THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1964
PAGE SIX THE IIHCHIGAN DAILY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4,1964
Sampson Runs on Pure Determination
THINCLADS MUST HUSTLE:
Badgers Pose Stiff Challenge
By GARY WINER
"I'm just a third-rate runner
who tries to work harder than
the next guy," letterman trackster
Jay Sampson said the other after-
Sampson just wasn't trying to be
modest, either. "Really, I have no
speed and I can't run distances
very well, so I'm about where I
should be," he asserted. Sampson
has been running in the 1000-
yard event this year.
As it turns out, Sampson wasn't
kidding about his ability. Track
Coach Don Canham surprisingly
supported Sampson's statement.
"Actually, he just doesn't have
God's gift for being a great run-
ner," Canham commented. "Why,
if he had any talent he'd be hold-
ing a few world's records by now."
How's He Do It?
So how is it that Sampson won
the 1000 last week in the Yost
dustbowl with a respectable time
The answer lies within Samp-
son's great determination. Can-
ham probably summed it up best]
when he remarked, "He's a real
hard worker and he's not afraid
to punish himself."
Sampson played varsity foot-
ball and ran track for four years
in hight school in Morgantown,
N.C., and had some aspirations for
joining the Michigan track team
when he enrolled here without any
Canham didn't expect much?
from him. Sampson wasn't even
listed on the track squad at the
beginning of his sophomore year.
He finally caught one shot at
competition as a sophomore, but
he didn't do very well.
But the following week he got
his big break when one of the
*members of the mile relay team
became ill and Canham took him
along to a gouple of weekend meets
just in case he needed him.
Sampson then made his real
debut in the Chicago relays on a
Friday night, and the next evening
in the Milwaukee Journal Meet.
He gained both his confidence and
his berth on the track team when
he ran both evenings on the win-
ning two-mile relay team.
His best time in the mile dur-
ing his sophomore year was 4:20.
But the Sampson success story
didn't end there, as a matter .of
fact, it really came to light just
Last year, prior to the track
season, Sampson stepped into a
gopher hole while running a cross
country race and reinjured his
foot, an old football ailment. He
was out for the entire track sea-
son but he refused to call it quits.
Canham remarked, "Why he
was so badly crippled he could
barely walk let alone ever run
again. No, I never thought he'd
come back to a track."
Just Worked It Out
Sampson tried various medica-
tions, but all to no avail. Finally,
he just decided to work it out. "I
guess even I didn't actually think
I'd come back like this at first,"
But come back he has.
"Nothing this kid does surprises
me, anymore," Canham casuallyI
Sampson has another year of
eligibility, but he isn't sure he
will take advantage of it because
he graduates this May.
Track has been more or less
of an extra-curricular activity for
him at Michigan. He's majoring
in engineering physics with spe-
cial emphasis on computers.
"I place school above every-
thing else," he admitted. "I go
down to practice when I feel like
it and when I get behind in my.
studies I ease up on the running.
Actually, I'm kind of glad I'm
not under the pressure of an ath-
Canham had nothing but praise
for Sampson. "I think he's one of
the nicest guys I've had the pleas-
ure of working with in my 15
years of coaching."
"It's students like him who make
coaching worthwhile. He's a smart
runner, too, which has helped him
quite a bit. He's learned to capital-
ize on everyone else's weaknesses
by running hard when the other
runners are getting tired."
Going hand-in-hand with his
billing as the "no talent winner"j
is Sampson's poor running form.
According to Canham he looks
okay from the waist down, but it's
the rest of his body that displays
an unorthodox style consisting of
head and shoulders turning right
and left, and a right arm that sort
of flaps wildly in front of him.
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By STEVE GALL
Last Friday, Michigan's track-
sters, warming up for the difficult
task of upending Wisconsin in
the Big Ten championships this
Friday and Saturday at Colum-
bus, ended a very successful sea-
son with their weekly display of
The cindermen not only com-
pletely dominated the Michigan
Federation championships b ut
they also set four meet records in
doing so. The times were generally
impressive, especially performances
by half-miler Ted Kelly and ver-
satile Kent Bernard.
Kelly, after milling around 1:54
a good part of the season, finally
reached his peak with a swift
1:53 time, the second fastest ever
in Yost Field House. After run-
ning the first quarter in :55, the
freckled-face red-head pulled out
to stay, winning by 25 yards.
Bernard continued to show his
strength in the 600 with a record
clocking of 1:11.7. The soft-spoken
junior is now ready to face a
strong challenge by Wisconsin's
Al Monpalbano at Columbus.
