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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Track

Teams Run Away with Big Ten Meet

Illinois'

SPORTS BEAT

Leps Captures Mile, 880;
McRae Wins Two Races

Win Streak
Ends'at Last
(Continued from Page 1)
What hurt Illinois most was its
poor showing in rebound tumbling
(Trampoline), in which only Bob
Glomb could qualify, and in which
the Illini were outscored 23 (Mich-
gan State) to 15%/ (Michigan) to
3.
Another factor in Michigan's
251/2-point margin of victory was
the under-par showing of Hadley,
who missed several tricks during
his side horse and parallel bar
routines and was clearly not up to
his usual form.'
But nothing can detract from
the fact that Montpetit and his
teammates put on a wonderful
display of team depth and balance.
Team Balance Tells
Hynds finished third in all-
events Friday, and finished the
meet with a fourth on parallel
bars and a seventh in the side
horse, in addition to his second in
the high bar.
Larose came through yesterday
to. bring his free exercise finish up
to fifth in addition to his sixth
on high bar and eighth in all-
events.
Then there were Barry Spicer's
sixth in free ex, Lew Fenner's tie
for fourth on the side horse, Mark
Erenburg's tie for sixth on the
Trampoline, and Ralph Bro-
mund's eighth on still rings.
Tumblers Surprise
Somewhat of a surprise were the
performances of Osterland and
Brown in tumbling. Both were ex-
pected to qualify, but with Holmes
and the MSU trio which finished
second, third, and fourth in last
year's meet competing, their se-'
{ cond and third were the points
l that sealed Illinois' doom for good.

Powerful 'M' Thinclad4
Lauded by Illinois Coac

by TOM WITECKI

HIS IS A STORY about a man and a goal.
The man-Michigan gymnastics Coach Newt Loken. The goal-
to coach a Big Ten championship team.
The story begins way back in 1947, the year Newt, a recent grad-
uate of Minnesota, took over as Michigan's gymnastics coach.
The first two years were relatively successful as the young coach
guided the Wolverines to two third place finishes in the Big Ten meet.
But in March of 1950, a reign began that was to frustrate Loken until
yesterday.
It was the reign of Illinois and Coach Charlie Pond, a combina-,
tion that produced 11 straight Conference gym titles, stretching from
1950 to 1960. During this period, the Illini squad contained the cream
of America's limited gymnastics crop, including such stars as Abe
Grossfield and Don Tonry.;
Year after year, Loken would bring a strong squad to the Big
Ten meet only to be frustrated by Illinois' overwhelming strength. But
the desire for' victory remained strong.°
This was evident the first time this reporter met Loken. It was in
the December of 1957 and the heart of the gymnastics season was still
two months away, but token and his squad were already in training.
The Wolverines were said to have a good chance of whipping the,
Illini this year. The squad's captain was Ed Gagnier, probably the

(Continued from Page 1)
the ten man field circled the trackI
the first two times. He moved toa
eighth at the three-quarters mark,
then quickly to the front on the
last lap, sprinting past teammate
Dave Martin to win in 4:15.8.
Martin held on for second.
If Leps ever gets tired, its not
during a track meet, for 55 min-
utes later, he put on the same
finishing kick .to win the 880 in
1:56.2. Martin was again the run-
ner-up victim.
But it was Locke in the shot put
and Cephas In the high jump who
gave Michigan unexpected points
by turning in their best efforts of
the winter.
Locke Second
Locke, who had been disappoint-
ing since winning the outdoor title
last spring, got off a heave of 53'7"
to finish second behind surprise
'winner Bill Brown of Illinois.
Brown's winning toss was 54'6".
Hurdler Cephas grabbed a third
in what might be called his hobby
event, the high jump, with a leap
of 6'31/2". Michigan's specialist in
that event, sophomore Jerry Ger-
ich had eliminated himself early
when he missed three times at
5'10%2".
The one dark spot for Michigan
in an otherwise well-lit Armory,
came in the 60-yd. dash where
Indiana's Eddie Miles handed Tom
Robinson his first loss ever in Big
Ten competition. Miles won in
:06.2 with Robinson second and
Michigan's John Gregg third.
Starter Blamed forLoss
Canham placed the blame for
Robinson's defeat on the starter,
who, Canham said, sounded his
gun as the Bahama sprinter was
rocking back on his heels.
Earlier,, both Gregg and Robin-
son had been guilty of a false
start.t
In the 300-yd. dash, however,
Robinson gained partial revenge.
He won the event by eight yards
in 30.6, but only after Miles had
pulled up lame coming out of the
first turn.
Aside from Michigan's overall
MeGinn Gets
Eligi'bility
CHAMPAIGN, Il I()-Michigan
baseball pitcher Dennis McGinn
was granted eligibility this spring
by the Big 'Ten faculty represen-
tatives in yesterday's closing meet-
ing of the March session.
McGinn had played freshman
ball at St. Mary's (Minnesota),
and thus the question arose whe-
ther he would get three full years
in the Conference. The represen-
tatives also ruled that Wisconsin's
brilliant passer, Ron Miller, has
one more year of eligibility
The meetings also dislosed that
the Big Ten will reopen Rose Bowl
football talks with the West Coast,
if the Minnesota Faculty Senate
votes "yes" on continuation of the
series.,
If the West Coast agrees to a
new contract, a vote for resump-
tion would probably come in the
May Big Ten meetings.

