Track & Field: The Wayward Pole

From little technicalities, great frustrations grow. Look at Bob Seagren, the handsome young (20) University of Southern California sophomore and pole vaulter extraordinary. As extraordinary, that is, as a technicality in the rules will permit him to be. Seagren does hold the world indoor record of 17 ft. 2 in. But he has equaled and beaten that mark in competition this winter—and neither of those leaps will ever be noted in the record book. Last month, Bob soared 17 ft. 2 in.; two weeks ago, he went 17 ft. 31 in. —clearing the...

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