Spoolstra, Mike 19760525; Independent, Long Beach, CA
C-4-1NPEPENDENT (AM) PRÂ£ii-l fclbUAM ( LOO, men. C.IH., TIMS.. M.V u. PCAA parachutists' league San Jose eyes jump By JIM McCOR-MACK StaH WrilÂ»r II the Pacific Coast Athletic Association should ever decide to change Us logo, the new emblem should feature a parachute. Every time a member faces an uncomfortable ,* conference obligation, its first reaction is to bail out. y / - . San Diego State established that approach in ..* 1973 when the Aztecs put on a chute and told the '* PCAA they were pulling out if the conference didn't rrtake a total committment to becoming a major college football league. The PCAA fathers coaxed the Aztecs into staying that time by pushing UC Santa Barbara, with no football team, and L.A. State, with a division II squad, out of tilt; plane. Last fall, motivated by thoughts of joining hands wilh the highflyers in a proposed "Super Conference," the Aztecs did jump out of their conference football obligations. Now San Jose State is contemplating a similar move in track. "The time has come when we can no longer spot Long Beach points in the steeplechase and decathlon " and still expect to beat them," San Jose coach Ernie .' Bullard said Saturday after the 49ers had ended the \ Spartans' two-year reign as conference track king. !Â·Â· One solution would be for the Spartans to recruit Â· ', a couple of decathletes and one or two sleeplechas- / ers. Bullard has another solution--hit the silk. ;. The Spartans attempted to bail out of this year's ' meet, but the conference held them to a commill- ''. ment made last June at the league's summer mect- ; ing in which institutions are required to declare in '. which conference sports they will compete in during Â·the upcoming year. ', Bullard (old program director Bill Tisdale Satur- Â· day that he "enjoyed the feud that has developed I between his team and the 49ers," and that the Â· Spartans hoped it continued from many years "on a dual meet basis." " THE SPARTANS' unhappiness notwithstanding, Â· there were some amusing scenarios during the week"end track championships. Â· When a protest was filed that a San Diego thrower was using illegal gloves in the hammer event, an AAU official was asked if he knew the rules. "No I don't know the rules," he responded. "Why should I know the rules? I don't even like the Â· hammer throw." Or, when all the stopwatches were stopped following the finish of the first four in the 10,000 meters, an official asked if anyone in the stands was still timing the race. Â» Or, the ad lib attempts to measure the bar in the pole vault when it was raised to 17-5, the Olympic Trials qualifying standard, for Jim Knaub. A ladder tall enough to measure the bar conventionally was nowhere to be found, so Jack Rose "scrounged up an ancient timers' stand and piled a 50- gallon trash canon top of that. : Â· Rose tried first, but was not tall enough to reach Xhe bar. Someone taller was recruited and, with Rose ^holding him by the ankles, the volunteer "officially" determined the bar was at 17-5. : NOTEBOOK: Don't be surprised if Long Beach State considers joining the PCAA's list of skydivers. The post-season conference basketball tournament Â·will be one of the topics of discussion at the league's annual June meeting and the 49ers, seven-time league champs, would not be above using the threat of a walkout in lobbying against the tourney, especially if there are plans to hold it in the unconventional facilities at Pacific or San Jose State.. .If San Jose State pulls out of next year's conference track meet, to be hosted by San Diego State, only four schools, the Aztecs, 49ers, Fresno State and UC Santa Barbara, will be entered. Santa Barbara is returning to the conference this fall. . .The track title was the sixth PCAA crown the 49ers have won this year. Earlier, LBSU teams claimed championships in water polo, cross country* swimming, tennis and basketball, a crown it shared with Cal State Fullerton. . .Jim Knaub remains the "unknown" pole vaulter although he has put together quite a championship streak the last three years. As a senior at Lakewooa he won state meet. Last year he won the state JC title as freshman at El Camino, and Saturday he won the PCAA pole vault. . .Not all of those controversial rulings went in Long Beach's favor Saturday. Mike Spoolstra got off a lifetime best 230-foot throw in the javelin qualifying, but exited illegally, by about an inch, as he watched the flight of his spear, and the throw was disqualified. The 230-footer would have Four New her 49ER NOTEBOOK TV x earned Spoolstra second place in the competition but, as it was, he didn't advance to the finals. . .Many, observers thought distance coach Preston Davis had gone temporarily insane when he turned in his entries. D a v i s had 1,500-meter specialist R i c McCandless run the 5,000 and 10,000, put Matt Sora- mer in the 10,000 and steeplechaser Howard Burgess in the 5.000. McCandless responded by finishing second in both his events; Burgess won the steeplechase and finished third in the 5,000, and Sommer got a third in the 10,000. "I knew what I was doing," contends Davis. "Those guys had shown in workouts that they were capable of doing what they did." McCandless was spectacular in both his races and Burgess did a solid job of holding off San Jose Dan Gruber until the final two laps of the 5,000. Gruber is a remarkably durable runner who, in winning the 10,000 and 5,000, would allow someone else to take the early pace. He then would run alongside, talking constantly. Late in the race, he would sprint away.to victory. He ran into an unusually tough adversary in Burgess, however, and had to go four times before he could finally pull past the 49er. "You've got my respect," Gruber told Burgess after the 5,000. "You ran a helluva tough race." FOOTNOTES: World record-holder Dwlghl Stones won the high jump with a meet record 7-2%, one jump at 7-5 and retired for the day. "I'm fiat," said Stones. The problem was that someone "borrowed" his weight belt Monday and didn't return it until Wednesday. "That put me two days behind my traitu'ng schedule for this week," said Stones, performed Monday's workout on Thursday. "1 would have been awesome if the meet had been on Sunday," Stones added. . .The Canadian Olympic team ended its one-month stay at LBSU Monday and headed home for the Canadian Olympic Trials. Sunday night Mrs. Ernie Pullman hosted the entire team for a Victoria Day celebration. . .Several -19ers competed Sunday in the SPAAAU championships at UCLA. The standouts included Allen HoUis, who the long jump at 24-6; Knaub, who tied for second the pole vault at 17-1, and Albert Shorts, who was fourth in the 400 meters at 46.4.