TRACK & FIELD—The Big Ten championship at Columbus, Ohio was jokingly dubbed the Caribbean Olympics. Before the meet was over that turned out to be an apt phrase; five of the 15 events were won by students from the Caribbean. Tom Robinson of Michigan and Nassau was the only double winner, tied Jesse Owens' 1935 Big Ten record in the 60-yard dash with time of 6.1, was only 1/10 off the record in the 300-yard dash with time of 30.4. Tony Seth of Michigan and British Guiana won the 600-yard run, lost in the anchor leg of the one-mile relay to George Kerr of Illinois and Jamaica (both teams broke the Big Ten record). Kerr later won the 880 for Illinois. Michigan took the championship with 63‚Öì points for its 19th indoor title. Runner-up: Illinois with 45‚Öì points.
SWIMMING—Making biggest splash in Big Ten history, Michigan gathered an all-time high of 155 points for its third consecutive Big Ten title. Four American records were dunked during Ann Arbor meet, three of them by second-place (130 points) Indiana. Michigan's Ron Clark paddled 200-yard breaststroke in 2:14.4. Indiana's Frank McKinney swam 100-yard backstroke in 55.5, and Mike Troy covered 100-yard butterfly in 53.1. Indiana's McKinney, Gerald Miki, Troy and Frank Brunnell swam 400-yard medley relay in 3:43.4.
"I think this Harvard team," said Harvard Captain and Freestyler Konrad Ulbrich before last week's Harvard-Yale meet, "has the best chance of any in 20 years of beating Yale. The attitude at Yale seems different this year." Despite its optimism and however tired of treading water in Yale's backwash (Harvard hasn't beaten Yale since 1938), Harvard found itself once more at the wrong end of the pool. The Bulldogs dunked Harvard 56-39 to extend their dual-meet string to 196 consecutive victories and capture their 14th straight Eastern Intercollegiate League title.
HOCKEY—Jack McCartan goalie on outstanding U.S. Olympic team, in first professional game adroitly defended Ranger cage in 3-1 New York victory over formidable Detroit Red Wings (see page 26).
March 14, 1960
Montreal Canadiens clinched their third consecutive NHL championship with victory over Toronto Maple Leafs. Trailing 1-0 at the end of the first period, Montreal exploded for four goals (three of them in two minutes 40 seconds) in the second, added one more in the third to clinch 1959-60 league leadership with nine games still to be played in their 70-game schedule.
FOOTBALL—Owners of the eight AFL teams held a huddle in Oakland, Calif., announced they were ready to hit the line next fall with full squads. According to AFL Commissioner Joe Foss 400 players are under contract and stadiums are available in all eight cities. The going price for football beef in the new league averages between $6,000 and $8,000. "The lowest contract I saw was for $6,000," said Foss, "and the highest was $15,000, although some of the outstanding players had fringe benefits."