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TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1964

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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By GARY WINER
Michigan's varsity track team,
anchored by no less than 15 re-
turning letterien, including six
possible Olympic prospects, is rat-
ed by all forecasters as one of the
teams to beat this year in the
Sig Ten.
x Coach Don Canham's thinclads
tied Iowa last. year for the indoor
crown and finished a dismal third
behind Iowa and Wisconsin in
the outdoor competition.
According to Canham, "we have
a strong squad this year, maybe
even good enough to take the
Big Ten. We're at least as good
as last year, but I still don't
,know just exactly how good we
are since we haven't had any
meets yet."
Winning Tradition
Michigan has had a tradition
f excellent track squads with
plenty of depth, but they haven't
swept both championships since
1961.
In that year, Canham unre-
servedly labelled his track team
as the "best Big Ten squad ever."
The Wolverines took their third
straight indoor title, and for the
:first time in five years also cap-
tured the outdoor crown that sea-
S son.
Such .Olympic participants and
Big Ten title holders as Tom
~ Robinson, sprinter, Ergas Ieps,
middle-distance, Bennie McRae,
hurdles, and Dick Cephas low
hurdles, anchored the team. Dave
Martin, who is now assistant
coach under Canham, ran for
' Michigan that year and set the
varsity mile record at 4:06.9.
Trade Upsets
Wisconsinrupset Michigan in
1962 in the indoor meet, but the
Wolverines came back to upset
the highly-favored Badgers and
capture the outdoor crown that
spring.
As in years past, the Wolver-
ines will have an international
flavor with some highly-regarded
talent from all over the world.
One of those Canham has men-
tioned as Olympic prospects for
their respective countries is Ernie
Soudek of Austria. Soudek now
holds the varsity record in the
discus at 177' and Canham lists
him as a sure thing for the Aus-
trian team this year. The Vienna-
born athlete also took up the shot
for the first time in his life last
year, and earned himself a fifth
place in the Big Ten indoor meet
with a 54' heave.
Bernard Back
Hailing from the West Indies,
sprinter Kent Bernard was plag-
ued part of last season with a leg
injury. Nevertheless, he earned
the varsity record for the 440
outdoors with a time of :48.0. He
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seconds on the mile-relay team
for the fastest indoor 440 in the
country last year. Bernard also
competes in the.660 event where
his best mark is 1:10.4. Canham
thinks he may break the Big Ten
record in this event this year,
but that still may not be good
enough to - take the title due to
the strong competition.
Dave Romain, the quarter-mil-
er from Trinidad, and Des Ryan
from Ireland, are also rated as
possible Olympic prospects and
conference titleholders.
I Senior Cliff Nuttall from Cana-
is Big Ten outdoor high hurdles
champ with a time of :14.3 and
should win this event again. For
the United States, Canham lists
sophomore Bob Densham as a
possible s t a n d o u t. Densham's
event is the high jump. He has
reportedly gone as high as 6'11V2"
in practice this month, and Can-
ham feels he quite conceivably
could hit the 7' mark.
Depth has been traditional at
Michigan, and Coach Canham
can easily point a finger at four
other possible conference winners.
Hayes Rated Highly
Besides Ryan, senior Dave
Hayes is highly rated in the 880
and mile events. Ted Kelley, Jay
Sampson, Dorr Casto, and Cecil
Norde will also give the Wolver-
ines depth in these departments.
Kelley has run the 880 in 1:52.8.
Running in the two-mile event
for Michigan will be Chris Mur-
ray and Ted Benedict. Murray
proved his capabilities last fall
when he beat Dick Sharkey, high-
ly - touted sophomore distance
man from Michigan State in a
cross country meet.
Schmitt Shotputs
Captain Roger Schmitt will car-
ry the burden in the shotput de-
partment. Schmitt placed third in
the indoor event last year, but
then came back in the outdoor
competition to take the con-
ference crown.
Expected to further bolster the
Wolverines in the weight events
was George Puce who finished
among the top four in both the
shot and the discus last year.
However, Puce went ineligible
after the spring semester and did
not return to school this year.
Al Ammerman will be teaming
up with Densham in the high
jump this year. His best leap in
competition last year was 6'8" but
this year during practice he has
already gone 6'10".
In the pole vault, the gradua-
tion of Steve Overton will be felt,
but senior George Wade and
sophomore George Canamare and
Dick Wells should strengthen the
Wolverines in this department.
Wade has already cleared 14'4"

and Canham has his eyes set at
14' for the two rookies.
Rounding out the field events is
the broad jump. Canham admits
that this is one of his team's bas-
ic weaknesses besides the fact
that it will be difficult for anyone
to defeat defending league cham-
pion Paul Warfield of Ohio State.
Michigan will be relying on
junior Tom Sweeney and sopho-
more Willie Brown. Both have
been measured at 23'. Densham
has also been mentioned as a pos-
sible competitor in this event and
Canham is also experimenting
with football halfback John Row-
ser.
Sprints Suffer
As far as the sprints go, Can-
ham is all but conceding the 60
indoors and 100 outdoors to the
competition. The Big Ten is load-
ed with talent here in the persons
of Purdue's Nate Adams, Wiscon-
sin's Lou Holland, Michigan

State's Bobby Moreland and
Sherman Lewis, and Illinois'
Trenton Jackson, who is the co-
holder of the national high school
mark at :09.4. Canham claims,
"Bobby Moreland is the best
sprinter in the world when he's
healthy."
Michigan State and Wisconsin
are expected to give Michigan the
toughest battles for the confer-
ence titles. The Badgers were fav-
ored to capture both the indoor
and outdoor crowns last year, but
were upset both times. What's
more, Wisconsin's Elmars Ezerins
has graduated. Ezerins won the
discus throw outside last spring,
and the shotput indoors. State is
bolstered mainly by Lewis, More-
land, and Sharkey.
Canham sounds a bit optimistic
this year, and this weekend he
will take his squad to the Chicago
Relays to find out just how much
talent he really has.

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