Saturday, July 16, 2005

Larry Franklin's 1965 Long Jump Mark is the Oldest WIAA Track and Field Record in the State

From the Wisconsin High School Track and Field results report on 110th WIAA State Track and Field Championships:

"Three monstrous state records were broken which makes the 2005 Championships something extra special. The records were monstrous because of the athletes who previously held the records - Stu Voigt, holder of the state record in the shot put for almost 40-years and a 11-year NFL vet, Kenny Harrison, Olympic Champion and American Record holder in the triple jump and Chris Solinsky, arguably the best prep distance runner to ever grace the state of Wisconsin.
Green Bay Preble's Steve Marcelle broke the WIAA state record in the shot put with his 67-6 win in the D1 competition on Friday. In an unbelievable atmosphere, Marcelle had a great series including throws of 67-0, 66-11, and 67-5¼. Marcelle's winning throw bests his previous Wisconsin all-time best throw of 67-4 set earlier this year at the TFA indoor and it breaks the 66-7½ mark set almost 40 years ago by Stu Voight of Madison West.
Only one other WIAA record was older than Voigt's. Madison Central's Larry Franklin's 1965 long jump mark of 25-0¾ continues as the oldest record in the state."

Larry Franklin was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

1 comment:

D Strand said...

Centralites,
I was there at Breeze Stevens Field when Larry set that record. I lived across the street from Breeze on Mifflin Street so I dropped my stack of books off at home unlike most other Centralites who were there carrying a stack (Nadine). We were awed by Larry's performance, but we had no idea that we were witnessing history. Forty years is a very long time for ant record to stand. All of Central High, all years, are very proud of you, Larry. And I am honored that I WAS THERE.
Doug Strand