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During the celebration of the Drake Relays 50th anniversary, Jesse Owens recieves an award from an official. Jesse Owens was voted "The athlete of the first 50 years" of the Drake Relays.

Jesse Owens and the shuttle relay team from Nash Elementary School. The team included Clyde Duncan, Leslie Carter, Kenneth Johnson and Gary Russian.

Duncan went on to become an All-American sprinter and was a member of 3 world record setting relay…

Mary Ann Harris from the University of Nebraska, 1959 Relays Queen, is crowned by Arthur Kirk, the chariman of the Drake Relays Committee.

Mary Ann Harris from the University of Nebraska, the 1959 Relays Queen, addresses the crowd.

A leg of a relay waiting for the baton, competitors include the University of Illinois and Arizona State University.

Racing shoes and starting blocks next to a University of Texas bag.

Bill Nieder (in white, hands on hips), and Parry O'Brien (signing autographs) were shot putters whose competition in 1960 Relays was one of the highlights. Prior to the Relays they were supposedly feuding. Nieder won the 1960 shot put with a toss of…

Bill Nieder gets ready to compete in the shot put. He won in 1960 with a distance of 63'11.5", a new Drake Relays record.

Chuck Hoyt is inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame. Hoyt was a sprinter who ran in the Relays from 1913-1917 for Greenfield High School and Grinnell College. His specialty was the 220 Yard Dash. Relays Queen Jan Stewart is in the background.

Dave Odegard of Minnesota (in orange) wins the 120 yard high hurdles with a time of 13.9.