EUGENE, Ore. — Former UCLA shotputter Dave Laut was not here Friday night. He was sitting in a wheelchair in his father's house at Oxnard.
A freak accident last Sunday kept Laut, the former American record-holder, from defending the national title he has won four times. Laut, 29, was in training to become a firefighter for the City of Oxnard and was taking a series of agility tests when he snapped the patellar tendons in both legs.
The drill required the 6-4, 250-pound Laut to sprint 200 yards with four sections of fire hose draped around him, then drag the hose for a short distance.
"I took the test in November and I got the record in the event," Laut said from his parents' home in Oxnard.