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    Photos by Dennis Tachibana
University runner Alberto Salazar (right) finished third in the 10,000
meters final behind winner Craig Virgin (left) and became the first
University athlete to make the Olympic team. He is shown here with
an early lead.
Rain-splattered fans
cheer three athletes
as they establish
field, trials records
Former University athlete Mac Wilkins was aided by the rhythmic clapping
of more than 14,000 fans as he won his second consecutive Olympic
Trials discus competition with a throw of 225-4. John Powell finished
second with a toss of 223-1.
Wilkins, sisters shine despite ram
By TAMARA SWENSON
Of the Emerald
The women’s 400 meters high
lighted Wednesday’s competition as
Sherri Howard from the Muhammad
Ali Track Club set a new trials and
field record time.
Running to the cheers of 14,356
fans, Howard clocked 51.48, more
than three hundredths of a second
over the old record, set at the 1976
trials.
Each of the top three finishers,
including Sherri Howard’s sister
Denean Howard, who finished third
at 51.7, clocked under the old time.
Gwen Gardner, LA Mercurettes, fin
ished second at 51.68. The 1 -3 finish
by the Howard’s marks the first time
sisters have ever represented the
U S. Olympic Team in the same
event.
Being on the same team is "the
greatest feeling I could ever have,"
Denean said
While the Howards captured the
spotlight in the running events, Mac
Wilkins, Athletics West, dominated
the field events.
During a hotly contested discus
competition, Wilkins threw 225-4 to
overtake John Powell and claim an
other Olympic Trials discus title.
Wilkins, the local favorite, said the
steady, rhythmic clapping by the
crowd during the discus perfor
mances was encouraging.
Runners in the men’s 200 meters,
won by James Butler of Oklahoma
State University in 20.49, were hin
dered slightly by a steady head wind
Clifford Wiley, D.C. International
Track Club, was second at 20.54,
and Fred Taylor, Philadelphia Pion
eers, was third at 20.7.
Stephanie Hightower, Ohio State
University, set a meet and field
record in the women’s 100-meter
hurdles. Her performance becomes
the second fastest time ever by an
American woman. The American
record holder, Debra LaPlante, fell
over the ninth hurdle and did not
finish the race.
Benita Fritzgerald, University of
Tennesse, finished second at 13.11,
becoming number four on the U S.
all-time performer list. Candy Young
finished third at 13.3
The long jump competition rapidly
became a favorite of the east grand
stand crowd as Larry Myricks set a
meet and field record by jumping
27-23/4. Myricks easily outdistanced
his closest competitors, Carlton
Lewis who jumped 26-33/4 for
second, and Randy Williams who
jumped 26-13/<.
Another main event for the fans
though was the steeplechase, where
local favorite Ken Martin finished
third in his heat. Martin clocked
8:30.46 behind Daniel Heikkinen,
8:30.21, and Ronald Addison,
8:30.25. Henry Marsh and Douglas
Brown also qualified for Saturday's
finals.
Two more University athletes
qualified earlier in the day during the
pole vault semifinals.
Despite delays and problems
caused by the weather, Tom Hint
naus and Jon Switzer cleared li-%,
the qualifying height, to reach the
finals. Steve Smith, the former
professional athlete who woh a
court injunction Tuesday allowing
him to compete in the trials, *lso
qualified.
The qualifying round in the shot
put proved just as rewarding for
University athletes. Jeff Stover threw
63-101/2to qualify 11th.
Oldfield qualified third with a
throw of 66-8Vfe. “I throw to amaze
people, then I'm amazed,” Oldfield
said.
The University sprinter Melanie
Batiste qualified for the women’s
200 meter semifinals, placing fifth in
her heat
Alberto Salazar placed third in the
10,000 meters, running a 28:10.42,
to become the first Duck to make the
Olympic Team.
Salazar finished behind Craig Vir
gin, 27:45.61, and Greg Fredricks,
28:03.14.
However, Leanne Warren could
only muster a fifth place finish
behind Madeline Manning in the
women’s 800 meters. Manning
clocked 1:58.3 to outdistance the
rest of the field. Warren clocked
2:02.8.
Patty Kearney and Sally Harmon
faired no better in the women’s
javelin competion. Karin Smith
earned a well-deserved first place
finish with a throw of 208-5, more
than a foot a head of her closest
challenger, Kate Schmidt — 207-4.
Kearney, one of four women to
reach the Olympic qualifying stan
dard this year, was knocked out of
contention by a 181-3 throw by Mary
Osborne, who became the fourth to
reach the mark in the last throw of
the competition.
Kearney threw 166-3, while Har
mon managed a 154-9.
Philly plans
track meet
The U S. Olympic Team, and teams
from at least nine other nations, will
compete in Philadelphia July 16-17, The
Athletic Congress and the University of
Pennsylvania announced Wednesday.
