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Page 8-Sunday, March 14, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Medley team secon'd at NCAAs

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By CHRIS GERBASI
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC- Michigan's impressive
second-place showing in the distance
medley and Rod Richardson's surprise
win in the 60-yard dash highlighted the
NCAA track championships at the
Silverdome yesterday. Texas-El Paso
once again took the team honors, its
third straight championship.
Suleiman Nyambui, who seemed to
be the crowd favorite in his events, did
not disappoint the fans as he won two
events. The UTEP runner edged out
Ross Donoghue of Villanova in a slow
(4:00.65) mile race and then came back
to speed to the two-mile title.
THE WOLVERINE medley team of
Bob Boynton, Craig Camp, Mike Shea
and Brian Diemer gave it their all to
rally to their second-place finish behind
Georgetown.'
When Shea received the baton from
Camp on the third leg of the relay, he
found himself in sixth place. He quickly
made up ground, however. Diemer,
who anchored for the Wolverines, ran
hard but he could not overtake the
Hoya's surging Johq Gregorek.
The group "was as satisfied as they
could be about the runner-up spot. "I
think we're all pretty happy," said
Diemer. "We either wanted to win it or
finish in the top three." Shea wasn't
quite as pleased but said, "We came in
here and we wanted to win. We really

thought we could put it together. I knew
we'd be right in it."
COACH JACK Harvey added, "I
couldn't have asked for much more. We
finished third last year, second this
year, maybe we can win it next year."
The competition didn't go as well as
expected for the other three Wolverine
athletes who competed in the meet, and
they were understandably disappoin-
ted.
Shelby Johnson finished sixth in his
60-yard high hurdles heat and did not
qualify for the finals. Johnson summed
up his performance with an expletive
and then explained, "It was the same as
usual, I had a bad start."
NEITHER VINCE Bean nor Derek
Harper advanced to the finals in the
long jump and they called it an early
day. "We figured we had maybe an out-
side shot of placing in the long jump,"
said Harvey, "but with this quality of

competition, you need to get a break
here and there, and we didn't."
One of the more publicized events at
the meet was the expected showdown
between world-class sprinter Stanley
Floyd and football star Herschel
Walker in the 60-yard dash. But Rod
Richardson of Texas A&M upstaged
Floyd and Walker by bursting past the
field in a meet record time of 6.07.
Floyd finished second and Walker came
in sixth.
In addition to Richardson's record,
three other meet records were set:
Richmond's two-mile relay team eclip-
sed the mark which Kansas held since
1970, Eugene Sanders of Mississippi
Valley established a new standard in
the 600-yard run and Leo Williams of
Navy high-jumped 7'534" to break his
own record which he set in. much the
same manner last year. Williams, par-
ticipating in one of the last events of the

afternoon, drew inspiration from his
mother before breaking the mark,
much to the delight of the crowd.
OTHER WINNERS included Tony
Campbell of Southern Cal in the 60-yard
high hurdles, Doug Lytle of Kansas
State, who had fewer misses than Mark
Strawderman of Rhode Island in the
pole vault, and Gilbert Smith of Texas-p
Arlington, who long-jumped 26'1".
In a repeat of the Big Ten champion--
ships, Mike Lehmann of Illinois placed
first in the shot put finals and Kevin
Akins of Ohio State was runner-up.
Texas-El Paso was the class of the
field for the seventh time in the last
nine years, as the Miners amassed a
total of 67 points to finish well ahead of
Arkansas' 30 points. Southern
Methodist, which made a strong run at
the Miners last year, picked up 24 poin-
ts to tie Villanova for third place.

Aggie is tops in 60-yard dash

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Special to the Daily
PONTIAC- It was the first NCAA championship meet that
he ever competed in, and Rod Richardson made the most of
it.
The sophomore from Texas A&M surprised the Silverdome
crowd yesterday when he ran off with a victory in the 60-yard
dash, breaking the tape at 6.07 and setting a new meet
record.
"I FELT LIKE it was the best race I ever ran," said the
Shreveport, Louisiana native about his victory.
In winning the final, Richardson defeated Stanley Floyd of
Houston who is the current world record holder in the event
(6.04). Floyd did manage to place second with a time of 6.14.
"I felt really good at the start of the race, but I kind of felt
that Stanley would flynby me like he does everyone else,"
commented Richardson.
ONE PERSON who was missing from yesterday's action
was last year's victor, Carl Lewis. Lewis, who is also from
Houston, is unable to compete this year in collegiate meets
due to academic ineligibility.
The winner of the NCAA 60-yard dash is often considered
the fastest collegian in the United States. Richardson has had
to pay his dues to receive that honor.
Last year he made it to Detroit for the national meet, only
to sit in the stands and watch because of an injury to his
quadraceps the week before..
A SIMILAR situation occurred before the outdoor nationals.

Richardson again was unable to compete, this time because
of another injury he incurred a week before the meet.
The Aggie also had to fight a bout of anonymity. "I was not
well-known. I felt like the press forgot about me, but not the
other runners," said Richardson.
Some of those "other runners" included Georgia football
sensation Herschel Walker. Walker, who was considered one,
of the favorites in the race, registered a season's best of 6.14
earlier yesterday in a qualifying heat. For the finals;,
however, he could manage no better than sixth place (6.24).
FORTUNATELY FOR Richardson, he was able to take
most of his problems in stride. "I just try to concentrate on
things I do well," said the finance major. "Very few things
affected me in the last few weeks,"
Richardson, who is on a part track, part academic scholar-
ship, is considering playing football for one of Texas' newest
millionaires,Jackie Sherrill.
According to Richardson, Sherrill called upon the
sophomore to see if he would be interested in being a split end
and kick return specialist.
Richardson admitted that he had some doubts about com-
peting in two sports. "Definitely, you have to have reser-
vations when you've never done it before." "
If Richardson still has second thoughts about a dual
athletic career he should talk to former Texas A&M student
Curtis Dickey. The former Aggie running back and now star
of the Baltimore Colts' backfield was the co-owner of the old
NCAA meet record, 6.12.

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ROD RICHARDSON (center) of Texas A&M races to an unexpected victory in the 60-yard dash during yesterday's
NCAA meet at the Pontiac Silverdome. Richardson set a new meet record (6.07), beating world record-holder Stanley
Floyd (left) of Houston and Herschel Walker (right).

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