Classes usually make this impossible, as far as morning meets are concerned. So Huntsman has found an unorthodox solution for that problem. Instead of resting his men before a morning meet, he gets them up at daybreak and runs them. At 7 a.m. last Friday seven of Huntsman's cross-country runners shrugged into practice clothes for a three-mile jog through fog-shrouded Jackson Park in Chicago. At 11 a.m. they would be competing in the Central Collegiate Cross Country Championships. All season they have been running thus on the mornings of meets.
After the run the team had a breakfast of Nutrament, vitamin C tablets and dextrose tablets, then a shower and team meeting until it was time to go to the University of Chicago field house. Final preparation: a Washington Park jog that brought to five or six miles their pre-meet exercising.
Twenty minutes after the meet began Ohio University had turned in the best cross-country performances in its history. Five Ohio runners finished under 19:51, good enough to give the team third place, behind Kansas and Notre Dame. "If you'd told me earlier in the season that we'd have five runners under 20 minutes in one meet," said a happy Huntsman, "I'd have thought we'd won the national championship."
One of Spain's leading matadors, Juan Garcia, known as "Mondeno," is now in Mexico for the last three fights of his career, though he is only 29. Mondeno has cut 30 ears in 45 fights this season. But next January he will return to Spain to take up the life of a religious. He will enter the Dominican order.
"I can't stand bulls," says Mondeno. "The only real vocation I have ever felt is toward the religious life. It wasn't a suit of lights I wanted to don but a cassock."
A Spanish critic of the bullring notes that there is nothing surprising in a matador taking orders. "There is plenty of precedent," he wrote. "The matador, as the monk, lives always with the moment of death present."
PREP FOR 1968
U.S. preparations for the Olympic Games in past years has, in the main, been good—if one may judge by the results. But there is always room for improvement. Now a new Olympics development program is being planned to start in 1965. The program proposes that in each non-Olympic year a " U.S. Olympics" be held in canoeing, field hockey, rowing, soccer, swimming, track and field, water polo, yachting and possibly in the pentathlon, riflery and equestrian games. Men and women athletes would participate.
Such a program would seem likely to provide better preparation for U.S. athletes, and put selection of Olympic competitors on a more informed basis. More than that, it might lead to a truly exciting schedule of sports competition.