My­ton hon­oured in San Jose

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Hu­bert Lawrence Gleaner Writer

OLYMPIAN NEVILLE My­ton was hon­oured by the San Jose State Univer­sity last month as the in­sti­tu­tion in­ducted their 1969 NCAA cham­pion track and field team into its Hall of Fame.

Held in San Jose, the in­duc­tion event re­united the mem­bers of the univer­sity’s only NCAA track and field cham­pion team. My­ton’s 1969 team­mates in­clude Olympic 400 me­tres cham­pion Lee Evans and Olympic 200 me­tres bronze medal win­ner John Car­los.

Car­los was the star of the suc­cess­ful 1969 cham­pi­onship run. A year af­ter los­ing the Olympic 200m to his San Jose State col­league, Tom­mie Smith, and Aus­tralian Peter Nor­man, Car­los won both the 100 and 220 yard dashes. He re­turned to run the fi­nal leg of San Jose’s first­place sprint re­lay team.

Evans, who had set a world record 43.86 sec­onds to win the 1968 Olympics, lost to Cur­tis Mills of Texas A&M Univer­sity in the 440 yards fi­nal.

My­ton had a fine ca­reer at San Jose State. The former Ex­cel­sior High School and Rio Mesa Ju­nior Col­lege star con­tin­ued to dis­tin­guish him­self in the 800m and 1,500m and the 4x400m. Af­ter be­com­ing a school­boy Olympian at Ex­cel­sior in 1964, My­ton won the 800m gold medal at the 1966 Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean Games, helped Ja­maica to a 4x400m bronze in the 1967 Pan-Am Games, and ran at the 1968 Olympics.

Among those at­tend­ing the in­duc­tion event was Una Mor­ris-Chong, My­ton’s Ja­maican team­mate to the 1964 and 1968 Olympics.


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