Another significant problem that one would think could be solved or at least negotiated previous to the agreement to hold the meet here is that the track has six 48 inch lanes, meaning that only two can qualify from the heats and semis in the 200, 400 and intermediates. (Eight lanes are available on one straight for the 100 and 110 hurdles.) Undoubtedly many of our alert readers have already hit upon the solution: have eight 36 inch lanes for the 200 and 400. Nope, that proposal has been made and has been turned down by AAU officials. (Thus a raison d'etre for the AAU officials has been created.)
The final sees Plummer and Brightwell out early and leading at the halfway mark. On the curve Cassell makes his move and leads into the straight.
|Robbie Brightwell and Ann Packer,|
the future Mrs. Brightwell
On Sunday Groth, John Dunkelberg, Norm Hoffman, Jerry Siebert, Robin Lingle, Lee Martin, Ted Nelson, Fran Smith, Darnell Mitchell and Jim Dupree toe the starting line.
The Brits are good sports, taking over pace setting duties right away. Keeling leads at the 220 with Boulter assuming command at 440 in 58.1. Weisiger takes over on the second lap and leads at the half in 1:59.5. O'Hara follows closely in second then come Boulter, Burleson, Grelle, Camien,Tucker, Ryun and Keeling all tightly bunched.
driving in five runs in an 8-6 Yankee win, but they saw a pretty damn good race.
The steeplechase has everyone of note except the national leader, Vic Zwolak, who ran 8:42 in last week's NCAA meet. As strong as the field is, by the fifth lap it has become a two man race. George Young leads with Jeff Fishback
Billy Hardin recounts some of his career on youtube.com
But, wait a minute, perhaps he is the present of shot putting, for today he thoroughly thumps world record holder Dallas Long to claim his first national championship. For Long, his 63-4¾ is a disappointing effort, but even if Long had thrown a foot and a half further, he would have lost to the youngster's 64-11 PR. Now consider this.
The two places on the US team go to Paul Herman (7794) and Don Jeisy (7768). Just missing are Santa Clara Valley Youth Village teammates Russ Hodge (7729) and Bill Toomey (7620). They, along with