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Soggy Saga Eastern's Al Markusen hits the drink after a slight miscalulation in the Frontier Confer- ence Championship steeplechase. Record Breaking Field Set For NAPA Nationals S-T-II•E-T-C-H \Our latest count is 526 athletes from 121 colleges, with 13 schools sending entries for the Decathalon.\ EMC Athletic director Frank Spechalske made this statement Tuesday at the deadline for en- tries in the NAIA National Track and Field Championships, slated for June 5-6 at the Midland Em- pire fairgrounds. The event, which is being held in Billings for the second time in two years —and hopefully is becoming an institution among area sports events—promises to be one of the best in NAIA history, consid- ering the number of entries and the marks the athletes have reached thus far this year. Judging from the latest statis- tics released by the NAIA na- tional office in Kansas City and the knee-deep stacks of entry 7'2\ Bill Mummert barely needs the ladder as he measures the pole vault at the Frontier Conference Meet. forms in the EMC Athletic Dept. offices, this meet will feature the strongest field in NAIA his- tory. Times and distances sub- mitted by the entries, and their verification from the NAIA head- quarters, are consistently above those of last year, and in some cases equal or exceed NAIA records. Defending champion Prairie View A&M returns as the early favorite according to the statis- tics. According to the three top marks in each category, Priairie View can cop seven places in the running events. \Running is the key word here, since all of Prairie View's hopes rest on their sprinters. Fred New- house leads the 220 field with a 20.5 clocking, and the 440 with Sports a 45.6. Teammate Thurmon Bo- gess is second in the 440, while T. C. Minor is tied for the lead in the 440 hurdles stats at 51.4. Jesse Ball is right behind at 51.6 in the same event. These four combine to make Prairie View slim favorites in the all-important relays as well. They stand dead even with Southern U. of Louisiana in the 440 relay with a 40.2 mark, and own the mile relay lead out- right with a 3:07.0 clocking. Oddly enough, one of the teams which could unseat Prairie View this year has not entered the meet. North Carolina Central, which has not sent in an entry blank according to the EMC athletic department, has the third best clockings in the 440 and mile relays, the second best mark in the 120-yard high hurdles, and the third best 440 time. Eastern New Mexico could place high, largely as a result of Rex Maddaford's 4:01.4 mile and 13:23.3 three-mile marks, and Vince Kuld's 9.3 100. Mad- daford could crack the four minute mark in the mile, making it the first ever run on the Fair- grounds track. The meet promises some out- standing individual performances along with the team battles. Leading the record-threatening field is Alcorn A&M's Willie Mc- Gee, whose 9.1 100 mark ties the world's record co-held by Bob Hayes, Charlie Greene, a n d others. McMurray's Robert Brad- ley has a 9.3 and could lower it if the rain stays away. Newhouse's 20.5 200 is closely followed by Milligan's Dan Clif- ton at 20.6. Clifton ran his on the straight, however, while New- house's was around a curve. Newhouse's 45.6 440 is one of the best in the nation this year. Thomas Fulton of Texas South- ern and Earl Goldman of Arkan- sas AM&W are one-tenth second apart in the 880 at 1:50.2 and 1:50.6 respectively, while South- ern U.'s Harold Kimball at 1:50.6 makes the half-mile field one of the closest in the meet. Nobody is closer than five seconds to Maddaford in the mile, but Dennis Savage of Westmont, who won the event last year, threatens with a 4:06.4. He also owns a 1:52.4 880, and his 13:55.6 three-mile is third to Maddaford and Peter Fredrick- son of U.S. International. Defending long jump titlist Jerry Proctor of Redlands stands third in the stats behind decatha- lon favorite Jeff Bennett of Oklahoma Christian, but his 25-2 is not that far behind Bennett's 25-31/2. Ricky Harris of McMurray could hit the 17 foot mark in the pole vault. He's gone 16-11 already. Bennett, incidentally, has a 16-11/2 mark. Three shot putters are over the 60 foot mark, led by Emporia State's Al Fuerbach at 63-8%. Fuerbach also leads the discus with a 179-3 sling. Gene Grassie's 241-10 javelin throw could make Oklahoma Christian one of the contenders for the team title, if Bennett competes in the open events. Bennett is entered in the Decath- alon June 3-4 and is the odds- on favorite, since his 8,072 point mark is the NAIA and American collegiate record. Gary Hill, another Oklahoma Christian product, has a 7,260 point effort and could give Christian a 1-2 sweep of the Decathalon competition. Eastern Trackmen Enter Nationals Four Eastern Montana College trackmen have been entered in the NAIA National Track and Field Championships according to the EMC Athletic DepartMent. Sophomore distance man Paul Carpenter leads the list of entries, which includes hammer thrower Gary Rankin, shot putter Ken Flatness and javelin thrower Frank Ullman. Carpenter, a math major from Missoula, is entered in the mile, three mile, 880, and 3000-meter steeplechase. He recently ran a 3:13 mile in a \match race\ with Montana's Wade Jacobson and former NCAA three-mile cham- pion and current six-mile record holder Doug Brown. Carpenter has posted marks of 1:55.4 in the 880, 14:45 in the three-mile, and 9:47.0 i nthe steeplechase. Flatness is listed at 51-0 in the shot, while Rankin has a 132-0 hammer throw and Ullman, the Frontier conference record holder in the javelin, has thrown the spear 220 feet even. •••• ■ •••••• ■ •••• ■•■ •••V.V. ■ •• ■ •••••• ■ • • •••• ■ •••••• ■ ••••••• • ■•■ ••SI.................... ...V . Baseballers End Year With Twin Defeats Eastern Montana's baseball season ended at 15-8 last Friday as Eastern Oregon handed the Yellowjackets a 7-2 loss to eliminate them from the NAIA Regional tournament. It was the second straight Eastern loss in the double-elimination tourney. Central Washington State downed the 'Jackets 10-0 in the opening contest Thursday. Mike King collected his first loss of the year in the first contest, which boosted Central Washington's record to 28-6. The EMC hurler robbed Central's Jim Heaverlo of a no-hitter in the first inning with a two-out single to mark Eastern's only offensive threat. After giving up six runs in the first three innings, King was relieved by Larry Grinde, who held Central Washington scoreless until the seventh. Then, after a walk and an error left two men on with two out, Mary Puruis doubled in his fourth and fifth runs of the day to make the score 8-0. Two singles, Eastern's fourth error, and a walk gave Central Washington two more runs in the ninth. Eastern followed the path of all previous NAIA District 5 teams in the tournament by dropping their second straight contest Friday. The Yellowjackets managed two runs in the seventh inning and left 12 men on base, while starter Jim Van Foosen and reliever Butch Preston yielded seven ins in the first six innings, partly as a result of six EMC errors. Eastern Oregon, 22-6 after the contest, collected three runs in the first inning on one hit, a batter hit by a pitched ball, a walk, a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly. Two unearned runs were added in the fourth and fifth innings, and EOC finished their scoring in the sixth with a two-run double. Eastern threatened in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings, but were denied each time, leaving men on base. King drove in the two EMC runs after Gary Evans and Mike Schulte reached base safely on singles. A spectacular catch saves a wild throw in intramural softball action at EMC. May 27, 1970—PULP—Page 7