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EAST AND WEST
At the recent IC4A track meet held in Philadelphia, Patrick ran against some of the best milers in the country and won by six yards in 3:56.8. The Villanova team collected 63 points to second-place Maryland's 43. Erv Hall and Larry James won every event they entered. This includes Hall's upset victory over Roland Merritt in the 100 and the relays. Practically every time a Villanova victory came about, it broke an East or a meet record. Villanova acquired eight first-place finishes, five meet records and its ninth IC4A title in 12 years. Surely a tribute to the great coaching of Jumbo Elliott.
In addition, there are four other runners on the Oregon team with times under 4:05. I am quite sure no other college can boast such a field. All but Kvalheim will be eligible for the U.S. Olympic Team. Bell, a graduate student, will go in the 800 meters with a best of 1:46.1 in the 880.
This year the University of Oregon swept every mile event in which it was entered, including the first four places in the conference meet, without Kvalheim or Divine, who had to sit out the college season because of injury.
If one outstanding runner from Villanova rates a feature article in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, should not four outstanding runners from the University of Oregon be given the same consideration, not to mention their coach, Bill Bowerman, who has developed more sub-four-minute milers than any other coach in the world?
MISSING THE BOAT
TOO OLD AND TOO NEW
It was a beautiful, sad sight seeing that roadster roll into the pits, smoke billowing from the front end. Without the support of a Granatelli-style circus or a Colin Chapman engineering team, this one man, driver-builder-mechanic-promoter, had run with the best of them—but not long enough.