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Track season rekindles Morrow memories

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Whether you are too young to have seen him run, or have forgotten how Bobby Morrow (’58) put Abilene Christian University on the map, you’ll enjoy watching quality full-color footage from this YouTube video of Morrow competing at the 1956 Olympic Games. Relive Morrow’s races (100 meters, 200 meters and the anchor leg of the 4×100 relay) in which he won three gold medals, and hear him speak of his experiences in this documentary excerpt.

Morrow was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year for 1956, won the James E. Sullivan Award in 1957 as the United States’ top amateur athlete, and helped make Abilene Christian known around the globe. He and his teammates tied or set 11 sprint and relay world records while competing for the Wildcats. In December 1999, Texas Monthly named ACU track and field the “Texas Sports Dynasty of the Century” – an accomplishment punctuated by Morrow’s Olympic feats in Melbourne, Australia.

ACU’s track and field teams hosted the Oliver Jackson Classic this past weekend in Elmer Gray Stadium, warming up for the Lone Star Conference championships May 7-9 in San Angelo and the NCAA Division II outdoor championships May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C. Only UCLA, Stanford and USC have won more NCAA national team titles than ACU.

Morrow (55) crosses the finish line in Melbourne.
Morrow (55) crosses the finish line in Melbourne.