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1917-1918 Men's Track Season
Back Row: Glen Allen, Franklin Pinkerton, Head Coach Earl Jackson, Alfred Johnson, Samuel Goldman, Sidney Richards, William Helson, Paul Hartig, Roy Johnson. Front Row: David Sperling, Paul Wilken, Harry Glotter, Clarence Erickson, Walter Naused.

The Polars ran two track seasons for the 1917-1918 season.  The first was the Indoor meet and the second was the outdoor meet.  The first dual indoor meet of the year pitted the Polars against East. The Polars easily won 82-22.  William Smock accounted for 23 of the Polars 82 points.  William Nelson, Walter Naused, Bennie Rivkin and Paul Hartig also added valuable point to the Polar total.


North moved on to compete against West.  West won the meet by 10 points with the high hurdles being the deciding factor.  The race was run twice.  The first time North finished in the top two places.  In the re-run, A West runner edged William Smock and William Nelson.  Paul Wilken ran a fabulous race in the mile but was edged out by a West runner in the final feet.


The Polars then ran against Central.  Central came with a well-balanced team and soundly defeated North.  William Nelson was the only Polar to win an event, winning the shot put.


North ran against Central in their next meet as well, however this Central was from Saint Paul. 

Runner Leo Levitt
William Nelson set a meet record with a 38’1½” toss of the shot put.  Walter Naused broke the quarter mile record when he won in a time of 58.45 seconds.  The Polars won the meet 62-42.


The Polar participated in the North-Minneapolis Central-West triangular at Central.  North finished in last place scoring 29 points.  William Nelson led the Polars placing first in the shot put and high jump. (He tied for first in the high jump.)   Paul Wilken again ran a strong mile but lost again at the tape. 


North, Central and East participated in another triangular meet.  North finished second to Central, with East pulling up the rear.  William Smock scored 19 points for the Polars, winning both the hurdles and high jump.  Walter Naused ran fast races in both the quarter mile and half mile, winning both.  Clarence Erickson, running the mile for the first time, won the event.


The Outdoor season season began on May 3 with a dual meet against West.  This was followed by a dual meet against South on May 10, City Meet on May 18, Carlton Twin City Meet on May 25 and the Northwestern Meet on June 1.  There are not results for these events at this time.