brilliance, yesterday's meet 'be-
longed to Purdue's Dave Mills, who
broke the American, Conference,
and Armory record with a :47.2
clocking in the 440-yd. dash. He
won by 15 yards over Northwest-
ern's Jerry Golem.
The expected duel in the two-
mile between Michigan State's
Jerry Young and Purdue's George
Harvey did not materialize. Young
literally flew away from Harvey to
win by 30 yards in 9:08.1. Michi-
gan's Jim Wyman was a well-
beaten third.
About the only person who didn't
place for the, "Champions of the
West" yesterday was Canham, who
was busy reveling in the glory of
his "greatest team."

BEN McRAE
... winning high hurdles

By DAVE ANDREWS
Special to The Daily
CHAMPAIGN--Following Ben-
nie McRae's victory in the 70-yard
low hurdles here yesterday, and
as the strains of the "Champions
of the West" drifted into the cor-
ners of the vast Illinois Armory,
Illini Coach Leo Johnson shook.
his head.
"It all goes to prove that in
championship meets, the cham-
pions show best,' he said. "Don
Canham could have taken Mc-
Rae, Robinson, Leps and three
other guys for a mile relay and
still have won this meet."
He was right, while the three
Wolverine stars accounted for 29
points. Second place Indiana had
only one point more.
* * s
Michigan, by scoring 69 points,
became the sixth team to tally bet-
ter than 60 in a Big Ten indoor
meet. Previously, the Wolverines
and the Illini had done it twice.
Wisconsin holds the record at
75%/2
* * *
It took Mike Johnson all after-
noon to settle the pole vault, but
when the excitement was over,
former Illini star Don Laz' con-
kference record of 14'8" still stood.
' Johnson bowed out after taking

three crascks at 14'9" before
good-sized crowd, which rema
ed after the last 'race to with
his attempt.
* * "
The title was the 19th for Mi
igan in the 51-year history of
indoor meets.
Illinois has won 16. No ol
team has more than four,
Northwestern, Minnesota,
Michigan State have never wo
* * *
Michigan's Tom Robinson,v
was beaten by Eddlie Miles of
diana in the 60, lost his cha
for revenge in the 300 when 1
pulled up lame only a few ya
from the start,
The Hoosier had been runn
with a heavily-taped right ti
and apparently aggravated it
the first curve.

Track Summaries

MILE RUN -- 1. ERGAS LEPS,
(Mich.), 2. MARTIN, (Mich.), 3.
Tucker, (Ia.), 4. Greenlee .(Ia.), 5.
Trimble, (Ia.). Time-4:15.8.:
440-YD. DASH -- 1. Dave Mills
(Pur'), 2. Golem (NW), 3. Fisher,
(Minn.), 4. Laconi, (Ind.), 5. Mount,
(Pur.). Time-:47.2. (New American
indoor, conferenbe, and armory rec-
ord. Old American record :47.9,
Herb McEnley,. Illinois, 1947. Old
Conference -record :48.0, McEnley,
Illinois, 1947, Old armory record
:47.9, George Kerr, Illinois, 1960.)
70-YD HIGH HURDLES-1. BEN
McRAE, (Mich.), 2. Odegard,
(Minn.), 3. Mann, (MSU),'4. spivey,
(Ind.), 5. Ackerman, (Pur.). Time
-:08.4.,(Equals Big Ten rec'ord set
by Lloyd Duff, Ohfo State, in 1948.)
SHOT PUT: 1. Bill Brown, (11.),
54'6Y41, 2.: LOCKE,, (Mich.), 3. Seif-
ert, (Ind.), 4. Ezeins, (Wis.), 5.
Tidmore, (OSU).

