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crown The youngsters who may throw
es for the 1959 race into a turmoil come,
impos- to Michigan from many areas.
gTen. Tom Robinson, who brings in'
was a the brightest reputation, ran for
the Bahamas in the 1956 Olympic
s 1959 Games before entering Michigan.

ious year.
touch off it

several proven'
ig Ten competi-
1k of the scoring'
come from bril-
y best freshman
nham repeatedly
ughout last sea-
hem would have
r meets as fresh-

The, muscular sprinter has re.
corded a :09.6 ,clocking in the
100-yd.'dash, a tenth-second un-'
der the winning conference time
last spring.
He is also an excellent 220 man
and will be tough to match in the
indoor dash event--a 60-yd. con-
test.
Robinson is considered theE Wol-
verines' best dasher since. Eddie.

Tolan, a Detroiter who starred in
the 1932 Olympics.
John Gregg should add more
punch to the dashes if his foot
injury doesn't hamper him. 'The
Buffalo, N.Y., speedste'r, like Rob-
inson, can step into any of the
dash events.
But his top race is probably the
220. In his senior year of high
school, he had the fourth best
time in the nation for prepsters,
a blaring ':21.0 furlong.
Other Travelers
A couple of other newcomers
who traveled far to get to Michi-
gan are Tony Seth and Les Bird.
Seth is one of several good up-
coming middle distance hopefuls.
He hails from Antigua - a small
island in the British West Indies.
In Bird, Canham has one of the
first athletes to come to an Amer-
ican university from South Amer-
ica.. The springy jumper, whose
home is in British Guiana, is a
24'2" broad jumper. With Indi-
ana's world champion Greg Bell
now graduated, Bird could work
his way to the top of. the jump
field.

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is the most versatile man on the
squad. He has scoring. potential
in the short dashes, the low
hurdles and the high' jump. The
latter, may prove to be his best
show, since he already has passed
6'5".
While Canham has. talent'
spread oit well in many events,.
he actually has an over-abund-
ance of newcomers in the 880-yd.
run.
Canham unleashed a half-dozen
half milers in a special freshman
880 during one of last year's var-
sity dual meets. The results: five
of them crossed the tape under'
1:59 = led by Dave Martin who:
get a freshman indoor record at
1:55.4. That same evening the
winning varsity time. was1:57.4.
Montour Tops
Despite Martin's fine effort,
Canadian Fred Montour ranks
first in the newcomer ranks. The'
transfer from San Mateo, Calif.,
Junior bollege has a 1:52.9 to his
credit.
A third new sophomore, Frank
Geist sped to a nifty 1:56.4 as a
high school senior - the eighth
best prep school time in the na-
Rio nin 1957. Marsh Dickerson and
Wally' Shafer are other gifted
hopefuls, giving Michigan depth
unmatched in the midwest.
Deardorff Stars
And while all the , promising
youngsters were toying with
freshman records last season, un-
sung Earl Deardorff - now a
junior. - stepped into the lime-
light with a 1:51.8 half mile.
Along with placing in the Big Ten
finals, he had a 1:51.6 relay leg.
Other sophomores whop could
aid a title drive and add.depth to

Canham's always-s t r o n g dual
meet teams are Bryan Gibson, a
sub-:50 quartermiler; hurdler
Jim Montour, brother of ;the half
miler; and multi-talented Don
Chalfant, who could add punch in
the 440; low hurdles. or broad
jump..
A couple of experienced pole
vaulters, Captain-elect Mamon
Gibson and Eeeles Landstrom,
and Big Ten hurdle winner Pete
Stanger lead the list of returnees.

Gibson Soars
Gibson's steady improvement in
his three years at Michigan paid
off in 1958 as he towered over
14'4" to become the second best in
Michigan history.
The" best . was Landstrom's
14'9Y4" for. a .Yost Field House
mark. However, the: .blond . Fin-
lander, who once held the Euro-
pean record and twice competed'
in the' Olympic Games, was ineli-
gible last season. Now in his last
year, he is aiming for the Big Ten
record of Don Laz, former Illi-
nois star.
Stanger was Michigan's only
Big Ten titlist last season. In up-
setting defending champion 'Wil-
lIie May, of Indiana, in' the .low
hurdles, i the Canadian becomes
the biggest surprise of the out-
door campaign. A junior° in eli-
gibility, he also is Canham's fin-
est' high sticks speedster in' a
decade.
Among other veterans who
have scored in past conference,
finals are senior Lou Willinms,
who neared the 24' mark in the
aroad jump two years ago; junior
;printer Pete Parker, a surprise
,hird in the 60-yd. dash last year;

SOARING CAPTAIN--Pole vaulter Mamon Gibson, track
for the, corning season, leaps to a new record at the Micling
Meet in Waldo Stadium at Western Michigan Univers
spring. He leaped 14'4%" then, and ranks as one of the bes
Big Ten now.

High Jumper, Too
He may also be a surprise in
the high jump. After only a
couple of weeks under Canham's
tutelage, he was leaping over the
6'4" mark.
Canham, incidentally, is one' of
the better high jump teachers in
the country. A former national.
champion, he coached: Milt Mead
to a national crown and aided
Mark Booth and Brenda n
O'Reilly to Big. Ten, titles within'
the past few years.
Another sophomore who has a
big future ahead is Ray Locke; a
big shotputter from. a little state.
The Barrington, R., weightman
tossed the 12-lb. sphere 61'6" two
years ago..He was getting over the
50' barrier last winter with the
16-lb. college shot.
Dick Cephas, another small-
state yearling (Wilmington, Del.)

and junior Bruce Fischer, fifth,
in the 600-yd. run.
Junior Dick Schwartz is a fast-
improving two-miler who may
;ome into his own, this year.
Three footballtackles - Don Des-
kins, Ermin Crownley and Jared.,
3ushong-may help in the weight
events.
Handymen Cam Gray, Ernie
Simms' and Jim Simpson, hurd-
ler Ron Trowbridge, vaulter Bill
Guiness and dashmen Freeman
Watkins and Joe Christie round
out. the Wolverines' unparalleled
depth. All'are veterans.
The highlight of the Wolver-
ines' schedule in the upcoming

.
season will come next spring
the Big Ten outdoor meet
place at Ferry F eld. The
test is scheduled for Wiscon
Tough Competition:
Along with conference - c
tition, Michigan in the'pas
met many of, the nation's s
est dual meet squads and a
ed- the best all star and rela
nivals.
As an indication of thin
come in Michigan track
coachin gstaff noted that i
having difficulties booking
competition.
Why? "Michigan is going
too 'tough," the prospects sa

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e's Olympic champion Glenn Davis (left) and Roger Hauck (third from.
t year. Stanger placed second, while teammate Chvk Belknap. .(right) had.

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