The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 03, 1987, Image 9

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Hogs take 14th SWC men's cross-country title
The Arkansas Razorbacks captured
their 14th consecutive Southwest
Conference men’s cross country title
and Texas’ women captured their
third straight title Monday at Razor-
back Park Golf Course.
Texas A&M’s team placed seventh
in the meet involving all conference
teams except Texas Christian, which
did not send a team.
Arkansas, the No. 1 team in the
nation, scored 38 points to outdis
tance second-place Rice even though
individual favorite Joe Falcon placed
33rd with a time of 26:01.43 over
the five-mile course. The Arkansas
senior was suffering from the flu,
which opened the door for Texas’
Harry Green, who captured the in
dividual title in 23:29.26.
Rice accumulated 67 points.
Texas, ranked 11th in the nation,
placed third with 80 points. Houston
had 98, Baylor 111, Southern Meth
odist 136, Texas A&M 166 and
Texas Tech 167.
“We ran with a lot of pride and
under a lot of pressure,” said Arkan
sas Coach John McDonnell, whose
team is the defending NCAA cham
pion. “Joe Falcon was suffering from
a virus. He was sick Sunday and was
pretty bad off as late as two hours
before the meet. All of our guys
knew he was sick and I think that put
some pressure on us. I knew we had
the team title wrapped up, even with
Joe down with the virus.
“I thought we showed a lot of
character when our top runner was
our last finisher,” he said.
Texas’ women, ranked No. 1 in
the nation, edged sixth-ranked Ar
kansas 32-41 for their third straight
team title. The Lady Longhorns also
captured the individual title as se
nior Trina Leopold (16:28.36) beat
Arkansas’ Melody Sye (16:34.29)
over the 5,000-meter course.
Rice was third with 68 points, fol
lowed by Houston with 145, Baylor
with 147, TCU with 152, Texas
A&M with 154, Tech with 186 and
SMU with 187.
“I’m really pleased with the way
our team ran today,” said UT Coach
Terry Crawford, whose team is the
defending NCAA champion. “Ar
kansas really pushed us and I feel
good about that. We didn’t come in
here thinking we were going to walk
away with it.”
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They’re not driven by glory, spec
tators or the lure of lucrative profes
sional contracts, but rather by the
pure love for the sport that drives
Texas A&M’s archery team mem
bers from beginners to winners.
Although this club sport operates
on a $1200 annual budget, the team
finished second during national
competition last year by taking sec
ond place in two of the three crucial
events — the mens and co-recre-
ational divisions.
“They’re here because they want
to be,” Coach Frank Thomas says,
“and that’s what makes them really
Thomas says the Arizona State
University archery club, last year’s
national champion, recruits team
members with full scholarships and
an annual budget of over $20,000.
Thomas says his team members
must be able to pay their own way to
participate on the team — including
tournament entry fees, equipment
costs, food, lodging, and transporta
Thomas says, “Occassionally the
club’s budget allows the students
help in paying for lodging or trans
portation, . . . but the $1200 just
doesn’t go very far.”
Thomas says that he finds his
team members in his beginning ar
chery classes.
When a beginning archery stu
dent shows potential, Thomas en
courages the student to take his in
termediate archery class, after which
the student can try out for the ar
chery team.
He says only one individual on
this year’s 25-member team had ever
shot a bow before taking a beginning
archery class at A&M.
“They’re very dedicated to their
studies and to archery,” Thomas
This year, Thomas says he expects
the team to finish in first or second
place at national competition next
“We’re as good as we were last
year — or better,” Thomas says.
Last September, the team won
second place at an invitational tour
nament held in Austin by the Uni
versity of Texas, falling once again
to Arizona State.
Practice for the team involves five
two-hour sessions a week. Thomas
adds they are able to maintain a
fairly strong grade point average,
considering the vast majority of
them also hold down jobs.
to success
Rick Stonebreaker, an engi
neering technology major at A&M,
won the men’s individual indoor and
outdoor divisions at last year’s na
tional championships. He kept up
the pace with a win in the men’s indi
vidual division during the invitatio
nal tournament held in Austin in
“I’m self-motivated,” Stone-
breaker says. “The will to win is very
overrated when compared to the will
to practice.”
Stonebreaker says it is his intense
practice that makes the difference in
being a winner and a loser.
Stonebreaker says that during a
tournament, he concentrates only on
how he is doing.
“When I shoot, I don’t look at
anyone else,” he said. “I don’t care if
I’m ahead or behind.”
Watson is back.
