Dan Hendrickson of Roosevelt High in Virginia, Minn. won the varsity division of the 24th annual John Swain Run, one of the largest U.S. high school cross-country competitions, at Duluth. A total of 871 boys and girls, representing 55 teams, were in the meet.
Cyndy Meserve, a freshman at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., became the first woman to make an NCAA varsity basketball team. A guard, Me-serve led her Livermore Falls (Maine) high school girls' team to four straight conference titles.
Levi Shade and Jim Watson, sophomore running backs at Salisbury (Md.) State, gained 217 and 213 yards respectively in a 21-14 victory over Frostburg (Md.) State. Shade, a physical education major from Mechanicsville, Md., scored all three Sea Gull touchdowns, one on a 68-yard run that broke a 14-14 tie. He led the team in rushing last year with 869 yards in nine games and scored eight touchdowns. Watson, a business administration major from Wilmington, Del., gained 628 yards last year and has scored seven touchdowns in as many games this year.
Rod Nuckolls, a senior at Carroll High in Wichita, Kans., won the Insurance Youth Classic for junior amateurs with a five-under-par 137 for 36 holes at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston, R.I. Rod is the current Kansas state high school champion.
Rick Murphy, a sophomore at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, set an unofficial world record for the 50-yard hand walk, palming the distance in 25.725 seconds. Murphy competes for the university's gymnastics team in floor exercise and vaulting.