Eddie Southern

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Eddie Southern
Eddie Southern 1958.jpg
Southern in 1958
Personal information
Birth name Silas Edward Southern
Nickname(s) Fast Eddie
Born (1938-01-04) January 4, 1938 (age 80)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.[1]
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0.5 in (1.842 m)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg)
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Sprint, hurdles
College team Texas Longhorns
Coached by Clyde Littlefield
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 yd – 9.5 (1958)
220 yd – 20.5 (1958)
400 m – 45.5 (1958)
110 mH – 14.1 (1957)
400 mH – 49.7 (1956)[1][2]

Silas Edward "Eddie" Southern (born January 4, 1938) is a retired American sprinter and hurdler who won a silver medal in the 400 metres hurdles at 1956 Olympics. He won another silver medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 1959 Pan American Games.

Early life[edit]

Southern is a 1955 graduate of Dallas' Sunset High School, where he won four individual State Championships and set two State and National High School Records, was an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 meter hurdles, as well as sprints and relays. He was clocked at 20.7 seconds in the 220-yard dash, best ever by a high-school student in Texas or any other state. Then he turned right around and broke the state and national records in the 440-yard event with a time of 47.2 seconds.[3]

College[edit]

Southern went on to compete in track & field at the University of Texas, where he was 1959 NCAA 440 yard champion and a member of World Record 440 and 880 yard relay teams. Running for Clyde Littlefield at the University of Texas, Southern led the Longhorns to Southwest Conference titles from 1957–59. Individually, he earned three straight 440-yard SWC championships in 1957, 1958, 1959 and the 1959 NCAA quarter-mile title. Southern ran the anchor for the world-record 440 and 880-yard relays while at University of Texas.

International career[edit]

Southern competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in the 400 meter hurdles where he won the silver medal. As an 18 year old, Southern as a Texas youth set the Olympic Record in the 400 metres hurdles (50.1 seconds) in the semifinals in 1956 at Melbourne on his way to taking second to Glenn Davis (athlete). Southern won another silver medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 1959 Pan American Games.[1]

Honors[edit]

In 1956, Southern was inducted into the Friar Society, The oldest honor society at The University of Texas, whom recognizes students who made significant contributions to The University of Texas. The Friar Society's purpose is "to associate together leading members of the senior or graduate classes for mutual benefit and cooperation, and to promote the best interests of the University and the student body."[4][5]

Southern was inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2013),[6] Sunset High School Hall of Fame,[7] and Drake Relays Athletes Hall of Fame.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Eddie Southern". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ Eddie Southern. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ Peeler, Ben (May 11, 1955). "Talking to Myself..." Odessa American. p. 10. 
  4. ^ Friar Society rings in 100 years | UT News. The University of Texas at Austin (April 5, 2011). Retrieved on 2017-08-21.
  5. ^ Texas selects 2010 Men's Hall of Honor class. University of Texas Athletics (September 11, 2010). Retrieved on 2017-08-21.
  6. ^ Inductees – Name, Category, Year. TX TF Hall of Fame. Retrieved on August 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Track & Field – Sunset High School Alumni Association. Sunsetalumni.com. Retrieved on August 21, 2017.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]