Sport: Crowns & Tumbles

It was a day that wasn't fit for man, beast or cross-country racers. The temperature was 27°, and slushy snow covered the Michigan State course. Squishing in sodden shoes, 154 athletes last week slogged after the National Collegiate cross-country crown. After 3¾ miles, Defending Champ Quentin Brelsford of Ohio Wesleyan was 20 yards in front.

Then, rounding an icy curve, he slipped, and landed sprawling on his face. Barelegged rivals breezed by, among them Bob Karnes of Kansas U. Near the finish line, Karnes missed a turn, and that finished him. The cause of...

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