ON THIS DAY: Scott Bauhs, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Make History

Busy doesn’t even begin to describe the day(s) that Jackie Joyner and Scott Bauhs had leading up to their record-setting performances on May 4, exactly 23 years apart from each other.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Records & Lists

We’ll rewind first to 1985, when Joyner (now Joyner-Kersee) competed for UCLA and had already established herself as a dominant force on both the collegiate and global stage. That’s because the Bruin not only won back-to-back NCAA heptathlon titles in 1982 and 1983, but she also earned the silver medal in the event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Back on May 4, 1984, though, Joyner wanted to help UCLA beat archrival Southern California in their annual dual meet any way that she could. That meant Joyner would need to score as many points as she possibly could, which left her to compete in six different events that afternoon – high jump, javelin throw, 100 hurdles, long jump and both the 4×100 and 4×400 relay.

“I got a kick out of it,” Joyner told the Los Angeles Times after the meet. “I don’t like to sit around. I like to bounce from one event to the other.”

Well, after a trio of runner-up finishes in the javelin, high jump and 100H, Joyner prepared herself for her final individual event of the meet – the long jump. According to the Los Angeles Times, Joyner had been working hard with USTFCCCA Hall of Fame coach Bob Kersee on trying to improve her approach by accelerating faster at a different segment of her run than before.

It’s safe to say that it worked as Joyner soared 6.99m (22-11¼) to set a collegiate record that hasn’t been touched in 35 years. Joyner also became the second best performer in American history that afternoon (Don’t worry: She had since taken over the No. 1 spot and remains there with a mark of 7.49m (24-6¾) that she recorded nine years later).

Twenty-three years after Joyner topped Carol Lewis’ all-time collegiate season best in the long jump, Chico State’s Bauhs made sure Charles Mulinga’s NCAA Division II 10,000-meter high water mark of 28:00.33 wouldn’t make it past the 2008 Payton Jordan Invitational.

Bauhs, running on tired legs after winning the 1500 at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championships the day before and leading the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive conference title, crossed the finish line in 27:48.06. That also gave Bauhs the “A” standard for the Olympic Games and assured him a chance to compete for an Olympic berth at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field (Bauhs finished 16th at Hayward Field a few months later).

It was a masterclass performance for Bauhs as he executed his race to perfection. Bauhs settled into his pace early, went through 1600 in 4:32, dropped that to 4:27 for his second mile and continued to work from there, ultimately negative splitting the race by 10 seconds (13:59/13:49).

When you couple that 27:48.06 effort at the Payton Jordan Invitational and his 3:59.81 mile PR from that previous indoor season, Bauhs became the youngest American to accomplish the sub-28/sub-4 career double. And he did it all within the span of a few months.