Article Comment: Flrunners All Time Top 25: Boys Sprints/Hurdles Events
01/31/2015 4:22:06 PM
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Todd, PLEASE do something to include the greats of the pre-metric era. People will look at your lists and never see argably the greatest sprinter/hurdler ever from this state: Mike Roberson of Brandon. In 1976 Roberson set the National High School 120 HH record at the 4A State Meet in Winter Park on 5/10. with 13.2. 120 yards is 7.3 inches short of 110 meters. He also ran 13.3 once and 13.5 five times that season. In his 4A Regional, also at Winter Park, on 5/2/75 Roberson equaled the National 220 yards record with 20.6. 220"yards is LONGER than 200 meters by 1.68 meters. That same season Roberson also ran 20.8 once and 20.9'three times. And for speed work
Todd,
PLEASE do something to include the greats of the pre-metric era. People will look at your lists and never see argably the greatest sprinter/hurdler ever from this state: Mike Roberson of Brandon. In 1976 Roberson set the National High School 120 HH record at the 4A State Meet in Winter Park on 5/10. with 13.2. 120 yards is 7.3 inches short of 110 meters. He also ran 13.3 once and 13.5 five times that season.
In his 4A Regional, also at Winter Park, on 5/2/75 Roberson equaled the National 220 yards record with 20.6. 220"yards is LONGER than 200 meters by 1.68 meters. That same season Roberson also ran 20.8 once and 20.9'three times.
And for speed work
01/31/2015 4:35:20 PM
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I tried to "edit" my initial post which got cut off. Here is the full post. PLEASE do something to include the greats of the pre-metric era. People will look at your lists and never see argably the greatest sprinter/hurdler ever from this state: Mike Roberson of Brandon. In 1976 Roberson set the National High School 120 HH record at the 4A State Meet in Winter Park on 5/10. with 13.2. 120 yards is 7.3 inches short of 110 meters. He also ran 13.3 once and 13.5 five times that season. In his 4A Regional, also at Winter Park, on 5/2/75 Roberson equaled the National 220 yards record with 20.6. 220"yards is LONGER than 200 meters by 1.68 meters. That same season Roberson also ran 20.8 once and 20.9'three times. And for speed work
I tried to "edit" my initial post which got cut off. Here is the full post.
PLEASE do something to include the greats of the pre-metric era. People will look at your lists and never see argably the greatest sprinter/hurdler ever from this state: Mike Roberson of Brandon. In 1976 Roberson set the National High School 120 HH record at the 4A State Meet in Winter Park on 5/10. with 13.2. 120 yards is 7.3 inches short of 110 meters. He also ran 13.3 once and 13.5 five times that season.
In his 4A Regional, also at Winter Park, on 5/2/75 Roberson equaled the National 220 yards record with 20.6. 220"yards is LONGER than 200 meters by 1.68 meters. That same season Roberson also ran 20.8 once and 20.9'three times.
And for speed work
01/31/2015 4:36:18 PM
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I tried to "edit" my initial post which got cut off. Here is the full post. PLEASE do something to include the greats of the pre-metric era. People will look at your lists and never see argably the greatest sprinter/hurdler ever from this state: Mike Roberson of Brandon. In 1976 Roberson set the National High School 120 HH record at the 4A State Meet in Winter Park on 5/10. with 13.2. 120 yards is 7.3 inches short of 110 meters. He also ran 13.3 once and 13.5 five times that season. In his 4A Regional, also at Winter Park, on 5/2/75 Roberson equaled the National 220 yards record with 20.6. 220"yards is LONGER than 200 meters by 1.68 meters. That same season Roberson also ran 20.8 once and 20.9'three times. And for speed work
I tried to "edit" my initial post which got cut off. Here is the full post.
PLEASE do something to include the greats of the pre-metric era. People will look at your lists and never see argably the greatest sprinter/hurdler ever from this state: Mike Roberson of Brandon. In 1976 Roberson set the National High School 120 HH record at the 4A State Meet in Winter Park on 5/10. with 13.2. 120 yards is 7.3 inches short of 110 meters. He also ran 13.3 once and 13.5 five times that season.
In his 4A Regional, also at Winter Park, on 5/2/75 Roberson equaled the National 220 yards record with 20.6. 220"yards is LONGER than 200 meters by 1.68 meters. That same season Roberson also ran 20.8 once and 20.9'three times.
And for speed work
01/31/2015 4:43:09 PM
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Aaaarrrggghhh! And for speed work he ran 9.2 and 9.3 for 100 yards. Yes they were all handtimed but they are still AWESOME performances. And not wind-aided. Track and Field News keeps separate lists for wind-aided performances and includes thereon all results lacking wind info. Incidentally Roberson's 20.6 tied the National record set by another GREAT Florida sprinter who is missing from these lists. Gerald Tinker of Coral Gables ran 20.6 to finish 4th in his heat at the AAU Nationals on 6/29/69 in Miami.
Aaaarrrggghhh!
And for speed work he ran 9.2 and 9.3 for 100 yards.
Yes they were all handtimed but they are still AWESOME performances. And not wind-aided. Track and Field News keeps separate lists for wind-aided performances and includes thereon all results lacking wind info.
Incidentally Roberson's 20.6 tied the National record set by another GREAT Florida sprinter who is missing from these lists. Gerald Tinker of Coral Gables ran 20.6 to finish 4th in his heat at the AAU Nationals on 6/29/69 in Miami.
01/31/2015 5:22:00 PM
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Please check your pm.
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01/31/2015 7:52:54 PM
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Mike Roberson ran, of course, for Winter Park. My apologies to him and Winter Park for the error. Must be my aging brain since I knew it was Winter Park. I saw him run. If I screwed up on his school, I did not on bis stats. Take another look at them. Not just his two Nationsl Record times but his volume of races that were almost as fast. Any list of the 25 fastest hurdlers and 200 meter guys that omits him is clearly greatly lacking.
Mike Roberson ran, of course, for Winter Park. My apologies to him and Winter Park for the error. Must be my aging brain since I knew it was Winter Park. I saw him run.

