The 1970's...


The 70’s …


Honorary Meet Director…


Honorary Meet Director…

‘Teacher, competitor, administrator, coach’, isn’t the beginning of a nursery rhyme, it’s a brief outline of the 1970 Honorary Meet Director’s contribution to Track and Field. Bob Adams has carried his personal interest in track and field competition into all aspects of the sport.

Bob competed internationally for Canada at the Olympics in Helsinki in 1952 (decathlon), and at the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver in 1954 (pole vault and high jump). He coached Canada’s team at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958 and at the Olympics in Tokyo in 1964. He set a Canadian decathlon record in 1952 which remained on the books for the next ten years.

Along with participation at the international level, Bob coached many provincial champions at Nutana and Aden Bowman Collegiates where he served as a physical education teacher until being promoted to his present position of Co-ordinator of Physical Education and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Some-how he found time to coach or serve as a director of the Saskatoon Track Club since its inception in 1948. He was the, almost perpetual, chairman of Track and Field for the Saskatchewan Branch of the A.A.U. of C. until relieved of this post to serve as the President of the Saskatchewan Branch, and as a Director of the Canadian Track and Field Association.

Seldom has anyone devoted more of his time and energies to the development of track and field. We especially welcome Bob Adams as a most deserving Honorary Meet Director for the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Indoor Games, 1970.


The Brill Bend…


Debbie Brill of Haney, B.C. is the brightest star in Canada’s track and field galaxy. And she is dominating her event like no other North American woman has.

Debbie became the first North American woman to jump six feet at the Toronto Telegram Indoor Games on Feb. 5, 1970. She cleared six feet, one-quarter of an inch at Modestro, California, on May 23, and she did six feet again at Ottawa on July 5.

She won the gold medal at the British Commonwealth Games at five feet, 11 inches, and her next aims are medals at the 1971 Pan-American Games and 1972 Olympics.


One Of The Best…


Bruce Pirnie’s shot-put performance of 58 feet 10 and ½ inches at last years K. of C. Games won him the Dr. J. W. T. Spinks medal as the outstanding Saskatchewan athlete of the meet. Bruce has been Saskatchewan’s male track and field athlete of the year for the last two years.

At Fresno, California in May Bruce threw over 60 feet for the first time with a 60 feet 11 inche toss, he had two warm-up throws in the neighborhood of 62 feet 6 inches. He won the Pan-Am trials meet at 61 feet 8 inches, a personal best. The 61 feet 8 inch throw earned Bruce top ranking in Canada and a place on two international teams.

The first as a member of the world All-Stars to compete against the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. at Berkeley. The second in Italy in the Canada-Italy dual. Bruce was elected captain of the Canadian team, significantly while on his second Canadian International Squad. It says a lot for the quality of the 6 foot 7 inch 300 pounder.




Testimonial Dinner…


Testimonial Dinner to Honour…

Saskatoon Track and Field Club Diane was selected for her first Canadian Team in 1967 at age 16 and has represented Canada internationally every year since. Diane started as a high jumper but in 1969 she began to concentrate on the pentathalon and won the Canadian Championship in that event. Pentathalon has been Diane’s best event ever since except for the summer of 1971 when injury forced her to concentrate on shot put. She won the Canadian shot put Championship that year.

In 1972 Diane trained harder than ever before and was rewarded with her best season ever. She significantly improved four of her five pentathalon events. Her consistency and ability to put together good performances gave Diane an excellent competitive record. She defeated all the top North American pentathaletes and was undefeated in this event up to the Olympics where she placed tenth. She bettered the Olympic qualifying standard four times in pentathalon and once in high jump.

Diane was at her best in major meets. Four of her best scores came in winning: the California State Championship; both Dual meets vs the USA; and the Canadian Championship. Her best performance came in Munich where she scored 4349 to place tenth.

In Munich, after losing valuable points when she hit a hurdle so hard in the first event that stitches were required to close the cut, Diane fought back with a personal best in the shot put and consistent performance in high jump, long jump and the 200 meters to finish a very respectable tenth. Diane showed great courage in coming back after near disaster with a personal best performance.

The citizens of Saskatoon are proud of this young lady. We honor her for an outstanding athletic career and wish her success in her future endeavours.



Testimonial Dinner…


Testimonial Dinner To Honour…

Grant McLaren, to be honored in 1973, is the kind of athlete who is welcomed to the K of C Games with open arms. His competitive spirit is top-notch, and he has put his name on the lists of champions in three places, beginning in 1969. Every time he enters a race he puts forth top effort, and is always a contender.

McLaren’s answer to our 1973 invitation was the first one returned and his comment was typical, “Sure, I’ll come! I want to defend my championship!” As the 1972 winner at 2 miles, Grant was continuing a string of victories against international competition, and we wish him continuing success.


