent surgery that summer. He was a redshirt during the 2010 cross country season... Mac was rounding into shape for his 2011 indoors, but then fell victim to a severe case of plantar fasciitis. Mac didn’t run a single race during the 2011–2012 academic year.

IT WAS A TOUGH TWO YEARS. During that time, not knowing what his body was going to respond to, Mac tried different techniques to recover –Always keeping a positive attitude. He never stopped trying to get better. Mac watched from the sidelines whilst his friends and teammates worked out every day. At the same time, Fleet continued his lengthy stage of rehabilitation.

With constant thoughts of letting the sport go and moving onto something different, Fleet’s outstanding short career could have ended there, with unrealized potential...

But...

2012-13: Season -Often discouraged but never giving up hope, Fleet and his Oregon coach, Andy Powell, were encouraged in the fall when Fleet was able to gradually increase his mileage and regain fitness. The foot at long last cooperated... Mac's first race of the season was at the NCAA XC Championships. He finished 220th with a time of 32:04.8 (10,000 meters).

Mac Fleet winning the NCAA 1500m title Fleet’s opening race outdoors (early April), Mac ran the 800m in 1:48.70 (PR), followed by a 3:40.21 for the 1500m, another PR...
June 8, 2013, Eugene, Mac's return to track was complete in winning the NCAA 1500m title in 3:50.25 (above) on Oregon’s home track at Hayward Field, with a masterly last lap in 52.22! One of the best stories in track and field in 2013.

 

June 14, 2014 - NCAA Track Championships @ Eugene, Oregon -Hayward Field - Men's 1500 meters Final - An Epic Duel

Arizona's Lawi Lalang, 2013 NCAA Champion (5K, 10K), who won last night’s historic 5,000 final for the second-straight year, now eight-time NCAA Champion... And aiming for number nine & vying to become the first man to pull off the 1,500/5k double.

Oregon senior Mac Fleet leaned at the finish line in the 1,500 meters, just to ensure he defended his NCAA title.

(L) Mac Fleet pulled ahead down the stretch and bore down for the final 50 meters, his big lean at the end ensured victory in a personal-best 3 minutes, 39.09 seconds, with Lalang close behind in 3:39.13.
Before the Oregon crowd, Mac Fleet Repeats as 1,500 Champion that denies Lawi Lalang, by .04, of the Historic 1,500/5k Double.

 Fleet became the first repeat champion since Arkansas’ Seneca Lassiter in 1997-98, as Lalang had to settle for second in his final NCAA race. Fleet's victory helped push the Oregon men, and set a meet record of 88 points, to the team's first outdoor national title since 1984.

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