Ross Messer, 73, a retired apple orchardist from Naches, Wash., joined 331 others to climb 12,307-foot Mt. Adams, using crampons over the hard snow. Messer, the senior climber of the annual event for the last three years, jogs three miles a day for exercise.
Roger Ruth, a psychology professor at the University of Victoria, Canada, vaulted 14 feet at the British Columbia open track meet, a foot short of the winner's mark but good enough to break the 1949 world age-group record set by Russian Nicholai Ozolyn. Ruth is 41.
Janet Crosslin, 12, right-handed softball pitcher for the Tulsa Ike-ettes, led her team to the Whiteside Park Division age-group title, making three assists and hitting four singles and a double in the last three playoff games, all with her broken left arm in a cast.
Gary Koch, of Temple Terrace, Fla., the state high school golf champion, shot 13 birdies and an eagle to beat 116 pros and 110 amateurs in the state open at Lehigh Acres Country Club with a 10-under-par 274. At 16 he is the youngest golfer ever to win.
August 3, 1969
Susie Gruszczynski, 10, of Berwyn, Pa., a Presidential Award winner who taught herself to swim, entered the Middle Atlantic AAU Junior Olympics and broke three records: the 50-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter freestyle.
David Kuncio, star football player and pitcher for Mount Carmel High School in Auburn, N.Y., set 10 school records and tied another this season as a sophomore. He batted .540, had a 0.72 ERA and won eight games, losing only once, 2-0, on unearned runs.