At trials open to athletes from the eastern part of the United States, held at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, on Saturday, in order to enable the Olympic Committee to choose those who will compete in the Olympic games in London next month, two world's records were broken, one equalled, two Olympic marks bettered and one equalled. A. C. Gilbert of Yale did 12 feet, 7 3-4 inches in the pole-vault, thus bettering Dray's former world's record of 12 feet, 6 1-2 inches. In the competition for the discus throw, free style, A. K. Dearborn, the former Wesleyan weight thrower and New England intercollegiate record holder for the discus throw, best Martin J. Sheridan's former world's record of 136 feet, 2 inches, with a throw of 139 feet, 11 inches. In a heat of the 100-metre race, Robertson of Virginia equalled Jarvis's world's record of 10 4-5 seconds.
A new Olympic record of 1 minute, 54 seconds in the 800-metre race was made by Melvin Sheppard, who thus improved on Lightbody's former mark by two seconds. Halstead of Cornell in a brilliant race won the 1500-metre from J. P. Sullivan, the present A. A. U. mile champion in 4 minutes, 1 1-5 seconds and beat the former Olympic record held by Lightbody. The 3200-metre steeplechase was won by J. S. Eisele, formerly of Princeton, in the record time of 10 minutes, 47 seconds. Other performances of interest were the winning of the 400-metre by Taylor of Pennsylvania over Atlee of Princeton in 49 4-5 seconds; the bettering of 23 feet in the running broad jump by three men, E. T. Cook of Cornell, Mt. Pleasant of Carlisle, and J. O'Connell of the N. Y. A. C.; and Cartmell of Pennsylvania's winning first in the 200-metre and third in the 100-metre. The remaining events were in general of a high order of excellence.
Within a few days the Olympic committee will make out its list of entries for the Olympic games next month, judging largely from the results of these trials and those recently held for Western United States.