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Canham Recalls Great Meets

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Don Canham's
teams have won eight indoor or out-
door conference track champion-
ships since he succeeded Ken Do-
herty as head) coach in 1948. In his
college days Canham was captain
of Michigan's 1941 track team, and
as a high Jumper he was an NCAA
co-cham"pon, four-time conference
titlist and the former indoor and
outdoor varsity record-holder.)
As told to Dave Good
It's hard to pick out any one
greatest moment and as time goes
on it gets harder because you get
so many.
It's always the last one, you
know, and you'd have to base it
on what's important. Sometimes
you get good performances in the
Big Ten meet and sometimes it's
the Penn Relays.
But the individual performances
you get are the ones that give you
the thrills and they all sum up to
give you a championship team. I
just look at track, or any sport

for that matter, as a struggle to
arrive at performance capacity,
and when I see it I get a thrill.
And there are so few that do
perform up to capacity. Don Mc-
Ewen probably came as close to
it as anybody I've had here.
All the Time
As for my greatest thrills. I
could name you 50 a year. I could
look back at 10 or so Big Ten
meets and pick out the individual
performances - and that includes
guys who didn't win but still per-
formed up to their capacity.
Last year's Big Ten meet out-
doors was probably one of my
most satisfying single meets be-
cause so many guys came up with
peak performances. I think that
defending champ, Dave Odegard
from Minnesota.
The time would have been a
Big Ten record, but they called it
wind-aided because they did3't
have an average wind gage there.

They just measured it for the
After that Dick Cephas beat
Odegard in the 220-yd. lows and
this time they gave him credit for
breaking Glen Davis' Big Ten
record, which he'd shared with
Jack Keller.
That made me especially happy
because Cephas was a senior and
it was his first conference win. He
team was the best the Big Ten
ever had.
There was Bennie McRae win-
ning the 120-yd. high hurdles
when he ran a :13.7 and beat the
from his right to his left that year
had switched his hurdling leg
to take better advantage of the
turns, and it took a tremendously
versatile athlete to do it.
Then there was Tom Robinson.
I'd certainly say he's given me as
many thrills as anybody else.
Robby had lost for the first time
in the conference two months be-;

Elliot Views Freshman Backs

Despite being disappointed in
last *Saturday's scrimmage, Coach
Bump Elliot is keeping close track
on the progress of two freshmen
ball carriers -namely, Dick Rind-
fuss and Mel Anthony.
"Both boys have shown good
improvement and good speed," El-
liot said happily.
This improvement that Elliot
was talking about was quite evi-
dent in the performances of the
Fine Performances
Rindfuss, a halfback, has been
running with the second team,
and he gained 47 yds. in nine at-
tempts while setting up a touch-
down after taling a pass in the
flat for 62 Yds.
Bucking the first and second
lines most of the afternoon, An-
thony was the only reserve able
to pick up consistent yardage, 54
yds. in 12 carries. His largest gain
was 20 yds. before the secondary
could bring him down.
Watchful Woody
Coincidentally, both are from
Ohio where many fine football
players are developed. Anthony
hails from Cincinnati and Rind-
fuss from Niles. Michigan has got-
ten several fine prospects from the
Buckeye state which is no small
task with Woody Hayes around.
"We have good alumni support
there, and we like to think that we
can get a few of the good foot-
ball players the area turns out,"
Elliot explained.
He evidently shas been success-
ful what with two of his starting
backfield, Dave Glinka from To-
ledo and Dave Raimey from Day-
ton, coming from the neighboring
state, and two other talented
freshmen from Ohio, quarterback
Bob Timberlake and end John
Depthful Duty
With unusual depth in the back-
field this year, Elliot is thinking
of Anthony and Rindfuss figuring
in his plans defensively. "but they
still need a lot of experience," he
The gap in the defensive secon-
dary left by graduation could con-
ceivably be filled by these two, An-
thony as a corner line-backer and
With PaintI

