May 16, 1936

A little more than two months before he would win four gold medals and set three world records in the Summer Olympics, Jesse Owens competed in a track meet at Camp Randall Stadium as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes. “The clash was the biggest crowd attraction of any track meet ever held in Camp Randall,” according to the 1937 issue of the Badger Yearbook. An estimated crowd of 6,000 fans watched the meet in the stadium.


Wisconsin State Journal – May 16, 1936


Owens did not disappoint, winning all four events he entered and setting world records in the 100- and 220-yard dashes. He set the records just 30 minutes apart. Neither record would stand, however, due to a strong aiding wind. Owens scored 20 points on the day but it wasn’t enough for Ohio State as Wisconsin won the meet, 66 2/3 to 59 1/3.