The Liverty Bell Track and Field Clas
sic will be the only meet the U.S. team will
have on American soil, and will be the
second competition following comple
tion of the trials.
The schedule for the squad includes a
track meet in Stuttgart, West Germany,
July 11-12; London, July 13; Oslo, July
15; Philadelphia, July. 16-17; Rome,
August 5; Berlin, August 8; and Zurich,
August 13.
Joining the U.S. in the international
meet will be athletes from West Ger
many, Kenya, Canada, Barbados, Ber
muda, Israel, Norway, New Zealand and
Swaziland.
The meet was scheduled to take place
in Berkeley, Calif., but TAC offered it to
Philadelphia, which had already turned
the invitation down once. The meet was
shortened to only one day to lessen
security needs in Philadelphia.
Before Philadelphia officials accepted
the TAC offer, track fans in Eugene were
hinting that the city might end up hosting
the meet despite the short time left to
prepare.
Salazar makes the team
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TAMARA SWENSON
Of the Emerald
Alberto Salazar became the first
University athlete to make the U S
Olympic Team, running a 28:10.42 in
the men’s 10,000 meters Tuesday.
Salazar finished third behind Craig
Virgin, 27:45.61, and Greg Fredericks,
28:03.14 ”l just wanted to make the top
three," Salazar said.
Virgin set an Olympic Trials record
before 14,100 fans as he out distanced
his closest challenger by more than 100
meters.
But Salazar, who redshirted this year
to prepare for the Olympics, was clearly
the local favorite. "The fans really
helped a lot," he said. "They kept me
going on the straight away.”
Salazar led the pack, clocking 66
seconds the first lap, and then adding
67 for the second and third laps before
yielding the lead to Virgin. Until the final
mile, Salazar fluctuated between third
and sixth place.
"I suspected Virgin wanted a fast
time and I didn’t want to kill myself off
chasing him,” Salazar said.
"I knew after two laps who was going
to be up there,” Virgin said. "Lindsey
had me real worried for awhile, but I did
sort of a shuttle step in front of the west
grandstand and he said we better keep
the pace up.' I knew I had him then.’’
Virgin, the American record holder at
27:39.4, said he was "running scared”
before Tuesday's race "In my own
mind I was beatable.”
But after three miles, Lindsey broke
and the crowd focused on the battle for
second between Salazar and Freder
icks
"Fredricks has been a tough runner
for eight to ten years," Salazar said
"He gave Pre (Steve Prefontaine) some
tough races here.”
"I was second to Pre here in 71 and
'72,” Fredricks said. "He was tough to
beat.”
Fredricks has avoided the spotlight
for the past several years and has been
“content to let the others get the press
What happens on the track is all that
matters.”
Salazar agreed. "My first priority was
what happened on the track — to make
sure I made it in to the top three.”
Salazar will have another chance to
make it into the top three in the 5,000
meters when he competes in the
semifinals Friday at 5:50 p.m
Martin vows to ‘go for it’
Ken Martin is going into the finals of
the steeplechase with one goal — to
win, not just make the team.
"Being a member of the team would
be nice, but I want to go for it," Martin
said after he finished third in the first
heat of the steeplechase. "Especially
with this crowd. They’d go crazy."
The University steeplechase
specialist clocked 8:30 46, behind
Daniel Heikkinen of the University of
Michigan — 8:30.21 — and Ronald Ad
dison of Athletics West — 8:30 25, to
grab the third place spot. Six runners in
each heat qualified.
Martin, who ran between fourth and
first most of the race, said he picked up
the pace at the mile mark to see if there
was "a pack of six of us running. I saw
just four of us, with two hanging back
away.”
Martin’s fastest time this season,
8:22.2, is also the second fastest time
for an American this season. "I don’t
think I've reached my potential yet,”
Martin said earlier in the week. "I know
I've got a lot more in me.”
Martin's steeplechase career began
at Lane Community College before he
transferred to the University. He led a
rather low key career, overshadowed
by Rudy Chapa, Don Clary and Alberto
Salazar, until he surprised the track
world earlier this season in a dual meet
with the University of Kansas.
Martin’s 8:22.2 time brought him into
the spotlight. "Coming from nowhere
and being a contender is exciting, even
without the Olympics," Maritn said.
The pace in the finals will have to be
close to 8:20, Martin said.
“I felt like I could have (run an 8:20)
today,” he said. Unlike the NCAA meet,
where Martin had problems with his
ankles, he said he felt rested and
prepared Wednesday. “I just felt easy.
"The prelim at Austin was the hardest
race of the year — this was the easiest."
But even so, Martin has no intention
of "taking the competition just for
granted" in Saturday’s steeplechase
finals.
Saturday’s race is scheduled for 6:15
p.m. following the finals in the women’s
400 meter hurdles.
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