The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 59, Ed. 1, Friday, April 30, 1993 Page: 6 of 8
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ithree hurdles left the University
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JVjldcat Track Classic before
Competing in the NCAA Division II
ftrflional meet scheduled for ACU in
lss than a month.
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.Saturday will be an open invita-
tional with schools ranging from
vDlinn Junior College the national
; -Champion among junior colleges to
;the Division I schools of the
"We'll get to hook up with good
Competition" said head track coach
f$Vcs Kittlcy. "This is the meet
where everybody runs everybody."
.y ' The competition may be high but
IjKittlcy said the main reason for
:Wildcat participation is to sharpen
i"and refine the ACU athletes.
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hurdle meets sprint for
qualify a few more people and run
better times" Kittlcy said. "We
want to bring our athletes to a peak.
... We want a good quality perfor-
mance before championships."
The second hurdle for the
Wildcats will be the LSC champi-
onship at ACU May 8. The men
will be trying to stop an Angclo
State University four-year reign
and the women will be attempting
their 1 1th consecutive win.
"The men haven't won confer-
ence since 1988" Kittley said.
"That's our No. 1 goal."
But overall Kittlcy said the
Wildcat teams will simply perform.
"We'll just do what we can do:
executing in throws and jumps and
running like we've been running all
year" Kittley said.
The third hurdle complicating the
teams' dash for nationals is the
Wildcat Track Classic an open
invitational at ACU May 13.
Kittlcy said the meet will be large
enough to attract several SWC
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members and some of the best
junior colleges but Kittlcy said he
docs not expect Bllnn to attend.
The Wildcat Classic will be the
last chance for the teams to improve
Kittley said the teams' health will
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if it comes down to
be a factor in that improvement.
"I hope we're healthy by then"
Kittlcy said. "We really try to keep
the injuries down at this time during
Currently the track teams have
two injured members and one
Beverly Williams junior from
Killccn is out of competition with a
knee injury and Larry Jones fresh-
man from Memphis is out with a
Learning things the hard way
Pain. Unadulterated agony.
These are the sensations that rip-
pled through the man's body as he
sat chained in place. Mind reeling
he forced the pressure of the stab-
bing migraine to the rear of his
skull as his bloody fingers ham-
mered again and again against the
unyielding keyboard as he typed out
his thoughts his dreams.
As the angry copy editor snarled
at him from the comer of the room
like some sort of freakish animal
lab specimen his neck muscles
began to spasm uncontrollably
under the stress.
His grip on reality slipping away
like fresh Jcll-0 on a greased slip-n-slide
he struggled desperately to
finish the last sentence.
As he punched the last period of
the last sentence of the last para-
graph of the last story and sent it
screaming across the network to the
processor a feeling of euphoria
invaded his body.
He was done. He was finished.
He was ... about to start working'oh
the next deadline.
But I don't have to worry about
deadlines anymore. After I polish
off this column my journalistic
voice will be silent. At least until
Over the past year I have learned
quite a bit about life from my
Optimist experience. Many friends
and a few foes have indirectly
I taught me many lessons I can apply
j to my writing and my life.
As a result I'll pass along to you
a few tidbits you might enjoy.
From Michael O'Connor my
esteemed editor in chief I learned
I age doesn't always bring wisdom.
Furthermore Michael has taught
' me if I ever become a (insert your
best guess here) year-old graduate
studentOprmfrr editor I should
fight like a horse in a glue factory if
someone decides to add a couple of
incoming freshmen to the staff.
From Merlin Mann journalism
workaholic and all-around swell
guy (gee I've never sucked up like
this before) l learned tnat no matter
how much I know I can always
learn more. I know many of you
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However Tom McLcroy senior
from Denver City resumed action
last weekend at the Tarlcton Relays
sitting out alt previous meets after
suffering from a pulled hamstring.
After the third hurdld only
nationals remain in the season.
The Wildcats will host the nation-
al track meet May 27-28 at Elmer
Kittley said the only real compe-
tition for the Wildcats in the 21-
event meet will be the teams from
Adams State University and St.
