If recent past performances are any indication, Willie Banks might be primed for another possible record in the triple jump today at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.
Banks, the former UCLA star, improved his American record to 57 feet, 11 3/4 inches in the ARCO-Coliseum meet June 8. He jumped almost a foot farther--58-11 1/2--last Sunday night at Indianapolis to break Joao de Oliveira's world record of 58-8 1/2.
Banks will be part of a U.S. team competing against athletes from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Canada in the two-day Pacific Conference Games.
The invitational portion of the meet will be held Sunday. Some of the featured events:
Pole vault--Joe Dial, the American record-holder at 19-2, will renew his rivalry with Billy Olson and Mike Tully. Dial beat Olson and Tully in the national meet at Indianapolis.
Mile--New Zealand's John Walker and American Steve Scott, with 101 and 100 sub-four-minute miles, respectively, are entered.
400--Prep stars Chip Rish, Danny Everett and Henry Thomas will take over this event. Rish is the state champion; Everett won the 400 at the Golden West meet, and Thomas is making a comeback after an appendectomy.
Javelin--Tom Petranoff, the national champion and U.S. record-holder at 327-2, will be challenged by Bob Roggy, the former U.S. record-holder.