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Out of the thousands of athletes participating in relay track meets last week came two sprinters and a pole vaulter whose performances were Olympian

The spring track season blossomed into full-blown life last week with relay carnivals in Philadelphia, Des Moines and Walnut, Calif. The emphasis, as always, was on harmonious team efforts. Texas Southern came to the Drake Relays in Iowa with nine men and carried off four titles. Four sprinters from Southern California ran the fastest college mile ever, and Villanova, with a bit of luck, twice upset Abilene Christian of Texas to win impressive relays. But from all the anonymous scuffle of team events there emerged three young men, pictured here, who proved that they could star as individuals, too.

Questioned start by San Jose State Sprinter Dennis Johnson (third from left) overshadowed his 9.2 100 at Mt. San Antonio Relays in California. Johnson and teammate Willie Williams (second from right) rose to set position more slowly than opponents, were accused of getting rolling start. However, referee approved technique.

Clean drop by George Davies of Oklahoma State (silhouetted against the late afternoon sky) followed meet-record pole vault of 15 feet 6 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines. The sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz, narrowly missed a world record at 15 feet 10.

Swift finish by Abilene Christian's long-striding Sprinter Earl Young at Penn Relays brought victory in 440-yard relay. A brilliant 220 by Young in the 880-yard relay and a strong run in the mile couldn't offset poor starts in the crowded races, won by Villanova.