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Lam's Legendary Lap

Updated: Sunday, May 11 2014, 11:42 PM CDT

Frame by frame a projector tells a story. But as we learned in Lampasas, the tale of the tape is sometimes about more than just a flickering film strip.

"It's without a doubt the most exciting race I've ever seen," said Lampasas resident Trent Lancaster.

At the 1976 UIL state track & field meet, Lampasas High could win its first state title with a victory in the mile relay. But when Johnny Jones took the baton on the anchor leg, his Badgers were buried in seventh place. According to Lancaster, whose brother ran on the relay, the Lampasas team was 30 to 40 yards behind the leader when Jones took the baton.

"It was overwhelming," Jones recalled. "I felt like I actually wanted to cry before I got the baton."

But what happened in those next 440 yards not only made Johnny "Lam" Jones a state champ, it turned him into a Texas legend.

"He took off like nothing I've ever seen before," said Ernest Goodwin, who attended the 1976 state meet.

Jones caught and passed every runner in front of him to win the race and the state title.

"It would've been a miracle to win, but miracles do happen," said Goodwin, who owns of The Trading Post in downtown Lampasas. However, unlike the way antiques and collectibles in his store take you back in time, there was not a way to re-live that final lap - not even for Jones himself.

"The race itself became like a fish story, because we didn't have a film of it," Jones admitted.

But thanks to Austin resident Dave Kerr, this fish story is not about the one that got away.

A track aficionado, Dave's father filmed the final leg of that '76 mile relay. It's believed to be the only video evidence in existence of Lam's incredible comeback. Just three and a half years ago, a mutual friend set-up a meeting between Kerr and Jones.

"It was my Dad's dream to one day give that tape to Lam."

And when Johnny finally saw the film of his miracle run, his dreams also came true.

"I immediately picked-up the phone and called my son because he had been hearing about the story his whole life," Jones recalled.

The fame Jones garnered from that last lap in '76 reached far past the small town of Lampasas. Now, nearly 40 years later and with the film to prove it, Lam wants to pass the baton and help others get a leg-up from his miraculous anchor leg.

"That's what we're going to use the video for: to raise money," Jones explained. "We're going to be able to help a lot of families battling childhood cancer."

He has a big heart to go with an equally-large spot in track & field lore. Whether it's those who weren't alive or fans who saw it live, once more folktale than feat - Lam's last lap is now real; thanks to this 38 year old reel.

by Adam Winkler
Lam's Legendary Lap


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Scores & Schedules

September 05, 2015 07:12 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds

MLB

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Friday's Games

N.Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 2

Baltimore 10, Toronto 2

Cleveland 8, Detroit 1

Boston 7, Philadelphia 5

Chicago White Sox 12, Kansas City 1

Houston 8, Minnesota 0

Seattle 11, Oakland 8

L.A. Angels 5, Texas 2

Saturday's Games

Tampa Bay (M.Moore 1-3) at N.Y. Yankees (Eovaldi 14-2), 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore (M.Wright 2-3) at Toronto (Price 13-5), 1:07 p.m.

Philadelphia (Asher 0-1) at Boston (Miley 10-10), 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 12-7) at Detroit (Simon 11-9), 7:08 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 7-10) at Kansas City (D.Duffy 7-6), 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota (E.Santana 3-4) at Houston (McCullers 5-5), 7:10 p.m.

Seattle (F.Hernandez 15-8) at Oakland (Chavez 7-13), 9:05 p.m.

Texas (D.Holland 2-1) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 6-10), 9:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Friday's Games

Chicago Cubs 14, Arizona 5

Washington 5, Atlanta 2, 10 innings

Miami 6, N.Y. Mets 5, 11 innings

Boston 7, Philadelphia 5

Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 3

Colorado 2, San Francisco 1

L.A. Dodgers 8, San Diego 4

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, ppd., rain

Saturday's Games

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 5-8) at Cincinnati (Jo.Lamb 0-3), 1:10 p.m., 1st game

Arizona (Ray 3-10) at Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 17-6), 2:20 p.m.

Philadelphia (Asher 0-1) at Boston (Miley 10-10), 4:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Morton 8-6) at St. Louis (Jai.Garcia 7-4), 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee (Garza 6-14) at Cincinnati (Sampson 2-2), 6:10 p.m., 2nd game

Atlanta (S.Miller 5-12) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 9-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (B.Colon 12-11) at Miami (B.Hand 4-4), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Peavy 4-6) at Colorado (Bettis 6-4), 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (A.Wood 9-9) at San Diego (T.Ross 10-9), 8:40 p.m.

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Friday's Games

( 4) Baylor 56, Southern Methodist 21

( 5) Michigan State 37, Western Michigan 24

(23) Boise State 16 Washington 13

Saturday's Games

( 3) Alabama vs. (20) Wisconsin at Arlington, Texas, 8 p.m.

( 6) Auburn vs. Louisville at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m.

( 7) Oregon vs. Eastern Washington, 8 p.m.

( 8) Southern Cal vs. Arkansas State, 11 p.m.

( 9) Georgia vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Noon

(10) Florida State vs. Texas State, 8 p.m.

(11) Notre Dame vs. Texas, 7:30 p.m.

(12) Clemson vs. Wofford, 12:30 p.m.

(13) UCLA vs. Virginia, 3:30 p.m.

(14) LSU vs. McNeese State, 7:30 p.m.

(15) Arizona State vs. Texas A&M at Houston, 7 p.m.

(17) Mississippi vs. UT-Martin, Noon

(18) Arkansas vs. UTEP, 3:30 p.m.

(19) Oklahoma vs. Akron, 7 p.m.

(21) Stanford at Northwestern, Noon

(24) Missouri vs. Southeast Missouri, 4 p.m.

(25) Tennessee vs. Bowling Green at Nashville, Tenn., 4 p.m.

WNBA

Friday's Games

Connecticut 73, San Antonio 72

Minnesota 81, Indiana 65

Saturday's Games

Phoenix at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

MLS

Friday

No Games Scheduled

Saturday's Games

Orlando City at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Montreal, 8 p.m.

Toronto FC at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Philadelphia at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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