Glendale's Frank Wykoff, Frank Albert, Hoover's Jack Davis among CIF's 100 greatest

Wykoff, Albert and Davis among those recognized by the CIF Southern Section for their respective bodies of athletic greatness.

April 16, 2013|By Charles Rich,
  • Frank Wykoff, right, was named to the CIF Southern Section's '100 Athletes for 100 Years' list. Here, Wykoff poses for a photo with his coach for the 1928 Olympics, Norm Hayhurst.
Frank Wykoff, right, was named to the CIF Southern Section's… (File Photo )

With an eye on the future, the CIF Southern Section remembered its past when it unveiled its “100 Athletes for 100 Years” on Saturday at a reception in Los Angeles.

The list featured three former local standouts who helped blaze trails along the Glendale sports landscape.

Frank Wykoff and Frank Albert of Glendale High and Hoover’s Jack Davis, all of whom are deceased, were bestowed with recognition as being among the 100 greatest CIF Southern Section athletes. 

Criteria for receiving the accolade included participation in a CIF Southern Section sport and having success at all levels (high school, collegiate, Olympic and professional ranks).

Wykoff starred at track and field with the Nitros. Albert was a stellar football, basketball and baseball player. Davis shined in track and field.

Wykoff enjoyed a brilliant career at Glendale before graduating in 1928. His best work came in 1928 when he set a world record in the 100-yard dash in 9.4 seconds in an Amateur Athletic Union meet. At Glendale, he captured a combined nine CIF Southern Section and state titles before attending Glendale Community College and USC.


“From what I understand, the entire community rallied around him,” Glendale Athletic Director Pat Lancaster said. “He’s one of the all-time greats who was around during the heyday of Glendale High sports.

“I look at the things he did and I’m in awe of his accomplishments. To be in high school and still qualify for the Olympics is something that’s incredible.”

Wykoff was a member of three world-record setting 400-meter relay teams, anchoring all three teams.

In Olympic competition, he ran the leadoff leg on the 1928 gold medal winning 400-meter relay in the same year he graduated. He anchored the United States to gold medals in 1932 and 1936.

In the 1936 meet, he ran on a team which also featured legend Jesse Owens. Wykoff helped rally the United States to victory over Germany with Adolf Hitler in attendance. The United States clocked 39.8 seconds to win the 1936 gold and set a world record that would last until 1956.

Wykoff twice finished fourth in the 100 meters in the Olympics, as he ran 11.0 in 1928 and 10.6 in 1936. Jesse Owens won the 1936 event in 10.3.

Wykoff died in 1980 at 70.

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