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The temperature had dropped to 30° in the wake of a bitter, 20 m.p.h. wind. Most of the 134 contestants who lined up on Michigan State University's golf course at the start of last week's four mile N.C.A.A. Cross-Country Championships were well insulated against the cold: they wore stocking caps, ear muffs and sweat shirts. Some even wore socks over their hands. Not Oregon State's hardy Dale Story, 19. Barefoot, dressed only in lightweight trackman's skivvies, he explained: "I like the natural feel." Added Story's coach, Sam Bell: "It's part of Dale's toughening process. He feels that if he is tough...

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