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Winter loosened his jaw and flipped his lower lip with his hand.
"Like that," he said. "It's got to be loose. Now, here's what we do. We take a kid's a good sprinter, we time him over 30 yards. We let him take a flying start, then, three times in a row, we get his time over a 30-yard stretch. Say a good sprinter, he'll run that 30 yards in 3 seconds flat, maybe. Three times in a row we time him, 3 seconds flat, with him going all out, straining. Then we say, 'O.K., now, do it at four-fifths speed. Don't strain.' So he runs it at four-fifths speed and we time him and he comes up to me and I say, 'What do you think your time was?' And he'll say, 'Oh, maybe 3.4, Coach' and I'll show him the stop watch. You know what? Nine times out of 10, he's run it two-tenths of a second faster. He's run 2.8. You believe that? It's true."
He stopped to ask a pole vaulter if a new pole suited him. "It's got a belly in it," the vaulter said. "Does it bother you?" Winter asked. "No, Coach," the boy answered. "I put it in. It helps."
Winter turned back. "Take Norton," he said. "He was tensed up a little last year. Now he runs easy, relaxed. When he ran the 9.3 not long ago, he was real loose. When he crossed the finish line, his hands were limp, his mouth was open and loose. The tough thing is to teach a boy to keep that relaxation under the strain of strong competition. We have a course here in relaxation that I teach. I make the boys want to take it. Now Norton can run under stress and stay relaxed. That's why he's better."
Norton, involved with final examinations, did not run at Compton the week after the Modesto meet, nor at Houston; Morrow ran very well at Houston but the tension was there in him, and it is possible that that tension, in a runner who is normally the most relaxed sprinter around, helped the sudden muscle spasm along.
The two California meets helped point up the strength of Coast college teams for the upcoming NCAA meet. A surprise team, Oregon, must be reckoned with: Cook, with his new start, has to be rated among the best college sprinters; Otis Davis, a remarkable athlete who ran his seventh quarter mile at Modesto and won in 46.2 seconds, is a likely point-getter in his event; Dave Edstrom, the decathlon star, is also a good high hurdler; and Jim Grelle is one of the three best college milers in the country.
But off the showings in these penultimate meets, Kansas must still be considered the strongest team in the NCAA competition. Allen is by far the best collegiate javelin thrower; Broad Jumper Ernie Shelby finished second to Los Angeles State's Joel Wiley in the Compton meet, but Wiley (who did 26:2? at Modesto) is ineligible for NCAA competition, and Darrell Horn, of Oregon State, who is probably the next best collegiate broad jumper, does not figure to challenge Shelby too strongly. In Charley Tidwell, Kansas has one of the best low hurdlers in the college ranks, and Kansas has all-round point strength to go with its stars.
Briefly, by events, the NCAA looks like this: in the DASHES, Abilene Christian's Bill Woodhouse, San Jose State's Norton and Oregon's Cook are the class of the field. The QUARTER MILE should go to Eddie Southern, who is just beginning to hit peak form, although Jack Yerman of California, Chuck Carlson of Colorado, and Otis Davis of Oregon could upset Southern. The HALF MILE should belong to North Carolina's Dave Scurlock, who administered a sound thrashing to Ernie Cunliffe of Stanford at the Compton meet and ran 1:49.8 in doing it. Joe Mullins, a Nova Scotian attending Nebraska, has done 1:49 flat, and George Kerr of Illinois is up close. Oregon's Grelle, Ed Moran of Penn State and Oklahoma's Gail Hodgson (who did 4:03.4 at Houston) should fight out the MILE. The THREE-MILE belongs to Miles Eisenman of Oklahoma State or John Macy of Houston. The HURDLES are a dogfight between Hayes Jones of Eastern Michigan and Elias Gilbert of Winston Salem. Dick Howard of New Mexico is the best in the 400-METER HURDLES, unless Southern doubles in the quarter mile and the 400-meter hurdles, a nearly impossible feat.
In the field events the state of Oklahoma owns a monopoly in both the shotput and the POLE VAULT. Two Oklahoma State vaulters—Aubrey Dooley and Jim Graham—have done 15 feet 5 inches this year and Oklahoma's J. D. Martin has done 15 feet 3�. No other collegiate vaulter is in their class. Oklahoma also has the nation's best collegiate SHOTPUT pair in Dan Erwin and Mike Lindsay, a London, England, transplant. Erwin and Lindsay managed a record of sorts at Houston, when Erwin won with 58 feet 1� inches and Lindsay finished second with 57 feet 1�. Their combined total of 115 feet 3 inches is the best combination result by two members of the same team. ( Al Oerter and Bill Nieder of Kansas did 114 feet 10 three years ago.) In the DISCUS Utah State's Jay Silvester is the best. Defending champ Don Stewart of SMU should again outleap everyone in a wide open HIGH JUMP competition. Two other almost certain winners are Shelby in the BROAD JUMP and Alley in the JAVELIN.
All in all, the U.S. has produced a bumper crop of track athletes in this, the pre-Olympic year. The American youngsters, in direct contradiction to the contention of Avery Brundage (SI, Feb. 2), seem to be growing stronger, faster and quicker.