January 17, 1989 |
After pleading guilty to one count of selling cocaine, sprinter Houston McTear will be sentenced in Santa Monica Superior Court on Jan. 31. McTear was arrested by Santa Monica police for allegedly selling cocaine in a park last fall. Although McTear maintains his innocence, he said he entered a guilty plea to avoid a jail sentence. "They're trying to make an example out of me," McTear said. "I had no other choice. Either I plead guilty and get probation, or go to jail for 3 years."
October 20, 1999
Dave Kamanski, longtime football official and Cerritos College track and field coach, died of cancer Saturday. Kamanski, who was 75, spent 35 years as the Cerritos track coach and worked with many prominent national athletes, including sprinter Houston McTear and high jumper Paul Stuber. He also was a Pacific 10 football official and an NFL instant replay official. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Waverley Church at Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary in Santa Ana.
January 19, 1992 |
Ben Johnson finished last in his 50-meter sprint Saturday at the Ottawa Winternational Indoor Games, but the former world record holder called it a promising outing nonetheless. "Everything is there now," said Johnson, moments after finishing fourth in a time of 5.88 seconds. "The knees are 100% now, so I'm very happy." American Boris Goins won in a slow 5.78 seconds, followed by Canada's Donovan Bailey, who clocked the same time. Houston McTear of the United States was third in 5.87 seconds.
January 17, 1987 |
Ken Lowery set a world indoor best in the 500-meter run, and Carl Lewis made a triumphant return from a knee operation by winning the 60-meter dash Friday night at the Hoosier Dome Invitational track and field meet. Lowery, 25, a Chicago State Track Club runner, had a time of 1:00.17, breaking the previous indoor mark of 1:00.86 set by American Clarence Daniel in 1986. A strong finishing kick enabled Lowery to edge Michael Parks, who was second in 1:00.45. Lewis won the 60 meters in 6.
April 6, 1985 |
Dallas Roosevelt's Roy Martin, rated the nation's top schoolboy athlete by Track & Field News, blazed to a Texas Relays record and second best all-time U.S. high school 100-meter mark of 10.18 seconds Friday night. Martin's time on a windless night at Memorial Stadium was just .02 of a second off the all-time best by Houston McTear of Baker (Fla.) in 1976. Joe DeLoach of Bay City, Tex., finished second in 10.26, the fourth best all-time mark. The third best of 10.
January 15, 1986 |
Ben Johnson of Canada set a world record for the 60-meter dash today, finishing in 6.50 seconds in an international indoor track and field meet in Osaka. Johnson broke the mark of 6.54 set by Houston McTear in 1978. In the 1985 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Paris, Johnson won the 60 in 6.62 seconds. Johnson won the 100 meters in last year's World Cup in 10.0. He won the bronze medal in the 100 meters at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 with a time of 10.22.
February 25, 1990 |
Said Aouita, running indoors for the first time this season, held off Julius Kariuki and won the 3,000 meters at the inaugural DN Games track and field meet Saturday. The Moroccan, holder of five outdoor world records but none indoors, was timed in 7 minutes 50.64 seconds. Kariuki, the Olympic 3,000-meter steeplechase champion from Kenya, was timed in 7:50.68. Aouita's best 3,000 time outdoors is 7:39.71. The world record is 7:39.2 by Emiel Puttemans of Belgium.
May 20, 2001 |
Lucais MacKay is attending Moorpark College for one year, using the school as the staging area for the rest of his life. But as long as he's there, he might as well make some history. MacKay became the first man to win state titles in three field events in the California Community College Track and Field Championships on Saturday at American River College. MacKay, a sophomore, won the hammer throw with a mark of 203 feet, seven inches--just one inch shy of the meet record.
July 19, 1988
It's unfortunate, but a lot of people in the United States can't relate to that 10.49 by Florence Griffith-Joyner. They became lost when track and field went to the metric system and started timing races electronically in hundredths of seconds. Even football hasn't caught up. "He's got 9.6 speed," a coach will say. He's talking about a hand-timed 100-yard dash. Griffith-Joyner ran an electronically timed 100 meters.
January 20, 1986 |
Picture a cheetah chasing a jag. Picture Speedy Gonzales chasing the Roadrunner. Picture Houston McTear trying to catch Carl Lewis. Think of Steve McQueen's Mustang tailing that Dodge Charger in "Bullitt." Imagine Tarzan trying to outswim Mark Spitz. Or Chuck Yeager taking evasive action from a Blue Angel. Or Superman trying to read a book faster than Evelyn Wood. That was what it was like watching the Chicago kickoff team's "last line of defense" against the Rams.