Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, June 24, 1980, Page 6 and 7, Image 6

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    Hot on the trials
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Photos by Dennis Tachibana
These two entrants in the 400-meter hurdles were no match for
Edwin Moses, who won the event with the best time in the world this
Ten athletes claim Trials crowns, but few records fall
Of the Emerald
No world records have been broken, and
no American records have been set. But a
myriad of personal bests and field records
have emerged after three days of Olympic
Trials competition.
Recognition as the best in the United
States has been awarded to 10 athletes in as
many events, with 31 athletes earning the
spots on the U S. Olympic squad
Monday’s competition was highlighted by
the last day of competition in the decathalon
and final competition in four other events.
Edwin Moses captured the spotlight in the
400 meter hurdles, clocking 47.9 to place first
with the fastest time in the world this year.
Moses holds the world, American and col
legiate records at 47 45.
The hurdler, who broke the field and meet
records he set during the semifinals on Sun
day with the 10th fastest performance ever,
said he went "all out" during the final race.
"I’ve just been working out getting ready for
this meet.”
James Walker ran 49.04 for second in the
event, followed by David Lee and Bart Wil
liams who tied for third at 49.34. All four
athletes met the Olympic qualifying standard
and are eligible to compete — giving the U S.
Olympic Team an unprecedented four-man
squad in the 400-meter hurdles.
The men’s 800 meters, won by Don Paige in
1 44.53, brought the Eugene fans to their feet
as they cheered for David Mack, a University
Mack’s time of 1:46.67 was a personal best,
but was only good enough for sixth in the
tight 800-meter field. James Robinson fin
ished second in 1:45.58 and Randy Wilson
was third in 1:45.82.
The wind and the weather hindered the
competitors in the women's 100 meters. Alice
r --
brown of the Naturite Track Club clocked an
11.32 for first, followed by Brenda Morehead
with 11:43 and Chandra Cheeseborough with
11:45 — both from Tennessee State Univer
After the first 10 meters I thought I was
ahead,” Brown said. "I thought I was ahead
at 50 meters and ran even harder to make
The race was marred when Morehead
apparently suffered a cramp in her left
hamstring at the finish, and by the absense of
Evelyn Ashford, the American record holder
at 10.97.
"If she (Ashford) were here, I couldn’t
afford to make any mistakes,” Brown said
The fact that three other members of the
Naturite team were in the race helped, she
added. "It boosted everybody — our whole
relay team was there ”
Jodi Anderson, Naturite athlete and pen
tathlon champion, finished fourth with 11:52.
The women s high jump was won by Louise
Ritter of Texas Women’s University Track
Club. Ritter collected fewer fouls than Paula
Girven of the University of Maryland to claim
the win, but both women cleared 6-1 'A. Third
place went to Pam Spencer of Naturite at 6
Competition in the decathlon was close
through both days of the event, but Bob
Coffman overtook first-day leader Lee Palles
to win the competition and the title of best
all-around athlete.
Coffman of Houston Athletics finished the
competition with 8,184 points. Palles of Ath
letic Attic was second with 8,159, and Strider
Fred Dixon was third with 8,154.
Dixon, who ran 4:26.63 for a personal
record in the 1,500, said his last decathlon
had its good points. "There were a lot of
disappointments and exciting times during
the two days, but the 1,500 PR (personal
record) really healed any wounds that might
have occureed.
"That's the first time I’ve run the 1,500 all
Dixon has been competing in the decath
alon since 1968
"The competition was tough,” Coffman
said. "I knew I had to go all out if I wanted to
Coffman’s win over Palles was virtually
assured after the sixth event — the discus.
Coffman threw 50.94 for 888 points to Palles
44.12 throw and 765 points. The two athletes
maintained their 1-2 positions throughout the
remaining events.
Monday’s events also included the first
round of the women’s javelin, won by Karin
Smith with a 205-1 throw Patty Kearney and
Sally Harmon, who competed for the Univer
sity, both qualified for today’s finals.
Sunday’s competition included finals in the
triple jump and the men’s 100 meters.
Stanley Floyd, who celebrated his 19th
birthday Monday, won the 100 meters for an
early birthday present. The Auburn freshman
ran a 10.26 to edge out Olympic veteran
Harvey Glance by .01 seconds. Glance won
the title of fastest American here in 1976.
“It’s really a pleasure to run against Harvey
because he’s taught me so much,” said
Floyd, who now has a 12-meet winning
Eight athletes vied for the 100-meters title.
After two false starts, Houston McTear, who
eventually finished seventh, led the pack out
of the blocks. But Floyd and Glance overtook
him at the 50-meter mark.
Mel Lattany, who finished third at 10.30,
began to close on the two leaders, but Floyd
leaned at the finish line to edge Glance by a
hundredth of a second.
Glance is the third sprinter in U S. history to
qualify for back-to-back Olympic Games. The
others were Ralph Metcalf in 1932-36 and Mel
Pender, 1964-68.
After the race, Lattany was all over me,''
Floyd said, "And I really felt that all my home
friends were there with me.” Floyd, Glance
and Lattany all are from Georgia.