Rindfuss as a defensive, halfback. Benny McRae, and we expect to
But Elliot still likes the idea of use a lot of men in the backfield
using them offensively. this fall," he commented on his
"We will miss the great speed of good depth.

fore in the indoor meet. That was
when Indiana's Eddie Miles beat
him in the 60-yd. dash, but it was
an unequal start. Robby was back
on his heels and the group went
off in waves.
Beats Miles
But this time he beat Miles eas-
ily in the 100 and then ran away
from everybody in the 220, even
though he let up at the finish.
And both his times were just .1
second off Jesse Owens' Big Ten
Ergas Leps was a double winner
in that meet, too. He won the mile
and 880 with no trouble, just like
he had indoors and just like he
did indoors this year. He just
kicked by the field both times.
He's never really had a chance
to run a good time in the mile in
the conference meet because he'd
always have to come back for the
half-mile. But times don't mean
anything when you're running a
tactical race.
Rod Denhart was another one
I remember in that meet. Rod had
transferred here that year and
picked the conference meet to
make his best vault since he came
here - 14'. He placed second
ahead of Steve Overton.
Jim Wyman was one who didn't
get as much publicity as the rest.
He was a senior who had never
done anything much his first two
years, but last year he ran his
best time ever when he placed fifth
in the conference two-mile run.
Remembers Martin
There was something else I re-
member from last year - Dave
Martin's 4:06.9 mile in the West-
ern Michigan - dual meet. Some-
thing like that is just fantastic.
He ran about two seconds faster
than he ever had before and broke
McEwen's varsity record.
This year one of my biggest
thrills was something that just
happened last weekend, when Leps
ran on his sixth winning team in
the Penn Relays.
In past years I can still remem-
ber some of my biggest thrills. In
1956 we won the Big Ten meet at
Minneapolis when the team ran a
3:13 in the mile relay - and we
hadn't run a 3:20 all year. Then
back in 1953 Milt Mead won the
NCAA high jump championship at
'6'8%"-that gave me a big thrill.
And finally in 1952 there was
the time when McEwen broke
Greg Rice's American two-mile
record with a 9:01.8. The same
year we broke the world record in
the distance medley and the
American record in the four-mile
with McEwen anchoring both

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HARD TO TACKLE-Dick Rindfuss (14), freshman halfback,
is finally taken down in a White-Blue scrimmage. Both Rindfuss
and Mel Anthony have proven elusive runners so far and are
viewed happily by mentor Bump Elliot.

the taste to start with..the taste, to stay with




M' SailorsI
To Berth
The Michigan Sailing Club's
victory over five other Michigan-
Indiana area universities in the
weekend regatta on the Detroit
River near Belle Islehas insured
the club of a berth in the Mid-
western Championships Sailing,
which will be held at Columbus on
May 12.
The regatta, which saw Michi-
gan edge by Michigan State by
one point, 69-68, for. first place,
took place on a wine,' day and
featured rough waves.
Following the top two teams
were Wayne, 46, Detroit, Purdue,
and Indiana. High point skipper
for the regatta was Michigan's
Timmy Schneider, who was also
the top 'A' skipper. Miss Schneider
was assisted by Eric Hall.
The top 'B' skipper post was
shared by three competitors,
Michigan's John Goldsmith,
State's Dave Davis and a team-
mate Lee Jeffries assisten Gold-
The top three teams are eligible
for the Midwest Championships.

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In old Bavaria when the beer ~>
tastes extra good, they lift their
steins and sing "eins, zwei - . -
g'suffal" (tastes so good you drink
it up-one, two.)
eins, zwei, gsuff a

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Maybe it will be a while
Michigan gets a new field
but at least it will have a
Yost Field House.,


Well, maybe not a new Yost
Field House, but rather an old
Yost Field House with a new coat
of paint. And as one workman put
it, "It's probably the first time it's
had a new coat of paint since it
was built."

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