10 to Remember: No. 2, 3/16/74: McTear outduels Glance in Invitational 100

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 03:15 PM.

Part IX in a series counting down the 10 most memorable performances in the history of Tommy Oliver Stadium

Houston McTear jumped the gun.

The teenaged sprinting sensation from Baker High School was facing a stiff challenge in the Invitational 100-yard dash of the fourth annual North Florida Relays.

Among the field was Harvey Glance from Phenix City, Ala., like McTear a future Olympian. Kaseen Thomas of Mobile Murphy was highly regarded, as was Frank Mordico of Tallahassee Godby.

And McTear had a false start prior to the most historic race in the legacy of county track and field.

“I just knew of the people in the Southeast and what they could run and invited them,” said Garry Terrell, a former SEC 880 champion who took over Bay’s track and field program in 1970. Shortly thereafter, Terrell organized the North Florida Relays to help showcase the sport here.

“Back then the biggest meet was the Kiwanis Invitational in Tallahassee, the Escambia Relays and later on Fort Walton Beach,” Terrell recalled.

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