In celebration of the 100th state track meet May 28-29 at Cessna Stadium, high school track coaches, athletes and long-timer observers were asked for their lists of top 10 meet moments. It's part of a publication chronicling 100 years of the meet available at the meet and through the Kansas State High School Activities Association.
The Eagle will present them each Sunday through the meet's conclusion. Past moments are available at VarsityKansas.com.
7. Elwyn dees sets national shot put record
Five state records were set at the 1929 state meet in Emporia, but one was a little more special. Elwyn Dees, a sophomore from Lorraine High in central Kansas, threw the shot put 58 feet, 3 1/8 inches to set the Kansas and national high school record. The state record had been held for five years by Olympian John Kuck of Wilson.
In comparison, legendary multi-sport star Jim Bausch had thrown "only" 51 feet in high high school days earlier in the decade. Dees' throw stood as Kansas' best for 23 years.