Walter Walt (Track Star)

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Walter Walt (Track Star) - Greenwood May Retain State Track Honors If...
Greenwood May Retain State Track Honors If Walter Walt And Other Stars Come Around i Whatever chance Greenwood high school has of retaining Mississippi's highest honors on tht cinder track, won in Stark-villc Stark-villc Stark-villc last spring, rests on the nimble legs and fleet feet of Walter Walt, one of the most versatile versatile and popular athletes ever turned out of this city's prep school. The state field meet last year was featured by the lowering of five records all of which were smashed by Greenwood represen tatives. Edwin Bell, tor two vears all-state all-state all-state football end and basketball star now playing for the Millsaps Minors, last spring lowered the 120-yard 120-yard 120-yard high hurdles record to 16 1-5 1-5 1-5 seconds. His team mate, "Slats" Hardin, a freshman, set a new mark in the 220 yard low hurdles, negotiating them in 26 1-5 1-5 1-5 seconds. The boys relay team composed of Walter Walt, Edwin Bell, John Colvard, Johnny Wiggins and Slats Hardin Hardin broke the mile relay run at 3:37. Marion King girl star set two new records, winning in both the broad and high jump, and these performances were sufficient to bring the title to Greenwood. Prospects this year are nearly as bright as in 1927. Edwin Bell and Johnny Wiggins are the only two members of the track team lost by graduation. Wiggins is now a freshman at Georgia Tech. Hardin can be counted on again. Only a sophomore he should improve improve in form and speed alsq. If a man can be developed to skin the high hurdles like Dell and run in the relay, then Greenwood has a splendid chance to retain track and field honors. John Colvard, Colvard, 'Walt and other promising material will form the balance of the squad. The girls' team is practically intact. intact. The relay team lost Ella Lay Turner, but Frances Holmes, Johnny Lary and other promising stars will take her place. Marion King, Kathryn Walton, and Jen; this year, as well as other veterans, veterans, and should be better than ever. good team also won the open doubles tournament. It will be a hard task to develop among Two complete tennis teams will have to be developed among the high school netters. Ella 'Lay Turner and Henrietta Humphries, the pair that brought the stnt WALTER WALT title to Greenwood last year, are both gone. This exceptionally this year's crop of girl athletes a tennis team that can compare with those the Turner-Humphries Turner-Humphries Turner-Humphries combination. Although last year's team wh'ch reached tho semi-finals semi-finals semi-finals graduated, graduated, a number of promising net ters are available this year. Charlie ToUai-d, ToUai-d, ToUai-d, .Jdhn Ashcrnft and Irvin Cowie are favorites to compose the squad this year. Provided the girls can hold up their end of the records again this spring, and enough material is on hand to enable them to do so, and the rest of the squad comes around, Greenwood's chances chances depend on Walter Walt, who will compote in the 100 and 220 yard dashes, as well as relay. Walt, as a senior this year, is only five feet and seven inches tall. His average weight is . 130 pounds. In the state meet he pla- pla- ; ced third in .the 220 and ,did : equally well in the century. He is counted on this year by Coach- Coach- i es John Windham and C. C. Rat- Rat- cliff to take both events, and j run the relay also. Walt is not playing basketball . this year and doesn't play base ball, but is a star on the grid, i He was one of the best broken j field runners in prep football in Mississippi last year, and" was. entitled to a position on the all-1 all-1 all-1 state teams, delta coaches be- be- iievc. Playing in nine games, he, made sensational runs of from 30 to i'5 yards in each contest, get- get- j ting loose as many as five times . in some games. Along with his j natural speed he has the ability , to pivot, side step, straight arm and dodge as well as having a ' quick eye. He hit the line to good advantage also. Trim on uecemoer 5, 1907, Walt is slightly over 20 years old. He is the son of Mrs. Katie Scales and has lived in Greenwood for the past eight years. Aside from track and football, Walt likes horse back riding, and his favorite favorite study is mathematics. Walt will enter Mississippi A. &. M. College this fall, the alumni alumni of the man who developed him into a track star Y7. 0. Spencer, Spencer, Olympic game winner. Walt is pictured above in football

Clipped from The Greenwood Commonwealth18 Jan 1928, WedPage 8

The Greenwood Commonwealth (Greenwood, Mississippi)18 Jan 1928, WedPage 8
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