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From the May 1963 Oil City Derrick.

Thanks to John Vender for the article.

Class of ’63 Track & Field Records

When the OCHS moved to its new location, many of the records in the Athletic Department were either lost or destroyed. Some members of the current OCHS administration want to correct this unfortunate situation. It is hopeful that the information found below will become a source document or reference for this effort. The information focuses on our 1963 Classmates. Special thanks to Michael T. Vender (Class of ’64) for his tireless efforts at the OC library researching and recreating the facts placed here. Thanks to John Vender for forwarding this information to me. John asks that if anyone finds any errors or omissions that he please be contacted.

Event Name Record Previous record year
Shot-put Tom Kerr 49ft. 9 ½ in. 1954
Pole Vault Dick Redfield 11ft. 7 1/8 in. 1960
Javelin Ed Szympruch 169 ft. 6 in. 1956
220 Yard Dash John Vender 22.6 sec. 1961
440 Yard Dash (2 turns) John Vender 51.9 sec. 1950
Mile Relay Vender (anchor), Shaughnessy, Harvey, Hower 3min. 29.5 sec. 1956

Many of the above records were a decade old. In most cases they weren’t just broken, they were shattered!

Two classmates deserve special recognition. Although Rick Montana and David Wilson did not break any records, they consistently won or placed in their events. Remember, breaking records doesn’t win track meets; it’s points, and Rick and David consistently won points for the team.

Team Co-Captains

Richard Montana
John Vender

Head Track Coach:

Mr. James Enos (Still alive in 2008)

Sports Articles

January 6, 1963 Top Oilers.

February 23, 1963 Basketball and wrestlers.

February 23, 1963 Basketball.

April 23, 1963 All Sports Banquet.

May 9, 1963 Tennis.

May 17, 1963 Track and Field.