Auburn’s Glance Made Them Look Twice

Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Auburn’s Glance Made Them Look Twice

“Fast” and “young” came together in a big way at the 1976 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Auburn freshman Harvey Glance was a sensation even before entering the meet, having twice tied the hand-timed world record of 9.9 in the 100 meters during the spring.

The 19-year-old was at his best in the NCAA 100 final, thanks to “a flawless start and fine early acceleration,” reported Bob Hersh for Track & Field News, who also noted that Glance showed second-half strength to pull away from Tennessee’s Reggie Jones, the last frosh to win the 100 in 1974.

Glance crossed the finish line in 10.16, the fastest time recorded by a collegian as automatic timing was just becoming common. His winning margin of 0.17 seconds has been bettered only twice in the event.

The Tiger came back a day later to win the 200, again over another former NCAA champ in James Gilkes of Southern California (Gilkes won the 1974 NCAA while at Fisk). This time the photo-finish equipment came in double handy, providing accurate times and helping to sort the order as both were timed in 20.74.

Glance’s sprint double was the first by a freshman in the meet since Buddy Young of Illinois in 1944, and when combined with his NCAA Indoor 60-yard win in March, made him the first athlete to sweep all three sprints in the same year.

The next month the native of Phenix City, Alabama (on its border with Georgia), earned a gold medal leading off the U.S. 4×100 team at the Montreal Olympics. Glance won the NCAA 100 again in 1977 and added third-place finishes in 1978 and 1979 to become the first man in meet history to score four straight years in the event.

As a post-collegian Glance won another major gold medal, running the third leg on the U.S. 4×100 team at the 1987 World Championships. He later served as head coach for his alma mater (1991-1996) as well as archrival Alabama (1997-2011).

posted: April 12, 2021
The NCAA's First Championships

The NCAA and collegiate track & field will mark a momentous milestone in the spring of 2021 -- the 100th anniversary of the NCAA Championships and with that, the NCAA Track & Field Championships. In June 1921, the University of Chicago hosted the first track & field championships in NCAA history.

This point can’t be emphasized enough: Not only was the event the first for NCAA track & field, but the first championships for any sport under the sponsorship of the NCAA.

To celebrate, over each of the next 365 days, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will celebrate moments, student-athletes, and coaches that have made a century’s worth of championships special. From humble beginnings to important historical milestones to the modern-day, collegiate track & field has evolved with the American society.

The 2021 edition of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin with preliminary round action on May 27-29 in Jacksonville, Fla., and College Station, Texas. The championships final site and culmination of the celebration is slated for June 9-12, 2021 at the newly rebuilt Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Memorable Moments
Walton Started It All In The 800

Delisa Walton won the first women’s 800 at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in 1982. Walton is the mother of Ebonie Floyd, who finished 2nd in the 2007 100.

Gipson, Ugen Made Long Jump History

Whitney Gipson & Lorraine Ugen were the first teammates to win women’s long jump titles at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in consecutive years (Gipson in 2012; Ugen in 2013).

Plab Reached Lofty Heights In NCAA HJ

Darrin Plab won back-to-back HJ titles at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in 1991 & 1992. Plab cleared 2.34m (7-8) in 1992 & tied the 2nd best bar in meet history.

Peoples Made History One Lap At A Time

Maurice Peoples won the 440-yard dash in 1973 & then really turned up the heat. Peoples split 43.4 on the Sun Devils’ mile relay team that finished third in the final.

KU’s Lokedi Set 10K MR In 2018

Sharon Lokedi won the 10K at the 2018 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in a meet-record 32:09.20. Lokedi led five other women under the old final-site best, too.

Can Ereng Kick It? Yes, He Can!

Paul Ereng won back-to-back 800-meter titles at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in 1988 & 1989. Ereng is still the current indoor record holder in the event.