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June 9, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 23

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Steeplechaser Bob Gray Finds Olympics-Oriented Coach At ASU JONESBORO -- Bob Gray has the same goal many track and field athletes do -- to make the United States Olympic team. Only Bob doesn't talk about it merely as a dream. He speaks of it as part of his future. "I've got about two more years until the Olympic Trials," says Gray, a graduate assistant at Arkansas State University. "I'm in better shape now and -I'm running better now than 'ever before, so if God blesses 'me as much in the next two .years as he has this season. :i think making the Olympic ;team is a possibility." Bob's specialty is the steeplechase, a 3,000-meter (nearly two miles) which doesn't contain the glamor ol ,the 100-yard dash or the mile .run. In each race he must jump ^28 hurdles (four each lap) and .cross seven water hazards (one :each lap). lerformers (and fifth among all J.S. steeplechasers). The Olympic fever first hit !ray during his days at Bre- r ard Junior College in North Carolina. He bagan to believe n himself and his chances of leco-ming an Olympic distance runner after he won back-to- back national JC Cross Country championships (the only JCer ever to do so) his freshman and sophomore seasons. In fact, he qualified and competed in the 1968 Olympic Trials, but didn't get very far. "I got beat pretty soundly," remembers Gray. "Looking back, 1 don't think 1 was mature enough for that kind of competition." After transferring to Arkansas State, Gray continued racking up honors. He became an NCAA All-American in cross country (he had twice been named a JC All-American), es tablished three ASU distance records and set a new Arkansas nfluence which lured Gray 'rom B r e v a r d to ASU. University of Tennessee assistant coach Thad Talley had sold Job on transferring to the Knoxville school. HAD SAME IDEAS "I'll never forget the one thing that really stuck in my mind all those times Coach . . His best 1973 time of 8:38.7icollegiate mark in the steeple- :ts second best nationally (8:38.2 jchase. : is tops) among non-collegiate I It was a round-about Olympic Depailler, Scheckter Grab Front-Row Spots In Trials Talley talked with me,' 1 Gray noted. "In the lapel on his jacket he always wore an Olympic button, and that really impressed me. I knew then that he and I had the same ideas. "So, when Coach Talley took the head track coaching job here that summer, I decided to come here, too." (Talley served three seasons before taking an assistant's job at the University of Kansas.) After graduation and a yeai of teaching and coaching a Jonesboro's Annie Camp Junioi High School, Gray headed for Florida. He taught history am oached track and football at ort Myers High School. He resumed his personal raining sessions during the niddle of track season there 1973) and joined the Florida rack Club, where his Olympic empcrature soared higher. 1072 O l y m p i c marathon h a m p Frank Shorter, world- lass miler Marty Liquori, and ANDERSTORP. Sweden (AP) -- Tyrell drivers Patrick DC pailler of France and Jody ; Scheckter of South Africa came Connors And Latham Win MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (AP)--Top-seeded Jimmy Connors of Belleville, III., and Kate Latham of Palo Alto, Calif., won the championships in the Northern Lawn Tennis Tournament Saturday. Connors downed England's Mike Collins, a student at Oklahoma State University, 13-11, 6 2 for the men's tide after Miss L a t h a m , unseeded, defeated No. 3 secil Leslie Charles of England 6-3. 6-4. Conntrs was trailing 8-7 against Collins with the English player serving for the game. But Connors won that point to tic it and then went on to take his man. Miss Latham, a late entrant broke Miss Charles service in the opening set and dominates the match crown. for the women's from behind and swept the front row positions ahead of the Italian Ferraris Saturday in the final time trials for Sweden's Grand Prix. "I think this is the ifrst time ever that I've had two of my cars in the front row," said Ken Tyrell. Depailler was clocked in 1 minute, 24.8 seconds on the 2.498-miles long track, averag- ng 103.6 miles per hour, in winning the pole position for Sunday's race. Teammate Scheckter, who will start alongside Depailler was limed in 1.25.0. Niki Lauda of Austria, driving a Ferrari, was third in 1.25.1 lollowcd by teammate Claj Ragaz/oni of Switzerland 1.25,2 Ronnie Peterson of Sweden the crowd favorite, look fiflh a JPS Lotus and will bp in the third row with Jame. H u n t of Britain, in a Hesketh Peterson was timed 1.25.3, will Ilunl clocked in 1.25.5. F o r m e r world champioi Emerson Fitlipaldi of Brazi finished ninth in a McLaren in 1.25.9, and teammate Deni Hulhe of New Zealand, the de fending champion was 12th 1.2C.4. No Americans will be in th Jack Nicklaus Changes Grip For U.S. Open MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) -- Jack Nicklaus has returned to Winged Foot after a 14-year absence, with a new grip and five extra pounds to take into next week's bid for a 15th major golf championship. Claude Harmon the longtime resident pro at the course where the U.S. Open starts June 13. was flabbergasted. "Can you imagine," said the paunchy teacher of princes and kings. "Here's a guy who has won every major championship in the world, most of them two and three times over, and he's changing his grip a week before the Open." Nicklaus flew in from his home in West Palm Beach Fla.. for a re-introduction to the famed Winged Foot courst Wednesday and immediately