After a record-breaking high school career in Fort Worth, Earl Meadows continued his achievements in the pole vault at the University of Southern California. In the 1936 Olympics, Meadows set a record of 14 feet, 3 inches during a 10-hour pole-vault marathon that ended long after other track and field events had concluded. In pursuit of setting higher records, Meadows and one of his teammates, Bill Sefton, became avid competitors. At the 1937 Pacific Coast Association meet in the Los Angeles Coliseum, Meadows and Sefton achieved their goal by setting world-record identical vaults of 14 feet, 11 inches. Meadows was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1963.