"It's possible for Pacific Coast athletes to win every event except the hammer throw in the IC4A this year." With this statement of a Western sports writer ringing in their ears, the mighty horde of California track and field men entrain this week for Cambridge and Soldiers Field, where the 59th annual IC4A will be run off Friday and Saturday.
Looking over the performances of the stars from the Golden West, it is easy to see how this apparently startling prediction by even a naturally biased reporter can be fulfilled. In practically every event, Western athletes have been far superior to Eastern boys this year, and there is no reason to believe that any Eastern school can place enough men to capture more than fourth place in the meet at best.
Last year's winner, Stanford, can hardly be expected to repeat, especially since latest word from the Coast indicates that Al Blackman, former Exeter boy, who followed Horace Greeley's advice, will be unable to compete this year because of a leg injury. Blackman was indispensable to the Cards last year, winning the 400 meter and taking an unexpected third in the 200. However Stanford should fight it out with California for second place. The certain winner appears at this time to be the irresistible Trojans from Southern California.
U. S. C. defeated both Cal. and Stanford in dual meets earlier in the season, and then went on to win the Pacific Association title, and closed their home season with a crushing victory in the Fresno Relays. In the latter meet, held under the arc lights at night, the Los Angeles boys piled up 82 points to California's 48, and Stanford's 26. It is in this Fresno meet that the best records of the year are usually made on the Coast. This year the spectators were treated to such routine performancs as a 9.5 100 yard dash, a high hurdle race which lied the world's record at 14.2, a toss of 206 feet in the javelin which was good only for fourth place, 219 feet winning the event, and a 6 foot 7 inch jump. 52 feet was the best distance in the shot.
Thus the Western men are heading East with almost fabulous reputations, based upon actual record shattering achievements. The trip East has never slowed them up in the past, as ten straight years of California Champions at previous IC4A competitions show.
Beginning with the 100 meter event, George Anderson of California, one of the two really great sprinters to be developed this year, has turnd in one 9.4 hundred yard race and twice he has negotiated the distance in 9.6. His slowest mark this season is 9.8. Anderson's teammate, "Mushy" Pollock has done 9.6 twice this year, although he has rounded into shape slowly due to a pulled muscle. Draper of U. S. C. has also done 9.6 in competition. In the 200, it is the same story, with Anderson and Draper each claiming a 21 second flat race, and Pollock has a 21.2 time credited to him in the furlough. The best time in the East this season is the 21.7 made by Scallan of Cornell. In the 400 meter run, Blackman of the Polo Alto school, and McCarthy of U. S. C. have both done 47.9, and Cassin, also of the Trojans has done 48 fiat, LuValle former University of California at Los Angeles, who holds the IC4A record at 46.9 will compete this year, but is not expected to win Saturday because of a bad leg.