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Stanford track trio named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team

 

Three of Stanford's greatest athletes -- Bob Mathias, Ben Eastman, and Bud Held -- have been named to the Pac-12 All-Century Men's Track and Field team.

The 52-member squad included two athletes in every event, plus a selection of "wild-card" athletes who weren't among the top two in the panel's voting, but were deemed good enough to be named to the squad.

Stanford's trio combined to break world records eight times and won 11 U.S. championships. In addition, Mathias won two Olympic gold medals in the decathlon.

Mathias, Eastman, and Held all are members of the Stanford Hall of Fame.

Ben Eastman / 400, 800 / 1929-32

* One of three in history to break world records in the 400/440 and 800/880.

* In 1932, set world record of 46.4 at 440 yards, breaking mark by 0.6 seconds.

* Broke 880 world record three times, running 1:51.3, 1:50.9, and 1:49.8.

* 400-meter runner-up at the 1932 Olympic Trials and Olympic Games to Bill Carr.

* Won IC4A 880 crowns in 1931 and 1932.

* Won the 880 at the 1933 AAU Nationals.

* Set world indoor records in the 500 meters (1:02.0) and the 600y dash in 1:09.2.

* Placed fifth at 1936 Olympic Trials after a two-year retirement

* Time Magazine cover subject in 1932.

* Two-time PCC Southern Division champion in the 440.

* His 46.34c from 1932 still ranks No. 7 on Stanford's all-time 400-meter list.

Bud Held / Javelin / 1947-50

* The first American to be truly world-class in the javelin.

* Ranked first in the world in 1951, 1953 and 1955.

* Twice broke world records.

* Broke 80-meter barrier (80.41) with 263-10 in 1953.

* Also had a world mark of 268-2 in 1955

* Won three consecutive NCAA javelin titles, from 1948-50.

* 1952 U.S. Olympian, finishing ninth while competing with an injured shoulder.

* Six-time U.S. national champion (1949, 1951, 1953-55, 1958).

* Pacific Coast Conference champion in 1949 and 1950.

* Personal best was 270-0, in 1956.

* Won the 1955 Pan American Games gold medal.

* He and brother Dick became active in javelin design.

Bob Mathias / Decathlon / 1949-52

* Two-time Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon.

* Twice set world records.

* 1952 world record to win Olympic gold stood as Stanford record for 63 years.

* In football, helped Stanford reach the 1951 Rose Bowl.

* In career, had 11 victories in 11 decathlon competitions.

* Won four U.S. national championships.

* In 1952, placed among NCAA top seven in high hurdles, shot put, and discus.

* Starred as himself in "The Bob Mathias Story."

* 1948 James E. Sullivan Award winner as nation's top amateur athlete.

* 1952 AP Male Athlete of the Year.

* Elected to Congress four times beginning in 1966.

— Stanford Athletics

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