In another solid performance,
consistent Roger Schmitt tossed a
record 55'10" shot put. The Wol-
verines are counting, on him and
Ernie Soudek to sweep the cham-
Sophomore sensation Bob Den-
sham, who has cooled off lately,
jumped 6'7" good for second.
Coach Don Canham said, however,
he is not worried over Densham's
modest slump. "He has been very
close. There's nothing really
wrong," Canham added.
In the 60-yard sprint Dorie Reid
turned in a winning 6:3. Canham
feels Reid can get down to 6:2
to give Michigan valuable points
in the championships.
Broad - jumper John Rowser
turned in a highly respectable
23'2" for second place. If Rowser
can keep jumping 23 feet consist-
ently, he could give Michigan
some unexpected points at Colum-
Two-miler Ted Benedict took a
second behind a winning time of
9:24. The lanky star has already
won this event in 9:20. Canham
again isn't worried as he felt his
pace was too fast. "He hasn't
reached his full potential yet," the
1000-yard specialist Jay Samp-
son took a second in the mile, run-
ning in what Canham called
By JERRY ALPERSTEIN
Wisconsin Daily Cardinal
Special To The Daily
MADISON - This Friday and
Saturday at Columbus, the gerat-
est track team in Wisconsin his-
tory will challenge the thinclads
of Michigan in what is expected
to be one of the closest two-team
affairs in Big Ten track history.
Coach Charles (Rut) Walter's
Badgers have demonstrated their
strength by slaughtering five foes
this winter despite the loss of four
outstanding performers. Sprinter
Louie Holland and hurdler Larry
Howard have been lost for the
season, while 1000-yard man Jim
McGrath and broad jumper Tom
Atkinson are out for the indoor
season. Atkinson was described
by Walter as "potentially the best
broad jump prospect in the Big
As far as healthy Badgers go,
Wisconsin should place in at least
12 events, while the remaining
three events could find a Cardinal
and White runner in the top five.
The hurdles are Wisconsin's
strongest events, and Walter will
enter the maximum four runners
in each. In the low hurdles, de-
fending Big Ten champion and
record-holder Billy Smith stacks
up as the surest five points in the
conference meet, being a good
two-tenths ahead of his competi-
tion, who happens to be Billy
Smith of Ohio State.
The high hurdles should find
Badger Captain Eugene Dix and
Wolverine Cliff Nuttall in a bat-
tle for the gold medal. Outdoors,
Nuttall edged Dix by less than a
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Billy Smith also stacks up as a
good bet for fourth place in the
60-yard dash behind the "big
three"-Trent Jackson of Illinois,
Bob Moreland of Michigan State
and Nate Adams of Purdue. His
only loss this year was to Big Ten
NCAA fifth-place finisher El-
zie Higginbottom is the class of
conference quarter-milers. Only a
pulled muscle can keep this great
runner from breaking the tape in
Al Montalbano and Bill Heuer
supply the one-two punch in the
600. "Big Red" has been burning
up the league with outstanding
performances including a 1:09.8,
the fastest 600 time by a Big Ten
undergraduate. Heuer has only
been beaten by Montalbano in
meets this year.
The half-mile stacks up as one
of the closest races in the meet
featuring a four-way dogfight for
frist place between Mike Hol-
brook, Illinois; Ray Miller, Min-
nesota; Bill Gill, Wisconsin, and
Ted Kelly, Michigan.
Sophomore Barney Peterson
looks like he is ready to take up
where Michigan's only individual
champion, Chuck Aquino, left off.
Peterson is undefeated so far this
The mile relay stacks up as a
Wisconsin first. Dave Russell, Bob
Patterson, Montalbano and Heuer
combined for a 3:15.2. Guess what
happens when Elzie runs anchor?
The shot put places defending
indoor champion Don Hendrickson
against Michigan's Roger Schmidt,
the outdoor champion.
High jumpers Cornelius Miller,
Indiana; Bill Holden, Wisconsin,
and Bob Denshaw, Michigan,
should take the first three places.
What their order will be is en-
tirely dependent on who gets out
on the right side of the bed.
Brian Bergemann is the first
Badger pole vaulter to go 15 feet.
That should be good enough for
second place. Dave Seiberlich could
also earn a lower place.
Barry Ackerman has come on
as a broad jumper since late last
year and also holds a good chance
of earning a few points.
In a normal year, this team
would run away with conference
honors. But Michigan looks just as
strong. If the Badgers and Wol-
verines combined forces and took
on the rest of the conference in
a dual meet, the two powerhouses
would probably win.
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The victory tightened the race
for third place and virtually as-
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the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Detroit is now three points be-
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Bruce MacGregor and Floyd
Smith provided early one goal
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NEW YORK - The Cincinnati
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