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6.THE PROGRESS [Scond Sectlon).--Friday, $epFt. 24, 196.5 Athletics is no stranger in the Carroll Club agenda." In the club's early days, Carroll Club men could be found in the CYO athletic scene organizing leagues, introducing new sports, scheduling games, coordinating league play, seeking playing facilities and, yes, even coaching. Many of the prizes sought after by CYO teams were presented by the Carroll Club like the one Dr. Ardon S. Welbel, former club president, is giving to these hvo youngsters from championship squads. Thus a track meet, sponsored by the Carroll Club, was in order. The club's first venture was a small indoor meet in 1960. Though admiHedly a flop, it was a portent of a better one to come. v v v By November of 1964, the first big step of telling the public of the First Annual Seaffle Invitational Indoor Track Meet was underway. The unprecedented sports spectacular, the city's, in fact, the state's first major indoor track program, was the fruit of at least two years of previous research, study and findings. With needed publicity came the sale of tickets. Here Carroll Club members gave their all-out push like (from left) Frank Scoff, Joseph Barreca, Frank Kiefner and Tom Rossi. The one event that changed the sports habit of a metropolis Attracting top-fllght collegiate stars from through- out the counffy, the invitational track meet was the talk of fbe region the eve of the big run. Seattle- Tacoma International Airport was the constant scene of incoming athletes, ferried to Seattle by the club's well-organlzed transportation corps. Welcom- ing the Washington State University team with their coach Jack Mooberry are ifrom left) Ron Mac- Millan and Earl Spangler. This is the unforgeffable and historic scene of the First Annual SeaHle Invitational Indoor Track Meet Saturday, Feb. 6, 1965, in the Seattle Coliseum of the Seattle Center. The spacious facility was the mecca of 10,900 track fans, a sell-out crowd, watching some of the best names in track perform under the auspices of the Carroll Club. Famous like some of the performers is University of Oregon's western-grown wood oval track. Within its perimeter and confines unfolded the track "three-ring circus,  ably put together by meet director and University of Washington track coach Stan Hiserman with the assist of Carroll Club men. From this photo, it could be readily understood why the track meet was a financial success--for the CYO s benefit. Over the top cjo the collegians in the open 60-yard hlgh hurdles. Skimming the hurdles (from left) are Dave Williams, Universiffy  : of Washington; Bill Gaskins, Wasblncjton State University: Theo Viffz, University of Southern California: Bill Bleakney, WSU; and Tom Wyatt, Oregon State University. Bleakney won the finals with the time of 0:07.5. Besicles events for collegians, preliminary races for high school students were also on the docket.