TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1965
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TI~NE 1 UeavavAN a/aI.
Thinclads Run a Long
EIGHTH IN 11 YEARS:
Way on Little More Than Guts
Netters Take Another Conference Crown
By JIM LaSOVAGE
It took a lot of guts.
And that's the biggest thing that
kept a rebuilding Wolverine track
team in the running for con-
ference honors last season.
The loss of 13 lettermen after
the 1964 season left the cinder-
men the big task of shaping in-
experienced sophomores into re-
placements for the graduated
stars. So with Captain Kent Ber-
nard as the nucleus of 17 re-
turning lettermen, Coach Don
Canham went to work training for
the indoor winter season in the
confines of musty old Yost Field-
Most of the indoor season con-
sists of federation opens and re-
lays, in which team scores are not
kept. They serve the coach and
team as conditioning for cham-
pionship meets and "discovering"
new talent. However, before the
indoor championships in Cham-
paign this year, the tracksters
competed in three dual meets
against nonconference foes.
Take on Chicago
In January,. Michigan traveled
to the Windy City to challenge the
Chicago Track Club for its first
competition of the year. A close
meet indicated that the Wolver-
ines had a_ lotr of work ahead of
them as the Chicagoans dealt
them a 67-64 setback.
Michigan got a lot of help from
its experienced hands and some
encouraging performances by
sophs, but sweeps of both the 70-
yard high and low hurdle events
by Chicago made the difference
in the meet.
A few federation meets saw
much improvement in Wolverine
thinclads before the next dual
mleet-this against traditional foe
The Nittany Lions came into
Ann Arbor ready to fight, but
when the dust had settled to the
floor of the fieldhouse, Michigan
had drubbed the visitors 92-49.
Three days later the Wolverines
disposed of the Irish of Notre
Dame in their last indoor dual
meet of the season.
During the course of the winter
meets the trackmen chalked up
some impressive marks. Bernard
was running good times in the
4j 600-yards and the quarter mile,
while other lettermen were work-
ing into top shape in their respec-
tive events. Cecil Norde, Bob Jar-
ema, Bob Densham, Tom Sweeney,
Dan Hughes, Fred Lambert, Des
Ryan and Dorie Reid all con-
tributed to Michigan's strengthen-
But new names like Jack Harvey
Steadfast Bernard set a new Bigj
Ten record of 1:09.9 in winning
the 600-yard run, breaking thej
string just a tenth of a second1
ahead of his long-time rival fromI
Wisconsin, Al Montalbano.
Bill Yearby put the shot just
over 54' for a second place, and
was followed by sophomore Har-
vey, who heaved the 16-pound1
ball 53'6". Sweeney managed a1
third in the broad jump, traveling
Canamare added another inch
to his own pole vault record with1
a 14'8" vault, but had to settle for7
fifth. Two more fifths were con-1
tributed by Brian Kelley in the
1000-yard run and the mile-relay1
After the Big Ten meet came,
the first annual NCAA Indoor
Championships. Only one Wol-
verine placed in the meet-
Canamare-and he did it in grand
style, too. He soared over the bar
at 15'4" to take a third in the
event and gain a varsity record.
The cindermen got their first
outdoor competition at the South!
Carolina Relays, in which 17,
teams participated. Things looked
good all the way as Michigan tied
with Maryland for most first
places (five), and added a second,
two thirds, and two fourths.
Harvey set a meet mark of 54'
7" in the shot put, Ted Benedict
set one of 9:11.9 in the two-mile
run, the mile relay team broke the
meet record with a 3:14.1 clocking,t
and Canamare set an outdoor2
mark with a vault of 15'33/4". The<
two-mile relay team took the
Michigan continued its improve-
ment at the Ohio State Relays,
and Canamare again stole the
show with a new mark of 15'5".-
When the dual meets began, a
rematch with the Chicago Track
Club was first on the agenda. This
time in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines
retaliated for the earlier loss withs
an 89-37 pasting, winning 11 ofa
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By BUD WILKINSON
The 1965 version of Michigan's
men in white served and volleyed
their way through the Big Ten
dual meet season with only one
loss and then took advantage of
clutch victories in the champion-
ship tournament to upset defend-
ing titlist Indiana and take their
eighth conference tennis crown in
the last 11 years.
The season started out on a
seemingly dismal note when the
Wolverines were trounced three
times on their spring tour in late
March. However, it was the net-
ters first outdoor play and the
losses against the strong southern
teams gave the squad experience
which was helpful in later play.
This season was the first in
which dual meet victories had a
bearing on the championship.
Each team played a round-robin
scdedule and each doubles or
singles victory in the dual meet
counted as a point toward the
The netmen opened conference
play with three perfect 9-0 white-
washes of dual meet opponents.
Following these victories came
an 8-1 trounching of Michigan
State and then ,Michigan's only
dual meet loss of the Big Ten
season-to Northwestern by a 6-3
After registering another 8-1
walloping and two more 9-0 shut-
outs over league foes, the netmen
met Indiana on the last weekend
of the dual meet season. The
Hoosiers were unbeaten and had
defeated Northwestern, the only
team to top Michigan.
