Varsity Track and Field

The 100th Kansas high school track and field championships

In celebration of the 100th state track meet May 28-29 at Cessna Stadium, high school track coaches across Kansas were asked for their lists of top 10 meet moments. They can be found in "A Century of Milestones," a KSHSAA book about the history of the meet, at the state meet. The Eagle will present them each Sunday through the meet's conclusion.

5. BIll nieder throws 60 feet (1952)

Lawrence's Bill Nieder was a 6-foot-2, 205-pound three-sport athlete who had already been named an All-America football center the previous fall. He wowed the state track meet by throwing the shot 60 feet, 9 3/8 inches, a national record and the second high schooler to best 60 feet.

Nieder's mark broke a 23-year-old record by Lorraine's Elwyn Dees. Nieder later competed for Kansas and was a silver medalist in the 1956 Olympic Games and gold medalist in 1960.

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