THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesdoy, November 8, 1972
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Paul Lightfoot, a
Michigan graduate student has been
one of the better distance runnersn
in the area for several years. He is
originally from England and has
been competing here for the Ann
Arbor Track Club. In the following
letter to the Daily sports staff he
gives a very descriptive view of
what cross-country running is all
The gun goes, and we are off
down the first fairway. Fifteen or
twenty guys, two teams, running
in a little group which disappears
into the fog. Breathless from the
initial rush, and from the hill af-
ter a half-mile or so. Trying to fig-
ure out the good guys on the other
decide if you want to be good or the line. The damp air makes your
medium, or just a jogger. You do throat sore, and your body feels
the work in proportion to your like a very reluctant and ineffic-
aspirations. You go off into the ient machine.
country, running, and roaming Where is the smooth rhythm that
around the lanes and woods. comes so easily in the country
Hazy, lazy, and groovy.
B-t iow the race again, and you
are -ar the end. It is coming more
easily as the finish becomes more
imminent. You pull away a bit, and
you are on your own, a few yards
ahead, worried because you can't
see anyone thinking for the first
time that you might manage to
quicken the pace.
One more hill, then running hard
but not smoothly towards the lit-
tle group of timers, coaches, and
well-wishers. They pat their hands
You know that everyone gets ner- team, listening to hear how hard
vous before a race. So you know they breath, watching to see if
how all these guys feel, prancing they are struggling yet.
around before the race starts. They Still trying to look cool, to im-
all know how fast they are sup-
pose tobe bleto rn; ho heypress the others; hoping people will
ose tobeat,abl to run;w ost shout encouragement as you go
likely beat them. But they shake by, and trying to ignore them when
before the race starts, partly out they do. Trying to relax and run
of the fear that they will run too faster at the same time; listenig
slowly, and partly out of the antici- to your feet squelchig i y 0 u r
pation that by some miracle they soggy shoes.
will win, or something. They try Cross-country, surely the m o s t
to look cool as the man with tne under-rated and misunderstood
sport in town. It's you own thing.
megaphone introduces them to the There are few games where you
spectators. Mostly they look em- are so entirely on your own. You
". ..always the same, if you are in front or
be1ind ... hoping you can get clear of every-
one before the end, to avoid that agonizingj
sprint to the line."
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Watching the sunset or catching
leaves as they fall from the trees,
or struggling against the wind. But
always thinking of the next race,
and the one after that, and the
track season in the Spring.
Working hard on the track once
in a while, when you have to pre-
tend it's fun through it really and
truly is not. It's a hard grind,
sometimes. But then you jog on
the golf-course the next morning
and feel so strong and exhilarated
you want to reach out and embrace
the trees, the golf-course, and the
whole world. Turned on, man, for
the price of a pair of shoes.
And now the reality, the race,
which is never fun until it is over.
All these people around you, the
ones you escaped from in the coun-
try lines. The middle of the race,
the worst time, the time when you
always want to drop out. Now it is
a struggle with just one or two
other guys, maybe, but mostly with
Always the same, if you are in
front or behind, the same struggle
and emotion. Hoping you can get
clear of everyone before the end,
to avoid that agonizing sprint tol
lanes? Your friends shout that you
are looking great, and you know
that they are lying, giving you
Tomorrow will be different. The
guys you are fighting now will be
beside you again, but relaxed and
running slowly. At six-minutes-a-
mile you have enough breath to
talk, and you can run fifteen or
sixteen miles and enjoy it. You can
look down on yourself from the
tree-tops, a lonely frail figure in
the middle of nowhere, with only
your own heart-beat to get you
back into town.
Then lying in the bath for thirty
minutes with your lungs aching.
together, probably to keep warm,
but it sounds nice anyway.
And it is over. You beat the guy
you were most worried about, and
you can stop and watch the steam
rise off your body. You trot about,
finding out about how other people
ran, congratulating, consoling, un-
derstanding. And it is finished for
If you remembered that awfil
feeling of pain and weakness you
had only fifteen minutes ago, you
would never run another race. But
what you remember is this mo-
ment, when it is over and you know
you have fulfilled your hopes. So
you will be back again next week
for more pain, and one more brief
Hines garners laurels
for part in Army win
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says Army Coach Tom Cahill,
"that when you're in trouble, you
go with your best back."
The Cadets followed that axiom
to extremes Saturday. They called
46 running plays and gave the
ball to Bob Hines on 38 of them.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior
from Chester, Pa., came through
with 202 yards - sixth best per-
formance in Army history - in-
cludingea 49-yard romp around
right end with six minutes left
that gave the underdog Cadets an
emotional 17-14 triumph over serv-
ice rival and nationally ranked
Air Force. He also caught four
As a result, Hines was named
National College Back of the Week
Thursday by The Associated Press.
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had a problem," Cahill says, "so
we gave it to Bob and he con-
verted almost every time."
Hines' first big play came late in
the first period. He burst over
left tackle for 26 yards to get
Army out of the shadow of its
own goal line, ignited a 90-yard
drive that culminated in Kingsley
Fink's short plunge for a 7-0 lead.
Hines went back to work for
real in the third period - his half-
time totals were 3. carries for 53
yards - with the score 7-7. Start-
ing from the Army 20, Hines went
up the middle for six yards, up
the middle once more for eight
and around left end for four.
Then Hines went from hero to
goat and back to hero. He fum-
bled the ball away at his own 42
and Air Force turned the break in-
to a touchdown and a 14-10 lead
but with nine minutes left, the
Cadets were at their own 10 and it
was Hines time again.
He slashed over right tackle to
the 26 and then over left guard to
the 38. He took a pitchout around
right end to the 41 and cracked
over left tackle to the 46.
Shaken up on that carry, he let
Willie Thigpen lug the ball once
to the 50 and then dines drove
over right tackle to the 49. On
the next play he took another
pitchout around right end and
made it all the way to the end
An interception with three min-
utes halted an Air Force drive at
the Army 39 and, after a busted
play, Hines carried five straight
times, enabling the Cadets to use
up most of the remaining time.
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