Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Steve Riddick, despite what he described as "kind of an average start," edged ahead of a closely bunched pack in the final 10 yards and won the 50-yard dash Friday night in the Maple Leaf Indoor games.
Riddick, 25, and presenting the Philadelphia Pioneer Club, was clocked in 5.2 seconds. It was his 11th straight victory in short dashes in an undeafeated indoor season.
Riddick's triumph was one of several highlights in a meet that was crippled by late scratches of two world record holders - miler John Walker of New Zealand and pole vaulter Dan Ripley - because of in- [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE]
With Walker out of the meet because of a glandular infection, the mile was just another event.
Famonn Coghlan, the Irishman from Villanova, was hardly pressed and won in 4:03.8. It was Coghlan's 11th straight indoor victory over the last three years. Rod Dixon of New Zealand was second in 4:06.4.
There was an exciting and controversial race in the women's 400 meters, won by Roselyn Bryant after early pushing, shoving and griping about lane assignments.
Fred Sowerby, the 28-year-old coach of the D.C. Striders, posted his first victory in the 600 since the CYO meet at Cole Field House last month.
There were no world records, although pole vaulter Mike Tully of UCLA and the Pacific Coast Club, just missed on his second attempt at a world indoor record of 18.4. He settled for gold with a leap of 18 feet 1/2 inch.
Rosemarie Ackerman of the German Democratic Republic also had a near miss on her second attempt at tying her world record of 6-4 in the women's high jump. She won the event at 6-3. Paula Girvin of Woodbridge, Va., and the University of Maryland was fourth at 5-9.
Riddick had a two-yard lead at the finish of the 50 over Donald Merrick of Florida State, who was also clocked in 5.2, and Jamaica's Olympic 200 meter champion, Donald Quarry.
Riddick, Quarry and Merrick were neck and neck at the 40-yard mark before Riddick put on one of his patented late bursts. And when it was over, he said he will go faster "as long as I stay healthy. I think a 4.9 (the world record is 5.0) is very possible very soon.
"I don't feel any additional pressure because of the streak. Hey, every time I go out I see these same guys, and they're all trying to beat me. There's always pressure in competition. Actually, the more I win the more relaxed I feel."
Sowerby never could relax in his race. He barely nosed out Kevin Price of Adelphi at the finish of the 600. Both men were clocked in 1:08.8.