John T. Barret in cake race, near the finish, on Grant Field
Barret, John T.
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Georgia Tech Freshman Cross Country, March 8, 1924. Picture of the winner John T. Barret, sophomore, Class of 1926 (later he dropped out of school and did not graduate from Tech until June, 1929.) This is an angle shot of Barret just before entering the cattle chute at which he was first to arrive, followed by Hertwell P. Barton, second, and Ben B. Peacock, third. Barret isn't really conscious. All he knows is he had to win this race no matter what. He had to win a varsity letter because his roommate last year was Walter M. Mitchell, Senior Inspector of Shack No. 1, and Walt had no less than five varsity letters. So Barret felt he had to get at least one letter so Walt wouldn't be ashamed of his former freshman roommate. However a more personal inspiration was his high school girlfriend Martha morrow, who attended Goucher College, at the time, and with whom he corresponded regularly. Her sweet and lovely face with it's beautiful auburn hair, was ever before his eyes all during the race. Here also he had to win for HER, that he might receive the smile of her congratulations; that she might think well of him and remember him even in that crowd of Yankee snakes and lounge lizards in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D. C.