Track & Field: The Champ from Pampa

Into the shotput circle at Texas A. & M. University stepped Randy Matson, 20, cupping a 16-lb. steel ball in one huge hand as if it were an egg. Sucking in his breath, he tucked the ball behind his right ear, crouched low, and tapped the ground once, twice, three times with his left toe. Then, with a prodigious grunt that could be heard a full 100 yds. away, he hurled himself across the ring. The shot sailed through the air and bit into the dirt, 67 ft. 11¼ in. away. "That...

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