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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 6, 1979-Poge

Mission Feasible

Michigan track goal:

Regain conference throne

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By GEOFF LARCOM
Michigan track coach Jack Harvey is
a realist. None of the "Mission Im-
possible" goal setting routine for Har-
vey, whose teams have won seven of the
last 15 Big Ten track titles (including
cross country).
"Our goal each year is to win the Big
Ten meet, while qualifying as many as
possible for the NCAA championships,"
Harvey said. "But to challenge in the
NCAA's you need a much bigger travel
budget for recruiting than what we
operate on."
Yet insofar as challenging for the Big
Ten title each year is concerned, it's

Wolverines to repeat as conference
champs.
"In 1978, we lost Bill Donakowski,
(10,000 and 5,000 meter titleist), James
Grace (second in 400, first in 200 meter
dash), and Jim Stokes (first in pole
vault)," recalled Harvey. They accoun-
ted for over 50 points in the Big Ten
Meet for us. We hoped this past year to
make up those points and we fell 33
short."
The magic 33 Harvey alluded to was
the difference between the frontrunning
Hoosiers and Michigan at the outdoor
meet, held at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor.
Indiana grabbed the crown with 144
points, while Michigan totalled 111.

Yet the second place finish failed to
diminish the efforts of returning senior
high jumper Mike Lattany, who
retained his conference high jump
crown last season in a classic head to
head confrontation with Illinois fresh-
man Gail Olson.
LATTAANY JUMPED a Big Ten
record 7-312, advancing to the NCAA
championships along with teammate
Dan Heikkinen, who netted the
Wolverines a second in the grueling
steeplechase competition.
Both Lattany and Heikkinen return
this year, a fact no doubt comforting to
Harvey, who now must fill the holes left
by the graduation of miler Steve Elliot,

sprinter Arnett Chisholm, miler Jim
Baumgartner and distance man Doug
Sweazey.
"The goal of our recruiting was to
replace those guys," said Harvey.
"Runners like Elliot and Chisholm are
particularly valuable, because they can
run a variety of races well."
Along with the 400 meter relay unit
less Chisholm, the Wolverines return
all of their strong nucleus of sprint and
hurdler performers. Sophomores An-
drew Bruce and Butch Woolfolk will
challenge for top Big Ten honors in both
the 100 and 200 meter races.
So with runners the likes of Woolfolk
and Bruce returning, Harvey directed

his recruiting efforts towards nabbing
one or two field event men along with a
couple of milers.
Running in Blue this year will be John
Cull, Brian Diemer and Charles Broski,
all blue chip milers who could go two
miles or a half according to Harvey.
CULL, FROM MIAMI, Florida, ran a
4:11 during high school, grabbing the
Florida state title, while both Diemer
and Broski are instaters. Diemer

dominated the class B anks wit h fir
in the mile and two mie, while Bros
from Hazel Park, coppe ttow n
honors in class A.
"It should be a very good year
us," said Harvey in appraisal of -
squad. "Indiana returns a very go
team and we'll be very strOn
Strong enough, Harvey believes,
keep those Big Ten tie hopes ag
within the realm of easility.

Talented Blue siers
set for title skirmish

By TOM STEPHENS
Are you an incoming freshman who
wants to see a whole lot of the Ann
Arbor area this year? If so, the
fastest-but certainly not the
easiest' way to do just that is to earn
yourself a spot on the Wolverine varsity
cross-country squad. The Blue Harriers
run up and down hill and dale on roads,
fields, and farms all around the town.
Last year the Harriers' dedication
paid off in a second-place finish behind
Wisconsin at the Big Ten cross country
meet. This season, fifth-year coach Ron
Warhurst is again looking at a team
that promises to be a strong contender
in the conference.
"Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana
will all be very tough in the Big Ten this
year," said Warhurst. "All are young
teams and Minnesota will be a conten-
der as well, although they don't have as
many lettermen returning."
WARHURST LOOKS FOR his own
returning lettermen Dan Heikkienen,
Bill Weidenbach, Gary Carter, Gary
Parenteau, and Dave Lewis, all juniors,
as well as sophomore letter winner
Gerard Donakowski, to make a big con-
tribution during the 1979 Fall cam-
paign.
"I won't really be certain where we

stand until a couple weeks efore the
conference meet commented
Warhurst, "but w hv' oung team
with a lot of returne ', 'id r are
few runners around who have the
potential to develop n real con-
tributors for us, with some practice."
Warhurst talked bout h problems
faced by incoming frchamn runners
who want to compte irmediately
"High school cross counry only runs
three miles and we run 10 meters in
the NCAA. We can't expect more than a
couple of freshmen t most rig A
in and contribute.
"INCOMING freshmen sally run
from 65 to 75 miles per wee or us he
continued, "and the ir( to boost their
per-week average by a miles each
year they're here. Las veI I had a
senior running tOmileas a week, he
concluded matter-of faty
Michigan's cross countn'y team an
nually competes in sevn inter-
collegiate meets. One is a dual meet
two are invitationas an hefnal four
comprise the Centra ate, the
Big Ten, the NCA A itric n andt t
NCAA Finals Champon sAnyone
interested in joining the ers is in
vited to open time tas on ember 9
and 10, 4 p.m. at the niersity Gol
Course.

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definitely mission feasible for Harvey
and his thinclads, who this year
finished second in the outdoor meet to
Indiana, following their third place
showing in the annual indoor meet, also,
won by the speedy Hoosiers.
THE YEAR BEFORE, Michigan
swept the outdoor and indoor com-
petitions, while finishing second to
Wisconsin in cross country. Three of the
chief Blue point-getters from that vin-
tage year graduated, however, making
last year particularly hard for the

MICHIGAN'S BIG TEN champion high jumper Mike Lattany may be only 5-7, but he definitely can jump with the big boys.
The gravity-defying Wolverine won his second straight outdoor conference title last spring with a leap of 7-3%1, while his
team placed second to Indiana. With a bevy of proven thinclads returning, coach Jack Harvey's charges hope to unseat the
speedy Hoosiers this year, regaining the title they won two years ago.

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