USC has a glorious track history and one of those who helped create it was sprinter Mel Patton, who won two gold medals at the 1948 London Olympics. He won five NCAA titles, including the 100-yard race three times (1947-49). His 100 time of 9.3 ranks second on USC’s all-time list. And how many USC athletes made the cover of Time and Life magazine?
Patton died May 9 in Fallbrook. He was 89.