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Fast Learners: 1908

Fast Learners: 1908

New York. "Columbia Relay Team, 1908. Capt. A. Zink, G.W. Hoyns, B. Sanders, K.M. Boorman." 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.


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According to the 1908 Columbia Yearbook, B. Sanders was actually the team captain and competed in the 880 yard run as well as the two mile relay team. He was awarded a letter in trck in 1906, 1907, and 1908. He graduated in 1909.

Kitchell Boorman competed in the 440 yard run, and as part of the class of 1908, but he appears to have stayed on as he is shown on the 1910 tennis team. He was a civil engineer.

Hoynes also contested in both the 880 and 2 mile relay events. Hoynes is listed as being in the Class of 1908.

Antony Zink ran the 440, 880 and two mile relay events. He also lettered in track in 1906, 1907, and 1908. He was a member of the class of 1909. He was an architecture major.

Looking at other sports teams in the 1908 Columbia yearbook shows the swim team with "ST" in the middle of their uniform, the lacrosse team with "LT," etc. So the "TT" undoubtably stands for "Track Team."

Despite the caption on this photo, the yearbook does not show Boorman as a part of the two mile relay team. The final member listed was G. Hutchinson.

The Columbia Team did not fair well during the season. It lost both meets it participated in during the year (Annapolis and Princeton). The meets consisted of the following events: 100 and 220 yard dashes; 440 and 880 yard runs; 1 and 2 mile runs; hammer throw; 16 lb shot put; broad jump; 120 and 220 yard hurdles; high jump; and finally the pole vault.

The team photo is below.

Strict coach?

Looks like the lads spent some time shining their plimsolls... somehow, my Keds never achieved that high lustre.

The guy on the left is the fastest

he's so fast he's just a blur.

Model T

@jeholt525: Maybe TT stands for Track Team?

Then and Now

I'm a track official at the NCAA Div. 1 level, and I seldom wish to go back in time. But, I would surely like to see the differences in the young men in this photo and today's amazing student athletes.

No Spandex... endorsements, no sponsors and no sox! These guys are nothing but lean and mean.

What was the significance of the..

" T T" inside the C on Boorman's shirt?

Which one was the fastest?

My money is on the young man on the far right. He looks a bit more bow-legged.

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