Thursday, February 05, 2009

Over the years Abilene Christian has had great track teams. While I was a student there they had one of their best years. Bobbie Morrow won a gold medal in the 100 yard dash and was considered the world's fastest human being. The boys in old Mabee dorm would gather around the sports page every day and discuss and debate sports.

We loved to talk about the ACC track team but eventually we always got around to talking about Roger Bannister. Roger wasn't a student at ACC he was a 25-year-old British medical student.

Track and field experts had declared that it was impossible for a human being to break the four minute mile barrier. But one day Roger Bannister did it!

Within ten years after Bannister broke the record, 336 more runners also broke it! Think about that. As far back as statisticians kept track and field records--hundreds of years--nobody had done it. What changed? Simple. For all those years the barrier was in the runners' minds. One man proved the experts wrong, and hundreds ran free.


Mevely317 said...

Oh my goodness, you were at ACC?!!? I attended McMurry (Indian Nation) across town, and recall ya'all being our biggest rivals!

A simpler time ... I recall Abilene with such fondness, and some days, with longing.

No, this has nothing to do with track, nor Roger Bannister... tho' I certainly enjoyed pausing to reflect on the enormous power of one's own mind-set.

Have a great new week!