The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 74, No. 26, Ed. 1, Tuesday, December 2, 1986 Page: 7 of 8
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teasi felt after k 14th-pkce fiabh
at tht NCAA DivkJoe II aetiesal
crow country meet in Lot Aafekt
Calif. Saturday. ACU wm com
m the neuoael meet for the
The winning teem was Edlnboro
State College of Pennsylvania. The
winning individual was Samson
Obwacfia of East Tcsa State Unl-
( Jverslty. Texas A&I which won the
Lone Star Conference and regional
meets placed 12th.
With the exceptions perhaps of
Mike Moloto freshman from
Burgertfott South Africa and Lee
Wagstafi. junior from De Soto the
Wildcats' performance was mystify-
inriypoor. Coach Rodney Smith said his
runners' Uth-place team finish was
not indicative of their ability citing
Freddie Williams m an ezasaple.
Moloto hopes for national title
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South Africa was recruited by heed
track coach Deri Heed. The coach
got word of Moleto frees the run
Jier's fellow countryman and
Wildcat teammate Freddie
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"Everybeays tkaes were off" he
sekl. "Freddie usually ftatefee
about a sftkttte behkd Mike. Tfek
tlaae he finish id ebewt twe t&taites
But he aided "Wc pieced better
tkaa we were raMed."
Koed sealer freea Abikat said
aooe or the teas ambers raa up to
tbek fUll poteatW but he said In
addkkrn to bieaedf John Warner
senior from Ransom Canyon and
Williams senior from Cape Town
South Africa all ran far short of
"If we had just run bad we
would have placed in the top 10"
"I ran two and a half minutes
slower than I did at conference" he
said. "John ran two and a half
minutes slower. "It's probably the
most embarrassed we've ever been.
Not because we didn't put out the
effort. We tried.
"It's like a basketball player going
0 for 40. All my life I mean
everybody that's all you want to do
is run at nationals. You get the
chance and you take the 40."
Hood was hesitant about coming
up with any excuses but he men-
track seasea k Seats Africa comes
at a d&ereat time. He said he peak-
ed daring the winter while at home
aad then whea he case te ACU he
had te try te bokt that peak an the
wey threat May.
Bat even theagh he did aet ran aa
well a he had hoped dariag that
period he has big hopes for the
future. "I just waat to win rational
before I graduate ekher in the 10
or the 5000" be said.
For the upcommg track season he
said he wants to improve his per-
sonal records. "My goal is to run
good times" he said. "I'm not set-
ting my goals too high because I
don't want to be disappointed."
Those goals he said are to run a
3:44 in the 1500 a 13:45 in the
5000 and 28:50 in the 10000.
He began running track at age 16.
"My first year I was jutt all right"
he said. "My second year I was just
He said in that second year he
wm running tie of 2:02 to 2:04
ia the SQO-fMter raa aad 3:57 to
4:04 ia the 1500.
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tioaed that it was difficult to breath
during the race for tome reason.
The other team BMsabers apparent-
ly experkaced the sane pfeeaeoie-
"It was very hard te breath" saM
Mefeto. "If I had had a little bit of
eaetgy I could have finished in the
Moloto began his race in unusual
fkfthkm. "I hid a very bad start" be
said. "I was somewhere in the 60s."
He said after a mile and a half he
caught the lead pack.
Three or four miles into the race
Moloto said he took the lead. He
relinquished it with about a mile
left falling back to fifth place. He
said he maintained the same pace
but the others just sped up. In the
homestretch he was pasted by
another runner to end up in sixth.
Moloto was nursing a bad back
that he injured in a gymnastics
class. He said the dips and sharp
turns in the course made it hurt
much of the race.
Smith said Moloto alto was sick.
"After the race he came in
coughing sneezing and had a sore
throat." said Smith.
But Smith seemed pleased with
said ealv these who me iavalvad
wkh the preteetkg were k aay
Bat whea he was 20 his track ca
reer was k danger. "I had very bad
shk spUats for ake meatbs" he
said. 'T had very bad kjurics aU
ever my legs. I just thought I would
These were not ordinary shin
spliat. "At first the shin splints
were so bad for the first four mon-
ths I couldn't even walk" he said.
