Johnny Jones, a senior at Lampasas (Texas) High long-jumped 24'¼", ran a 9.3 100 heat, a 47.0 440 heat, a 9.2 100 final, a 47.8 440 final just eight minutes later and a 45.8 mile relay anchor leg—all in one day at the Bluebonnet Relays at Brownwood, Texas.
Bill MacDonald, a senior at La Sierra High in Carmichael, Calif., was co-captain of the school's 12-0 water polo team which won its first league championship in 21 years. MacDonald scored 43 of the team's 103 goals, and had 19 assists and 20 steals.
Denise Buchheister, 16, a junior at Washington High in Cedar Rapids, won the Iowa high school trampoline championship at the State gymnastics meet for the third consecutive year. Her brother DOUG, 19, a sophomore at the University of Missouri, won the same title three years in a row when he competed for Washington. Denise and Doug also have both been Iowa high school diving champions. Denise is the current titleholder while Doug is the Big Eight champion off the one-meter and three-meter boards.
Joel Benjamin, of Brooklyn, ranked first in the nation in the under-13s by the U.S. Chess Federation, became the first 11-year-old to reach the rank of expert (just below master), and is the youngest to play in the Manhattan Chess Club's championship tournament.
April 19, 1976
Mitzi Cain, of Middlebury (Vt.) College, won the Eastern Collegiate cross-country skiing crown, led Middlebury to the National Women's Collegiate Ski title and finished third in the 20 kilometers at the U.S. Ski Association's National Nordic championships.