Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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Joe Reynolds prepares to let the discus tly during competition. ZOO f Mens Track The dynasty QCont.j Once again ACU headed west, competing in the California Relays in Modesto, Calif. With such performances in nationwide meets, ACU earned the recognition it deserved. But the recognition reached a high in the 1,600-meter relay in Modesto. Led by Arthur Williams' 47.5 and Thompsonm's 46.5, the Wildcats wereout to their best start. And they kept right on steaming. Witherspoon accelerated to a 45.2, his personal best. Still, ACU trailed highly-regarded Arkansas by a considerable distance. But that kind of lead was very dangerous when Phillips was at the anchor, Phillips blazed to a 44,4 split, narrowly losing to Arkansas at the tape. For a consolation prize, the relay team broke the school record by three full seconds, turning in a super-sonic time of 3:05.57. ACU waited all year long for its opportunity at Cape Girardeau, Mo., the site of the NCAA-II meet. However, trouble began to brew when the meet officials declared Witherspoon ineligible because of his transfer status. The loss of Witherspoon meant that ACU would lose a runner who had qualified for five events. The Wildcats' patience began to wear thin, but the wait was well worth it, as ACU was paid its second consecutive national championship, Bright started it off in high fashion for the Wildcats by winning the decathlon with a school record of 7,743 points. ACU obeyed the expectations in the pole vault, placing 1-2-3 5.jenkins won the title, followed by Pursley. Both qualified for the Division I meet. Although Phillips dropped the baton in the 400-meter relay, he more than atoned for his miscue. First, he won the 400-meter dash in 45.1, a NCAA-II record. Phillips' most sensational effort came in the mile relay, however. Needing a high finish to win the championship, Phillips, anchoring the relay, was in third place when he got the baton. Nevertheless, ACU teammates screamed for joy. They had been there before. He burst around the track to give ACU the win and lg .ruin

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