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You look like one" said White adjusting the arms on which the high jump pole rests "For a lot of years people thought of me as a skinny guy Now people say 'yea he may be skinny but he can jump high enough" White cleared 6-foot 8-inches at the TAC National Track and Field Meet in New York for a second-place finish among the top youth high jumpers in the United States two weeks ago The 6-foot athlete repeated the feat of 6-8 last week to win the regional title and set a record Ills performance at that meet held in Houston qualified him for another national meet July 25-28 in Seattle Wash He is undefeated In nine Texas meets this year "The guy who beat me in New York will be in Seattle" said White "Maybe I can bring it back home from Washington" The 17-year-old Arlington High otodent walked off his steps for him high jump approach His 165 pounds are proportionately distributed but his thigh muscles jut out vividly with each step he takes Nolan lost to Kennedale 54-0 to start its third straight winless season a year ago The Signs are the younger brothers to Bobby Sign the heralded Lamar High standout who started at the University of Pittsburgh as a freshman Sign has been moved to guard for the Panthers Former Arlington High and Texas Tech placekicker Ricky Gann is presently looking to land a job with a National Football League team The fifth all-time leading scorer in Texas Tech history with 169 points turned down a "I jump rope a lot and do squats with weights" said the athlete who has been active in this event for eight years "My legs are about as strong as they've ever been "I've been working on my upper body Your upper body is what gets you off the ground helps with your runup plant and spring" His personal best jump so far has been a 6-9 the all-time Southland Conference college record is 7-534 held by Lamar University's Thomas Eriksson White finished third in the high jump at last year's District 7-5A meet after the top three jumpers were forced into a jumpoff White is a wide receiver for the Arlington Colts football team in the fall then joins teammates for the Arlington Boys Club winter basketball league He attributes part of his jumping abilities to experience from rebounding on the basketball court "I played basketball in school until my sophomore year" said White "then the coach said you can't really play football and basketball and be good at both of them At the Boys Club it's not whether we win or lose You're just getting some good playing time There's not that much pressure on you" Then spring time starts giving birth to the bluebonnets and outdoor track athletes begin getting itchy feet to get back on the track White gets going in early spring and doesn't bag his track season Te' 1 - 't t 1 1) 1111 t Marks By free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys on draft day "I turned down a contract with Dallas and I really shouldn't" said Gann Monday "I thought I'd get some more offers The contract wasn't that bad but I wanted to go until just before the school year begins White's father ran sprints the hurdles and did the long jump during his youth but Kyle said his father was "mainly a football man" The youngest of three kids White didn't fill out as much as his father might have wished for a football player so track was a logical choice -"I'm not fast enough to be a sprinter" he said "People said if I worked at it I could become a sprinter or distance runner but this (high jumping) just came natural" Last year clearing 6-2 was a good jump for White he said This season he's averaging 6-8 a height eight inches higher than the top of his head "Coach (Gerald) Richey my high school coach wrote the book on track and field" said White "And I've worked with coach (Ron) Abrams for six years His specialty is jumps" So White feels fortunate to have had primo coaches to guide him to his current level of competition His own mental attitude plays a major role "I say to myself don't look at how high the bans Half or most of the high jump is a mental game "You just have to let it all out Shut your eyes and go Trust yourself and your abilities" By MARK GOODSON C-1 Sports Editor Keith Cunningham had a knack for being in the right place at the right time in Sam Houston High's 1984 banner year Last week the right-hand man of Arlington football fortunes was in the right place at the wrong time The easy-going Cunningham was injured in a freak accident just 45 minutes before he was to leave for Lubbock to begin the countdown for his freshman season at Texas Tech University Cunningham sliced his right wrist when he broke a light fixture while moving the box springs off his mother's king-sized bed The sharp-edged glass fixture shattered when struck by the box springs Pieces of the flying glass speared Cunningham in his forearm and wrist — cutting ligaments arteries and nerves "All I felt was this here" said Cunningham pointing to the stitched cut on his forearm "I couldn't feel my wrist because it cut a nerve There was a lot of blood I just ran to the bathroom and grabbed a towel and put pressure on it" Cunningham who amassed 1720 yards total offense and scored 19 touchdowns last season rushed to the hospital for what he thought was a few quick stitches "I went in and told the doctor I need a couple of stitches because I've got 45 minutes before I go to Tech" said Cunningham The injury will keep Cunningham out for six to eight weeks and threatens to and remarks Mark Goodson some place where I had a better chance of making it Septien (Rafael) has three or four more good years in him" Gann says the Cleveland Browns are a possibility for him Cleveland's veteran kicker is Matt igormi t " V3 to4 OrtrOrVIITIVM1 'k:k:7''':'":':':'6'':':-''M 1::1P ' ' '''''t:: Kyle -- ' ' ''' ""'':'g::::: :!!:::!:!!:"711'g'!!gji'i!::":eM'2i!fIiiq:'1'::s::'I:-::::ri4:s:ii":':I::-:ii::: : - 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