Francie Larrieu-Smith, 30, wrote 30 to her 1983 track season today by successfully defending her title in the 1,500-meter run at the National Sports Festival.
Afterward, she slapped an ice pack on her right foot, which is scheduled for surgery July 13 because of complications resulting from nerve entrapment and a bunion.
"It didn't really bother me today, because I've been on medication to keep it from hurting," said Larrieu-Smith, "but it had gotten to the point where I was favoring it.
She was clocked in 4:28.17, not bad considering the altitude, after she raced past Virginia's Jill Haworth on the last turn. Haworth, who tried to steal the race with a sudden burst into the lead on the backstretch, was fourth in 4:30.39.
Bruce Bickford easily won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:59.61, a record for the Air Force Academy track. Rick Garcia, the recent Penn State graduate from Falls Church, Va., was second in 9:10.29.
In other events, Dave McKenzie won the hammer in a meet-record 241-6; Todd Scully took the 20-kilometer walk in 1:39:13; Patty Kearney captured the women's javelin at 178-2 and Paul Cummings won a slow 10,000 in 30:58.96.
Mike Ramos scored 4,214 points on the decathlon's first day, while Marlene Harmon led the heptathlon with 3,699. Myrtle Chester of Laurel, Md., was second to Harmon with 3,391 and Juanita Alston of Suitland, Md., ranked fifth with 3,141.
Today's schedule was abbreviated, in part because ABC Television asked that the men's 400-meter hurdles be moved to Sunday. Then the women's 400 hurdles, won by Angela Wright, was ruled no contest because of improper hurdle placement and rescheduled for Saturday.
Pam Bileck, one of the top U.S. gymnasts, won the women's all-around championship tonight with a score of 38.35. Kelly Garrison, who fell off the balance beam, was second with 37.70 and Jinny Rhee of Silver Spring, Md., placed third with 37.05.
"This has been my best meet ever," said Rhee, 16, a member of the Prince George's Gymnastics Club.
Shari Mann, 17, of Potomac, Md., had the best score on the uneven bars, 9.70, and advanced to Sunday's individual event finals in the vault. Rhee and Lisa McVay, 16, of Waldorf, Md., qualified for the final on the balance beam and Marni Rager, 13, of Silver Spring gained the uneven bars final.