"Adams State has distance run-
ners but no sprinters" Kittley said.
"St. Augustine is good from the 800
down. Wc have everything. We're
the most well-rounded team of the
- "If wc were to compete in a trian-
gular wc would win but when you
bust it up with several hundred kids
you bite into their points and they
bite Into oprs.. I won't be surprised
... am forced to
admit that even I
Shocking Isn't It?
must be thinking "Wait a minute I
thought Richard Stevens already
knew everything." I don't mean to
depress you but I am forced to
admit that even I don't know every-
thing. Shocking isn't it?
From Deana our friendly neigh-
borhood managing editor I learned
that when I find something I don't
know all I have to do Is stand still
and bellow her name at the top of
my lungs until she appears. Unlike
myself Deana knows everything.
And if she can't answer a question
she promises her firstborn child to
the person who can.
From Bobby Gombcrt our resi-
dent editorial cartoonist I learned
gays arc bad Clinton is stupid and
someone can have bad hair day
every day of the year.
From Atta ... Atttaaa ... Attt ....
From Ding I learned good things
do indeed come in small packages. I
also learned when I disagree with
Ding Ding is always right. On
those rare occasions that I find I'm
right Ding is always right.
From Fei Optimist World Page
Editor and undiscovered lady-killer
I learned how to treat Tctris addic-
tion. Well he still plays all the time
and spends all his social time in
front of the screen but I think he's
cured. At least he's stopped dream-
ing about it 1 think.
Jennifer Reynolds our current
opinion page editor taught mchow
o uougc an issue assign inc tut-
orial to someone else.
Bcmadettc Lee' Optimist decent
page editor taught me how to
develop a paranoia about anything
and everything. Bernie also demon-
strated to me the correct way to
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if it comes down to five points."
But Kittley said he Is not wor-
ried. "We have an excellent possibility
to win both titles" Kittlcy said.
"Nationals should bring out the best
in us. Being at home is special and
wc don't have any excuse about
being unfamiliar with the track."
But several aspects of the facili-
ties may indeed be unfamiliar to the
A discus cage and a hammer-
throwing cage have been built near
the perimeter of the field and a new
curb has been added to the track.
"We've been needing these for a
long time" Kittlcy said. "That's
one'of the good things about host-
ing the national meet: the NCAA
helped a little bit on the additions."
Kittley said going to nationals is
the realization of one of his dreams.
"I just wanted the possibility to
be in the hunt" Kittlcy said. "It
would be a climactic end to the sea-
son." head-butt a door. That could come
in handy later in life.
From Sharla Stephens (no we're
not related) outstanding copy editor
and Optimist babe I learned some
valuable techniques on how to be
utterly and totally annoying. Also I
began to wish she really was my kid
From Kathy Colvctt staff writer
and fairy talc princess I observed a
pro in the making as she pulled my
rear out of the fire time and time
Serene Goh staff writer and oth-
erwise strcsscd-out dudctte has
made me realize I am like a Mars
bar. Whatever that means.
The only thing I learned from
John Carroll chief photographer is
that I should keep a spare pair of
ear plugs handy when I'm in his
presence. Either that or remember
not to tell any jokes.
Mark Houston Friday sports edi-
tor as well as my personal bud both
taught and learned many things at
my side. Mark and I have become
inseparable over the last year. He
has become the Abbot to my
Costcllo the Chcech to my Chong.
When the two of us are together
nothing is impossible.
From Dr. Charlie Marlcr fair
kind patient and loving staff advis-
er (you know I don't believe my
nose has ever been quite this brown
before) I learned there is indeed a
Santa Claus and he teaches jour-
nalism courses at ACU.
All the coaches at ACU showed
me the rude overbearing stereotype
often grouped with the image of a
typical college coach is false at
least at ACU. I don't think I've ever
had more cooperation from any
group of individuals who were not
required to cven'givc me the time of
And I learned ACU has quite a
few idiots out there who don't
know how to sign their own names
to the wonderful letters they send
me. If only they could spell their
names as well as jhey can spell all
those nice four-letter words they
used .... Keep practicing guys.
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