Cinder running surfaces measured in yards and bulky high-jump bars made of steel were part of the high school track and field landscape in the early 1970s.
Yet right around the corner was one innovative concept.
In 1974, Fort Wayne Northrop High School hosted a Tri-States boys meet pitting Indiana’s finest senior athletes against those from Ohio and Michigan.
Our fastest against their fastest. Our strongest going up against theirs. And so on.