3) The awarding of "outstanding athlete" or "high points" prizes to women is prohibited.
4) Rule LXI-E, Section 3, (g) states: "No contestant shall permit anyone to hold her up and to support her by holding her at either side after the finish of a race." Rubbish. This is designed only to discourage a girl from really exerting herself. Every coach I have ever known keeps his runners moving around after a race until they cool down. If a runner needs support to keep walking, he or she should get it.
5) Until 1963, women were prohibited from running in a race of more than 880 yards, an absurd rule that effectively limited participation to those whose basic talent is speed, leaving out those who have stamina only. If this situation had been reversed, would we have ever heard of Wilma Rudolph? Now women are permitted to run 1� miles crosscountry, but there are some who would like two, three or even five miles. The solution to this part of the problem is easy. Change the rules.
LAWRENCE J. BERMAN
Director, Metropolitan AC
I am 28, married and have a 3-year-old child, and I would like to find a track coach in my area who could tell me if it would be worthwhile for me to take up this rigorous sport at this point in my life. I am a college graduate ( Stanford, '56) and have been interested in track since I was in high school.
I'm not sure I have what it takes to enter truly competitive sports, but I know that I would like to satisfy my latent desire—preferably without getting laughed off the field.
It is not true that "our girls dodge track and field as though it were a combined course in weightlifting and wrestling," as you stated. Last spring, when Aberdeen, S. Dak. held the first women's track meet in South Dakota history, the girls surprised everybody: there were close to 120 girls from all over the state participating in only five disciplines, some coming 200 miles to do it. More than 70 girls participated in the 60-yard dash alone! The girls enjoyed it, and sports fans liked it. All in all, it was such a great success that the Sertoma Club decided to add two more events next year. But is one track meet in a year enough?
KARLIS ZVEJNIEKS, M.D.
Leola, S. Dak.
I was delighted to read Jack Olsen's Anticosti story (Legacy of a French Noah, Oct. 7), because I believe I am the hunter mentioned in the first paragraph who got two deer with one bullet. What Olsen did not mention is that it was the first time I ever shot at a deer, and it happened 20 minutes after we left Jupiter River Camp.
ALBERT E. MAYER
A couple of weeks ago your cover featured Quarterback George Mira; that weekend his team was shut out. The next week your cover featured Whitey Ford and Al Downing; result: both were knocked out in the World Series' first two games. Then your cover featured a hunter. What happened to that poor guy? Did his gun explode on him or was he gored by that fierce deer?
JOHN M. SINASOHN
North Hollywood, Calif.
AGAIN AND AGAIN!
Hail Again the Likes of Alex Wojciechowicz (SI, Sept. 30) really rang a bell at Trenton State College. It probably hit the spot with New Jersey sportswriters, too. You see, the name Wojciechowicz is once again finding its way into the sports pages of the state's newspapers.
Richard Wojciechowicz, a nephew of the famed' Alex of Fordham greatness, is currently co-captain of the Trenton State College football team as well as the starting fullback.
ERNEST E. RYDELL