Women’s 200 Meters…

(Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Councils)


Invitational Women’s 200 Meters…

  • JOANNE MCTAGGART — University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Strong comeback after injury in 1973. Outdoors she ran 200 m in 23.6 seconds, second fastest for any Canadian ever.
  • ROSE ALWOOD – Sports International, Washington, D.C. From Jamaica. Was 200 m Olympic finalist in Munich, at 23.1. A veteran who will provide a real challenge.
  • LINDA BROWNE – Calgary Spartans. Second in 200 m Canadian Junior Championships. On winning relay team in same meet. Equalled 5th ranked Canadian Indoors 200 m.
  • ALICE ANNUM – Ghana, Sports International, Washington, D.C. In Munich Olympics she came 4th in 100m. Won bronze at 200 m in Commonwealth Games.



Honorary Meet Director…


Honorary Meet Director…

Once again the Meet Directors have chosen an especially deserving person to receive this honor. Lyle Sanderson was a member of the Games executive in 1965 (our 1st year), and he has guided the work of the Invitations Committee “behind-the-scenes” ever since.

Mr. Sanderson graduated from the Piapot schools to take his Grade 12 and freshman university classes at Luther College in Regina. Here, track coach Don Vinge did much to draw Lyle into track, both as a runner and as an organizer. When Lyle moved to Saskatoon, for completion of his varsity studies, he came under the strong influence of Dr. Dick DuWors who drew him into some coaching work. As a competitor, Lyle is proud that he won the Western Canada 1500 m. championship in 1960.

In 1965, after one year of teaching at City Park Collegiate, Lyle joined the university staff, where he began to build up the college track club that had been started by DuWors. At that time, the club practices (winter – indoors) received gym time from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. — a factor in keeping membership down to about 15. Since 1968, the club rosters have regularly included 50-60 names – good evidence of Lyle’s fine coaching.

Lyle gives much credit for the increase of activity to the establishment of several indoor meets — the K. of C. Games in Saskatoon, and other meets in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Under his leadership, the U. of S. clubs have won Western Canada Club championships eight times since 1968, men – 5 times, women – 3 times. Lyle’s reputation in coaching has spread across Canada. Since 1967, when he coached a provincial team, he has provided coaching and management services to Canadian national teams at least seven times. This involvement has taken him to Holland, South Africa, Moscow, Oregon and to many cities in Canada.

Throughout these years, Mr. Sanderson has given active support to the Saskatchewan T. & F. Association, and he has served on several committees of the Canadian T. & F. Association.

The numbers and excellence of track and field athletes who have worn the “green and white” under Lyle’s coaching, bear ample proof of his fine work. The K. of C. Games committee is sure that all Saskatoon fans join them in offering congratulations and good wishes to Mr. Sanderson.


Women’s 1500 Meters…

(Sponsored by Patrick Pipeline LTD)




  • FRANCIE (LARRIEU) LUTZ – Pacific Coast Club. World outdoor record holder in 1500 m. and 1 mile. Always a strong competitor, she will try to win this championship for the third time, U.S.A. Olympic team.
  • KIM JEFFERY –  Calgary Spartans. A young Canadian junior champion moving to top competition
  • WENDY KNUDSON – Colorado State U. Returning for second time, favoring 800 m. but capable in 1500 m.
  • KATHY WESTON – U.C.L.A. Another U.S.A. Olympic team member who favors 800 m., but will be stong in 1500 m. too.
  • CATHY HOMER – Calgary Spartans T.C. Won the college and open event here in 1975. Has just completed a strong cross-country season and seems ready for greater things. She’ll meet a strong field in this race!


Standing Ovation…


Standing Ovation For Fourth Place…

Bob Adams, Hugh Tait and other real old-timers in local track and field history can easily remember our dreams of getting some high jumper to clear six feet! Over many years, only some half-dozen were able to surpass what seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle!

Now, many young jumpers are clearing the six foot mark! That makes old timers look a bit bad, – but now, on top of that, along comes Arnie Boldt, a Saskatoon young man who clears 6 feet regularly – ON ONE LEG. Old Timers have to squirm a bit, – but they’ll recall two things: — the high jumper used to be required to get at least one foot across the bar before the head, — and they had to make a “soft” landing in a sand pit rather than on two feet of sponge rubber!

However, this does not detract from the achievements of Arnie Boldt, a keen competitor whose efforts thrilled the spectators at the 1976 K. of C. Meet. It was in

ARNIE BOLDT, SASKATOON the regular Senior Men’s High Jump that all eyes watched his every attempt. He never missed a jump until 1.93 meters (6 feet 4 inches). When he missed his 3rd successive jump, he was ranked fourth, – and the fans rose to their feet in a spontaneous show of appreciation.

It was when Arnie was three years old, a young farm boy being raised a few miles north of Saskatoon, that an accident with a grain auger took one of his legs! Through the following years, Arnie developed a strong desire to be independent, and he wanted to take part in sports. He still plays volleyball, curling and softball.

