At the track meet of Class A and B schools held at Hays last Saturday Coldwater placed second. Coldwater won five fifth places at Hays along with their first and second places and would have placed first in the meet if the fifth place scores had been counted.
Allen Hoffman of Coldwater broke a 16 year old Iroquois league record by hurling the javelin 178 feet, five and 5/8 inches. The Iroquois League record was 169 feet.
Edwin Carleton came from behind in a field of eight and won first in the mile run, even though he was shouldered nearly off the track by the second place man.
Earl Kopke placed first in both the high hurdles and low hurdles and Paul Guizlo placed second.
Big Meet At Fowler
Approximately 100 field and track team members from the Iroquois League will participate in the annual meet to be held at Fowler Field, Fowler High School, on Friday afternoon, May 2. According to Coach Jess R. Lockert, Fowler, preliminaries in the dashes start at 1:00 p.m. and field events start at the same time. The meet will run continuously until 4:00 p.m. by which time all events will have been run.
Records for individual events in field and track events in the Iroquois League since its formation in 1929 are about equally divided with Ashland, Ford, Fowler and Minneola each holding three, and Bucklin and Coldwater, two.
Oldest standing records in the league are the shot put and javelin records set by Morain, Minneola, in 1930. These records, which have stood for 16 years, are shot put, 49 feet and 8 inches and javelin, 169 feet. Outstanding track season was 1935 when seven of the 16 records were set.
Coldwater men holding records in the league are: High jump, 8 foot, Smith in 1942. 880 yard relay, 1:36:8 in 1938.
The Western Star, May 23, 1947.
Coldwater Has Two State ChampsEarl Kopke First in Hurdles and Allen Hoffman First in Javelin
Six members of the Coldwater track team and Donald Huck, a Freshman, went to Manhattan the middle of last week to enter the state track meet which was held on Friday and Saturday.
Earl Kopke, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Kopke, placed first in the high hurdles and won a state championship medal.
Allen Hoffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hoffman, placed first in the javelin throw and likewise received a state championship medal.
Roy Purcell, son of Mrs. Geneva Purcell, placed fourth in pole vault, Edwin Carlton, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Carlton, placed seventh in the mile run and Allen Hoffman was fourth in shot put.
With no relay team the Coldwater six boys placed fourth in the state in the Class B meet.
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