Page 12-Tuesday, September 12, 1978-The Michigan Daily
GERR Y DONAKOWSKI STEPS IN:
Frosh ace tops harriers
Alabama grabs No. 1 honors;
Blue glides to fourth in polls
By DAVE RENBARGER
Bill Donakowski, the best distance
runner this school has ever produced,
graduated last May, but his name still
looms as large as ever while the
Wolverine cross country team prepares
for another season.
Billy's little brother Gerry followed in
his brother's pace-setting footsteps in
last Friday's opening time trial,
leading the Blue harriers across the
finish line in his first race. Donakowski,
a freshman from Dearborn Heights
covered 4.3 miles of the hilly 'U' Golf
Course in 22:34, running in 96 degree
heat. As a prep, Donakowski captured
two Class 'B' state cross country titles.
"Gerry was real excited going into
the trial and he ran a great race," said
Coach Ron Warhurst, obviously elated
at the opportunity of coaching another
"It was a definite surprise seeing him
finish first," Warhurst continued. "But
then everything's a surprise for the
first race. I was surprised that
everyone finished, it was so hot out.
The fact everyone did finish says
something about the dedication of
Warhurst's runners. Most of the
veterans stuck to a rigid summer
training schedule that called for 65-85
mile workouts weekly. And sophomore
Bill Weidenbach, who had trouble
adjusting to NCAA-level competition
last year, shed 13 pounds this summer
and immediately proved that it was
worth it. Weidenbach finished the time
trial in a close second with a 22:36 time.
Three veterans, Dan Heikkinen,
Steve Elliott and Mike McGuire,
rounded out the top five in the race.
Warhurst will be counting upon this
trio, plus seniors Doug Sweazey and
Bruce McFee, for their experienced
leadership in the big meets later in the
The success of the season depends
heavily upon the running of Elliott and
McGuire, both former All-Americans
coming off sub-par years. Elliott quit
cross country in mid-season to
concentrate on track, while McGuire
has never found himself after a year-
long bout with mononucleosis in '76.
Ever the optimist, Warhurst is sure
he has the raw material necessary for a
solid team. Still, he insists that he
"learned his lesson last year," when he
predicted a fourth consecutive Big Ten
title all year long only to place an
"It's too early to make any
predictions," he wisely said. "But I
know we've got potential. It was like
this my first year here. We were the
underdogs and nobody expected us to
win it all. This year we can just go out
and tear it up and see what happens. We
won't have to run defensively."
In the meantime, the harriers will
stick to their strength and endurance
training before working on speed. The
team will be idle until Sept. 24, when
they compete against an international
field in the Springbank Road Races in
From Wire Service Reports
Alabama and Arkansas held the top
two spots yesterday in The Associted
Press college football poll, while
Missouri's stunning victory over Notre
Dame catapulted the Tigers into the
Top Twenty and dropped the defending
national champions from fifth place to
In the first regular season AP poll,
Alabama received 51 of 63 first-place
votes and 1,247 of a possible 1,260 points
from a nationwide panel of sports
writers and broadcasters.
Arkansas received 11 first-place
ballots and 1,128 points.
Oklahoma, a 35-29 winner over Stan-
ford, climbed from fourth to third while
Michigan jumped from sixth to fourth.
Then came Penn State, which
defeated Rutgers 26-10 but was far from
impressive. The Nittany Lions were
trailed by Ohio State. The Buckeyes
open against Penn State Saturday.
Texas, UCLA and Texas A&M fill up
the top ten slots. Rounding out the
second ten are Missouri, Nebraska,
Louisana State, Pitt, Notre Dame,.
Florida State, Kentucky, Washington,
Iowa State and Maryland.
In the UPI Board of Coaches poll,
Alalbama, which scored an impressive
20-3 victory over Nebraska in its season
opener September 2, received 30 of 39
first-place votes and 558 total points,
well ahead of No. 2 Oklahoma with only
four first-place votes and 461 points.
Michigan moved up two places to No.
4 and Southern Cal climbed two spots to
Arkansas, which opens its season
Saturday against Vanderbilt Saturdayu
Arkansas, which opens its season
against Vanderbilt Saturday night, took
advantage of Notre Dame's loss and
Penn State's second straight unim-
pressive showing to grab the No. 3 spot,
only seven points behind the Sooners.
Ohio State and Texas, both getting
under way this weekend, stayed in the
top 10 at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.
Penn State dropped from No. 3 to the
UCLA jumped from 12th in the pre-
season ratings to No. 9 behind a 10-7
triumph over Washington. Missouri
took the 10th spot.
Completing the top 20 were Texas
A&M, Pittsburgh, LSU, Nebraska,
Florida State, Notre Dame, Maryland,
Kentucky, Washington and Colorado.
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By HENRY ENGELHARDT
"I won't hesitate to pass on any
down, from any spot on the field," said
Bo Schembechler, that's right,
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler at a
press luncheom yesterday.
Is this a change in coaching
philosophy Bo? "No," says Schem-
bechler, "it's a heckuva quarterback."
THE QUARTERBACK alluded to is
senior Rick Leach, who Schembechler
calls "the best quarterback in the coun-
try." Leach needs to throw only two
passes against Illinois Saturday to have
thrown the third most passes in
Michigan history. .
If Leach has a season similar to last
year he will leave Michigan holding
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Eve a 'passing' future?
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completions. Leach currently has fourth ranked team that has scrim-
thrown 379 times and completed 172. maged only against itself. "I'm ner-
Don Moorehead is the present leader vous, nervous in this game of college
with 425 attempts and 200 completions. football. No matter how you did it up
However, wingback Ralph Clayton, you don't know what you got.
last year's leading receiver, may not "Illinois could beat a Michigan 3-0 in
play at all Saturday. Clayton was in- Ann Arbor," he said cracking his palm
jured at the start of fall drills and upon to the table top for emphasis.
his return suffered a hip pointer. "He Schembechler is especially worried
hasn't really practiced this year," said about his defensive secondary. "The
Schembechler. Sophomomre Alan Mit- first group is alright, but I'm concerned
chell is expected to start. about the second group. I'm not sure we
The 46-year-old coach is very concer- have enough depth in the secondary.
ned with Illinois and would not That's the key, the secondary and the
speculate ahead to the Notre Dame outside linebackers." Y
game that follows. Michigan will start three juniors and
"I DON'T know whether we're in a senior in the secondary Saturday, but
two of the backups are freshmen, the
SCOPA L STUDENTS other two backupsbeingjuniors..
THE OFFENSIVE line looks solid.
he Three of the starters are five-year men,
URY LOFT including Bill Dufek, a pre-season All-
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ate Street downed by a broken bone in his foot.
Schembechler takes great pride in his
SEPT. 13th team strength, the offensive backfield.
"Huckleby is confident and running
5 o'clock with authority," he said. "Russell
ampus ministry at the University of Davis is playing WELL. Rick Leach is
s needs of Episcopalians on campus playing WELL. All three are going for
s which have an ethical or spiritual their fourth leter and I've got to
assume they'll play well," he added.
Alabama (51) 1-0-0
Arkansas (11) 0-0-0
MICHIGAN . 0-0-0
Penn State (1) 2-0-0
Ohio State 0-0-0
Southern Cal 1-0-0
Texas A&M 1-0-0
Louisiana State 0-0-0
Notre Dame 0-1-0
Florida State 1-0-0
Iowa State 1-0-0
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