But Mark Cockerell was animated and pleasing to the audience with his "macho" style and panther like crossovers and landings with lots of deep knee bend. Mark and Brian were consistently ahead of the rest, and were joined on the podium by James Santee.
The 1985 Nationals attracted the largest field in the history of the event to Kansas City, even besting last year's record breaker in Salt Lake City. This year, in each event, the top four in the Sectional events qualified to skate at Nationals. Coupled with byes, this swollen contingent broke all previous records, fielding, in Seniors, 16 ladies 15 men, 14 pairs, and 14 dance couples, a total of 87 competitors.
goes, when he skated the first of the American threesome in the short. Throwing everything he had into his program, Mark linked a triple with his obligatory double loop, although he double-footed, then went into a double Axel and a marvelouslyexecuted flying camel into a sit spin. His efforts, however, only raised him one spot to seventeenth in the short.
With an impish gap-toothedgrin and attirein sneakers, frayed blue jeans, a Rams jacket and cap, Mark Cockerell greets a visitor to his cramped office space in a trailer parked outsidethe new Ice Sports Center of Bakersfield.