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Having adopted these lessons, Newhouse ran a controlled race in this year's Trials, looked neither left nor right in the stretch, finished and awaited the results. "I was in that famous position that quartermilers take after a race," he says, "somewhere between prayerful and sick, and a man came up and said, 'Parks won. I think you're second.'
"It hit me and I started to straighten up.
" 'Don't get happy too fast,' he said. 'I'm not sure,' I crouched back down.
" 'Yeah, I think you're second.' I started to grin and grin.
" 'Just wait. Just wait.' I wiped it off.
"Then: 'It's official, you're second.' " Newhouse beams again as he recalls it.
"That made eight years all worthwhile. The pressure was off then, but it's building now, as I realize the seriousness of this, the biggest potato of all. I know I'll have it. That adrenaline, that sweet tension. And this time, I'll use it right."