Dan Hendrickson of Roosevelt High in Virginia, Minn. won the varsity division of the 24th annual John Swain Run, one of the largest U.S. high school cross-country competitions, at Duluth. A total of 871 boys and girls, representing 55 teams, were in the meet.
Cyndy Meserve, a freshman at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., became the first woman to make an NCAA varsity basketball team. A guard, Me-serve led her Livermore Falls ( Maine) high school girls' team to four straight conference titles.
Levi Shade and Jim Watson, sophomore running backs at Salisbury (Md.) State, gained 217 and 213 yards respectively in a 21-14 victory over Frostburg (Md.) State. Shade, a physical education major from Mechanicsville, Md., scored all three Sea Gull touchdowns, one on a 68-yard run that broke a 14-14 tie. He led the team in rushing last year with 869 yards in nine games and scored eight touchdowns. Watson, a business administration major from Wilmington, Del., gained 628 yards last year and has scored seven touchdowns in as many games this year.
Rod Nuckolls, a senior at Carroll High in Wichita, Kans., won the Insurance Youth Classic for junior amateurs with a five-under-par 137 for 36 holes at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston, R.I. Rod is the current Kansas state high school champion.
Rick Murphy, a sophomore at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, set an unofficial world record for the 50-yard hand walk, palming the distance in 25.725 seconds. Murphy competes for the university's gymnastics team in floor exercise and vaulting.