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May 27, 1957
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May 27, 1957


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Jim Brewer, determined young North Phoenix H.S. senior pole vaulter who has been rewriting interscholastic record book this spring, sent track buffs into tizzy with latest effort, barely quivering bar as he soared 15 feet ? inch (see below), best ever for schoolboy, in final high school meet at home field (May 17).

Jan Sikorsky, redheaded Ramsey H.S. husky from Mt. Pleasant, Pa. who warms up arm by chopping down trees in cemetery, heaved javelin 222 feet 10� inches to bring down Bob Peoples' 20-year-old high school standard in Western Pennsylvania championships at Pittsburgh (May 18). Untrained Sikorsky, who also has mouths of football scouts watering, explained his style: "I just watch other boys throw this thing and make it up as I go along."

Occidental's Larry Wray, Tod White, Dave Reisbord and Ty Hadley hustled through seldom-run 4-mile relay in 16:53.6 for new U.S. college mark at Los Angeles (May 18).

George Hearn of Lower Merion H.S. bounced over 120-yard high hurdles in 13.9 in state meet at Upper Darby, Pa. for new U.S. schoolboy record (May 18).

Diane Leather, 23-year-old London chemist who was first of her sex to run 5-minute mile, stretched her long legs once again, raced 1,500 meters in 4:30, fastest time for woman, at Hornchurch, Essex (May 16).

Lenie de Nijs, whippet-armed Dutch teen-ager, got back into world-record swim in meet against British at Blackpool, pinwheeling 220-yard backstroke in 2:38.5 (May 17).

Bold Ruler, togged out in blinkers by Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons and given his head by crafty Eddie Arcaro, had too much run for Iron Liege, barreled home by two lengths in $113,800 Preakness at Pimlico (see page 34).

U.S. Davis Cuppers, bent on getting another shot at Australia, had easy time with British West Indies in American Zone elimination as Veteran Vic Seixas and Newcomers Bernard Bartzen and Grant Golden teamed up for 5-0 sweep at Port of Spain.


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