Then in August 1976, in Toronto, in the World Olympics for the Handicapped, Arnie Boldt’s name reached the head-lines. One the first day of the meet, he leaped 2.96 meters (9’812″) to win the long jump gold medal. On the second day, under a bit of rain, he won his second gold medal in the high jump. As the bar kept going up higher and higher, people stopped other events and gathered round to see this new feat! Arnie had hoped, before the event started, that he would be able to jump his own height, 6 feet 1 inch. When the smoke (rain) cleared, the new record stood at 1.86 meters (6 feet 1/4 inch) and everyone was ecstatic!

Last fall Arnie entered university in Saskatoon and, naturally, began working out with the track club under head coach Lyle Sanderson. He is looking forward to his second entry into the K. of C. Indoor Games, this time wearing U. of S. colors.

Saskatoon fans and meet organizers are pleased that Arnie did enter our 1976 meet and are more pleased to hear that he is coming again. His presence, his performance which shows such tremendous perseverance, his good sportsmanship, are all an inspiration to us all.

We wish you well Arnie Boldt!


Men’s 4 X 400 Relay…

(Sponsored by the City of Saskatoon)


“The Mayor’s Relay”


  • 1965 East York Club (Crothers, McLure, Shepherd, Bereton) .. (Time not recorded)
  • 1966 Southern U., Louisiana – 3:21.0
  • 1967 (No Event)
  • 1968 (No Event)
  • 1969 Canadian All-Stars – 3:22.0
  • 1970 Pacific Coast Club (Von Ruden, Mason, Kaal, Ebell) – 3:24.1
  • 1971 Philadelphia Pioneers (Joseph, Collins, Burnett, Roberts) – 3:23.4
  • 1972 Philadelphia Pioneers (Mills, Burnett, Roberts, Crockett) – 3:23.3
  • 1973 Prairie Golden Canadians (Jackson, Tarasoff, Konihowski, Makolosky) – 3:20.0
  • 1974 Prairie Golden Canadians (Makolosky, Jackson, Cookshaw, Bell) – 3:23.1
  • 1975 Florida Track Club (Vinson, Dyce, Redd, Brown) – 3:17.6
  • 1976 Washington D.C. Striders (Walker, Tarber, Sowerby, Vinson) – 3:16.2
  • 1977 Washington D.C. Striders (Newman, Peoples, Musgrove, Sowerby) – MR 3:15.0


  • D.C. INTERNATIONAL: With Fred Sowerby’s enthusiasm, this team may even improve on our meet record. Runners are: Sowerby, Maurice Peoples, Kevin Price, Cliff Wiley, Richard Massey.
  • MACCABI T.C.: This club wants a championship badly, and their team will be strong, and includes: Benny Myles, Sam Turner, James McCraney and another runner to be decided later.
  • EDMONTON OLYMPIC CLUB: Will provide a strong and experienced team including lan Newhouse, Frank Van Doorn, Jim Kellner and Ron Jackson.


Participaction Relays…

Elementary Schools (8 x 1 Laps)

“The Mayor’s Relay”

In 1973 PARTICIPaction SASKATOON brought new emphasis to the involvement of more people in sports. Schools were invited to enter a second set of relays with teams of 8 runners each. Over 50 teams (over 400 runners) entered the action.

One of the major purposes of the Knights of Columbus Saskatchewan Indoor Games has thus been expanded – namely – to involve our local youngsters on the same track with recognized international stars.


  • 1973: BOYS – St. Frances – 2:23.1; GIRLS – Cardinal Leger – 2:31.1
  • 1974: BOYS – St. Frances – 2:17.5 (MR); GIRLS – Lorne Haselton – 2:26.
  • 1975: BOYS – Prince Philip – 2:22.2; GIRLS – Holy Cross 2:32.
  • 1976: BOYS – Prince Philip – 2:19.7; GIRLS – Lorne Haselton – 2:27.
  • 1977: BOYS – Churchill — 2:23.7; GIRLS – St. Matthew – 2:27.
  • 1978: BOYS – Caroline Robins – 2:19.2; GIRLS – John Lake – 2:36.1

1978 EVENT…

Seventy-seven Participaction relay teams saw action in 1978. Just over 600 students from local Elementary schools shared in the fun and challenge of racing. A lot of hard practice was done, as evidence by good “exchange” shown in our photo.

To move through heats and semi-finals into the finals, teams had to win each race they ran… a tough job! The finalists are given below in their order of finishing:

  • Girls under 13- College Park, Caroline Robins, Prince Phili
  • Girls under 15 – John Lake, Caroline Robins, St. Matthew, St. Edward Roland Michene
  • Boys under 13 – St. Matthew, Prince Philip, College Park
  • Boys under 15 – Caroline Robins, College Park, St. Thomas, Churchill St. Matthew

While we honor the winners, a proper reward, we must not forget to appreciate the enthusiasm, team spirit and great effort by those who did not win! Keep on “participacting”!