Events and Best Performances at OU
1958 Kansas Relay Meet: Event: Sprint Medley.
Gary Parr, Ponca City, OK started with a
quarter mile. Dee Givens, Lawton OK followed
witha 220 yearder. I, Johnny Pellow, Enid,
OK, was next with another 220 yarder and,
finally, Gail Hodgson, South Africa , finished
with a half mile. Thanks to Gail Hodgson's
1:46 half mile we broke the WORLD RECORD!
I still have a 1958 Kansas Relay Watch given
to us for winning the race. ON the back of
the watch it reads: SPRINT MEDLEY - WORLD'S
RECORD of time: 3:19.5. By the way, the
watch still runs.
But, the rest of the story: Gail, Dee, and
Gary were all at the very top of their special
events. This race was a 9:30AM event and
was to be just a warm-up for the three top
stars. This was the first race that I had
been in since injuring my right Hamstring
Muscle two months before this race. I was
just a fill-in chosen at the last minute.
I remember Coach Carroll telling us just
to relax and use this Sprint Medley Race
as a warmup before the real afternoon races
began. WE BROKE THE WORLD RECORD.
If you liked this story, you might like to
hear how I obtained the first place medal
for the 75-year dash at the 1959 winter Michigan
State relay indoor meet. Dee Givens set a
meet record for the 75 yard dash that day.
But I have the first place medal. Therefore,
after all these years , you wouldthink that
I had won the race. Maybe, Maybe not?
My years in track and football at OU have
influenced my life. I still meet many of
my fellow athetes for lunch at least once
a month and always attend the "O" Club
Alumnae weekend in the spring.
Bio. Going on 40
years as a Physical Therapist in Private
Practice., Oklahoma City, OK.
Past President "O" Club 1999-2001,
Board of Directors, "O" Club, OU
Football Letterman's Association.