Thursday, June 3, 2010

The links: Phil Shinnick, Brian Sternberg, Megan Goethals & Charlie Greene...

Here are some links to peruse (sorry for being a little late with these):

First is a link to a story written by former Seattle Post-Intelligencer writer John Hickey about former Huskies Phil Shinnick (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) and Brian Sternberg, who in a span of one hour, broke the world record in the long jump and pole vault at the California Relays in Modesto 47 years ago.

The duo drove from the Pac-8 track & field championships in Berkeley after a disappointing performance that afternoon and made it in time for the start of the meet in Modesto.

In that hour, Shinnick set the world record in the long jump with a mark of 27-4 (8.33m) that still stands as the school record in that event.

However, his mark has never been ratified by the IAAF because there was no wind gauge reading at the long jump (the wind gauge was being used for a sprint race).

Meanwhile, Sternberg broke the world record in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-7 (5.05m).

Several months later, Sternberg was injured and paralyzed badly after trying a double-back somersault with a twist on a trampoline in the gymnastics room at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, a jump he'd done effortlessly for years.

To read the full story, please click here...

Here's a story from milesplit.com on incoming Husky freshman Megan Goethals, who last week ran 10:00.15 for 3200m at the Oakland County Championships in Milford, Michigan, and is the seventh fastest all time in US prep history.

In this interview, she talks about her training, in which she says she's logging about 60 miles per week.

She also is fond of movies with comedian Will Ferrell, and in her comments about the UW program, said, "When I visited I loved the team and the Seattle area is beautiful! Obviously Coach Metcalf has been very successful, and I am very excited to run for him. The incoming freshmen are awesome and it will be nice to have so many girls to train with! I am really looking forward to living in Seattle and getting away from the Michigan winters!"

She hopes to get under 10 minutes at the New Balance Nationals for outstanding high school track & field athletes in Greensboro, NC June 17-19.

To read the full story, please click here...

One man I've had the pleasure of being associated with over the years through USA Track & Field is former world record holder in the 100-yard dash, Charlie Greene, a product of Seattle's O'Dea High School.

Greene, who was part of perhaps the greatest track & field team in history--the 1968 US Olympic team that dominated the Games in Mexico City, won a gold medal for his role as the leadoff man on that squad that set a world record of 38.24.

During his career, he became the third man to break 10 seconds in the 100 meters, and won an individual bronze in the 100 at the Mexico City Games.

He's currently undergoing rehabilitation after receiving a kidney transplant.

In an interview with Athletics Weekly, he said, “My new kidney is working well. It’s the body that’s old, and my biggest problem now is the neck surgery I had last year before the transplant. Those two things together have slowed the progress and caused problems, but I am back in a rehab facility and ready to do all of the hard work that’s required for me to walk again.”

You can read the full story and interview with Charlie Greene here...

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