1921 – UW Athlete Wins First NCAA Track Meet

On this date UW-Madison athlete Lloyd Wilder became the school’s first champion in the first NCAA track and field meet, held at the University of Chicago. Wilder cleared 12 feet in the pole vault to finish in a four-way tie for first. Tom Jones, who served as track coach at Wisconsin from 1913-48, initiated the first NCAA meet and was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1977. [Source: ]