The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 86, No. 47, Ed. 1, Wednesday, March 25, 1998 Page: 4 of 8
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Trying to 'get some quality tunings out
of hte team baseball coach Britt
Bonneau took Ernie Banks' famous say-
ing "Lets pity two" to heart
After rata robbed the Wildcats of one
of their games against DaHas Baptist
University Mutch 7 Bonneau IhmI ACU
play an extra game against Concordia
The'decislon proved to be beneficial
m the Wtkkets picked up two want 7-2
Early bi Uk season prichmg and
defense could 1m found at merest of aH
Wildcat want but Ac ACU bats have
bicktd m m well lately. The Wildcats
have scored 12 or more runs tat five of
their last six games.
"Everybody seems to be seeing the
bU well" said rlghtfiekkr Cody flyers
who went three lor three in the second
game to matatata his team-leading .424
batting average. "At the begkming of the
season we thought we were going to
have to rely on pitching and defense but
our bats nave come stive.
The newfound offensive production
comes at a good time. Although the ACU
defense is ranked first in the Lane Star
Conference in fieklmg percentage the
pitching staff wiU need aU the help k can
get Right-hander Jarrod Doss remjttred
his elbow on his throwing arm against
Concordia and wBl be out indefinitely.
"If we can get everybody hitting in
time for conference We'll be where we
want to be" Botmeau sakl
The Wildcats will begin conference
play April 3 against Tarleton State
University at Crutcher Scott Field.
Before that ACU wttl meet Mankato
State University Match 26 27 and 28.
MSU defeated the WBdcots 6-4 last year.
"It would be good for us m the stand-
ings if we beat them" Bonneau said.
MSU began the season ranked 25th in
the season. ACU to No. 17.
The pitching staff did have something
to be optimistic about even with the
injury to Cross as right-hander J.D.
Perry 5-1 continued his brDMattt work.
on the mound by throwing a complete:
game in the first game.
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On another positive pitching note
right-hander Kriitiaa Atten 2-0 pkehae
three shutout innings in reksf of Crass
to pkk up the win in the second game.
Casey Dacus and Hudson Havens also
pitched for ACU.
"We're trying to get guys some
innings before conference play starts"
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Zimbabwean runner wins races
with mental physical toughness
By Jared Schroeder
Falling to the track during a
qualifying heat for the mile at die
indoor national championships
Musa Gwanzura realizes this is his
lost collegiate indoor race.
The senior recalls the fall
using a thick and quickly spoken
Zimbabwean accent as he shows
the scabs on his knees.
"1 lost time getting up"
Gwanzura said. "All of those
guys took off. I thought I'm fin-
ished if I don't qualify."
He made up the time and fin-
ished second in the short four to
four and a half-minute race.
"Musa my goodness" head
coach Wcs Kittley said when
explaining the' allikteV effort at
the national meet and overall.
"He is so strong" he said.
"He had been injured and had-
n't had great workouts but the
bottom line was he wouldn't let
anyone beat him. I never doubt
Gwanzura competitors re-
membered what he had done
and were intimidated by it.
"After I won the mile 1 took a
nap and when I woke up they
called me an animal" Gwanzura
said. "When I ran the 800 every-
body stayed behind me because
they kept thinking 'tills guy is
going to kick us."
The Chinhoyi Zimbabwe
native used his head to win the
800-meter and mile national
championships at the indoor
rational championships in Indian-
apolis March 13-14.
His two wins equaled 20 points
which would have placed him
fourth in the team point standings.
However that is not the first
time the four-time mile champi-
on in his home country has com-
bined toughness and strategy.
Monday Gwanzura races
around the Gray Stadium track
during practice as former team-
mate Thomas Korir stands track-
side explaining how his friend
once sacrificed a chance for the
national title so the two could
team up and beat an undefeated
Korir who has run profes-
He is so strong.
The bottom line
is he wouldn't let
anyone beat him.
I never doubt
- Wes Kittley
sionally since graduating from
ACU in 1997 said they planned
for Musa to wear Central Mis-
souri Alexin Alexandr out early
in the 1500-meter race then for
Korir to accelerate past him in
the end after relaxing through-
out the race.
"Musa took him out hard"
distance coach Jon Murray said.
"Thomas relaxed in the back
then kicked. It was a great day
for ACU track."
Korir won the 1997 1500-meter
outdoor national championship
trophy Gwanzura enjoyed beat
ing die undefeated runner.
Korir said Musa was "happy
because they reached their aim:
to beat the guy."
He said he began running
because of his brother.
"He made me run" he said.
"He was a teacher and coached
kids my age that would make the
national team. He told me you
can do this.' That gave me some
courage to start trying."
Gwanzura said he became
serious about his running in
He first came to America
when he began college at Blinn
Junior College; however the
school ended its program only a
semester after his arrival.
