Track & Field: The Start's the Thing

TRACK & FIELD

The way to run the 100-yd. dash, Mel Patton once explained, is to "boom and float" — explode from the starting blocks, drive hard for 50 yds., then "settle down and go for the ride." Slender and wiry, the World's Fastest Human of the '40s rode to a 9.3-sec. 100 — a world record that stood unmolested for 13 years, until Villanova's Frank Budd clocked 9.2 sec. in 1961.

The World's Fastest Human today is a junior at Florida A. & M. who rarely booms and never floats. A shifty cut-and-shoot halfback on A. & M.'s football team, Robert...

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