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Track 1944


In the true fiction fashion, Southwestern Louisiana Institute's track squad carried on one of the most successful seasons recorded on the Bulldog books
Coach Robert L. Browne, track tutor, produced a winning nine man squad that carried honors from New Orleans on to Austin, Texas, five claiming top notch honors at all the Bulldog attended meets. Southwestern's track squad attracted the attention of sports fans throughout the South.
Southwestern's cinder-ace, Spencer Johnson, who was a Navy Trainee, claimed first place in the S.A.A.U. Cross-country Championship run in New Orleans in the inaugural contest of the season on December 16, with a new record being registered for the run. Johnson's clocking registered 20 minutes and 19 seconds. The Bulldogs also claimed the team trophy.
January 6 found the Bulldogs in another winning streak. The 39th annual Jackson Day Run in New Orleans was the score of the Bulldogs' second first place of the season. Johnson's brilliant running tallied another Bulldog victory, this time in a longer distance run with a clocking of 35 minutes and 45 seconds.
The gala event of the year, Southwestern's own relay carnival was help at McNaspy Stadium on March 31. In Spite of track that was slowed down by constant rainfall, Southwestern's tracksters shattered another record in the mile. Again Johnson was the winner. The timing was 4:38.
The Texas Relays at Austin, Texas was the next contest for the Bulldogs. Southwestern claimed second place honors in the 3000 meter run. In competition with the finest cindermen in the South, Southwestern's thin clads raced to more honors.
In a dual meet with Louisiana Tech, Southwestern's tracksters defeated Tech by a score of 74-57. Southwestern's Bulldog runners defeated the Tech Bulldogs in easy fashion, in spite of the fact the Tech sported a line a veteran runners.
In the final run of the season, Southwestern claimed two first places at the S.A.A.U. meet in the Cresent City. Again Johnson set the pace for the Bulldog victories, this time surpassing his own recordd-breaking timing at the mile, with a 4:33 timing. The two mile went to the Bulldogs also. Again, Johnson claimed the blue ribbon honors. The speedy thin clad took the two mile honors in 10 minutes flat.



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