200 Meter and 220 Yard Low Hurdles

220 Yard Low Hurdles Height & Spacing:
30” high low hurdles, 20 yards from the starting line to the first hurdle, each hurdle is 
spaced 20 yards apart, and 20 yards from the last hurdle to the finish line. 
A total of ten hurdles (per lane) are used for the event.


The Race:

When you mention the 200 meter and 220 yard low hurdles there are some
very special people that come to mind  . . . athletes like Jesse Owens,
Alvin C. Kraenzlein, Martin Lauer, and David W. Sime.  



The following is a link to the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships
between 1887 to 1962 for the 220 yard and 200 meter hurdles:

Masters -   220 Yard Low Hurdles:

In 2009 Masters Track & Field has added the 200 meter hurdles to the ladies events.

In California, Masters Track and Field included an exhibition 220 yard low
hurdle event during the Southern Calif. Association Open & Masters Track & Field
The race was billed as the event that Jesse Owens made famous. 
The race was held at
Cerritos College, Norwalk, Calif. June 12, 2004.

1st Perry McBride (29)     26.28; 2nd Ari Morrison (25)       27.19;

3rd   Jeffery Davison (46)   31.16; 4th Andrew Hecker (49)     38.23

This was the first time that Perry, Ari, and Jeff had attempted this low hurdle event.
Andy had just completed the 400 meter long hurdles moments before getting in
the blocks for the 220 yard low hurdles  . . .  in retrospect, Andy would have given
Jeff a great battle had the exhibition event been put on before the long hurdle race.


National Masters News reports the following earlier 200 meter hurdle races:

April 4-5, 1998 Hillside, Chicago, IL (Indoor ?)
         M35: Tim Coombs 29.82; M55: George LaBelle 41.64; M65: Bill Simmons 38.27
         M70: Chuck Sochor 36.06; W30: JoAnna Childress 31.50
(May ?) 1995 New Zealand Championships:
         M45: L. Malcolmson 28.50; M55: I. Montgomerie 36.30; M60: A. Anderson 39.90
Feb. 21, 1987 Orange Spring Games, Orange, CA:
        M30-39: Andrew Hecker 30.3; Mark Thompson 34.5;
        M40-49: Bill Knocke 27.3; Walt Butler 27.5; Gary Bane 33.4:
        M50-59: Dave Douglass 34.5; M60-69: Bob Hunt 36.9; M70-79: C. T. Pao 47.6
June 14, 1986 All American TC Invitational, Northridge, CA       200 Meter Int. Hurdles
        M30-34: Andrew Hecker 29.9; Williams 30.2;        M40: Morris 32.4; 
        M50:  Wright 36.2; M55: M. Robinson 32.9; M75:Thompson 55.6
July 21, 1985 Masters Key Track Championships, Baltimore, MD
        M30-39: Kimm Williams 28.5; Mike Carroll 28.5; Billy Gale 28.7;
         M50+:  George Taylor 39.9

Masters – Ladies:   (Results found on-line Aug. 10, 2009)

Northwest All Comers meet has held several retro 220 yard low hurdles races. 
2001:  W44: Stella Orechia 32.8h in Edmonds, WA on August 8, 2001.


Below are additional stories of the 220 yard and 200 meter hurdles:


Jesse Owens

Wikipedia reports, “Owens greatest achievement came in a span of 45 minutes on May
, 1935 at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he set four world records.
He tied the world record for the 100 yard (91 m) dash (9.4 seconds) and set world records
in the long jump (26-8¼, a world record that would last 25 years), 220 yard (201 m) dash
(20.3 seconds), and the 220 yard low hurdles (22.6 seconds to become the first person to
break 23 seconds). This incredible feat is widely considered one of the most amazing
athletic achievements of all time.




Cuhel and Saling:

The Univ. of Iowa Track & Field reports about Cuhel and Saling:



Frank Cuhel (1926-28) -- Olympic silver medallist in 400-meter hurdles at 1928 games in
Amsterdam… seven time Big Ten Champion, winning three times in outdoor 220-yard
low hurdles (1926-28), once in indoor 70-yard high hurdles (1928) and running anchor
legs on winning outdoor mile relay (1928) and indoor mile relay (1927-28).






