Clipped From Springfield Leader and Press
Second Year for Murdoch, Javelin; Clark Old Hand at Distance Runs By LARRY HAZELRIGG Jim Murdock lifted the slender shaft over his right shoulder, bent forward slightly and then thundered down the short stretch of eastern path. A few yards short of a board on the path, he changed his steps, going from a straight-on motion to a sidewise step in the same direction. Just before hitting the board he arched the shaft into the air. " Another javelin throw was on the way. At the other end of the South west Missouri State College foot ball field, discus throwers paused to watch the flight of the spear. It climbed steadily, then the nose dropped, to wind up quivering in the ground. Murdock, a 6-foot 1-inch 180- pound junior at SMS, ran t o retrieve the javelin and check his distance. The Seneca High School grad uate is beginning to turn heads in his track andJMcLspecialty. Recently he wiped out the SMS athlete and stadium records with a heave of 213 feet 11 inches. Next Saturday he will be going for an even-better mark in the Kansas Relays at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. , "My goal this year is 220 feet, but if I hit that I'll raise it. By next year I'd like to hit 235 feet,'.' he said in his soft voice. He knows the competition at the Relays will be tough, and it will include a personal dual for him. "Jim Nicholson of Pittsburg (Kan.) State beat me 17 feet this year in our dual meet, so I hope I can beat him there, he said. Nicholson, also a junior, master ed Murdock last year by 61 feet, but the SMS hurler has come along fast since that time. Last year he threw 191-8, his best at that time, to win the MIAA conference outdoor event. He also won the SMS College Relays with a toss Of 186 feet. "I just started fooling around with the javelin last year," he said." He credits SMS Coach Aldo Sebben wiyi vital help in the event. Murdock started lifting weights last fall to strengthen his arms and shoulders and started to throw outside in early March. "I don't throw over 10 to 15 times in practice and sometimes less than that if I'm just working on form," he explained. He warms up for practice by running and then sticking the javelin in the ground a short' distance away. Then he lengthens this distance before taking four or five practice throws. He has his steps" figured correctly, so the only thing he must watch about scratching running past the release point is to start his approach at the correct point. Murdock prefers throwing on a windless day, because a wind behind him pulls the tail of the javelin down . and forces resistance against the entire length. "The same thing happens if I throw too high. But the Javelin stays up longer if I throw into the wind." He said his. first three tosses in competition are usually his best of the day. but his 213-11 record breaker came on his fifth attempt. "I like to get keyed up in a meet. I think you always do better with competition." i .He also., doubles in the discus for the Bears, and laughingly explains that "I usually get third place. Gary McDaniel of SMS beats me, and our competition usually has a top man who also throws farther." Murdock, who is 20, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Murdock of Seneca. Missouri Depth Overcomes OSU STILLWATER. Okla. AP)-Missouri's depth and distance strength overcame a fine individual effort by Oklahoma State's Charles Strong as the Tigers posted an 81-64 victory in a dual track meet Saturday. Strong figured in five of Oklahoma 1 "' aajm.v'ain- t ' Ill J-wor f i . 1 a- i m V - "" ' -. ... . -. ; . . .. " a -- HaV " 1 ," tl . f .... s (a J9afe"a.3ai Newi and leader SUff Pheta Jim Murdock, left, and Richard Ciark headed for the Kansas RelaysV Talented Endanger LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - At least 13 meet records will be in danger at the 38th Kansas Relays Friday and Saturday. The talented field will include at least five defending individual champions plus Texas Southern's powerful baton teams. A highlight will be the efforts of little Tom O'Hara and his Chicago Loyola teammates to pre vent another sweep of the college relay events by Texas Southern. The" 130-pound O'Hara has 'run the mile in 3:59.2 and will test Southern severely in at least two Late Models Race Today For 1st Time The first late model stock car race of the 1963 season will get under way at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Speedway this afternoon at 2 o'clock. From all indications, officials said, the program today will start another recordbreaking season at the track. About 6000 fans are expected today with 3500 seats held for box office sale today. Today's results will give first answer to the battle of the 1963 models and the 1957 Chevrolets which have dominated the races for several seasons. Odds are even for today's main 30-lap event. About 60 drivers are expected to compete today for a share of an expected $2000 - purse AH cars will be timed in today in order to determine their starting position. For the rest of the 24-race season, drivers will be placed according to point standings figured from previous winnings. Time trials today start at noon. Because of the large number of fans expected, Raceways, Inc., promoters of the races, are urging those arriving from the north to use the zoo park entrance. Those arriving from the west on Interstate 44 are also urged to use the same entrance just off the Highway 13 exit. Today's event is one of three Sunday afternoon races before the show changes to Friday nights on May 3. ; Among the new car drivers is John Friebe in the H. V. Nelson '63 Ford, who showed in pre-race practice that he has a chance to beat the Chevrolets. Other late model drivers expected are John Kindig in a Tempest owned by Walter Terry, Willie Crane in a Gale Cable '63 Plymouth and Lester Friebe in the '63 Ford owned by Nu-W'ay Cleaners. 