Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In the early days of track and field competition some of the American teachers who had been assigned to the Philippine Public Schools were former college athletes and those who were proficient in their specialized eventes competed in the open championships. These, and others who were enthusiastic followers of sport, trained and developed many of the Filipino track and field athletes. L.D. Hinman, former University of Illinois miler and coach of the Cebu High School, competed in the mile run in the 1911 open championships; C.E. Lucas, principal of Malolos High School of Bulacan, and Walker, a teacher of the Bureau of Education, in the 120-yard high hurdles in 1911 and 1918 respectively. Copeland, also of the Bureau of Education, in the running broad jump in 1917; and I. Cohen, coah of the Manila High School, in the penthlon in 1914. Water Buckish, principal of Bacolod High School and later Director of Private School, George Summers, Assistant Director of Education, and L.D. Hinman, were responsible for having developed many of the outstanding Filipino track athletes in the early days.