Full name: Ralph Thomas "Tom" Churchill, Sr.
Height: 6'2" (187 cm)
Weight: 192 lbs (87 kg)
Born: February 26, 1908 in Blair, Oklahoma, United States
Died: April 28, 1963 in Sacramento, California, United States
Affiliations: Oklahoma Sooners, Norman (USA)
Country: United States
Tom Churchill was a tremendous all-around athlete who excelled at Central High School in Oklahoma City where he played football, baseball, basketball, and competed on the swimming and track teams. At the University of Oklahoma, he could not play sports his freshman years, because of the rules at the time, so he boxed for the school and won the Big 8 Conference heavyweight title. He later played football and basketball for the Sooners, making All-American as a junior in basketball, and All-American as a senior in football. He eventually earned 10 varsity letters in four sports (also baseball and track), being named all-conference multiple times, and All-American in two sports. His track career outside of college was short. In 1928 he won the decathlon at the Kansas Relays, after his sophomore year, was third at the Penn Relays, then placed fourth at the US Olympic Trials, and fifth at the Olympic Games. In 1929 he again won the Kansas Relays decathlon and placed second at the Penn Relays. After his 1930 college graduation, he signed a minor league contract to play baseball with the New York Yankees, but played only briefly. In the summer of 1930 he married his college sweetheart, Marie Weeks, a newspaper society editor, in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Personal Best: Decathlon – 7,417.115 (1912B tables)(1928); 6,252 (1985 tables) (1929).
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||Men's Decathlon||United States||USA||5|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||Final Standings||5||7,417.115||6.165|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||100 metres||7T||762.0||683||11.6|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||100 metres||Heat Seven||1||762.0||683||11.6|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||Long jump||22||686.40||657||6.32|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||Shot put||8||694||623||12.28|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||High jump||13T||678||544||1.70|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||400 metres||3T||849.6||710||52.2|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||110 metre hurdles||13T||829||620||16.8|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||Discus throw||5||733.24||628||38.19|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||Pole vault||2T||811||509||3.60|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||Javelin throw||7||723.075||602||50.93|
|1928 Summer||20||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||1,500 metres||12||650.8||589||4:55.0|