1965 Indoor Track Team
1965 Indoor Track Team

Event:
Track and Field

Hall of Fame Class:
1995



Missouri's Tigers, sparked by Robin Lingle's first-place finish in the 1,000 yard run, won the first NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, and the second national title in school history. The Tigers scored 14 points, edging Big Eight rival Oklahoma State by two at the meet which was held at Cobo Hal in Detroit. Two weeks earlier, Mizzou had won the Big Eight Conference Championship. Gene Crews, Earl Denny, Steve Herndon and Charlie Brown also scored points for the Tigers, who finished on top of a 84-team field. Crews took third place in the shot put, while Denny finished fourth in the long jump, Herndon fourth in the high jump, and Brown fourth in the 60-yard dash. To take the team title, Missouri had to break away from the field on Saturday, being tied with five other teams with five points apiece at the end of Friday's action. Missouri's first five points were earned by Crews and Denny, both Big Eight champions in their specialties. Crews' toss of 58-feet earned him third in the shot, while Denny set a new personal high with a leap of 24-feet-1-inch in the long jump. Brown flashed to a :06.2 finish in the 60, finishing behind Big Eight champ Charlie Greene of Nebraska, Darel Newman of Fresno State, and Trenton Jackson of Illinois, the Big Ten champ. In the 1,000 yard run, Lingle captured the Tigers' only first place by taking the lead early and edging Seton Hall's George German in a tactical race. Missouri's final points came in the high jump, where Herndon had to settle for fourth place behind Wisconsin's Bill Holden on the basis of fewer misses at 6-8. Herndon qualified for the finals with a 6-9 effort. Oklahoma State could still have pulled out the team title by winning the mile relay, but the Cowboys could do not better than fourth.

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