Track & Field: The Prince of Put

TRACK & FIELD

Into the shotput circle at California's Occidental College strode Dallas Crutcher Long III, known to his friends as the Prince of Whales. Hefting a 16-lb. iron ball in one hammy hand, he crouched low, tucked the ball behind his right ear, and began to inch back his left foot like a second-story man feeling his way down a ladder in the dark. Suddenly, he dipped and flung himself bodily across the ring. A grunt, a gasp—the shot soared through the air and thudded into the turf 66 ft. 3½ in. away. For the second time in twenty days—and...

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