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Wyomia Tyus track photo by Don Sparks

Wyomia Tyus, the first person to repeat their Olympic Gold medal performance in the 100m ('64 and '68). She is one of 5 women Don photographed who participated in the Tennessee State Tigerbelles track program under Ed Temple (Wilma Rudolph, Madeline Manning, Eleanor Montgomery and Willye White)

Hal Higdon track photo by Don Sparks

Author and world record Masters runner Hal Higdon. Don shot for several Higdon articles, including the basketball book "Find The Key Man"

Bob Hayes track photo by Don Sparks

Don's JET cover photo of Bob Hayes. Photo was taken at the Drake Relays in 1962

Doris Brown - Madeline Manning track photo by Don Sparks

Doris Brown and Madeline Manning, teammates in the 800m at the Pan American Games in 1967. Manning is the only US woman to win a Gold at 800m in the Olympics. Brown was the first woman to break the 5 minute mile barrier indoors

Bob Beamon track photo by Don Sparks

Long jumper Bob Beamon at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg in 1967, a year before his historic leap at the Mexico City Olympics

Eleanor Montgomery track photo by Don Sparks

High jumper Eleanor Montgomery at the 1967 Pan Am Games. She participated in 2 Olympics. She was one of the Tigerbelles in the Tennessee State program

Frank Shorter XC photo by Don Sparks

Frank Shorter on his way to winning the National AAU Cross Country championship for the Florida Track Club on Nov 28, 1970 in Washington Park, Chicago

Wyomia Tyus - Barbara Ferrell track photo by Don Sparks

Wyomia Tyus and Barbara Ferrell on the medal stand in Winnipeg. Don took the entire family to Canada for the 1967 Pan American Games

Lee Evans track photo by Don Sparks

2x Olympic Gold medalist Lee Evans at the Pan Am Games in 1967

Frank Shorter - Jack Bacheler XC photo by Don Sparks

Florida Track Club teammates Frank Shorter and Jack Bacheler in Washington Park

Willye White track photo by Don Sparks

Long jumper and sprinter Willye White was the first 5-time Olympian (1956-72). At 16, she won a silver medal at the Olympics in the long jump, and later she won another silver for the 400m relay including Wyomia Tyus. She was one of the Tigerbelles on the Tennessee State program. Moving to Chicago in 1960, she was very active coaching, and founded the Willye White Foundation to help children

Wyomia Tyus track photo by Don Sparks

Wyomia Tyus in Winnipeg

Ted Haydon track photo by Don Sparks

Ted Haydon was the Univ of Chicago track coach, founder of the UCTC Track Club, and coached on 2 Olympic teams. He coached Rick Wohlhuter, Willye White, Al Carius and others. At least one Haydon-coached athlete made every U.S. Olympic Team from 1956-84. Behind him is Ted Wheeler, Evanston native, who was an All-American at Iowa, ran in the 1956 Olympics and later was head coach of men's cross country and track at Iowa

Ralph Boston track photo by Don Sparks

Ralph Boston in Winnipeg in 1967. He was the first to long jump 27 feet, breaking Jesse Owens record. He coached Bob Beamon on his historic 29' jump in 1968, after Beamon had fouled on his first 2 attempts. Boston finished 3rd that year, after winning Gold in 1960 and Silver in 1964

Tom O'Hara XC photo by Don Sparks

USTFF XC race in Chicago with Tom O'Hara

Jim Beatty track photo by Don Sparks

Jim Beatty was the first to run a sub 4 minute mile indoors, in 1962. Don shot this race at the Chicago Daily News Relays, an annual event held at Chicago Stadium from the mid-30's to the mid-60's

1970 NAAU XC photo by Don Sparks

National AAU cross country race in Washington Park, Chicago including Frank Shorter and Jack Bacheler. Shorter won nationals 4 straight years, 1970-73

Wilma Rudolph track photo by Don Sparks

Wilma Rudolph at a meet in Gary, IN, in the fall of 1960 following the Rome Olympic Games, where she was the first woman to win 3 Gold medals. She was one of the Tigerbelles on the Tennessee State program

John Carlos - Jerry Bright track photo by Don Sparks

John Carlos and Jerry Bright after finishing 1-2 in the 200m in Winnipeg

Madeline Manning track photo by Don Sparks

Madeline Manning was a member of the famed Tigerbelles at Tennessee State. She won the Gold medal at 800m here at the PanAm Games, and in 1968 she won Gold at the Olympics, making her the only American woman to win this event

