A sore throat, a hot day, and a fast pace turned women's cross country star Darlene Beckford's trip to Florida Saturday into something less than a vacation.

She strode to a 90th place finish in the National Division One Championship at Florida State College, with a time of 18:10.

For the first mile and a half, Beckford, who needed penicillin yesterday because of an inflamed throat, kept up with the leaders, boasting her fastest split time of the season at 5:05. Up until about two and a quarter miles into the race, Beckford sped along in the top 20. It was all downhill from there, as the fast start crept up on her and she began to fade.




New England 50, Baltimore 21.

Washington 34, Dallas 20.

Buffalo 19, Green Bay 12.

Cleveland 30, Miami 24.

Chicago 24, New York Jets 13.

Philadelphia 16, St. Louis 13.

Minnesota 14, Detroit 7.

Houston 42, Cincinnati 21.

Denver 38, San Francisco 28.

Kansas City 24, Oakland 21.

Seattle 38, New Orleans 24.

Tampa Bay 31, New York Giants 3.

San Diego 35, Pittsburgh 7.

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