The5Wolverines, however, pulled
out a 5-4 victory over the Hoosiers
and entered the conference meet
trailing them by only one point.
By winning eight of their nine
dual meets, the netters amassed
a total of 69 match victories and
12 losses: Indiana wound up the
regular season with a 70-11 rec-
ord, followed at a distance by
Northwestern with a 59-22 mark.
Indiana was favored to take the
tourneyonthe basis of the results
of the dual meet season and the
fact that the nucleus of its cham-
pionship team had returned.
But playing on the Hoosiers'
home courts at Bloomington the
netmen won the matches they
were supposed to win plus a few
they weren't to defeat runner-up
Indiana by 15 points.
Altogether the seven members,
of the squad took four singles and
two doubles titles in play in
which equally rated members of
each team faced each other.
On May 20, the first day of the
conference meet, both of the con-
tenders won all of their matchesj
in the preliminary round. Mich-
igan, however, moved into a first
place tie since it played one more
match in the prelims because of
In the second day of action, theE
netters were faced with three es-
pecially crucial matches. Wolver-
ine Karl Hedrick met second-
seeded Dave Power of Indiana in
first singles, Captain Brian Floodl
faced Northwestern's first-seeded
Tim Sheehan in number two sin-
gles, and Hedrick and Jerry Ste-
wart played in number one dou-
bles against top-seeded Wildcats
Clark Graebner and Bill Rice. !
The Wolverines, who had lost
all the above matches in dual
wart upset their Wildcat counter- where Flood lost in three sets to
parts, 6-3, 6-4. Hedrick made a Rod McNerney of Indiana. 4-6.
strong bid to top Power but was 6-3, 6-2, and Hedrick and Stewart
edged, 8-6, 10-8. absorbed a 6-3. 6-3 beating from
The Wolverines performed ac- Power and McNerney.
cording to form at the other six
positions and Michigan men ad-
vanced to Saturday's finals in
eight of nine spots.
Win in Rout
Entering the final day of action
with a slim three-point lead over
the Hoosiers, the Wolverines took
six of eight final contests to win
the championship in a rout.
At third singles, Jon Fraser
took three sets to defeat Barry
Kane of Indiana 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Sophomore Stewart mauled last
year's sixth singles champ, Hoos-
ier Chuck Fichter, 6-1, 6-4, to
land the fourth singles title.
Hal Lowe whipped MSU's Vic
Dhooge, 6-2, 7-5, and George Rus-
sell defeated Mike Baer of In-
diana, 6-3, 6-4, to land the fifth
and sixth singles crown, respec-
In doubles Fraser and Lowe
took the measure of State's
Dhooge and Jim Phillips, 8-6, 6-2,
for the second doubles crown, and
Flood and Jim Swift beat Fichter
and Bob Wham of Indiana, 7-5,
6-3, for the number three title.
Michigan's only losses came in
second singles and first doubles
In the number one singles.
Graebner. who is ninth-ranked
nationally, defeated Power, 3-6,
6-4, 6-3. It was the fourth con-
secutive time that a Northwestern
player won the first singles crown.
Davis-Cupper Marty Riessen was
victorious in the three tourneys
preceding this one.
Two Wolverine singlests, StC-
wart and Lowe, went through the.a
Big Ten season andathe tourna-
ment without a loss and the dou-
bles team of Flood and Swift also
estab1ishe d an unblemished
The Wolverines sustained heavy
graduation losses from the cham-
pionship team as Captain Flood
and champions Lowe, Fraser and
Russell departed with diplomas.
Returning as seniors will be cap-
tain-elect Hedrick, Swift and Bo
Barker, along with junior-to-be
The other two strong squads,
Indiana and Northwestern, were
also heavily hit by graduation
losses, and Michigan may be
strong again in '66 if replace-
ments can be found for the grad-
meet competition, needed some
upsets to take the lead from In-
diana-and they got them.
Flood, third singles cham:pion
last year, romped over Sheehan,
6-2, 6-1; and Hedrick and Ste-
second singles and first doubles uated seniors.
, t'a a
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and Steve Leutchman, both soph-
omore shot putters, also kept
working into the point-winning
places And a couple of juniors
who hadn't done much as sophs
began to come through in big
ways. Bob Gerometta started run-
ning like a star quartermiler in
the dash and on the mile relay
Perhaps most impressive of all,
though, was pole vaulter George
Canamare, who began an assault
on Michigan, and Big Ten vault
records which is still going. He
cleared 14'7" in the Notre Dame
The Wolverines entered the
conference championships as un-
derdogs to Wisconsin and Michi-
gan State, and Minnesota was also
being talked up. The Badgers
collected a winning total of 46
points to edge the Spartans by 21/2
points. Although Michigan took
third, it was a disappointing 21
points off the pace.
Still, there were bright spots in
the meet. Reid beat a strong field
in the 60-yard dash to win with a
clocking of :06.2, and sophomore
teammate Carl Ward finished fifth
behind him to add a point.
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