Bob Hayes track photo by Don Sparks

"Bullet" Bob Hayes was once considered the 'world's fastest human' by virtue of his world records in the 60y, 100y, 220y and 100m dashes. He won 2 Gold medals in the 1964 Olympics. He is the only person to win an Olympic Gold medal and a Super Bowl ring

Rick Wohlhuter track photo by Don Sparks

Rick Wohlhuter, a local from St Charles, IL, was #1 in the world in 800m for 2 years, and held a world record in the 880y run and the 1000m run. He was a member of the University of Chicago Track Club (UCTC)

Ralph Boston - Eleanor Montgomery track photo by Don Sparks

Eleanor Montgomery and Ralph Boston at the 1967 Pan Am Games

Eleanor Montgomery track photo by Don Sparks

Eleanor Montgomery

Willie Davenport track photo by Don Sparks

Willie Davenport won 2 Olympic medals, including Gold in the 110m hurdles in 1968. Participating in the bobsled in 1980, he was the first Black to compete in the Winter Olympics for the US

Frank Shorter track photo by Don Sparks

Frank Shorter won 2 Olympic medals in the marathon, including the 1972 event in Munich, his birthplace

Willie Davenport track photo by Don Sparks

Willie Davenport

Bob Beamon track photo by Don Sparks

Bob Beamon in action in Winnipeg. The following year, at the 1968 Olympics, Beamon set the world record in the long jump by nearly 2 ft, which stood for 23 years

Jack Bacheler track photo by Don Sparks

Jack Bacheler was a member of the Florida Track Club with Frank Shorter, and a 2x Olympian

Wyomia Tyus - Barbara Ferrell track photo by Don Sparks

Tyus and Ferrell after finishing 1-2 in the 200m at the Pan Am Games

John Carlos track photo by Don Sparks

John Carlos on the medal stand at the 1967 Pan Am Games after winning the 200m race. A world record holder in the 100 and 200m, he and Tommie Smith performed the famous black power salute on the Olympic podium at the 1968 Olympics

Rick Wohlhuter track photo by Don Sparks

Rick Wohlhuter at Stagg Field at the University of Chicago

Hal Higdon track photo by Don Sparks

University of Chicago Track Club (UCTC) runners, including Hal Higdon (leading) and Zeus Preckwinkle, during a lakefront race in Chicago

Lee Evans track photo by Don Sparks

Lee Evans was a world record holder and Olympic champion in the 400m in 1968. He was also one of the leaders of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, which orchestrated the protests at the 1968 Olympic Games

Janet MacFarlane track photo by Don Sparks

Janet MacFarlane at the 1967 Pan Am Games

Washington Park XC photo by Don Sparks

Cross country race in Washington Park

Wilma Rudolph track photo by Don Sparks

Wilma Rudolph was another of the great women athletes to come out of the Tennessee State Tigerbelles program

UC Bartlett track photo by Don Sparks

Race indoors at the Univ of Chicago Bartlett Fieldhouse

Lee Evans - Vince Matthews track photo by Don Sparks

Lee Evans edging out Vince Mathews in the 400m at the Pan Am Games

Tom Sullivan track photo by Don Sparks

Tom Sullivan (center) at a race in the Univ of Chicago fieldhouse. Sullivan held the national high school record in the mile for a time

Harry Jerome track photo by Don Sparks

Canada's Harry Jerome (center) winning the 100m at the Pan Am Games. Jerome medaled in the 100m at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and set 7 world records during the course of his career

PanAm 1967 5000m track photo by Don Sparks

Lou Scott leading the 5000m race at the Pan Am Games. Van Nelson (#278) won with Scott getting the Silver. Nelson also won the 10,000m race

Mamie Rallins track photo by Don Sparks

Chicago native Mamie Rallins started running for the Mayor Daley Youth Foundation. She ran hurdles at Tennessee State under Ed Temple. She missed the finals in the 1972 Olympic Games by .001 seconds. She went on to coach many U.S. Olympic athletes. Rallins was also the Head Coach at Ohio State University for Women's T&F and Cross Country team for 18 years. She was the first Black woman to ever coach at Ohio State University

Bob Hayes track photo by Don Sparks

Hayes finishing ahead of Roger Sayles in a semi-final heat of the 100m at the Drake Relays in 1962

Tom O'Hara track photo by Don Sparks

Tom O'Hara on his way to record indoor mile at the Chicago Daily News Relays in 1964

Craig Virgin XC photo by Don Sparks

Craig Virgin at cross country race in Washington Park, Chicago

Don Sparks Photography