Nurmi, center, crosses the finish line after his race against eight runners from the Sherman School’s track team, named the Indians. Some of the 45,000 spectators can be seen in the stands in the background.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum track spans the width of the bottom edge as it stretches back on an angle to the left. In the mid-ground, S.C. and Stanford sprinters race towards the camera as they approach the finish line. At center, an S.C. runner crosses the finish line first. He runs with his arms stretched out wide as his chest meets the tape. Two more S.C. Trojans follow behind him at left and 2 Stanford sprinters chase him at right. Along the right edge, several meet officials stand on a stepped riser on the inside of the track. In the distance, meet participants mill about the playing field and the stadium's stands stretch across the background.
At center, Lee Barnes, a U.S.C. vaulter, is captured falling through the air after he crosses over the bar during a record-setting vault attempt. His body is angled towards camera and facing the ground. He stretches an arm over his head as he passes behind the bar. In front of him, the bar stands at center. On the ground, another athlete stands near the left edge and watches Barnes' jump. Another man stands with his back to camera at center. In the distance, the field stretches back towards the stadium's seats, which line the background.
Elmer Boyden's (University of California at Berkeley track team member) wins a half-mile race with Percy Niersbach (University of Southern California track team member) coming up on the right, in the Coliseum, with track officials watching.