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202 X Mens Track
The dynasty lCont.j the championship.
The mile relay team, Phillips, Pursley,-Jenkins and Bright
all qualified for the NCAA-1 meet. However, the hopes
ended abruptly when meet officials declared Phillips
ineligible. Hood immediately withdrew his relay team. Bright
dropped out of the decathlon because of fatigue, and
Pursley finished third out of eight in the pole vault.
"It was a great disappointment," said Phillips. "l had
worked hard to go home to Houston. I was ready. I wanted
to win in front of my family." Nevertheless, it was a season
that saw eight school records smashed: Witherspoon ran a
20.59 in the 200-meter dashg Phillips ran a 44.98 in the 400-
meter dash, the Williams, Thompson and Witherspoon team
ran a 1:22.57 in the 800-meter relayg Arthur Williams,
Thompson, Witherspoon and Phillips sparkled to a 3:05.57 in
the mile relay, Matt Minson, Danny Kittley, Dougjones ant
Phillips ran a 731.1 in the 3200-meter relayg Pursley vaultei
18-10V2g Simmons hurled the hammer 183-25 and Ricl
Watkins high jumped 7-1. j
The season ended on the highest note: the NCAA-1
Championship. But this year, the track team gave ACU mod
than a title. It gave them recognition.
The team went from Los Angeles to El Paso to Taipe
Taiwan Can exhibition meet in early Octoberl to compet
with bigger schools. ACU did more than hold its grounc
Many times, the Wildcats embarrassed their opponents.
Wildcat fans saw more than the building of
championship - they saw the birth of a dynasty. - Don