Founder's Day Athletic History
In 1935, Sam Allen was featured in this Associated Press illustration on sports pages across the country as “Oklahoma’s Great Hurdler.” He won the 120 hurdles at the Kansas and Texas Relays and at the National Collegiate Meet. In 1936, he set a world record in the indoor 60-yard high hurdles at the Melrose Games in New York. He also won the 120 hurdles at the San Francisco Meet and the Madison Square Garden AAU Meet. He received national attention because of his success and his unique hurdling style of clearing the hurdles with both arms forward instead of the traditional one arm forward and one trailing.