Young, (MSU), 2. Harvey, (Pur.), 3.
WYMAN, (Mich.), 4. Tucker, (Ia.),
5. Peterson, (Ill.). Time-9:.1.
70-YD. LOW HURDLES-1. BEN
McCRAE, (Mich.), 2. Odegad,
(Min., 3. CEPHAS, Mich.)'.
Gardner,' (Ia.), 5. Cross, (NW).
Time-:07.9.
POLE VAULT-1. Mike Johnson,
(Pur.), 14'6%", 2. Rudolph, (Ili.), 3.
Four-way ti. between OVERTON,
(Mich.), DENHART, (Mich.), Alcorn;
(MSU), and Ruch (Pur.).
MILE ,REILAY-I. Indiana (Gra-
ham, Hibler, Laconi, Clinton); 2.
Northwestern; 3. Purdue; 4. Ohio
State; 5. Iowa. Time-3:20.0.

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A HAPPY NEWT LOKEN

Statistics

FREE EXERCISE, Finals--i Ray
Hadley, Ill., 93 points;" 2. John
Daniels, MSU, 3. Gani Browsh, MSU,
4. Rich Montpetit, Mich., 5. Gil La-
rose, Mich., 6. Bary Spicer, Mich.,
7. Dick Stone, Minn., 8. Larry Bas-
sett, 9. Dale Grace, Ill., 10. Roger
Gedney, Iowa. Points: Ill.-i13, M-
1, MSU-20.
TRAMPOLINE, Finals-i. Tom Os-
terland, Mich., 92.25 points; 2. Steve
Johnson, MSU, 3. Charles Thom~p-
son, MSU, 4. Scott Smith, Ohio, 5.
Gary Moreland, MSU, 6. (tie) Mark
Erenburg, Mich. and 'Jon Boulton,
Iowa, 8. Robert Glomb, Ill., 9. Don
Carney, Iowa, 10. Larry Miltenberg-
er, Ind. Points: ,ll.-3, M-15%,
MSU-23.
HIGH BAR, Finals-i. Rich Mont-
petit, Mich., 95 points; 2. Jim
Hynds, Mich., 3. (tie) Ray Hadley,
Ill. and Larry Gleason, Minn., .5.'
Roger Gedney, Iowa, 6. Gil Larose,
Mich., 7. Russ Porterfield, Iowa, 8.'
John Salter, 111., 9 .Bob Carman,
MSU, 10. John Burkel, Ind. Points:
MSU-2, M-25, 11L-11.
SIDE HORSE, Finals-1. Bill Law-
ler, Ill., 93.25 points; 2. (tie) Mike
Aurecht, Ili, and Rich Montpetit,
Mich., 4. (tie) Lewis Fenner, Mich.
and Roy Schmeissing, 111., 6. Wayne
Bergstrom, MSU, ,7. Jim Htynds,
Mich., S. (tie) Hans turchardt, Iowa
and Dan Fritze, Minn., 10. Bob Den-
dy, MSU. Points: M-19, MSU-6,'
Il.-26.
RINGS, Finals-I. Rich Montpetit,
Mich., 93.5 points; 2. Ray Hadley, Ill.,
3. Bob Schwarzkopf, Minn., 4. Hans
Burchardt, Iowa, 5. Ron Howorth,
Ill., 6. Gani Browsh, MSU, 7. Tom
Lancaster, Ind., 8.Ralph Bromund,
Mich., 9. Al Juodikis, Ill., 10. Mike
Kulenkamp. Points: M-14, MSU--
5, IUl.-17.
PARALLEL BARS, Finals-1. (tie)
Montpetit, Mich. and Larry Bas-
sett, MSU, 91.5 points; 3. Ray Had-
ley, Ill., 4. Jim Hynds, Mich., 5. Roy
Schmeissing, Ill., 6. Ron Howorth,
7. John Wolf., Minn., 8. Dick Stone,
Minn., 9. Bob Schwarzkopf, Minn.,
10. Bob Schmidt, Iowa. Points: M-
'17, MSU-10, Il--19.
TUMBLING, Finals - 1. Hal
Holmes, Iii., 94, points; 2. Tom Os-
terland, Mich., 3. Jim Brown, Mich.,
4. (tie) John Daniels, MSU, Chuck
Thompson, MSU and Steve John-
son, MSU, 7. Jim Woodward, Ind.,
8. Bob Cason, Ill., 9. Bob Glomb,
Ill., 10. Don Carney. Points: M--17,
MSU-18, Ill.-16.

