DESTINY: “You have no destiny other than that which you earn by your decisions and by your labors. You make your own destiny.” – Jeff Johnson
Photo – John Goegel
WHEN January 8, 1971
WHERE CYO Invitational, Cole Field House, University of Maryland
WHAT 60 yard (~ 55m) dash – final
WHO (L-R) 6th place (6.2) – Wilbur Smith (American Univ.); 1st place (6.0) – Dr. Del Meriwether (Baltimore OC) (wearing his medical scrubs top); 4th place (6.1) – Don Quarrie (Jamaica) [200m Gold & 100m Silver – ’76 Olympics; 200m Bronze – ’80 Olympics]; 3rd place (6.1) – Ivory Crockett (So. Illinois U.) [’69 & ’70 100y US National Champion; 100y world record (9.0) (1974)]; 2nd place (6.0) – CPT Mel Pender (US Army) [400m Relay Gold – ’68 Olympics; combat veteran, served two tours in Vietnam]; 5th place (6.2) – Kent Merritt (Univ. of Virginia).
Pender tied the world record of 5.9 in the prelims; Ben Vaughn (US Army) and Charlie Greene (US Army), ranked 3rd and 4th (respectively) in the World in the 100m/100y event in 1970 , did not make it out of the prelims.