Spoolstra, Mike 19750218; Independent, Long Beach, CA
tougher, so is track schedule By JOHN DIXON Staff Writer L a s t s e a s o n , L o n g Beach State's tracksters were knocked head over spikes by some of the m o s t talented a g g r e g a - tions in the United States. M o r e anxious to construct a national contender than a perfect record, 49er coach Ron Alike has scheduled the toughies again this semester. U S C a n d U C L A a r e early-line favorites to con- t e n d f o r t h e n a t i o n a l championship, while San Jose was ranked among top 10 dual meet teams in '73 and '74. Allice views the season w i t h expectation rather than trepidation. "We've got a lot more depth t h a n l a s t year," said Allice, who is commencing his second 49er s e a s o n a f t e r champions h i p coaching tours at Wilson a n d P o l y h i g h schools and C a l P o l y Pomona. "Potentially, this'is the best team ever to represent Long Beach State. L a s t y e a r we finished third in the Pacific Coast. A t h l e t i c A s s o c i a t i o n championships behind San Jose and Fresno. We look like a solid No. 2 this year. But track meets are not won on paper. If our sprinters and our distance r u n n e r s improve, S a n J o s e had better watch out." Long Beach's strongest events are the javelin and high jump. "In quantity and quality." Allice analyzed, "the javelin is our best event. We have as -much 1-2-3 strength as any team in the country. Keith Goldie was an NCAA finalist last year, and established a conference record of 243 feet, 7 inches. Mike Spoolstra threw 235 feet in an all-comers meet here the other day, and Steve Zoto- vich, an N C A A college division finalist two years ago, has thrown 226." The high j u m p also will be a 9-0 49er sweep in many meets. "We'll be very, v e r y strong," Allice said with a point-calculating s m i l e . "Carl Miles jumped 7-1 in '73 and won the National A A U J u n i o r c h a m p i o n ship; Bill Heitchew has j u m p e d 6-10, D a r r y l Robinson and Rick Moore 6-9. They can go higher. I think we'll have two or three 7-footers this year." The pole vault will be another high-point event for Long Beach. "Don Baird could be the best in the country," said Allice. "He's from Australia and won the British Commonwealth title last year. He vaulted a lifetime best of 17-6% Saturday. Paul Richards is an up-and-coming 16-footer." Long Beach State opens its season Saturday in a non-scoring meet against USC, UC Irvine and San Diego State at Irvine, 1 p.m. The outlook in o t h e r 100 - Hurt by graduation of school record holder John David Gloud (9.5i and Royce Ford (9.61. Junior Lionel Jones (9.G) and JC transfers Alton Whit- Icy (9.7) and Ed Weathcrsby (9.7) and freshman Darrell Scoggins (9.7) may carry the sprint-relay banner. 220 - Gloud (21.51, Ford (21.8) and Phil Wnite 121.9) are gone, but Fred Batiste, long jumper who ran 21.2 at Long Beach City College, may provide gold medal quality. 4*0 - A strong event with Albert ShorU, 46.8 and second in the state at L B City College last year. Has NCAA potential. Transfers will provide back- U| '880 - Phil Moses (1 -52.2) graduated, but R a n d y Lope; tl:52fi) returns. Veterans C h r i s Meeker (1:53.01. Ed Radermarher 11:5.1.3) J e f f T r i b l and newcomers make this a. high-point event. Mile - Excellent depth with returnees Mike Dyer (4:10.4) and Lopez 11:11.4), plus JC transfers Bob Wilson and Lee Dick (4:101. Long tfiauoces - Members of L.B. Slate's league title cross country team form nucleus.' Bellwethers are Larry Stone, Larry Greer, Bill Aguyo, Jim Sweeney and newcomers W i l s o n Rodriguez and Steve Chase. Steeplechase - S w e e n e y , P holder at 9:11.9, returns. Transfers Mike Lundblad and Tom Pelton, Jewell and Aguayo (9:28.3) also will score. 120 hurdles Good quality and quantity w i t h redshirt Milt Turner (13.9), freshman James Royal (14.0), veteran Dan Jones (14.6). 440 hurdles Â· Harbor College transfer Otis Fisher (M.I) was second in state last year. Brian Stroud, Rudy Peters and Ronnie lÂ«e will help in what was one of weakest 49fr events last season. Decathlon Â· Rick Moore, f r o m LBCC. could be a PCAA frontrunner. Richard Brown from Trade Tech has potential. Hammer - Top two return, Dan Gardner(15fi) and Ray Rangel 1119-1). Shotput - Weakest event Discus throwers will try 16-pounder as well as 4-pounder. Discos Â· High point event with Dan Gardner, already at 176 in practice, and Ken Cowl. 1.5. Both have 185 foot promise. Long tamp - School record holder pred Batiste 125-8V) figures to be consistent winner. Returnee Bill Moreno, has jumped 23-10, newcomer Otis risb- er has 24 foot potential. Triple jump- NCAA finalist Ray-field Dupree and school record holder David Tucker have departed. Pat Pitman (48 feet) and Compton College transfer Maurice Valentine M9-4) will score in dual meets.