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Hi There,
Thanks for your interest in the history of Cedar Falls Track & Field.  

THE RESEARCH:
The data submitted on this site was collected over many months but does not claim to be 100% accurate.  Quick Stats (quickstatsiowa.com) was the primary source for collecting results going back to 2006.  Results 1906-2005 were found by searching a variety of sources, among them: newpaperarchives.com, drake.edu/relays, desmoinesregister.newspapers.com and rolls of Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier microfilm at the Waterloo library.  Historically, The Courier has given high school track & field good coverage for many meets (Dickinson Relays, Cole Collinge Relays, Drake Relays, State Meets etc.) but not every meet makes the newspaper.  In addition, there are many cases where a meet was covered but only the winning times were published.  Freshman results from 1994-2005 were particularly difficult to find as Junior Varsity results do not generally make the newspaper.  Early records were also scarce, but so were the track meets.  

NOTABLE FINDINGS:

  • The first high school track meet in Cedar Falls was held May 4, 1906.
  • The track season in the early years was about 4 weeks from first practice to final meet and consisted of only 2 to 3 meets.
  • No results could be found for the years 1907, 1908, 1909, 1912, or 1913.  
  • The school and athletes opted not to participate in track in 1911 so the coaches and athletes could concentrate on baseball.
  • 1927 was the first year Cedar Falls entered into the annual State Meet.  That team entered 6 events resulting in 3 runner-up finishes and finished 4th overall as a team.  
  • Participation spiked in 1936 when track and field was elevated to a ‘major’ sport at CFHS.  The season was expanded and letters were awarded to top performers for the first time. 
  • The first state championship in a track event for Cedar Falls came from Al Robinette in the 1958 high jump.  
  • The first relay team to win a state championship was the 1974 2-mile relay team of Brian Bigelow, Dale Doyle, Brian Cook and Steve Pershing.
  • Cedar Falls put its first girls team together in 1974.  Lynn Clark qualified for the 220 yard dash at state meet in the first year.
  • Dawn Lentsch became the first girls champion in 1982, winning the 800 and 1500 meter runs.  The first relay champions came in 1994; Nicole Sickels, Michelle Van Dorn, Darci Noelting and Karen Patterson won the 4×400 Relay. 

PERFORMANCE CONVERSIONS:
The procedure used comes from the Track & Field News’ Big Green Book which is now the Big Gold Book which is used by NCAA and USATF.
To convert from hand to FAT for sprints up to 200 meters (55 hurdles, 60, 100, 200 & 200 hurdles): First round the time up to the nearest tenth.  Then add .24.  For example if an athlete runs 8.51 in the 55 hurdles, it should be rounded up to 8.6.  Now add the conversion of .24 which gives a final time of 8.84.
To convert for races of 300 and up (400, 800, etc.): First round the time up to the nearest tenth.  Then add .14.
The following website was used to convert yards to meters and 55 meters to 60:
* http://ia.milesplit.com/calc.
In the event both conversion of yards to meters and conversion of hand to FAT was needed, the conversion of yards to meters was calculated first. 

PHOTOGRAPHS:
Photographs for this site were provided by Eileen Crotty (memoriesbyeileen.com), scrapbooks & yearbooks from the Cedar Falls Historical Society, newspaper articles from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier and from former athletes.

If you have any information, photos or videos that could be added, please feel free to get in touch by e-mail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Thanks!

-Brian O’Hair

I Corinthians 9:26

brianohair926@gmail.com