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Tex Maule
May 12, 1958
The outdoor track season heads for its climax in a dual meet between the U.S. and Russia in Moscow this July, but many records will be shattered before these giants collide
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May 12, 1958

Faster, Ever Faster

The outdoor track season heads for its climax in a dual meet between the U.S. and Russia in Moscow this July, but many records will be shattered before these giants collide

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FLYING SWEDE

Don Stewart of SMU, who tied for the NCAA high jump championship last year, has had trouble beating Teammate Bertil Holmgren this season. Holmgren, a tall, lean Swedish import, has cleared 6 feet 9½; neither he nor Stewart has approached this year's 6-foot-11½ mark of USC Olympic Champion Charlie Dumas. Dumas, Phil Reavis of Villanova and the SMU pair are the class of the high jump field.

Bob Gutowski of Occidental, who holds the world record in the pole vault, has competition from another foreign student in UCLA's George Roubanis, a Greek student who is the first non-American ever to clear 15 feet.

The strong infiltration of foreign students on American college track teams points up a growing tendency which has worried a few coaches. More and more colleges are scouting farther and farther afield for talent: this season, for example, Henderson, Lloyd, Delany, Hodgson, Holmgren, Roubanis, Gardner, Jack Smyth of Houston and Ramon Sandoval of Lamar Tech, to name the strongest contenders, all hail from foreign lands. It is due partly to a student exchange program, but some of it is simply out-and-out recruiting for better track teams. One college even went so far as to advertise in a London paper for track talent; they got a good runner and a $1,000 fine.

But the richest hunting grounds for American college teams are still in the United States.

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