began charting the layout like a surgeon preparing for a deli cate operation. At the 442-yard eighth hole he laced into an iron shot. The bal formed a perfect parabola, sail ing to the green only a few fee from the cup. "That's it, that's it." Jack said with obvious delight and ti hot His Age 19 Years Ago ilympic steeplechaser Barry were members in the no one in particular. "A1 spring I've bee nlrvtng to moV' the ball left to right. lub and had an encouraging! Nick | aus winner of a rec:)r nfluence on Gray They helped 4 major cnam p ionshi p. La dm set a goal to make the )ly7npic team. Six weeks after joining the :lub. Bob got his mile time Jown to 4:07. Last summer, while concentrating on his spe- :ialty, Gray returned to ASU is a graduate assistant and has nanaged to assist head coach Juy Kochel with a successful program while continuing his raining. The 25-year-old Gray, who will compete next in the national AAIJ championships at ..os Angeles June 21-22, attri- nites much of his success to Ihristianity. "A lot of people tell me I'm running better now because of my age," he said. "I don't dis igrec with that, but I feel it's the desire to be completely dependent on Jesus that has helped. A native of Wilson. N.C., and the oldest in a family of eight Bob averages 50 to 60 miles running each week. "I want to show a little improvement every time I run,' Bob said. "I think I can run n the B:30s soon in the steeple, and with a little work I think I can break four minutes in the mile." Those are only two of his three plans for the next couple of-years. managed only one tour victor his year- the Hawaiian Open- while Johnny Miller, the de 'ender in the Open, dominate :he early season with fou triumphs. He professes he is not dis couraged. "I', isn't that 1 have bee complacent or spending to much time on other things," h said. "I've been working har on my game. I just haven been playing well that's al and it's been largely due to th fact that I haven't been able fade the ball." He said. "1 feel fine, althouj at 190 I'm about five poum overweight." Nicklaus was a pudgy, crew cut 19-year-old amateur ,'vhe he played in the last U.S. Ope at Winged Foot in 1959. He sh two 77s for 154 and missed by shot m a k i n g the cut. Billy CE per won it. The next year Jack return lo play it again -- the last tii he had seen it--while on h r TWWNWKNN CX)TTON PRINTS DefightM designs ttot enter coordinate on machine wash eotto«Vpo«yester. 44"/*5" wide. Reg. 10 NOW! 99J ^ DAN RfVER WOVEN SEERSUCKER PLAIDS Good selections of cokus and combinations on machine wash polyester/cotton. 44745" wide. Reg. 229 , NOW! ' IMPORTED OTTOMAN SCREEN PRINTS Fterfcy designs on textured cotton. They machine wash, require little or no ironing. 44"/45" wide. NOW! Reg. 249 199 I YD. MULTI-COLORED Outstanding design and color combinations on prestigious maciiine wash polyester/silk double knits that will "pack and go". 58"/60" wide. Reg, 4«#598 NOW! North*** Arkor«o« TIMES, Sun, '»«· *. rAvirrrviLLi, ARKANSAS Golfer Going Strong At 90 C ARM EL, Ind. '(AP) -- "I'm st a decrepit old athlete who eeps on trying because I'm too rd-neaded to quit," said Bill ddel, a celebrated amateur slfer and golf course arcni- ·ct. . . . " V The long time native of Carel, an Indianapolis suburb, arked his 90th birthday today, nd once again is being honed by members of U» Wood nd Country Club. This birthday will be a little fferent. In the past, he's »1 ays played a special round o: olf on June 7, but a case of rheumatism is going to keep iddel off the links this year. "It seems to be getting better I the time." says Diddel. hink within a couple of weeks II be able to play again. Be ore I had to take it easy, 1 was hooting in the low 80s. But it 1 x a while before I ever do tha gain. Of course, even ttie high Os and low 90s is bad for any xxiy who knows as much axou olf as 1 do. "The first time I did it wa ack in 1955 (at age 71) when shot · TO at Daytona Beach." ys Diddel. "Since then, I've been shoot- ig my age a great deal of the me. Twice I ended up with a core twelve strokes under my ge, and I guess that's some -pe of record. Overall, I've ayed 1,120 rounds below my wn age." ; He began jolting in 1900, won le Indiana Amateur Cham- Rodeo Starts Tennis Event A special feature has bee idded to the Rodeo of th Ozarks this year. An ope ennis tournament is schedule or June 17-23 at Murphy Par n Springdale. There will be brackets fo men's singles and doubles an consolation bracket for men singles. There will also be brai ets for women's singles an doubles and a bracket fo mixed doubles. Applications will be aceeptec until 9 p.m., June 14, by Donn Harris at 751-1715, Kevin Turne at 766-6596 or Richard Zachai at 751-2391. Also, members of the spo soring Springdale Tennis Assc ciation may be contacted Murphy Park Tennis Courts, by writing to Route 6, Box 103 in Springdale. Entry fees will be $3.50 for singles and ?2.501 per person for doubles. The tournament director is Darryl pionship five times, the Central State Championship twice, look numerous tourneys in central ImHanY, and most recently, the overwhelming majority of Senior Citizens Championships in Florida. "I had pretty fair success throughout the early 1900's winning some tourneys along the way. Then I quit playing on a competitive basis for about 15 years to concentrate on design ing golf courses." Diddel currently is designing a golf course in St. Petersburg,] Fla. Since 1922, he has deigned} nearly 200. ; l ! "I plan on playing g»jf as long as I can walk, because if I! quit now, 1 it would probably] shorten my life . . . . 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