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1939 article

Bird Vaults, Stoland High Jumps to Two of Four New Records

     The University of Kansas tracksters of Coach H. W. Hargiss recorded a surprising upset to the Big Six Saturday night at Columbia, Mo., when they carried off second place in the annual conference indoor meet and established two of the four new meet records made during the contest.
     University of Missouri athletes did the expected and won the championship, dethroning Nebraska. The Tigers rang up 35 1/2 points, aided considerably by Lone John Munski, distance star.  Kansas took second with 24 points; Kansas State was third with 22 points; Oklahoma next with 19 1/2, Nebraska scored 17 1/2 points and Iowa State was last with 13 1/2.

Four New Marks

     The new records met by the Jayhawkers were 13 feet 7 1/4 inches by Don Bird in the pole vault, and 6 feet 3 3/4 inches in the high jump by Bob Stoland. Other new marks were 50.4 in the 440 yard run by Bob Simmons, and 4:17 in the mile run by Munski of Missouri.
     Another first place won by Kansas was the 60-yard low hurdle event which went to Paul Masoner in 7 seconds.

Stoland A Surprise

     The showing of Stoland, Lawrence boy who is a junior at K. U. but who has not been eligible for track until this. semester, was the big surprise of the meet. His name did not even appear on the entry list as he had been entered late. He cleared the high jump bar with ease, only touching the bar once all evening. He did not try to increase the record height as Coach Hargiss did not wish to risk straining him when he had been out so little to get into condition.
     Ray Harris, Jayhawker star, made a good showing Saturday, finishing second in both the mile and the two-mile. Ernest Klann also finished third in the mile, and Chet Freidland took fourth in the shot put to finish the Kansas scoring.