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October 18, 1988
A U.S.-based Kenyan distance runner quit a tour of South Africa without competing, track officials said Monday. Kenyan Samson Obwocha, who joined a dozen U.S. athletes for the first international track competition in sports-isolated South Africa since 1976, apparently changed his mind before Saturday's meet at Pretoria and returned to the United States.
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July 5, 1989 | JOHN ORTEGA, Times Staff Writer
Alan Dehlinger figured that his only chance to win the Independence Day Classic 5,000-meter road race in Santa Clarita on Tuesday was to push the early pace and break away from his pursuers before the final 400 meters. "I knew it was going to be hot, so I decided to force the pace after the first half-mile," Dehlinger, 28, of Reno said. "I decided that I would push the pace early and every time someone tried to pass me, I would push it again. I wanted to make them play my game."
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July 5, 1989 | JOHN ORTEGA, Times Staff Writer
Alan Dehlinger figured that his only chance to win the Independence Day Classic 5,000-meter road race in Santa Clarita on Tuesday was to push the early pace and break away from his pursuers before the final 400 meters. "I knew it was going to be hot, so I decided to force the pace after the first half-mile," Dehlinger, 28, of Reno said. "I decided that I would push the pace early and every time someone tried to pass me, I would push it again. I wanted to make them play my game."
SPORTS
October 18, 1988
A U.S.-based Kenyan distance runner quit a tour of South Africa without competing, track officials said Monday. Kenyan Samson Obwocha, who joined a dozen U.S. athletes for the first international track competition in sports-isolated South Africa since 1976, apparently changed his mind before Saturday's meet at Pretoria and returned to the United States.
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September 13, 1989 | Associated Press
Italians Stefano Lambruschini and Ileana Salvador set world bests and hurdler Roger Kingdom earned one of three victories by Americans Tuesday at the City of Verona track and field meet. Lambruschini won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 5 minutes, 18.36 seconds, more than six seconds ahead of Belgium's William Van Dick. Lambruschini broke the mark set by Samson Obwocha of Kenya in 1986 by 1.32 seconds. Salvador walked two miles in 13:23.04, breaking the previous world best of 13:47.
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July 1, 1989
Darcy Arreola of Cal State Northridge, Gretchen Lohr-Cruz of Glendale, Nancy Bowman of Northridge and Sheila Van Leeuwen of Santa Clarita head the list of women's entries in the Independence Day Classic 5,000-meter road race at Newhall Park in Santa Clarita on July 4. Carmelo Rios of Puerto Rico and Samson Obwocha of Kenya will head the men's field in the race, which starts at 9 a.m.
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July 15, 1989 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Sports Writer
World-class runners Doug Padilla and Sylvia Mosqueda have been added to the invitational portion of the San Clemente 5,000 Sunday. The elite 5K race, with a total of $6,000 in prize money, is scheduled to start at 9:15 a.m. An open race will start at 8. Padilla, a 32-year-old resident of Orem, Utah, is a two-time Olympian, a five-time national champion at 5,000 meters, and the U.S. record-holder for 3,000 meters.
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November 22, 1986 | JOHN ORTEGA
Led by Dave Walsh and Darcy Arreola, the Cal State Northridge men's and women's cross-country teams will compete in the NCAA Division II cross-country championships this morning at Lake Perris in Riverside County. Walsh won the West Regional and California Collegiate Athletic Assn. championships and should contend for a top 10 finish in the men's race. The favorite is defending champion Samson Obwocha of Kenya and East Texas State, winner of the South regional. Sammy Cheruiyot of Mt. St.
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May 26, 1985 | GERALD SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
Abilene Christian won both the men's and women's titles Saturday in the NCAA Division II track and field championships at Cal State Los Angeles, becoming the first school to sweep the honors. The Abilene Christian women ended the three-year reign of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which had won every title since the championships became an NCAA-sanctioned event in 1982.
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November 23, 1986 | JOHN ORTEGA
Cal State Northridge Coach Don Strametz was emotionally drained after the NCAA Division II cross-country championships at Lake Perris in Riverside County on Saturday. He was pleased after the Lady Matadors finished second but frustrated with the men's 10th-place effort. "This day has been a emotional roller coaster for me," a weary Strametz said after the women's race. "I'm really happy because the women ran so well but the men's race was frustrating. I'm not sure how I should feel." Here's why.
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July 17, 1989 | ARA NAJARIAN, Times Staff Writer and
Doug Padilla and Samson Obwocha knew it would be a two-man race heading into the final turn of the Fiesta 5,000-meter run Sunday at San Clemente. When Padilla took the turn wide, about half a mile from the finish, and pulled back into the middle close to Obwocha, they nearly bumped. Words were exchanged. But it was a turn for the better for Padilla, who held on to win by half a step in 14 minutes 22 seconds. "No, we didn't really bump," Obwocha said.
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May 8, 1989 | JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer
Patience is often difficult to muster for those who run the 26.2 miles of a marathon. The tendency is to want to finish the race as soon as possible and get a head start on recovering from it. Patience was its own virtue in the Long Beach Marathon Sunday, as the men's and women's winners shrewdly waited for others to make mistakes and for the sun--which was obscured by cloud cover early in the race--to burn through and take a toll on the runners....
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