Mel Patton

Southern Cal, 1947-1949, sprints

Mel Patton, aka “Pell Mel”, was the best sprinter in the world during his time at Southern Cal. Against UCLA in 1949, he bettered two world records, running a wind-aided 9.1 in the 100 yards (obviously not recognized as a record) and 20.2 for the straightaway 220 yards (approved as a record). He was undefeated in collegiate competition, beating such notables as Herb McKenley, and his Trojans were also undefeated in dual meets during his years there.

3/29/47 at Compton Coll 1st 100y 9.5
1st 220y 20.7
4/5/47 at Riverside JC (hcp) 1st 100y 9.5
1st 220y 20.4
4/19/47 vs LAAC & Pepperdine 1st 100y 9.6
1st 220y 20.8
4/26/47 at Stanford 1st 100y 9.8
1st 220y 21.1
5/3/47 vs Illinois 1st 100y 9.6
1st 220y 20.4
5/10/47 vs California 1st 100y 9.6
5/31/47 at UCLA 1st 100y 9.4w
3/6/48 at Arizona State 1st 220y 21.9
4/17/48 vs LAAC & Pepperdine 1st 100y 9.7
1st 220y 20.7
4/24/48 vs Stanford 1st 100y 9.6
1st 220y 21.0
5/1/48 at California 1st 100y 9.6
1st 220y 21.0
5/8/48 vs UCLA 1st 100y 9.6
1st 220y 20.6
4/16/49 vs Michigan State 1st 100y 9.6
1st 220y 21.2
4/23/49 vs California 1st 100y 9.6
1st 220y 20.9
4/30/49 at Stanford 1st 100y 9.6
1st 220y 21.0
5/7/49 at UCLA 1st 100y 9.1w
1st 220y 20.2 WR

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