The men s triple jump was hindered by the
ever-present rain that darkened Sunday
evening's competition.
Willie Banks won the event with a 55-1 y2
jump | started to do better when the sun
came out,” Banks said
But the crowd, which clapped in rhythm for
each jumper, was the most impressive part of
the event. "The crowd was simply amazing.
With a crowd like that the weather is only a
small factor.
"Triple jumpers don't normally have big
crowds behind them. When we do it really
Paul Jordon jumped 53-4 V« for second,
and Greg Cladwell placed third with a jump of
53-2 y2. ’ H
Leann Warren ran 2:04.16 in her heat to
qualify for the women's 800-meter finals,
scheduled for today at 6 p.m. A series of
bumps and protests delayed posting of the
final results from the first heat for nearly two
On Saturday, the finals in the women’s shot
put and the men’s 20 kilometer walk were
overshadowed by an exciting pentathalon
Jodi Anderson of Naturite scored 4,697
points to win the event and become the
champion of the first day. Anderson’s total
was only nine points short of the American
record held by Jane Frederick, who dropped
out of the competition because of injury.
The women’s shot put was won with a 58-9
1/2 throw by Maren Seidler of the San Jose
Despite the inclement weather, 41,154 fans have turned out for the first three days of the trials.
Paige wins 800 meters, Mack places sixth
«ner winning Tne uiympic I rials
800-meter finals on Monday, Villanova’s
Don Paige described his competition as "a
lot of kickers.”
Paige's time of 1:44.53 was the fourth
best ever by an American
The first kicker Paige mentioned was
second-place finisher James Robinson of
the Inner City Athletic Club, who ran a
The second kicker was the University’s
David Mack. “I didn’t know what David
Mack would be doing,” Paige said. “He’s
got a lot of good years ahead of him."
Mack, a 19-year-old freshman, made his
way to the finals after winning the first heat
of the 800-meter semifinals on Sunday in
1 47.02. He finished third in the third heat of
the first in 1:48 41
But Mack’s 1:46.67 in the finals, a per
sonal best, was not good enough to place
him in the top three to secure a spot on the
U.S. Olympic squad.
"I’ve got to get a little stronger, more
weight," Mack said after the race. "I’m not
really disappointed, but I wish I could have
done better."
Mack said he knew the race would be
quick after the first 200 meters. “I didn’t feel
comfortable with the first lap I tried to get
my relaxation back so I wouldn't get too
tight. With 200 meters to go I tried to move I
just didn’t think I would catch them. I was
giving it all I had.’’
Paige said the race went as he expected
and he had concentrated on staying loose
"I felt very smooth. I wanted to run as close
as I could to 52 (second) flat.
"I was hoping someone would take it out
fast like Mark Enyeart (of the Pacific Coast
Club) did.” Enyeart finished fourth in
But when the race slowed in the middle of
the first lap, Paige decided to move. “I
thought, ‘I II take the lead, and I'll make
them chase me,’ ” he said.
Paige’s previous best in the 800-meter
was a 1:45.44 - in a race where Robinson
outran him by .02 seconds.
Kearney, Harmon advance to iavelin final
Patty Kearney and Sally Harmon ad
vanced to the women's javelin finals Mon
day during an easy qualifying round.
Led by The Athletic Conference cham
pion Karin Smith’s 205-1 throw, 12 women
earned berths in the final round of competi
tion — which will be held today at 5:15 p.m.
Harmon, a University sophomore, led the
local delegation throwing 166-4 for a sea
son best — her personal record is 169-10 —
which placed her fifth Monday.
Kearney, a University graduate compet
ing for Oregn Track Club, didn't manage to
reach her lifetime best of 180-7, but her
165-8 toss placed her in sixth after the
qualifying round.
The OTC athlete has had problems with
cramps in her calves during the past week,
but the situation is clearing up, she says. “I
feel much better today.”
Only Kearney, Smith and Kate Schmidt —
the American record-holder at 227-5 — have
met the Olympic qualifying standard of 180,
giving them an inside track to make the
Olympic team. Only athletes who have met
the standard or who place first in their event
during the trials are eligible to compete in
the Olympics.
Even though the United States will not be
attending the Olympics, the standard is
being followed, says Tom Heinonen, who
coaches both Kearney and Harmon.
Patty definitely ha a chance of making
the team,” he says. “It’s a unique situation.
Only three Americans have met the Olympic
qualifying standard. If Smith and Schmidt
go 1-2, Patty could be the third Olympian.
“Even if (Jeanne) Eggart throws 179-11,
one inch short, Patty could be on the team,
because she's made the standard. It's an
extraordinary situation, but that's how it is,"
Heinonen says.
Schmidt, who also holds the Hayward
Field record of 213-5 — thrown during the
1976 trials — threw 188-7 to qualify second
in Monday’s competition while Eggart threw
174-5 to qualify third
The finals in the women’s javelin are
scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m today fol
lowing semifinals in the 110-meter hurdles
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