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Friday, November 28, 2014

UNM 125: Plummer cracks record

Printed May 29, 1963

What a way to go – and man did he go! Adolph Plummer in his last appearance for the Lobos retired as the world’s fastest 440 yd. runner (44.9 seconds).

The Western Athletic Conference Championships held in Arizona last weekend saw the host ASU Sun Devils assume the first WAC cinder title with 83 points to Brigham Young’s 57 and UNM’s 55 point total.

While the Sun Devils took the meet, the Lobos brought the fleet Plummer home on their shoulders after he ran to the fantastic time in the quarter mile.

World records fall every season, but rarely do they fall as much as Adolph clipped this one. The old record set in 1958 was 45.7. Plummer’s chief competition in the race was Ulis Williams from ASU, a long time jinx of the mighty Plummer.

Williams also was clocked at one tenth of a second under the world mark but was not even close to Adolph when the UNM star crossed the tape at eight tenths of a second under the old mark.