An eight-page publication providing biographical sketches of 46 leading entries in the NCAA Track and Field Championships offers no mention of Maryland's Renaldo Nehemiah. It seems the school failed to return the prescribed form.
If his form holds up when the major portion of the competition begins Thursday in Memorial Stadium, Nehemiah will fill in all the blanks - and then some.
His first goal is to win an NCAA outdoor title and atone for one of his few failures on last year's record. His second is to drive his world record (13 seconds flat) down to the 12-plus level.
Since UCLA's Greg Foster beat him in the last year's NCAA final, Nehemiah has lost only twice - to Soviet Viktor Myasnikov by a neck in Italy and to his own lack of concentration, when he ran around a hurdle in a trial heat of the indoor IC4A meet. Despite his dominance, however, Nehemiah is not running here with his head in the clouds.
"The NCAA this year is probably the most prestigious meet for a collegian. . . a meet where a lot of guys will probably perform their all-time best," Nehemiah said. "There are a lot of upsets in the making, and this is a meet a lot of guys, including myself, are skeptical about and concerned about.
"My major rival, of course, will be Greg Foster, the defending champion, but Garnett Edwards of West Virginia and Steve Darcus of Tennessee are very good. There are other guys that are close, and one error could turn the whole race around."
Six weeks ago, Nehemiah planned to run the 200 meters as well as the hurdles. However, he talked himself out of the double.
"I'm just trying to master one event and the fear of getting hurt is just around the corner in outside activities," Nehemiah said. "We can't win the NCAA championship and I'm not going to run the 200 in the Olympics, so I don't want to risk injury in something outside my specialty. Besides, I haven't won an outdoor NCAA championship yet and that comes first."
The 20-year-old sophomore has run only four outdoor hurdles races this spring, while rebuilding his strength following a hectic indoor campaign, but he is unbeaten with world-record efforts of first 13.16 and later 13.00.
Nehemiah will run a quarterfinal Thursday, then the semifinal and final an hour apart Friday. Saturday, he plans to "sit there and root for my teammates.Usually, I'm so wrapped up in my own competition I don't get a chance to enjoy the rest of the meet."
Flying in this afternoon with Nehemiah were Maryland teammates Ian Pyka (gunning for 65 feet plus in the shot), Mike Corbin (who high-jumped 7-1 3/4 Sunday to earn the trip), intermediate hurdlers Chris Person and Greg Robertson, triple jumper Dennis Ivory and 10,000-meter man Martin Green of Ireland. Long jumper Bob Calhoun was delayed by personal problems, but he is scheduled to compete Thursday.
Georgetown's John Gregorek will run a trial in the grueling steeplechase, with the final set Saturday, and fellow freshman Aubrey McKithen will compete in the 800 meters.
Oregon, Texas El Paso, Washington State, Villanova, UCLA and defending champion Southern California are the favorites in the struggle for the team title. The distance races hold the key to success. CAPTION: Picture, Renaldo Nehemiah: "I'm just trying to master one event." AP