Team is indeed
very important for the TWU girls who, unlike the collections of AAU clubbers,
showed a lot of college spirit, psyching each other up, consoling the
disappointed and whooping and hollering Texas style as they scored points in 10
"We are not
permitted to recruit," says Lyle, "but I lecture and give a few clinics
around the state. We're pretty well publicized, too. If a girl hears about our
track program and makes inquiries, I of course encourage her." Among the
most impressive of those Lyle has encouraged is Rochelle Davis, a 19-year-old
sprinter from Weslaco, Texas. Davis took the 100 in 10.6, good time in any
women's league. She then came back to run a 24.4, which got her second place in
the 220, and ran a leg in the 440 relay.
was a step in the right direction," Lyle said when it was over. "There
was some good if not great competition. Changing that scholarship rule was a
good thing, too. Let's face it, if Ed Temple was here his girls could have
turned this thing around, but I'd like to see them come. You don't get better
unless you go up against the best. If the colleges decide to put the money and
effort into women's track that they do into men's, why then the sport and this
meet will be first class. But I'm not sure how many schools really want good
competitive programs for women. If they don't, then we and everybody else who
want to give girls a chance to develop will have to keep on looking to the AAU.
I'm not really pushing on either side. I just want these girls of ours to have
a chance to run and jump."
As they did at
Hayward in the second sex's championship.