It was the fourth lap of the three-mile run, the final turn, and Jim Ryun, drained by the 90� heat, dizzy, his eyes not focusing, stepped off the track—and out of the race. At the far end of the field Lee Evans, the captain of the San Jose State track team that was overtaking Kansas in the fight for the NCAA title, couldn't see what had happened, and he waited for Ryun to reappear from behind the judges' stand.
"Where is he, man?" Evans screeched. "Where is he?"
" Ryun's out," someone yelled. " Ryun's out."
Evans smiled and pointed to the scoreboard, which showed Kansas with 45 points and San Jose with 30—but 18 additional points San Jose had won were unposted. "We got it, man," Evans yelled. "We messed up, and they tried to mess on us, and we still got the title."
Ryun was sitting alone now in a tent by the track. John Carlos—who had won the 100 and, after taking two painkillers to ease muscle spasms, came back to win the 220 and anchor San Jose's victorious 440-relay team—walked into the tent and shook Ryun's hand.
"Take it easy, man," Carlos said. "You showed me a lot out there today. I ran enough races. I know how it feels."
Ryun tried to smile.
"Was it the heat?" an official asked.
"It was the heat and the humidity," Carlos answered for Ryun. "Man, there was nothing else he could do out there. It took something for him to go out there and try to run two races."
"John impressed me by what he did," Ryun said later.