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Herb Carper

Track and Field ∙ Bridgewater

 

 

 

 

Herb Carper is probably the fastest sprinter to come out of Beaver County. On February 28, 1959, while serving in the Army, he broke the world indoor record in the 60 yard dash with a time of six seconds flat. In fact he did it twice in the same day, in the preliminaries and in the final heat. He beat West Germany’s Armin Nary and France’s Jocelyn Delacour on that memorable day. And he tied his own record twice more in the same year. Herb, a native of Bridgewater, was noted for his fast start. He scored over 100 points in each of his three years of track competition at Rochester High, where he graduated in 1954. He won the WPIAL 100 yard dash title and placed third in the state in that event. He also was as three year letterman in football for the Rams and gained a reputation as a fine punter and halfback. At the University of Pittsburgh, Herb was the IC4A 100 yard dash champion in 1956 with a time of 9.4 seconds. Ironically, a blood clot behind a pulled muscle prevented him from qualifying for the 1956 Olympics, and a similar injury did the same in 1960. After his track career Herb resided in Santa Barbara, California, as a rehabilitation counselor for the state.