THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1967
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Relay Unit Cracks Marks Collectively
Classic traditional styling!
Kearney to Reynolds ... Reynolds to McDonald.. .
McDonald to Kutschinski .. .
By BOB McFARLAND
No, fellow Americans, individ-
ualism is not dead in this coun-
It's primary exponents can be
found every afternoon at Yost
Field House, working out on a
cinder oval. The track athlete
practices alone, worries alone, and
finally performs alone. The indi-
vidual is supreme, and bears the
sole responsibility for turning in
a good effort.
Sure, there's still a team score.
And they do have a Big Ten out-
door and indoor championship
every year. But winning such a
title is more a. measure of which
coach can get the most from the
sum total of the individual efforts
of his squad.
Then, somebody had to come
along with the idea of a relay
team, however, and adulterated yet
another bastion of the American
Four Wolverine cindermen, Tom
Kearney, John Reynolds, Alex
McDonald and Ron Kutschinski,
are proudly participating in a
collective two mile relay effort,
and have found that the individ-
ual way isn't the only path to
Running in a field weaker than
the average 98-pound weakling two
weeks ago in the Michigan Re-
lays, the foursome succeeded in
snapping both the fieldhouse and
varsity records with a 7:34.1, the
fastest time ever run by a Big
Tomorrow, this group of middle
distance men will attempt to show
the East whatp rovincial Midwest-
erners can accomplish when they
meet Fordham and Villanova in
Madison Square Garden in what
promises to be a sneak preview
of the NCAA Indoor Championship
in Cobo Hall next month.
Dirt Means Victory
Head track Coach Don Canham
spoke of the ability of his prize
charges yesterday. "On a dirt
come close to the American rec-
ord," Canham predicted.
Three of the thinclads were first
heralded last year when they com-
bined with another, teammate to
break the two-mile relay record
for Yost as freshmen. The new
member of the pace-setting squad,
McDonald, is a junior from King-
They are well aware of the fact
that the relay challenge is quite
different from single competition.
As Kearney says, "When you
run with the same three guys every
day, you have a different kind of
attitude. If you have a bad day,
there's some extra incentive to per-
form well when you're working for
a team. Take last week at Western.
I was pretty tired going into the
last turn, but I kept thinking
about the other guys," he contin-
In that meet, Kearney anch-
ored a 9:56.7 effort in the dis-
tance medley relay, another varsi-
ty indoor mark for the Michigan
cindermen, which eclipsed the old
standard by almost eight seconds.
The anchor man of the two
mile team, Kutschinski, echoes the-
sentiments of his leadoff runner,
Kearney. "It's definitely a team
type of affair. You feel there's
somebody rooting for you, and you
know that if you fail, you're not
just letting yourself down," he
McDonald notes that "a relay
takes the pressure off the individ-
ual and adds an extra thrust,"
while Reynolds contributes, "It's
certainly more enjoyable running
Despite the fact that the relay
bonds the athletes together, the
four each have a separate task.
Canham elaborated on the way a
relay lineup is composed.
"I puthKearney first, because
I think he can stay with any-
body. We hope they'll waste one of
their two fastest men on the open-
ing leg tomorrow. You always start
time of 7:34.8.
How do the four thinclads judge
their respective functions tomor-
row in the three-way clash be-
tween the relay giants? They all
have clear-cut notions of their
When the starting gun sounds
at the Garden, Kearney will
have the baton . . . . "My job so
far 'has been to hang back on the
shoulder and let the anchor man
do the work. I have to get a good
position. There may not be much
hanging back against Fordham
though." .-.-. .
The pass is made to Reynolds
and . . . "I've got to run like hell
and hold in there. I'm not in the
best shape right now, but I must
keep contact with the leaders."
A half mile later, McDonald
. . .Equals Victory
takes his stint . . .. "What I've got
to do is make up any possible di-
tant lost in the first two legs,
so Ron will be in good shape." . .
Finally, Kutschinski takes the
hollow tube .. . "Running anchor
is not to much different from run-
ning individually. My job is to
cross the finish line first, and
All four "isolated' performances
are subsumed under the goal of
victory, however, and each of the
cindermen is confident that the
tape will be snapped by a Wolver-
ine. As Reynolds expressed it,
"All I know is that we're going
to be number one."
McDonald compared the various
team potentials to a race. "The
guy that's coming on almost al-
ways defeat the man he passes in
the stretch. Michigan is rising and
Fordham is falling."
The 11-lap board track at the
Garden could have an effect on the
Wolverine effort, since the Michi-
gan unit is accustomed to doing,
their traveling on cinders.
Canham doesn't believe that the
New York track will be a factor in
the race, though. "It's nothing to
worry about, and shouldn't bother
them. My best two mile team be-
fore this one actually ran better
on boards than on dirt."
One member of the unit, Cana-
dian Reynolds, likes the wood sur-
face. "I love being that close to the
crowd. It's like running in one
great big happy tin can."
This may be the first time on
record that the vast auditorium
has been likened to a tin can, but
the destiny of this foursome seems
to be just that-setting firsts.
The remainder of the squad has
not had that much experience on
boards, but they declaim any fac-
tor the track might play. "If
you're in good shape, you don't
have to worry," McDonald asserts.
"The effect is negligible.'
Yet, Kearney notes that "you
can 't just whip off the last corner
on the tighter track."
The training program for the
quartet has been a light one this
week. They journeyed out of the
confines of Yost for a brief prac-
tice on the smaller track at
Waterman, and have mostly jog-
ged on their home cinders. "If you
work too hard before a big race,
it takes the edge off your per-
formance psychologically," Mc-
Conservatives, take notice. It
looks like another victory for the
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Toledo 86, western Michigan 76
DePaul 56, Notre Dame 49
Miami (Ohio) 75, Bowling Green 68
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Hang On, Men
"Reynolds can run well wheth-
er he's in front or behind, so he
takes the second leg. The strategy
behind the first pair's perform-
ance is to hang on."
Describing McDonald and Kut-
schinski's task, Canham stated,
"They've both run 1:51 half-miles
already, and can perform from
either a lead position or a deficit."
Kearney also commented on the
third and fourth man of the com-
bination: "It helps to know that
Alex and Ron are two tremendous
middle distance men."
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The unit had to run by them-
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standard, but that certainly won't
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owns the nation's best time as the
indoor season enters its fourth
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