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1939 NCAA Track and Field Championships

The 1939 NCAA Track and Field Championships was the 18th NCAA track and field championship. The event was held at the University of Southern California's Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in June 1939. The University of Southern California won its fifth consecutive team title.[1]

1939 NCAA Track and Field Championships
Host cityLos Angeles, California
Date(s)June 1939
Main stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Events14
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1940

The individual high scorers at the meet were William Watson of Michigan, who scored in three events, and double hurdles champion Fred Wolcott of Rice. Both finished with 20 points.

Additionally, the NCAA hosted the first ever separate cross country national championships during the 1938–39 season. The 1938 NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships were held in November 1938 in East Lansing, Michigan; Indiana won the team event and Greg Rice, from Notre Dame, won the individual event.

Contents

Team scoringEdit

Rank Team Points
  Southern California 86
  Stanford 44½
  Michigan 31
4 Washington State 24
5 Wisconsin 22
6 Rice Institute 20
7 Kansas State 18
8 Oregon 16

Track eventsEdit

100-yard dash
1. Mozel Ellerbe, Tuskegee - 9.8 seconds[2]
2. Clyde Jeffrey, Stanford
3. Willis, USC
4. Jordan, USC
5. Ledford, Washington State

120-yard high hurdles
1. Fred Wolcott, Rice - 14.2 seconds
2. Smith, Wisconsin
3. Corpening, North Carolina
4. Wright, Oklahoma A&M
5. Kinzle, Duke
6. Gatewood, Texas

220-yard dash
1. Clyde Jeffrey, Stanford - 21.1 seconds
2. Ledford, Washington State
3. Pettichord, Washington State
4. Jordan, USC
5. Ohl, Pitt

220-yard low hurdles
1. Fred Wolcott, Rice - 23 seconds
2. Earl Vickery, USC
3. Cochran, Indiana
4. Marshall, Butler
5. Hawkins, Stanford

440-yard dash
1. Erwin Miller, USC - 47.5 seconds
2. Watts, California
3. Simmons, Nebraska
4. Upton, USC
5. Breidenbach, Michigan

880-yard run
1. John Woodruff, Pitt - 1:51.3
2. Giddings, NYU
3. Dale, Washington State
4. Moore, Stanford
5. Storli, Oregon

One-mile run
1. Louis Zamperini, USC - 4:13.6
2. Walter Mehl, Wisconsin
3. John Munski, Missouri
4. Holderman, Purdue
5. Girard, Stanford

Two-mile run
1.Gregory Rice, Notre Dame - 9:02.6 (NCAA record)
2. Ralph Schwarzkopf, Michigan
3. Efaw,Oklahoma A&M
4. Dodds, Ashland
5. Garner, Washington State

Field eventsEdit

Broad jump
1. Judson Atchison, Texas - 24 feet, 9¼ inches
2. Billy Brown, LSU - 24 feet, 8 inches
3. Turner, UCLA - 24 feet, 5½ inches
4. William Watson, Michigan - 24 feet, 1/2 inch
5. Manuel, California - 24 feet

High jump
1. Johnny Wilson, USC - 6 feet, 6 inches
2. Mallery, USC
2. Diefenthaler, Illinois
4. Burke, Marquette
4. Arrington, Michigan State
4. Lincoln, Stanford
4. Du Fresne, Oregon State

Pole vault
1. Ganslen, Columbia - 14 feet, 5 inches
2. Day, USC
2. Padway, Wisconsin
2. Varoff, Oregon

Discus throw
1. Pete Zagar, Stanford - 164 feet, 1/4 inch
2. William Watson, Michigan - 161 feet, 9¾ inches
3. Harris, Indiana
4. White, Tulane
5. Faymonville, Notre Dame

Javelin
1. Bob Peoples, USC - 220 feet, 6½ inches
2. Boyd Brown, Oregon
3. DeGroot, USC
4. Vukmanic, Penn
5. Graham, Texas

Shot put
1. Elmer Hackney, Kansas State - 55 feet, 10⅜ inches (NCAA and American record)
2. William Watson, Michigan - 54 feet, 6½ inches
3. Williams, Xavier New Orleans
4. Andersen, Stanford
5. Wohl, Stanford

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Here Are Complete Summaries on N.C.A.A. Championships". Los Angeles Times. 1939-06-18.
  2. ^ Officials initially ruled that Jeffrey had won the race. Following review of the tapes, it was determined that Ellerbe's torso was the first to cross the line, and he was awarded first place.