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RE: Bill McChesney Jr.
Just a story that typifies Bill Jr.'s tenacity. It was 1980 at a dual meet against WSU at Hayward Field. The team score was not in doubt (U of O was far deeper). So when the 5000 rolled around, it looked like it could have been anticlimatic. Wazzuh was at the nadir of its John Chaplin recruiting the best Kenyan atheltes he could find. So the 5000 features 4 runners (Billy, teammate Greg Erwin vs. Samson Kimombwa, and another WSU Kenyan). Kimombwa, was, or had been, the 10K world record holder at the time of the race. The 4 proceed to battle. Eventually Erwin drops off and little Billy looks like he's about to be toasted by these veteran Kenyans. The come upon one lap to go, and Billy get this look on his face and spits on the track right in front of the Cougar runners as if to lay down the gauntlet. He then throws in a final lap that was amazing and kicks away from these two. That moment will forever be etched in my mind.
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