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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Track Team

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DISTANCE MEDLEY CHAMPIONS-This quartet of Ergas Leps, Dave Martin, Tony Seth and Brian
Gibson brought home one of Michigan's two Penn Relay crowns last spring.
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By BILL PHELPS
Three years ago this fall when,
coach Don Canham called his first
track practice of the season, he
was greeted by one of the most
outstanding freshmen teams that
would ever dig their spikes into
the FerryeField cinders.
The varsity team, which will
respond to the first call this year,
is built around these greatly im-
proved 1957 freshmen. Now sen-
iors, they have already done most
of the accounting for two Big Ten
indoor championships and two
second places in outdoor Confer-
ence meets.
Last season they finished first
in the Conference indoor meet
and second to Illinois in the out-
door meet.
In his estimation, this year's
team is the best Canham has ever
coached and one that should be
headed for some great perform-
ances,
Team Captain
The most accomplished member
of this year's seniors has quite
fittingly been chosen to be the
team captain. Sprinter Tom Ro-
binson had already taken part in
one Olympiade before he first en-
tered the Yost Field House locker
room.
Since then, the Bahama Bullet
has won six individual Big Ten
championships and was only
stopped from a seventh and eighth
by a pulled thigh muscle in the
spring of 1959.
His most cherished track vic-
tory was over Trinidad's Mike
Agostini in the British Empire
Games 220 in 1958. He has since
set or, tied all the Michigan var-
sity and freshman short sprint
records. The stocky Wolverine
captain was cited by United States
Olympic Coach Larry Snyder as
the only non-American who had a
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chance for an Olympic sprint gold rival George Kerr of Jamaica and
medal this summer. Illinois and United States' Tom
Deardorff Graduated Mfurphy.
Although last year's captain Earl Backing up Seth in the middle
Deardorff has graduated, the half distances are seniors Frank Geist,
mile which was his specialty will Dave Martin and junior Ergas
be far from lacking Michigan en- Leps. These runners were all very
tries. Tony Seth, the senior from strong in the relay meets last sea-
British Guiana who was rated as son and with the graduation of
only the fifth best halfmiler on Illinois' Kerr and Michigan State's
the freshman team three seasons Bob Lake, should have a fine time
back has come along to gain the in conference as well as open
number one spot through the last competition this year.
two campaigns. From Cranbrook
Seth has won the indoor 880 and Martin, an ex-Cranbrook run-
660 titles respectively in the last ner, has a best mlie time of 4:09.4
two conference meets and has as well as some excellent half-
finished second and third in the mile relay performances to his
outdoor 880. A year ago he gained credit. Leps, holder of the Cana-
the bronze medal in the Pan dian juvenile mile standard of
American Games 800 meters as he 4:13.6 won the conference mile
finished behind arch conference in 4:12.4 and anchored two win-

ning relay teams at the Penn Re-
lays this spring.
Frank Carrissimi, the record-
breaking high school miler from
Detroit is expected to join these
two in training as a freshman this
fall and his experience there will
doubtlessly sharpen the two var-
sity men towards better competi-
tion times.
In the longer sprints, the senior
combination of Marsh Dickerson,
Bryan Gibson and Seth are enough
to strike fear into the hearts of
most relay opponents when group-
ed with hurdler-classmate Dick
Cephas or juniors Bennie McRae
or Leps. Different combinations of
the above were very successful in
the relay events last season.
The double entry of McRae, the

football halfback, and Cephas, the
sprinter and high jumper, in the
hurdle events was very effective
until the Big Ten meet in May,
┬░McRae tied the conference record
of :14.0 in the qualifications for
the highs, but injured his back
severely in the preliminaries for
the lows. Cephas met a similar but
less serious fate in his heat of the
lows and was considerably slowed
for the finals.
If these two can come back
strong this winter, they have ex-
cellent chances of placing one-
two in both events, indoors and
out.
On the field, the Wolverines'
chances look very bright after
their two outdoor wins in the con-
ference meet. Shotputter Ray
Locke, a former national high
school record holder finally showed
successfully in varsity competition
with a 55'''" heave and he has
two more years to try for the Big
Ten record.
Best Effort
Lanky high jumper Steve Wil-
liams came through with his best
varsity effort, a 6'74" leap, to
beat Indiana's Reggie Sheppard
for the conference crown. Like
Locke, Williams is just starting his
, junior year. He will be accom-
panied at the pit by the versatile
Cephas who is always trying to
squeeze in a few jumps between
hurdle heats.
Missing for a year since the
graduation of the great Eeles
Landstrom and teammate Mamon
Gibson has been any Wolverine
action around the pole vault stand-
ards. This campaign will see
sophomore StevehOverton, an ex-
Indiana high school state cham-
pion thrusting the Swedish steel
pole into the box. A good showing
on his part will complete the team
potential in nearly every event.
This summer many team mem-
bers competed in the Olympics.
Ace broadjumper Lester Bird from
Antigua wore the colors of the
British West Indies, Seth ran for
the Guianas and Robinson for the
Bahamas.
Good summer performances
from these athletes hold a favor-
able outlook for the team in Maize
and Blue this winter and next
spring.

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NIPPED AT THE WIRE-Willie Williams of San Jose State nips Michigan's Tom Robinson at the
wire. Robinson and the Wolverines had to settle for in this the 440-yard sprint event at the Penn
Relays.

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