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it is awfully hard for them to win Illini with their 190.7 total against

the conference crown.
Big Ten gymnastics is like The Western Conference title isI
Woody Hayes football. based on two factors this year:
Non - conference m e e t s mean the conference standings and the!
nothing, it is only the Big Ten Big Ten championships the first
showdowns that count. weekend in March.
Each conference win is worth a
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the Wolverines are also in a select
circle of 190-plus scorers. Iowa
State, in the Big Eight, is the only
other team to reach that pinnacle.
High Scores
In the Big Ten, Iowa, which
travels to Ann Arbor Feb. 25, has

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poin~t inii Iminingi1 the champ ! been hitting consistently in the
while a first in the Big Ten meet middle to high 180's. Some of the
it worth eight, a second seven and other top teams in the country in-
so on down the line for the eight clude Springfield which nosed out
conference schools participating in Penn State 188.6-188.2, and Cali-
gymnastics. Only Northwestern fornia, which is crowding 190, as
and Purdue do not field teams, well as the other top western
It is possible this year then for teams.
a team to lose once or twice dur- Ioken admitted that the higher
ing the conference season and win Midwestern scores might be the
the conference title. It is also pos-
sible for a tie to occur in the final result of easier judging here than
standings if the first place team in the West and East but he is
in the dual meets finishes second quick to point out that the Mid-
in the Big Ten meet and vice west has always been strong in
versa Bgymnastics, with three teams, SIU,
Last Year.. MSU, and Michigan fighting in
This would have happened last the top five in the NCAA finals
year if the present scoring system last spring.
had been in force. The Big Ten The Wolverines are now the only
season ended with MSU on top undefeated team in the Big Ten
with a 7-0 record while Michigan with Michigan State and Iowa
was second, 6-1. In the confer- both losing to Southern Illinois.
ence meet, the Wolverines took Michigan is 2-0 in the conference
first and won the Big Ten title while Iowa, which has nosed out
because the conference showdown Illinois 185-182.3 and smothered
was worth twice the, dual meet Minnesota and Ohio State, has a
season. If this happens this year 3-0 slate. The Spartans, who face
though, the Spartans and the the Hawkeyes in Iowa City Feb.
Maize and Blue would tie for the. 18, three days after meeting the

Rich Kenney on the Rings

Michigan State later in the year Michigan Feb. 10.


because both teams will be in top
form, making for a better meet.
He also noted that the threej
week layoff that the Wolverines
are now experiencing could have;
some ill-effects. Last weekend's
meet with Illinois Chicago Circle
was cancelled because Circle could
not make it out of the 24-inch'
snowfall in the Windy City.
The Michigan gymnasts held a
intra-squad match instead, per-
forming quite well with no oppo-'
sition in front of over 200 ardent
and faithful fans. The gymnasts

The Wolverine sophomores have
been coming through this year to
fill up holes left by graduation.
Dave Jacobs, NAAU and Nissin
Cup champ, has been scoring
around 9.5 to challenge defending
NCAA champ Wayne Miller for
that title. Mike Sasich has been
performing well enough to fill 'the
hole left by graduated John Cash-
man while Dick Richards on the
parallel bar and Rich Kenney on
the rings have been cementing the
gap left by Ned Duke and Rich
Blanton, who has 'been judging

conference crown.
So far this season the Wolver-
ines have shown consistent im-
provement. After getting off to a
slow start against Indiana, Mich-
igan came on strong, besting a
well-stocked Illinois team 190.825-'
1907 in Champaign.
The 190.825 mark represents the
second highest team score in the
nation this year. Southern Illinois
holds the number one spot with
190.9 in beating Michigan State
by seven-tenths of a point. The

Wolverines in a mid-week match
at Ann Arbor, have also bested
Minnesota and Ohio State.
Illinois, considered a pre-season
favorite by Loken, seems to be,
out of the title picture, already l
losing twice to Michigan and Iowa.
The season now looks like a
three team race with Michigan
getting the biggest break in the
schedule, since the Wolverines en-
tertain both Iowa and Michigan
State in the Sports Building. The
Spartans have the toughest sched-
ule, traveling to Ann Arbor and
Iowa City for two meets in four
The Michigan - Michigan State
meet is to be held Wednesday,
Feb. 15, instead of early in Janu-
ary as scheduled because both
schools agreed that it would be
more suspenseful if the match was
held late in the season. Loken ex-
plained that he would rather face

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next meet is here against Eastern Wolverine contests this year.
Coed Shatters
Two Track 'Records
By FRED LaBOUR Commenting on her brilliant
Boston performance, Miss Kraker
Francie Kraker, Michigan soph- stated that "I think I could have
omore and illusrious m embe lu cfds a ot
omor andillstrius embe cfgotten the world's record if I had
the Michigammes Track Club, !enpesdaltewyt h
blitzed through two prestigious wire." The current world's record-
track meets on the east coast last holder is Nage Szabo of Hungary
weekend leaving a trail of broken with a 2:08.4 effort.
records behind her. n"I could run in meets all over
Thursday Miss Kraker (who the country every weekend from
must pay her own expenses to and now on, if I wanted to," Miss
from these contests) set a Millrose Kraker asserted. "But my coach
Games record in the half-mile for and I want to make sure that
women with a time of 2:11.6. I don't hit my peak too early. We
Then, just 48 hours later, com- are aiming specifically at the In-
peting in the Boston Athletic As- door Nationals, in California on
sociation Meet in Boston, she March 3-4." Miss Kraker, along
shattered the American mark in with the rest of the Michigammes,
the same event by hitting the tape is coached by Ken Simmons.
at 2:09.7. The former record was Miss Kraker believes that the
2:10.1 held by Doris Brown of world's record may fall as soon as
Seattle. Feb. 17 in New York. The three top
Miss Kraker defeated Olyinpian women half-milers will be compet-
Marie Mulder in both races; first ing, and as Miss Kraker put it,
by 12 yards, and then by a full "If I win the race with that com-
two seconds. petition, I should get the record."
This Week in Sports
Freshman Hockey-Michigan at Michigan State
Hockey-Michigan at Michigan Tech
Track-Western Michigan Invitational at Kalamazoo
Basketball-Purdue at Yost Fieldhouse, 4 p.m.
Hockey-Michigan at Michigan Tech
Wrestling-Michigan at Pittsburgh
Swimming-Wisconsin at Matt Mann Pool, 7:30 p.m.



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