George Saling (1929-30, 1932) -- Olympic gold medallist in 110-meter hurdles at 1932
games in Los Angeles… NCAA Champion and all-American in 120-yard hurdles
(1932)… two-time Big Ten champion, winning indoor 70-yard high hurdles and outdoor
220-yard low hurdles in 1932.


Alvin C. Kraenzlein:


HickokSports.com reports “Until Kraenzlein, hurdlers simply jumped over the hurdles as
well as they could. He developed the modern technique of going over the hurdle with a
straight front leg and the trailing leg tucked under. A very versatile athlete, he once won
seven events in a high school meet and he's the only athlete ever to win four individual
track and field gold medals at a single Olympics.

Alvin Kraenzlein clears a hurdle

Kraenzlein entered the University of Wisconsin in 1895. His first major championship
came in the AAU national 220-yard hurdles in 1897. In September of that year, he
transferred to the University of Pennsylvania to study dentistry.

He won the 120- and 220-yard hurdles at the AAU national championships in 1898 and
1899 and was also the 1898 long jump champion. Running for Penn, Kraenzlein captured
IC4A championships in both hurdles events for three straight years, 1898 through 1900.
He won the IC4A long jump in 1898 and he scored a record 18 points in the 1899 meet,
when he also won the 100-yard dash and finished second in the long jump to lead Penn to
the team championship.

In 1900, Kraenzlein missed the AAU meet because he was in England, preparing for the
Paris Olympics. He won British championships in the 120-yard hurdles and the broad
jump while he was there. Then he went on to the Olympics, where he won gold medals in
the 60-meter dash, the 110-meter hurdles, the 220-meter hurdles, and the long jump.

Kraenzlein retired from active competition with world records in the 60-meter dash, the
110-meter and 120-yard high hurdles, the 200-meter and 220-yard low hurdles, and the
long jump. His record of 23.6 seconds in the 220-yard hurdles stood for twenty-six years.

He practiced dentistry for five years after graduating from Penn in 1901, then devoted
most of the rest of his life to coaching. He was the track coach at the University of
from 1910 until 1913, when he was hired to prepare the German team for the
1916 Olympics. The games were postponed because of World War I, and he returned to
the United States. After serving in the Army, he was assistant coach at Penn until 1922.
He died of heart disease.  National Track and Field Hall of Fame
Olympic Hall of Fame




Alvin C. Kraenzlein – continued:

Below is another photo of Alvin from the University of Pennsylvania’s website:


photograph of Kraenzlein jumping over a hurdle, lead leg extended


















hickoksports.com also reports the following past results in the discontinued Olympic
event the 200-Meter Hurdles:









Alvin Kraenzlein, USA


Norman Pritchard, IND


Walter Tewksbury, USA



Harry Hillman, USA


Frank Castleman, USA


George Poage, USA





David W. Sime:

HickokSports.com reports on David W. Sime:

Sime turned in all his world record times in 1956. Twice he ran 9.3 in the 100-yard dash
and 20.2 in the 220-yard to tie records. He set a world record for the 200-meter and 220-
yard on a straightaway with a 20.0 clocking, and he ran a record-tying 22.2 in the 200-
meter/220-yard low hurdles.”



Ottoz, Styron, Lauer, and Jackson – some of the best of all-time:
From Wakely’s and Tilastopaja’s two websites are some of the best European
200 meter low hurdle performances of all time:


200 m Hurdles     
22.55      Laurent Ottoz (ITA)           31 May 1995 Milan

21.9y st   Don Styron (USA)               2 Apr 1960 Baton Rouge

22.5         Martin Lauer (FRG/GER)    7 Jul 1959 Zürich

22.63       Colin Jackson (UK)              1 June 1991 Cardiff

The “st” is an abbreviation for straight away.  The others ran on curves.


Note: Jesse Owens (USA) 22.6 hand-time was for the 220 yard low hurdles.



