Francie Larrieu of the San Jose Cindergals set a new American record in the women's mile with a 4:38.7 clocking in the Bakersfield Classic. She bettered Doris Brown's 1971 mark by nine-tenths of a second.
Tommy Fulton ran the first sub-four-minute mile in the history of the NAIA championships, clocking a 3:57.8 in Arkadelphia, Ark., and led Texas Southern to the team title. TSU finished with 81 points to Eastern New Mexico's 55. Fulton also won the three mile in 13:33.3, placed second in the six mile and third in the 880 to capture the MVP award. Southern University's ROD MILBURN set an NAIA record with a 13.4 in the 120-yard high hurdles and JOSHUA OWUSU of Angelo State ( Texas) triple-jumped 53'.
Kathy Schmidt, a 19-year-old Long Beach City College student, broke her own American record in the women's javelin with a throw of 207'10" in the 32nd California Relays at Modesto and FRAN SIGHTING broke Wilma Rudolph's 1961 meet record in the women's 100-yard dash by .2 with a time of 10.5.
After a flashy first day in which they scored 21 points, the Naval Academy's Midshipmen added 20 more to win their first IC4A title since 1946. Two big Mid-die victories came from TED BREGAR, who broke the meet hammer-throw record with a toss of 212'8", and SCOTT HANEY, who threw the shot 60'11�", an Academy record. Navy finished with 41 points, while Maryland and Penn State tied for second with 29� points apiece. The meet's only double winner, Villanova's JOHN HARTNETT, added the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:54.2, to his runaway victory in the six-mile event. Adelphi's RICHIE HARDWARE surprised the field in the 220 with a clocking of 21.3.
Kenny Moore, running for the Oregon Track Club, won the San Francisco Bay-to-Breakers 7.8-mile race in 37:15, overtaking England's Chris Stewart in the last 100 yards to win by two seconds. It was the sixth straight time that Moore has won this race.
WRESTLING—The U.S.S.R. routed the U.S. 17-3 in Madison, Wis. in the first of four American exhibition matches. The only American victory went to Wisconsin sophomore ED VATCH, a 163-pounder, who upset Olympic bronze medalist Ruslan Ashuraliev 5-2. Two-time NCAA champion Chris Taylor was held to a draw by European junior champ Soslan Andiyev.
MILEPOSTS—CHARGED: With manslaughter in the death of Austrian race driver Jochen Rindt, COLIN CHAPMAN, manager of the Formula I Lotus racing team. The charge followed a magistrate investigation in Monza, Italy, where Rindt was killed during trials for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix. Judge Luigi Recupero said Chapman was technically responsible for Rindt's accident.
NAMED: By the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, BOBBY CLARKE, 23, of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, as recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy for the most valuable player. He scored 37 goals and 67 assists for 104 points during the season. GIL PERREAULT, 22, center for the Buffalo Sabres, received the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy awarded to the man best combining sportsmanship and playing ability. Perreault scored 88 points last season, including 28 goals, and spent only 10 minutes in the penalty box.
NAMED: As baseball coach at the University of California ( Berkeley), former major-leaguer JACKIE JENSEN, 46. The American League MVP in 1958, Jensen played with the New York Yankees, Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox. He replaces retiring George Wolfman.
PURCHASED: The bankrupt Michigan International Speedway by race-car owner ROGER PENSKE, for $150,000 and more than $2 million in mortgages.