Gwanzura followed his fellow
coUntrymah 'Savterl Ngidhi to'
Gwanzura also has a history
in cross country and listed a
1994 race for a spot on the
Zimababwean national team as
one of his fondest memories in
"I learned it is easier to make
a cross country team because
they talce seven" he said. "It was
an 8K and I kept chasing in that
race. With a kilometer left I was
in the top 10 and with 100
meters left 1 was in second."
His cross country skills earned
hkna 15th place finish ki the 1997
NCAA National Championship
race and aU-America honors.
The athlete said when he first
came to America he was sur-
prised about how it looked.
"Just like Americans are
taught to think Africa is crazy"
Gwanzura said. "In Africa we
seecm TV that everything is just
perfect like Hollywood. When I
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came here I had been to Sweden
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Then 1 came to Blinn which is in
Gwanzura is a business major
but plans to run professionally
before using his degree. He is
aiming for the 2000 Olympics.
The runner said he was injured
for the 1996 Olympics but plans
to train hard for the mile to com-
pete in the Olympics.
He said he needs to shave
about four seconds off of his
mile time to qualify for the
Low pressure meet to begin outdoor track season
By fared Schroeder
A low pressure track meet between Tarleton State
University Southwest Texas State University and ACU
will be conducted at Gray Stadium Saturday.
The Abilene All-America City Track Cbssk will kick
off the outdoor season for the teams which both repeat-
ed as indoor national champions March 13-14 in
The mens team will be defending its outdoor nation-
al title while the women team will be striving to
recklm national champion status after finishing 12
behind St Augustine College last season. The womeris
team has won the last three championships.
"We don't get a break so I'm not going to put a lot of
pressure on them" coach Wes Kktley said of the ath-
letes. "This is a fun meet"
Kittley said he is giving the athletes a chance to
choose their own events instead of assigning them like
the coaching staff usually does.
Despite the meet being less pressured then the recent
national meet the coach said he expects several athletes
to qualify for the outdoor national meet
There are those who "can qualify anytime they step on
the track" he said.
Unlike the indoor season which had five meets before
the national meet there are nine outdoor opportunities
for athletes to qualify.
Kittley said the pressure to succeed will return when
the teams compete In the Texas Relays April 1-4. The
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The gotf season could not be '
heating up at a better time for
The District VI tournament
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give ACU a much-nesdsd chance j
to gain some ground on Cameron
University the University oft
Central Oklahoma Texas AexM ;
University-Commerce University ;
and Arkansas Tech University ai
AClTs standing at the regional
tournament May 11-13 rem ;
heavily on their performances k
both District VI tournaments
The second one will be April -7 .
in Edmond Okla.
"We've got five guys who an
capable of going up there aac
wiffing" said goY coach Vtoci
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cats' recent performance is any
indicator they wtil have nothing
to worry about m RusseHvUle.
"We feel good" Alversoa said.
"We're coming offa win and out
morale is high."
ACU won its last tournament
the Abilene intercollegiate tour-
nament March 2-3 in Bafed.
jamtt said the chance to catch
up with their opponents wA be
"The next two weeks ate a big
JarreH would not indicate
whether he thought the three
week-old win would generate
much momentum for the
"It couldn't hurt us" Jarrett
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Streaking tennis teams to play LSC rivals
Wildcat arch rival Ouachita Baptist
University will try to interrupt ACUfe
momentum at the ACU tennis tourna-
ment Friday and Saturday.
The Tigers defeated we ACU men 8-
1 in their last meeting in spring 1997
but tennis coach Hutton Jones ssid most
of the matches were close giving the
Wildcats further initiative to win this
"To me we are the better team" Jones
said. "We should come out on top."
Both the Wildcat men and women are
coming off a highly successful spring
break albeit one that was not as fulfill-
ing as planned.
Rain forced the shortening of all but
one of the matches played by ACU and
the cancellation of the match with
Incarnate Word University but the men
and women went undefeated over the
The men won their first two Division
I matches under Jones against the
University of Texas at San Antonio 5-1
and tlie University of Texas-Pan Amer-
ican 4-0. They also prevailed against
Trinity University 7-2.
The women took control of UT-Pan
Am 5-0 and defeated Trinity 5-4.
The ACU tournament will be the last
time the Wildcats play at home this
spring. Their only other home match
was a 9-0 win against New' Mexico
Military Institute Match 9.
Although the tournament wMl feature
several conference teams the main
attraction will be OBU. Jones said his
players have been preparing fro tills
moment since last spring.
"We played probably our worst match
of the year against them last year so
we've got something to prove this time
around" Jones said.
Although k has been a year since the
two schools last met several Wildcats
experienced match play igalnrtOBUphy-
crs at the national tournament last fan.
Sophomore Ryan Hughe said ACUs
winning of late will help the Wildcats'
"If we were playing them at the begin-
ning of the season I don't think we'd
play as well" Hughes said. "With some
match experience behind us our confi-
dence is up right now."
Jones said he hopes his players are
mentally prepared to handle a light
"I want each of our players thinking
'I want it to be my match that decides.
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end off while the women teem will
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