Fordham Prep HS:
School Records at Fordham Prep HS (Bronx, NY)Bronx, New York) 
reported on their website April 18, 2007 at http://www.fordhamprep.org/track  
220 Yd. Low Hurdles 
1948 C. DiOrio :26.5 ; 1934 G. Gallico :28.2;
1933 G. Gallico :28.4




Nebraska School Activities Association reports:



1935-Don Shue, Minden, 26.1 

1934-John Trumble, Cambridge, 26.3

1933-Lambertus, Gothenburg, 24.3

1932-Lloyd Cardwell, Seward, 24.7 

1931-Young, Hastings, 22.9

1930-Heye Lambertus, Gothenburg, 24.3

1929-Barnes, Gothenburg, 26.4

1928-Scherffius, Grand Island, 26.2

1927-Lamson, Neligh, 27.0 

1926-Trumble, Cambridge, 25.6

1925-Keiss, Grand Island, 26.2 

1924-Peterson, Lincoln, 27.4

1923-Morrow, Omaha Central, 27.4

1922-Ablott, Clay Center, 27.6 

1921-Jones, Clay Center, 29.0

1920-Dohn, Omaha Central, 28.0 

1919-Pratt, Lincoln, 28.8

1918-Gish, Lincoln, 27.8 

1917-Maxwell, Omaha Central, 29.6 

1916-Andrew, Lincoln, 29.4

1915-Neville, Omaha Central, 28.8 

1914-Neville, Omaha Central, 27.8 

1913-Nason, Kearney Military, 23.0 

1912-Nason, Kearney Military, 28.0 

1911-Willard Willard Wiley, York, 28.2

1910-Willard Willard Wiley, York, 27.0

1909-Brooks, Hastings, 28.6 

1908-Collier, Fairbury, 27.4

1907-Collier, Fairbury, 28.6

1906-Dale McDonald, York, 28.4

1905-Dale McDonald, York, 29.0

1904-Newell, Omaha Central, 27.6

1903-Hauser, Beatrice, 29.2 



Texas High School – 220 yard low hurdles:

The University Interscholastic League from Austin, Texas reports
the following past results:


1940 Boys State Track Meet Results   -  220-Yard Low Hurdles
1. 26.3            Robert Qualls, Dallas Lincoln

1941 Boys State Track Meet Results   -  220-Yard Low Hurdles
1. 22.6            Jones, Waxahachie Oak Lawn

1942 Boys State Track Meet Results   -  220-Yard Low Hurdles

1. 27.8            G. Wells, Tyler Scott

1947 Boys State Track Meet Results   -  220-Yard Low Hurdles

1. 25.6 (tie)            James Hill, Dallas Washington
                        W.C. Holmes, San Antonio Wheatley

1949 Boys State Track Meet Results   -  220-Yard Low Hurdles

1. 22.8            R. Brooks, Houston Wheatley

1952 Boys State Track Meet Results   -  220-Yard Low Hurdles

1. 22.7            Sam Wesley, Dallas Washington



The following websites were accessed Oct. 28, 2006:















The information below was found on the following website Dec. 09, 2006:



Sport: Track & Field   Inducted: 2002    Country: USA
Born: March 30, 1917, in Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University’s Allan Tolmich broke the World record in the 200-meters
Hurdles twice on the same day.

On July 3, 1937, at the AAU (American Athletic Union) Championships in Milwaukee,
, Tolmich’s 23.4 in the first heat of the 200-meter Hurdles competition set
a new event record. He lowered his new World mark to 23.3 in the 200-meter finals.
(The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) lists Tolmich's record setting
event as Hurdles, not specifying "high" or "low" hurdles.)

Between 1936 and 1941, Tolmich established ten and tied five U.S. Indoor track &
field records. Captain of Wayne State University's track and field team (1936-1937),
his U.S. indoor records included the 60-yard Hurdles, 110-Meter and 120-Yard
Hurdles. He was a National AAU Champion in 1937, 1939, 1940 and 1941.

Allen Tolmich won All-America honors in 1937, but had the misfortune of coming into
his prime during the on-set of World War II, when Olympic Games and World
Championships were suspended. In 1976, he was among the first class of honorees
inducted into the Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame.



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