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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Thinclad Hopes

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By DAVE GOOD
"Everybody wants to schedule us
for next year because they think
we're dead," chuckled Michigan
Track Coach Don Canhamn over!
his coffee, "but we're not."' r
That was Canham talking last
semester just after his Wolverines
had picked up the Big Ten outdoor
crown to add to the indoor title
which they had won for the third
consecutive year.-
And for Canham, the eternal
pessimist as far as his own teams'
chances are concerned, this was
no small statement.
He had just figured out that
graduation was going to claim no
less than 11 of his top men, the4
real hard core of the squad which
had scored 69 and 551/2 points in1
the two conference meets.I
Best Team Ever
Those 11 men, for the past three
years, had "been" the Michigan
track team and had prompted Can-
ham to call the 1961 edition "the
best team the conference ever,
is had, as far as points or athletes
d go."
A What was he going to do now
that the best freshman team he
ever had - Tom Robinson, Dick
Cephas, Les Bird, Dave Martin,
John Gregg, Bryan Gibson, Jim
Wyman, Walt Schafer, Frank
Geist, Marsh' Dickerson and Don
Chalfont-had graduated?
The answer, explained Canham,
comes in three installments:
(1) A crew of some 14 return-
ing lettermen, including Big Ten
champions Bennie McRae (high
and low hurdles), Captain Ergas
Leps (880 and mile) and Ray
Locke (shot put).
(2) An explosive sophomore
squad of about 14 "big shots,"
headed by such vaunted prospects

as Mac Hunter (sprints) and Dave
Hayes (880 and mile).
Standout Returnees
(3) A handful of standouts --
Steve Williams (high Jump), Paul
Scott (two-mile) and Hilton Nich-
olson (440)-who weren't around
last year because of scholastic
reasons.
The biggest holes to fill will be
the sprints and the middle-dis-
tances, where the Wolverines losej
a lot of manpower.
Robinson, 1961 Michigan captain
and Olympic sprint finalist for the
British West Indies, can hardly be
replaced.
He won nine Big Ten dash titles
during his collegiate career, los-
ing only once, and left with at
least a share of all ten varsity
records from the 50- to 300-yd.
dashes, as well as indoor confer-
ence marks of :06.1 in the 60 and
:30.3 in the 300.
Gone with Robinson are Gregg
and Cephas, who had both placed

in the conference sprints, Gregg as in the 1000 and Gibson, Geist,
high as second. Dickerson, Cephas and Chalfont in
Veteran Back the 440.
The only veteran back is Jeff Brighter Side
Engel, a finalist in the indoor 60 On the bright side, the team
last year, but Canham thinks the gets back Fred Langille and Scott
crop of sophomore sprinters is in the two-mile, Leps and Charlie
good enough to make up the dif- Aquino in the 880 and Carter
ference. Reese, Bill Hornbeck, Nicholson in
The main reason for optimism is the 440. Aquino has placed fourth
Hunter, whom Canham called as in the conference 880 and 1000,
good as any sprinter he had seen and Reese has taken a third in
after watching him tie Robinson's the 300.
freshman mark of :06.3 in the 60. Leps, Olympic half-miler from
Ken Burnley and Len Johnson, Canada, swept the 880 and mile
who both impressed Canham dur- titles indoors and out last season
ing freshman workouts last season, to add to the outdoor mile crown
are also being counted on. he won as a sophomore.
In the middle-distance events, He has varsity records of 1:49.6
the biggest loss will be Martin, in the 880 and 2:10.0 in the 1000
who never won a Big Ten race as well as the metric equivalent of
but gave the Wolverines a hand- a 4:07 mile.
ful of seconds and thirds in the Important additions from the
880 and mile. sophomores will be Hayes, who
Besides Martin, Michigan loses Canham thinks can improve the
Wyman in the two-mile, Schafer 4:19 clocking he set as a freshman

record in the mile 9eason; Dorr
Casto in the 880: Jay Sampson in
the mile: Chris Murray in the two-
mile and John Davis and Talt Ma-
lone in the 440.
Loses Ilurdlers
In the hiurdles, Canham loses
Cephas and Chalfont, but gets
back McRae, Dick Theiwell and
Charlie Peltz, as well as sophomore
Cliff Nuttall, a former Canadian
junior champion.'
Cephas and McRae provided
probably the most potent one-two
hurdle punch in the nation last
season and between them took all
four Big Ten hurdle champion-
ships.
McRae shares the conference
records of :07.8 in the 70-yard lows
and :08.4 in the 70-yd. highs and
has the varsity mark of 13.7 in the
120-yd. highs. Cephas has the con-
ference outdoor 220-yd. lows rec-
ord of :23.4 and the varsity mark
of :22.8 for the same race on the
straightaway.
Canham sees Michigan as
stronger in the field events this
year despite the loss of Bird, for-
mer conference broad jump cham-
pion, and Cephas, indoor varsity
record-holder in the high jump.
The Wolverines will have Thel-
well and Doug Nifes returning in
the broad jump.
The high jump gets a big boost

ohs
with the return to eligibility of
1960 outdoor champ Williams and
with the addition of soph Al Am-
merman. Malone should help out
in that event and the broad jump.
Pole Vaulters
Both pole vaulters, Rod Denhart
and Steve Overton, return and will
be joined by freshman record-
holder George Wade. Denhart has
a second and third and Overton
two thirds in the conference meets.
Locke, 1960 outdoor shot put
champ and second last season in
both indoors and outdoors, will be
backed up by soph Roger Schmitt.
And in the discus throw, an event
which Michigan couldn't even en-
ter last season for lack of talent,
two top sophs join the ranks of
the varsity - Schmitt and Ernie
Soudek, who can both hit 160'.
"All in all," Canham summed
it up, "that's way above average
for a freshman team. It's probab-
ly the second-best freshman team
I've had since I've been here. And
there are another ten or so boys
who could make the varsity dF-
pending on how much desire Lney
have and how hard they work out."
Potentially, pointed out Can-
ham, the Wolverines could score
as many points as they did last
year. They have an almost auto-
matic 25 points from McRae, Leps
and Locke even before they take
the field.

NIP AND TUCK-iFacial contortions indicate the closeness of thi
finish as, Bennie McRae noses out Minnesota's Dave Odegar
in 70-yard high hurdles in last year's Big Ten 'Indoor track mee
finals at Chanpaign. McRae is returning.
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UP, UP-And over? There's some question as to whether Steve Overton, above, cleared the bar or
not in the Western Michigan dual meet at Kalamazoo. Overton, the Wolverines' top vaulter, will be
returning and will help Michigan compensate for the loss of a host of veteran thinclads. Overton
has never won a conference vaulting title, but he has two thirds to his credit. Rod Denhart, who
has placed second and third in Big Ten meets, will be returning also. They will be Joined by freshman
standout George Wade.

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