THE GREAT EAST-WEST TRACK CONTROVERSY
Maybe The Midwest Has It (SI, May 18), but Hamilton B. (Tex) Maule does not. He'd better spread some suntan oil on his head.
In the distance events, Maule neglects Oregon Freshman Dyrol Burleson (beat Laszlo Tabori in Drake mile) and America's best two-miler, Oregon Graduate Bill Dellinger. He forgets California University's half-miler Jerry Siebert and quarter-miler Jack Yerman and USC's 440-man, Bobby Staten. He fails to mention Los Angeles State broad jumper Joel Wiley and Oregon decathlon star Dave Edstrom; ex-collegian hurdlers Ancel Robinson ( Fresno State) and Chuck Cobb ( Stanford) and quarter-miler Mike Larrabee ( USC) are also worthy of note. Some of these athletes, in particular Wiley, Dellinger and Edstrom, appear almost sure things to make the U.S.- Soviet Union dual-meet team.
There's no doubt that track-and-field power is geographically more balanced than it has been in years. But California is still the land of milk and honey. The NCAA and AAU finals should convince all doubters.
PETER F. KUEHL
Redwood City, Calif.
I am in complete agreement with Tex Maule that the Midwest does have it in track.
I would like to point out one additional point for our side. Listed by Maule among the men the Pacific Coast will probably provide for the duel with Russia this summer is Max Truex in the distances.
True, Truex is running for the University of Southern California at the present time, but if you check a little closer you'll find he is a transplanted Midwesterner. His home is actually Warsaw, Indiana. USC just stole him.
Sports Editor, The News-Gazette
If the Midwest is getting any stronger in track it is because they are proselyting athletes from California and the rest of the world, not because they are homegrown. We produce 'em, we don't steal 'em. I admit there are a few exceptions ( Dallas Long, Max Truex, etc.), but in the majority Pacific Coast athletes are from the Pacific Coast.
P. J. YANICKS
So The Midwest Has It, eh? You're nuts.
The picture accompanying your article is of Ernie Shelby of the University of Kansas. But Shelby is a product of southern California, where he went to high school and junior college.
The day Kansas can beat Southern Cal in the NCAA Championships, much less a dual meet, which would be more significant, is the day it will have a lot more Californians like Shelby on its track roster.
Managing Editor, Daily Trojan