Though Ter still hopes to win at the European championships this year and to compete in the 1972 Olympics, he may have had a premonition of what it is like to be over the hill in last year's U.S.- U.S.S.R. dual meet, when he jumped less than 26 feet and lost to Bouncy Moore. Russian fans booed him. Hence the completion of the master's dissertation and thoughts of lining up a job.
"After the Olympics," he said, "I'll hang up my spikes and begin training the youngsters."
WELCOME BACK, SQUETEAGUE
In an age when so many species are disappearing, it's nice to know that one sporting fish is coming back with the impact of a population explosion. It is the weakfish, a cousin of the spotted sea trout, which ranges along the Atlantic coast from the Carolinas to Cape Cod, where it is known as squeteague, its Indian name.
In 1957, to the dismay of sport fishermen, weakfish disappeared from northern waters almost overnight. Marine biologists came up with a variety of explanations, such as increasing pollution and the taking of the young by the cat food industry. But this year the weakfish have come back in great numbers. Ten-pounders have been caught already in Rhode Island waters.
Scientists at the Sandy Hook ( N.J.) Sport Fisheries Marine Laboratory have been collecting scale samples of the weaks in an effort to determine just when the successful spawning occurred, but it is highly unlikely that they will be able to come up with the why of it. As Dr. Lionel Walford of the lab says, "It's a mystery to us and I couldn't give the answer to save my soul."