His victory in the Nabisco Cham
pionships of Golf last weekend
brought an end to a frustrating 40-
month non-winning string and
capped off pro golfs regular season
on a dramatic and extremely positive
“We need him. Golf needs him.
We need Tom Watson winning
again,” said Paul Azinger, who
clinched Player of the year honors in
the richest tournament golf has
But is Watson all the way back? Is
the man who won five British Open
championships and gathered a re
cord six Player of the Year titles re
ady to return to a position of domi
“I don’t know,” said Watson, now
ninth alone on the all-time winning
list with 32 American PGA Tour tri
“This is just one victory. We won’t
know if I’m all the way back until I
go out next year and win four, five,
six tournaments,” he said.
Is that possible? Doesn’t current
thinking hold that the rising level of
competition, the growing number of
good players, make it all hut impossi
ble for a current player to win more
than two or three titles a year?
“They don’t know what they’re
talking about,” Watson scoffed. “If
you have the talent and desire, al
most anything is possible.”
It also is possible that the growing
PGA tour will take on a different
look in the next few seasons. Com
missioner Deane Beman said in a re
view ofthe season.
“The Tour is very healthy,” Be
man said and cited increased atten
dance, growing purses (more than
$31 million this year) and increased
charitable contributions ($2 million
from this tournament alone).
Beman lauded the $3 million
Championships of Golf as providing
the season-ending climax golf has
“Before, we kind of just geared
down, and the players either took
time off or played overseas until the
Tour started up again in January.
“Now we have a tournament that
brings the season to a climax. It has
served its purpose well,” Beman
He said the Tour has a long-term
contract with Nabisco “and we are
discussing an extension of that con
Whether the tournament will re
main in San Antonio is another mat
ter, one he declined to discuss in any
depth. He did say the contract with
San Antonio was “short-term.”
He predicted that golf “is on the
threshold of its greatest period of
growth and expansion, even greater
than that of the 1960’s.
“Our challenge will be to accom
modate that growth.”
It is possible, Beman said, that the
accommodations will change the
shape and form of the Tour, possi
bly leading to concurrent tours oper
ating at the same time.
The split tour concept, intro
duced, discussed and rejected ini
1979 and again in 1982, has been re^
vived, he said.
It came up “spontaneously” Be^
man said in the results of a question^
aire circulated to Tour players ear*
Her in the year.
“It was rejected as it emerged in
‘79 and ‘82,” Beman said. “Now the
players themselves have brought it
up. They’re saying, ‘hey, let’s take a
look at it’.” A proposal to conduct a
study of the split-tour concept will be
presented at a meeting of the Tour’s
Policy Board early next month, Be
man said.
Earlier plans called for the field of
Tour players to be split into two
more-or-less equal groups, with each
group playing certain, designated
tournaments. In many cases, two;
events would be held simultaneously
in different cities. In the more im
portant tournaments — the Masters^
U.S. Open, PGA, Tournament Play
ers Championship and others—the
field would come together with all
eligible players competing.
That, Beman said, would not nec-;
essarily be the format of the new,-
split tour.
“We’ll be starting with a blank,
piece of paper. We don’t know exac-;
tly what form it will take. That’s what-
the study will tell us,” Beman said.
Former WAC steeplechaser
revels in NY Marathon win
From the Associated Press
A fantasy turned into reality Sun
day for Ibrahim Hussein, a former
Western Athletic Conference stee
plechase champion at the University
of New Mexico.
Hussein, who was ninth in his
marathon debut in New York in
1985 and finished fifth last year,
wore down early leader Pat Petersen
shortly past the 14-mile point and
finished 52 seconds ahead of run
ner-up Gianni DeMadonna of Italy.
“At the eight-mile mark, I could
see that I was closing in on Peter
sen,” Hussein said.
“When I went past him, I felt
fresh, and with my training (at high
altitude in Albuquerque, N.M.), I
knew I could win.
“I could see he was struggling and
he was not going to be a threat.
“My mam concentration was to
control myselt. Last year, I got a
sidestitch at 15 miles. I didn’t want
that to happen again.
“When I’m in the lead, I’m more
comfortable than when I’m behind,”
said Hussein, winning for the third
time in five marathons (his previous
victories were in the 1985 and 1986
Honolulu Marathon, which he plans
to run again Dec. 13).
Hussein said that if the course was
flatter and he did not suffer a blister,
as he did Sunday, “I think I could
run this marathon in 2:08.”
“And if I’m in good shape, I think
I can run a 2:06 marathon (some
That would be significantly below
the world-best of 2:07:12, held by
Carlos Lopes of Portugal.
“I think there’s room for a 2:06,”
Hussein said.
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