Track & Field: Higher & Faster

It was Sophomore Night at last week's A.A.U. Track and Field championships. Under the lights at Memorial Stadium in Bakersfield, Calif., a crowd of 11,600 watched in awe as a pair of second-year college boys proved that youth can serve itself, thank you, with record-breaking performances that did much to boost U.S. hopes for the 1968 Olympics—and beyond.

At 6 ft. 1 in. and 165 lbs., Southern Cal's Paul Wilson, 19, hardly looked strong enough to bend a vaulting pole, let alone provide any serious competition for U.S.C. Teammate Bob Seagren—who only two weeks before had set a new world...

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