Buchen, Walther (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. VII, No. 7 (April 1910)
Morris, Paul J.
The relay carnival, pp. 32-33
THE WISCONSIN MAGAZINE The Relay Carnival PAUL J. MORRIS Three years ago Dr. Hutchins planned the first annual Indoor Relay Carnival of the University of Wisconsin. It was mod- eled after the University of Pennsylvania Relay Carnival, and the athletic director hoped to make it a big factor in western athletic circles. Races were planned for high schools, prep schools, state colleges, and conference colleges and invitations to compete were to all the leading schools in the west. But when the date set for the meet arrived only a feew entries had been received. Chicago was the only con- ference college to compete and only two or three state colleges sent teams. The number of high schools and academies competing likewise was very small. In fact, the meet turned out to be little more than an inter-class affair. The confer- ence race was won by Chicago, which took the lead from the start and kept it throughout the whole race. Various races were held between different college organi- zations. There were inter-company, inter- class, inter-fraternity and inter-literary so- ciety races. A novel scheme was tried out for the inter-fraternity race. Each team was composed of four men. The first man ran a two, hundred and twenty yard dash, the second a quarter mile, the third a half mile, and the fourth a mile. This, however, was not a fair race, as the team having the best miler could easily win. The second annual relay carnival was about as successful as the first. Again Chi- cago was the only conference school enter- ed and again it captured the big event. The state college, high school and prep school races were of little account because few teams were entered. In that year the first inter-sorority race was held and proved to be very popular. The four men rep- resenting Alpha Phi, Grobe, Byron, Van Derzee and Myers, made a new indoor western record for the half mile relay. The third year the relay carnival was more of a success. Again Chicago won the conference race with Wisconsin sec- ond and Illinois third. Several special events were added to the program. But very few entries were received from out- side schools. The only event won by other than Wisconsin men was the forty yard dash, which was taken by Pettigrew of Illinois. Osthoff won the shot-put, Nat- wick the forty yard hurdle race and Doh- men the mile run. The fourth annual relay carnival was less interesting than any of the others. The number of men competing was smaller than ever before. Chicago, as usual, captured the conference event. The other events in general were uninterest- ing, although the inter-sorority race and the inter-sport W-men's race were ex- ceptions. Instead of having a relay race for the sororities, four different races, a two hundred and twenty yard dash, a quarter mile run, a half mile run, and a mile run, were substituted. The team get- ting first in each race was given one point, the team getting second two points, etc. After the four races were finished, the points -were added up and the team having the least number was declared winner. This scheme was per- fectly fair, but it caused much more con- fusion and lacked most of the excitement of a relay race. Dohmen's time in the mile run, 4 :32 1-5, was remarkable. After four trials, the relay carnival has not gained the proportions which the man who planned it hoped it would attain. 32
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