LANDMARKS — November/December

In a contested finish, Stanford’s Larry Questad (third from bottom) won the ’63 NCAA 100 title. (LOWELL JOHNSON)

Died: Tony Blue, 84
On October 01, in Brisbane. Ranked No. 10 in the 800 in ’60, he won bronze for Australia at the ’62 Commonwealth Games. Ran in the Olympic heats in both ’60 & ’64.

Died: Jeff Braun, 63
On October 18. A 3-time U.S. ranker in the shot with a high of No. 5 in ’87, Braun finished 3rd in the ’79 NCAA Indoor for Wisconsin. In ’82, he won the USA Indoor title.

Died: Chil-choi Yoon, 92
On October 08. The 3rd-placer in the ’50 Boston Marathon, the South Korean, a non-finisher in ’48, placed 4th in the ’52 Olympics, and World-Ranked No. 4 for the year. Also rated No. 8 in ’54.

Died: Sid Garton, 81
On October 29, in Tyler, Texas. His 9.5 for 100y made him the equal-fastest high schooler of ’58. The next year as an East Texas State frosh he won the NAIA 220 and ranked No. 10 in the world in his only appearance.

Died: David Gracie, 93
On October 26, in Edinburgh. World Ranked No. 8 in the 400H in ’52, the year he placed 4th in his Olympic semifinal.

Died: Ron Jones, 58
On October 21, in Evansville, Indiana, of C19. The runner-up in the ’84 NCAA Indoor high jump for Indiana, Jones had ranked as the top prep in the nation in ’80. He won two Big 10 titles for the Hoosiers.

Died: Charlie Moore, 91
On October 08, in Laporte, Pennsylvania; from pancreatic cancer. Winner of the 400H at the ’52 Olympics, he also took silver as part of the 4×4. At Cornell, he won NCAA titles in the 440 (’49) and 220H (’51). World-Ranked 4 times in the 400H, with No. 1s in ’49, ’51 & ’52. Set 2 WRs in the 440H in ’52, beating Gracie both times.

Died: Irene Piotrowski, 79
On August 13, in Los Angeles; of pancreatic cancer. Ran in the heats of the 100 and 200 for Canada in both ’64 and ’68. A 2-time World Ranker at 100 (with a high of No. 8 in ’67), she also ranked twice at 200: No. 7 in both ’66 & ’67.

Died: Larry Questad, 77
On October 29, in Boise; of pneumonia. Stanford star won the NCAA 100 in ’63 and was 2nd in the 220 the same year. He placed 6th in the ’68 Olympic 200. Twice a World Ranker, he reached his high of No. 8 in ’63.

Died: Kiprotich Rono, 62
On October 13, of diabetes complications. Two-time World Ranker in the steeplechase, with a No. 2 in ’80, though he missed the Olympics due to the boycott.

Died: Neal Steinhauer, 76
On September 07, in Turlock, California. Oregon shot great won the ’65 NCAA title for the Ducks, and the AAU title in ’69. World-Ranked 5 times 1965–69, with No. 2s 1965–67 in an era dominated by Randy Matson. He injured his back early in ’68 and ended up 5th in the OT.

Died: Reinhard Theimer, 72
On September 03, in Hohen Neuendorf, Germany. A 7-time World Ranker in the hammer for East Germany, he had a high of No. 2 in ’74, the year he raised the World Record to 251-4 (76.60). Twice an Olympic finalist: 7th in ’68, 13th in ’72. □

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