William Nelson “Billy” Queal Sr.

William Nelson “Billy” Queal Sr.

Merced, Merced County, California, USA
Death 8 Jul 1960 (aged 72)
Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Burial Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 139398585 · View Source
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Track and Field Athlete. He was noted as one of the world's greatest runners of his time. He was born in Merced, California and spent his childhood there before traveling to his parents home state of New York. In 1908, at Alexandria Bay, he went into a race to fill out a card and won, which good fortune continued to be his for two years until he lost two races, both through accidents. In 1911 he won a 15 mile championship race, held the world record at the time with Swanberg for the 15 and 20 mile outdoor relay races, 20 and 26 mile races, 384 yards, indoor relay race world's record (with Holmes), as well as one hour running races, defeating the best men. On June 22, 1912, he defeated Woods and Longboat (the Indian) in a five mile race, making a new professional world's record - 24 minutes, 39 and 2/3rd's seconds. Later in his career, he worked as a coach for the Yale track team, Yale University, and also served as a 1st LT in the Air Service during WWI, at which time he became a trainer for the Eighth Regiment during the indoor seasons. During the fall and spring meets, he served as a trainer at Fordham University. He eventually retired to Saint Petersburg, Florida, where he spent the remainder of his life.

Bio by: Stephen D. Solar

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