1 Jl n Trackmen Records events ... . Southern scored an unprecedented slam of all six college baton events at Kansas last year and t,ook 15 of 17 at the Texas, Kansas and Drake relays, losing only to Florida A&M at the Drake games. This year Southern started the grand circuit by winning all six college relay events at the Texas Relays a week ago. The Tigers already this ""season have sur- passed the Kansas meet records in three events the 440 relay with 40.7 seconds, the mile relay with 3:10, and the distance medley with 10:04.4. Led by Major Adams and lithe Ray Sadler, named the meet's top individual last year as a freshman, the Tigers will threaten all six relay records. The university class records are among the nation's best and surpass the college division marks in every event. None is likely to fall this time, although Southern Illinois returns three members of its winning distance medley quarter Jim Dupree, Brian Turner and Bill Cornell. But seven individual marks will be in danger, and an eighth the 100-yard dash could Be tied. John Camien, Emporia State sophomore who was a surprise mile winner at 4:02.6 in the Texas Relays over two sub-4-minute milers, Dyrol Burleson and Bill Dotson, will run the Glenn Cunningham Mile at Kansas. The record in this event is 4:03.1. The high jump meet mark oi 6-8 3-16 has been surpassed twice indoors by Colorado's Leander Durley, with a high of 6-IOV4, and by two other entrants, including Charles Williams of Lincoln, the defending champ. Roger Sayers of Omaha, a 9.4 man in the 100, won the Texas-100 and could tie the meet mark of 9.4. Purdue's Nate Adams will challenge him. Jayhawks Defeat 1NU To Win Series Edge LAWRENCE, Ka. (AP) The Kansas Jayhawks defeated Nebraska in a Big Eight baseball game Saturday 4-3 to take a 2-1 edge in their weekend series. Kansas scored two runs in the first inning on two singles and Keith Abercrombie's triple but the Cornhuskers tied it up in the second with three singles and a fielder's choice. Kansas scored a run in the fourth on four hits and Nebraska came right back in the fifth to knot the count with two hits. The Jayhawks went ahead to V BY LARRY HAZELRIGG "I don't like to run fast." That statement from Richard Hark of Southwest Missouri State College explains why he says, "The longer the race, the better I like it." Clark is the Thayer junior who doubles in the mile and two-mile runs for the Bears, and will make his first attempt in the 10,000 meter run a little over 6y miles at the Kansas Relays in Lawr-4 ence next yeekend. "I'm going to run as fast as I can as long as I can," he said, but added that he won't be trying for the lead, since his competitors may know the correct pace for the race. The 6-foot 2-inch 162-pounder was on the track team at Thayer High School, but never ran over-880 yards- in -competition. He got the half-mile down to 2:03 minutes, a top-notch time for high schoolers. "I have always liked to run. In fact I used to run the railroad tracks or Just run 2-3 miles without stopping," he recounted. "But I was the slowest member of the high school track team as a freshman. I ran the 220-yard dash in 32 seconds." He started in the half-mile at SMS, but was entered in both the mile and two-mile one day by Coach Aldo Sebben. He says he had never trained for over the two-mile distance until this year, however. "I like the longer race because you don't have to sprint. You can just pace yourself and stride instead of sprinting." He credits cross-country running in the fall with helping him more than any other method of practice, and he still goes to Horton Smith Municipal Golf Course occasionally to run, instead of working out on the SMS track Clark moves into the SMS gymnasium during wintry weather and straps 24 pound -weights to his ankles, then runs up and down the steps. He also lifts weights, "about 50 pounds with lots of repetition, to build up my chest." By the end of January he is backoutside running quarters around the SMS track. After running on the cinders, he moves to a grassy area and runs from 5 to 10 miles to finish the day. "As the season goes on, I increase my speed and decrease the distance in training, but I always run over two miles. I don't like this time of year because I have to run faster," he said. Weather affects his performances, he says, and he likes best a moist day. If it is cold and dry or hot and dry, he has more trouble breathing. Clark recently . set a record in the two-mile for SMS athletes at 9:42.5 minutes. What does he think about when he is running the eight-lap race? "I used to try to keep my mind off the race, but this year I think about the race all the time" he said. "I would rather have someone running just in front of me." This year, however, it has not been that way. He gets the lead quickly and holds it throughout the race. - What's his goal in the two-mile? "I'd like to hit 9:30 before the end of this season, but I don't know how fast I could run the mile. I can't pace myself so well in that one. Most of all he would like to win the conference outdoor two-mile, but he will be shooting for the mile victory also. "I want to score as many points for our team as possible," he says. With all this pressure on him, bow does he relax? By propping his feet up in an easy chair? Not on your life. "I enjoy riding my bicycle and go as much as 30 miles a day and. nearly always average 10 miles a day. I ride to Lake Spring, field at least three times a week. And I like to walk. I always walk fast on campus it increases rhythm." Quite a lot of movement for the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Champ Dark of Thayer, who may soon be known as "Mr. Motion" in SMS sports annals.