If I screwed up on his school, I did not on bis stats. Take another look at them. Not just his two Nationsl Record times but his volume of races that were almost as fast. Any list of the 25 fastest hurdlers and 200 meter guys that omits him is clearly greatly lacking.
02/02/2015 2:35:28 PM
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James Rolle from Oak Ridge should be on the 400 list. He had a few marks that would qualify.
James Rolle from Oak Ridge should be on the 400 list. He had a few marks that would qualify.
02/02/2015 10:48:53 PM
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I knew Rolle was good but you provide no specifics. So I did a search and found this 2003 article by Bill Buchalter, THE authority on Florida high school Track. "April 13, 2003|By Bill Buchalter, Sentinel Columnist Its been 21 years since James Rolle ran Central Florida's fastest 400 meters. Rolle, then a senior at Oak Ridge during the Pioneers' track heydays, ran 45.87 seconds against mostly a field of college runners for fifth place at the National Sports Festival in Indianapolis in 1982." Rolle's time ranks him 4th all-time. If others know athletes who have been missed, give Todd SPECIFICS. Don't expect him to do the legwork.
I knew Rolle was good but you provide no specifics. So I did a search and found this 2003 article by Bill Buchalter, THE authority on Florida high school Track.

"April 13, 2003|By Bill Buchalter, Sentinel Columnist
Its been 21 years since James Rolle ran Central Florida's fastest 400 meters.

Rolle, then a senior at Oak Ridge during the Pioneers' track heydays, ran 45.87 seconds against mostly a field of college runners for fifth place at the National Sports Festival in Indianapolis in 1982."

Rolle's time ranks him 4th all-time.

If others know athletes who have been missed, give Todd SPECIFICS. Don't expect him to do the legwork.
02/03/2015 9:15:36 AM
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Gary "Geno" White ran 20.77 to win gold at the Pan Am Juniors in Havana in 1997.
Gary "Geno" White ran 20.77 to win gold at the Pan Am Juniors in Havana in 1997.
02/03/2015 9:19:13 AM
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Check previous post----Finals results list 21.05. The 20.77 may have been in pre-lims.
Check previous post----Finals results list 21.05. The 20.77 may have been in pre-lims.
02/03/2015 10:31:45 AM
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@Wolfpack White ran his 20.77 to win USATF Juniors in Edwardsville, IL on 6/22/97 At the end of the year Track and Field News ranked him #1 prep in the 200 and #2 in the 400. And my wife wonders why I have 50 years of T&FN stacked in my closet.
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White ran his 20.77 to win USATF Juniors in Edwardsville, IL on 6/22/97

At the end of the year Track and Field News ranked him #1 prep in the 200 and #2 in the 400.

And my wife wonders why I have 50 years of T&FN stacked in my closet.

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