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Yearlings Ever Bolster A

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nt array of sophomores
ed to get Michigan's
field team back to nor-
year after the disap-
ip- to eighth place in
indoor and outdoor
eets.
" for Coach Don Can-
igan mentor, is cham-
caliber. He won four
ties (two indoor, two
n 1955 and 1956.
or last year's poor fin-
s out of the first divi-
>nce in his 10-year ca-
higan. That fall was in
season.

Big jumps for the team crown
-the kind Michigan hopes for
this school year - aren't impos-
sible in the talent-rich Big Ten.
The 1958 titlist, Illinois, was a
dead last the previous year.
Michigan will touch off its 1959
campaign with- several proven
performers in Big Ten competi-
tion, but the, bulk of the scoring'
and depth will come from brit-
liant yearlings.
"They form my best freshman
team ever," Canham repeatedly
emphasized throughout last- sea-
son. "Many of them would have
scored in Big Ten meets as fresh-
men."

The youngsters who may throw
the 1959 race into a'turmoil come
to Michigan from many areas.
Tom'Robinson, who brings in
the brightest reputation, ran for
the Bahamas in the 1956 Olympic
Games before entering Michigan.
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 manl
and will be tough to match in the
indoor dash event-a 60-yd. con-,
test.
Robinson is considered the 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., speedster, 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 blazing :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 d itance 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 Pritish Guiana, is a
24'2" broacl jumnper. With Indi-
ana's world champion Greg Bell.
now graduated, Bird could work
his way to the top of the juxlap
field.

is the must 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'S".
While Canham has talent
spread out well in many events,
he actually has an over-abund-
ance of newcomers in the 880-yd.
run.
Canham inleashed 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,
set a freshman indoor record at
1:55.4. That same evening the
winning varsity time wasl: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 College has a 1:52.9 to his
credit.
A third new sophomore, Frank
Geist sped to a nifty 1:56.4 as a
aigh school senior - the eighth
best prep school time in the na-
;io 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 who. could
aid a title drive and add depth to
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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
14'9% /"for a Yost Field House
mark. However, .the blond. Fin-
Lander, who once held the Euro-
p'ean 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-
ilie May, of Indiana, in the low
hurdles, the Canadian becomes
the, biggest surprise of the out-
door campaign. A 'junior in eli-
gibility, he also is Canham's fhin-
est high sticks .speedster in' a
decade.'
Among other veterans who
have scored in past conference
finals are senior Lou Williams,
who neared the 24' mark in the
oroad jump two years ago; junior
sprinter Pete Parker, a surprise
;hird in the 60-yd. dash last year;

SOARING CAPTAIN-Pole vaulter Mamon Gibson, t
for the coming season, leaps to a new record atthe M
beet in Waldo Stadium at Western Michigan Uni
spring. He leaped 14'4%" then, and ranks as one of thl
Big Ten now.

cap;

Wigh Jumper, Too
tHe 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, B r e n d an
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, RI., -weightmian
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-j
improving two-miler. who may
;ome into his own this year.
Three footballtackles - Don Des-
kins, Ermin Crownley and Jared
Bushong-may help in the weight,
events.,
Handymen Cam .Gray, Ernie
Simms- and Jim Simpson, hurd-
ler Ron Trowbridge, vaulter Bill
Guiness and dashnien Freeman,
Watkins and 'Joe Christie round
out the Wolverines unparalleled
,depth. Alli are veterans.
Toe highlight of the Wolver-
ines' schedule in the upcoming

season will come
the Big Ten out
place at Ferry ,
test is scheduled

Along with conference cc
tition, Michigan in the pas
met many of the nation's st
est dual meet squads And at
ed the best all star and relay
nivals,
As an indication of thin
come in Michigan track.

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Dhio State's Olympic champion Glenn Davis. (left) and Roger Hauck (third from
meet last year. Stanger placed second, while teammate Chuck Belknap, (right), had
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