Spoolstra, Mike 19750716; Independent, Long Beach, CA

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Spoolstra, Mike 19750716; Independent, Long Beach, CA - of track recruits ' - ' ' " ' ' By JIM...
of track recruits ' - ' ' " ' ' By JIM McCOHMACK ·. ··. . Statf Writer ...;., Ron Allice had just, completed a .500 recruiting day. ' . . . "We lost one guy we thought we had," repoited Allice. "He broke up with his girl friend, so he signed with Colorado. It was sort of like joining the Foreign Legion. · ;"But we got another guy who's better.. .in a different event. His -name is John Peterson.- He's jpm Saddleback High School and to give you an idea how good he is, Earl McCullouch (former co-holder of the world high hurdle standard) ran the highs in 13.7 . .,.., "John has run them in 13.3. He. won the CIF championship and finished second in the state meet." ;,,, Intensifying . Allice's delight is the f a c t - t h a t Peterson is but one of 'a double fistful of athletes that have' indicated they will be wearing the brown and gold of Allice's Long Beach State track team next spring. . . . THE RECRUITS include throe current CIF champions-- Ricky Jackson of Pasadena, Peterson .^..Marcus Jennings of Ontario; one state junior ; f college titlist-- El Camino's Jim Knaub; and the · world's greatest high jumper, Dwight Stones. . · ,,,,,, ,, Jackson won the 100 in the CIF meet and has ,..jbe.s.t times of. 9.4 (100), 21.3 (2201 and 48.3 (440). ;.,Jennings won the CIF and Masters long jump gold ; medals and has a best leap of 24-6. ' «,.!' Knaub, the CIF pole vault champion a year ago 'at Xakewood, won that, event for El Camino this ;., season and is ranked the No. 1 JC vaulter in.. the ·'..nation with a best of 16-8. He recently finished third ' (l'6-M in the USA-USSR junior meet. Stones' accomplishments defy chronicling. He is ,. the world record holder at 7-6%. He redshirtecl at ·LBSU last season. ...,.., Allice has added two other prep standouts- Jerry Flowers, a 6-10 highjumper from Eisenhower High School, and Richard Stewart, a 178-11 discus thrower from La Quinta-- along with a host, of junior college transfers. · JC stars include triple jumpers Ehricke Scott, of Mt. San Antonio College, and Greg Magee of Trade Tech: Scott has jumped 50-3, Magee 4D-8. Allice has also bulked up in the long jump where hejias landed Jennings and three JC stars, Mark Givens (25-1) of Fresno JC, Earl Paysinger (24-3) of Harbor and Allen Hollis (24-8) of West L.A. In .the middle and long distances, the 49ers landed Larry Hayden, a 1:52.0 half-miler from Sunny Hills, and four junior college distance specialists, Ronnie Lee Robinson (1:50.4) of West L.A., Richard McCandless (14:00.2,' 3-mile) of-West Vallw JC, Howard Burgess (9:14 steeplechase) of Fullerton and Cliff Horden (14:02 3-mile) of Valley. . Eycn four-year programs donated athletes. The 49ers acquired, two college division ail-Americans, discus thrower Fritz Cqffman (171-4) and decathlon specialist Dave Bayless (6,800 points) when Cal State Fullerton abandoned its track program. , The recruits also include two. javelin throwers, Mike Spoolstra (230-0), a redshirt from Cerritos, and Victor Glover (200-0), from Mt. San Antonio. · The newcomers have Allice wishing the first rainy Saturday in March was this weekend so he could hold the Long Beach Relays and see his new troops in action. PEOPLE don't realize how successful last year's .track program was," crows Allice. "We broke seven school records and took .13 people to the nationals, where five were alirAmericans. "But next year's team is going to be better. I've never had .a recruiting year like this and we're not through yet. . "We were tied for 13th in the nation last year," says Allice,:" but with the people we've got coming coupled with the athletes we've got coming back, we could easily be in the top 10 if not better than that." Allice thinks three things led to the 49ers' recruiting success. "First of all," he says, "I've got a heck of a coaching staff in Jack Hale, Preston Davis, Jeff Davis, Stan Stauble and Danny Moore. "Secondly, thanks to the administration, we have a truly outstanding facility. Thirdly, we established ourselves as a university program this year. All those things made recruiting a lot easier." The new blood will provide a transfusion not only for the 49er track team but for cross country as well. "Preston has everyone coming back from a team.that was No. l.in California last year," reports Allice, "and it's got to be stronger with the addition of McCandless and Mprden. They both finished in the top 10 among California JC cross country runners. "We should certainly be a national-caliber cross country team this fall." The 49ers, Allice warns, aren't done yet. "We've got some more surprises coming up," he promises. Pro grid briefs Oregon, and at

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  1. Independent,
  2. 16 Jul 1975, Wed,
  3. Page 35

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