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WHEN IRISH GUYS ARE MILING
Joe Marshall
February 07, 1977
Eamonn Coghlan ran away with the Millrose Games mile while Niall O'Shaughnessy nearly nailed the indoor record in Missouri
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February 07, 1977

When Irish Guys Are Miling

Eamonn Coghlan ran away with the Millrose Games mile while Niall O'Shaughnessy nearly nailed the indoor record in Missouri

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A waiter eyed Stones' meal. "I got $10 on you," he said. "Don't eat too much."

Woods, on the other hand, was ecstatic with his leap. Earlier in the week he had posed with some of his Pacific Coast Club teammates for a publicity picture. Pole Vaulter Dan Ripley and High Jumper Rory Kotinek had held a loaf of French bread about three feet off the ground for Woods to jump over in front of the cameras. "If he makes it," said Ripley, "it will be his best jump of the year." In fact, Woods had not been able to go higher than seven feet this season.

The pole vault also produced a meet record as Earl Bell made his final attempt at 18'�". For the indoor season's first 18' vault, he had switched to a stiffer and longer pole than he had been using. "I realized I was overpowering the pole," he said, "so I got this one out to give me more vertical push."

Bell missed all three tries at a world record height of 18'4" and was finishing up just as Stones was failing in his last try at 7'5�". By the time the two of them had packed up, the Garden was dark. "Hey, wait a second," said Stones. "Which one of us won the Outstanding Performer award?" Bell shrugged and they politely argued the merits of each other's case. Then they were informed that neither of them had won it, that the award had gone to a woman, the one who had set the world record.

Ah, yes, Rosalyn Bryant.

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