"I had to use crutches."
But after the injuries bad healed
many months later he thought
about trying to return to the sport.
He said bis parents were against it
and be was wary of it himself;
The idea or never running track
again was one he could not accept
though. "You get addicted to run-
ning sometimes" he said. "I just
couldn't do without running."
He started back slowly. "I just
wanted to see how far I could run"
Mcloto said. "Then I ran like two
or three miles and I was very tired."
He said each time he ran it ag-
gravated hk shin and because of
this be could aly run oace a week.
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Moloto's effort. "He really went
out and competed very hard"
Hoed said what may have caused
his ewa fathered breethkig was kk
first mik which he raa ia a fteter-thae-usual
4:49. "That'a what I
think happeaed to me" he said. "I
just west owl' hard aad died."
He said at one poiat in the middle
of the race he almost quit. "I almost
dropped out just so I wouldn't
have to finish and be that far back"
But he struggled through that
part of the race slowing to a 6:48
mile pace at one point. After
creating a hill he caught a second
wind and ran his last two miles in
10:30. He said a poor warm-up and
the blistering first mile were proba-
bly the main reasons his race un-
folded like it did.
Smith said the fact that the cross
country team finished farther back
than was hoped would not hurt the
school's chances nt better cross
country teams in the future. He
pointed out that only two of the
team members were on full scholar-
ship and that is unusual for a na-
tional qualifying team.
again. Eventually he got to where
he could run every day end he fi-
nally got back to where he could
work out twice a day.
Tra glad I came back" he said.
Moloto added that he has no fears
of the sfaia splints returakg."Now
I know what to do" he said. "Then
I had the wrong type of shoes to
raa k. That k what hart me most.
New I just have te be very careful
about whet type ef she I raa k."
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Jasper Davis couldn't hold this pass thrown by West Texas Statefs
Tod Mayfteld during the Buffaloes' 32-28 comeback victory Nov. 22.
Theoplls Hickman (34) makes sure WTSU's Vctie Patterson won't
have a chance for a completion.
First ttetm offsnss First tssm dfsn
QB -Tod MeyfMd er. WrSU
R6 Johnny Beitay fr. A&l
R8 Heelh Shsfman seeh. A&l
WR Sten Carraway w . VYTSU
OT Pat Graves Jr. ASU
OT Kenneth MusHer r A&l
OT Sieve McMurtry nt. WTSU
OQ Moses Horn jr. A&l
PK Walter Rule. cr.A&l
Second team offense
OB Rex Lambert) Jr. ACU
RB J.R. Compton Jr. WTSU
RB Rufus Smith soph. ENMU
WR Votle Patterson sr. WTSU
WR Wfjl HeQewen er. ACU
TE Scott Eccles sr. ENMU
OTEari Jones Jr. ENMU
OT AHen RoutoeJr.. ETSU
OG John Goesett. sr. ENMU
OG EMt DeBhenf er. ACU
PK Kys CarterTK.. WTSU
DL Denny Munez jr. A&J
DL Lawrence Motion seeh. ETSU
LB Amhony Mr r. WTSU
LB Steven Atee R. ACU
LB Mlka Ciszewskl soph ETSU
DB Rickey Cottna Jr. A&l
D8 Gregg Fisher er. HPU
DB Todd URtoJohn er. WTSU
DO Mike Meeks nr. ENMU
P Kevin Brown sr WTSU
Second team defense
DL Brock Kolty.JrASU
DL - Merk Mclntyr Jr.. ACU
DL Mart Korr Jr. ETSU
DL Ray Rodriguez soph. ENMU
LB Richard Runneta Jr. ENMU i
LB Cecil Jackson Jr. ENMU
LB Greg McCathem sr. A&l
DB Etfwersl Bene eeeh. ACU
DB Aaron MueWetoJn soph. ETSU
DB Jeeeer Devtc er. ACU
DB Stake Demand er. WTSU
DB Vine Stewers sr. ETSU
P Merk Montoya Jr. ENMU
Dec. 31 1988
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