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Van Nelson of St. Cloud shows off his watch. Nelson was the first athlete to win two different events three consecutive years at the Drake Relays. He won the Six-Mile Run in 1967, 1966, and in 1968 he set a new Drake Relays record with a time of…

Van Nelson running in a track event. Nelson was the first athlete to win two different events for three consecutive years at the Drake Relays. He won the Three-Mile Run in 1966 (13:29.2), 1967 (13:21.3), and 1968 (3:17.4). He also won the Six-Mile…

In 1961 Wilma Rudolph won the 100-Yard Dash with at time of :11.1. She was first woman to win a Drake Relays event. Rudolph also won a bronze medal for the 4x4 in the 1956 Olympics and three gold medals for the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter…

A sign reminding athletes to use the correct size spikes on the new tartan track. In 1969, Drake debuted one of the first tartan track surfaces in the nation.

Runners start at the first marathon held at the Drake Relays. Jay Dirksen won the marathon with a time of 2:35.15.5.

Dick Fosbury poses for a picture. Fosbury invented the technique called the "Fosbury Flop," where jumpers clear the jump backwards, giving them more height. Fosbury was a 1968 Olympic gold medalist and set the U.S. and Olympic record of 2.24 meters.…

A crowd forms to watch Dick Fosbury and his unique jumping style. He won the 1969 High Jump with a height of 7-0, a Drake Relays record. Fosbury invented a technique called the "Fosbury Flop," where the athlete jumps backward over the bar, as is…

Dick Fosbury goes over the bar to capture a victory at the Drake Relays. Dick Fosbury's unique style, the famous "Fosbury Flop", changed the high jump event. Fosbury was the 1968 Olympic gold medalist, and set the U.S. and Olympic record of 2.24…

Dick Fosbury prepares to compete in the High Jump. Fosbury was the Drake Relays Champion in the event for 1969. Dick Fosbury's unique style, the famous "Fosbury Flop", changed the high jump event. Fosbury was the 1968 Olympic gold medalist, and set…

Dick Fosbury goes over the bar to capture a victory at the Drake Relays. Dick Fosbury's unique style, the famous "Fosbury Flop", changed the high jump event. Fosbury was the 1968 Olympic gold medalist, and set the U.S. and Olympic record of 2.24…