I have felt for years now that track and field athletes don’t seem to be any better now than they were 25 years ago. Or for a trio of former Madera stars, 51 years ago.
The 94th edition of the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High concluded Saturday night and the top marks, especially in the sprints and the horizontal jumps, could have been eclipsed by Coyotes of long ago. Years of technology and advancements in training regimens, nutrition and faster, state-of-the-art tracks like the Mondo surface at Buchanan, have not translated into substantial gains in performance.
Khalid Muhammad of Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks doubled by winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes. While this is impressive in such a track-oriented state like California, his times of 10.52 and 21.15 would not have held up in 1986.
This was the year Madera’s Ronald McCree also won both events. But his time of 10.49 would have blown Muhammad off the track. McCree also captured the 200 meters with a time of 21.14 which would have edged out Muhammad’s time of 21.15...