Geoff Vanderstock

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Geoff Vanderstock
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Born 8 October 1946
Chicago, Illinois

Geoffrey Peter "Geoff" Vanderstock (born October 8, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois) (also known as Jeff) is an American track and field athlete primarily known for running hurdles. He was once the World Record holder in the 400 metres hurdles. His 48.94 was set at the high altitude United States Olympic Trials (track and field) at Echo Summit, California on September 11, 1968. He was the first man to run the event under 49 seconds. The hand time took .3 off the previous record held by Rex Cawley.[1] A month later at the 1968 Summer Olympics, he finished 4th in a tight race between 2nd place and 4th place, and given a time of 49.06, while watching David Hemery demolish his world record running 48.12.[2] See the Olympic race on YouTube

Early career[edit]

In high school, he finished 4th in the 120 yard high hurdles, running 14.2 at the 1964 CIF California State Meet competing for Pomona Catholic High School which is now split into two schools one known as Damien High School for the boys and Pomona Catholic Girls High School for their female counterparts.[3] At the Golden West Invitational, the equivalent of a National High School Championship meet, he tied for 3rd in 120y HH in 14.2 and was also 3rd in the 180y LH in 19.0.[4] During that season he was also a 6'4" high jumper and pole vaulted 13'6".[2]

He next competed for the Mt. San Antonio College, where he took up the 400 metres hurdles, achieving second at the AAU USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and setting the national junior college record at 51.2. While at Mt. SAC, he also joined future pole vault gold medalist Bob Seagren in setting the national junior college record in the shuttle hurdles relay.[5] He then went to the University of Southern California, finishing third in the 1968 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships[6] and was a two time All-American[7] He was ranked in the top ten American 400 metre hurdlers 5 straight years 1965-1969, including two years, 1966 and 1968 ranked as number one.[8]

He is now a San Fernando Valley real estate broker.[9] He appeared in the 1979 track and field oriented movie Goldengirl,[10] the 1986 movie Tango and Cash and made a couple of appearances in the 1987 FOX comedy TV series Mr. President.[11]

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