"Where are your Indians?" Bruce demanded.
"I've got enough," Warner replied.
"But, Pop, I've got a team of forty-six," Bruce exclaimed. "It's an eleven-event program. This is a disaster. You haven't got a chance."
The meet was indeed a disaster -- for Bruce: a single competitor won the pole vault, high jump, broad jump, shot put, discus, 120-yard high hurdles, and 220-yard low hurdles, and "slumped" to third in the 100-yard sprint. His name? Jim Thorpe, often named the greatest athlete in sporting history.
[Two of Thorpe's teammates placed first and second in the half-mile, mile, and two-mile events. Another won the quartermile. And the fifth won the high hurdles. Carlisle's margin of victory? 71-41.]
[In a dual track-and-field meet on May 25, 1912, Lafayette Collegehad forty-eight men on its unbeaten squad and Carlisie Indian School (no longer in existence) had six. But one of the six was lim Thorpe, probably the greatest all-around athlete the U.S. has had. He won the high jump, broad jump, shotput, discur, 120-yard high hurdles, and 220-yard low hurdles. He "slumped" to third in the 100-yard dash. His teammates contributed five other victories and Carlisle won, 71 points to 41. *]