finest gymnast in Michigan history (although Rich jontpetit may
have changed many minds yesterday). And he was backed up by a
strong squad of gymnasts that included tCAA Trampoline champion
Ed Cole.
WHAT IS REMEMBERED most about that first contact with Loken
and gymnastics was a huge sign on one of the many bulletin
boards that grace the wall of the I-M Building's auxiliary gym.
'It read-"Only 107 days until the Big Ten meet." The 107 was
written on a sheet of paper that was attached to the sign. Under the
scrap of paper were 106 similar Sheets of paper, each with a number
on it. And one sheet was removed every day until the day of the Big
Ten meet. -
But like so many other years, things just didn't work out right
for Loken and Michigan. While warming up on the high bar for an in-
significant meet with Central Michigan, Captain Gagnier seriously
injured his shoulder. The gutty Canadian Olympic star tried to make'
a comeback, but failed, and with the failure went Michigan's title
hopes. Before Gagnier's injury a serious contender, the Wolverines
finished merely a distant fourth in the Conference meet. f
The next winter Loken came close once again, ted by juniors
Bill Skinner, Nino Marion and the late Al Stall plus promising sophs
Montpetit and Jimmy Brown, the Wolverines appeared to be real
threats to the reign of Pond and the Illini. This was especially true
after a spectacular and startling 58-54 dual meet victory over the I-
lini, an event that many local fans recall as one of the finest in
Michigan athletic history.
After the meet, ever-optimistic Pond retorted that his squad
would "whip Michigan by at least 20 points in the Big Ten meet." The
cagey Illini Coach more than called' his shot as his fired up Illini wal-
loped the Wolverines 149%-113'2 in the "big" meet.
LAST YEAR, HURT by the loss ,of Marion through academic diffi-
culties and a general' lack of depth, the Wolverines sank to fifth.
But' Loken's hopes were buoyed by what he then called his "finest
freshman squad ever."
That freshman squad-sophomores now-plus veterans Mont-
petit, Brown and Tom Osterland gave Michigan and token their first'
Big Ten championship yesterday, decisively defeating the Illini, 147%-
122.
Present to see Loken reach his goal at the I-M Building yester-
day were many of his former stars. There was his first captain, Tom
Tillman; plus Gagnier, Cole, Marion, Skinner and many more. All
were glad to see Michigan and Loken 'get the title they had vainly
worked to attain in previous years.
AT THE OTHER END of the gym,jCharlie Pond was as competitive
and as optimistic as ever. Said he to all who would listen,. "Wait
until April 6, 7 and 8. We have that NCAA meet in our own gym and
it will be a totally different story.
This is a possibility, but to those who saw yesterday's meet it
does not seem a probability. Who could think of a nicer epilogue to
yesterday's success story than an NCAA gym title-another something
Michigan and Loken have never won.

1,000-YD. RUN-i. Gary Fischer,
(Ia.), 2. Creagan, (Wis.); 3. SCHAF-
ER, (Mich.), 4. AQUINO, (Mich.), 5.
Hibler, (Ind.). Time-2:16.8.
HIGH JUMP-1. Reggie Sheppard,,
(Ind.), 6'6%", 2. sidney,. (Ia.), 3
CEPHAS, (Mich.), 4. Dickson,
(Minn.), 5. (tie)eCrone, (Ili.) and
Roe, (MSU).
60-YD. DASH-1. Ed Miles, (Ind.),
2. ROBINSON, (Mich.), 3. GREGG,
(Mich.), 4. Ford, (MSU), 5. Carpen-
ter, (NW). Time.-:06.2.
600-YD. RUN-I. Ed West, (NW),,
2. Hammond, (11.), 3. Clinton,
(Ind.), 4. Maloney, (OSU), 5. GEIST,
(Mich.). Time-:11.9.
300-YD, DASH-i. TOM ROBIN-
SON, (Mich.), 2. Voorheis, (MSU),
3. REESE, (Mich.), 4. Hyde, (Ia.), 5,
Ford, (MSU). Time--:30.8, (Ties
Armory record set by ROBINSON in
1959.)
8-YD. RUN-1. ERGAS LEPS,
(Mich.), 2. MARTIN, (Mich.), 3.
Patterson, (Minn.), 4. MIawe, (Ia.).
Time-1:56.2. (Ralph Trimble, Ia.,
who originally finished fourth, and
Gene Graham, Ind., who finished
sixth, were disqualified.)

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