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Baumgartner goes the distance
By STAN BRADBURY
Picture this. The winner of a
,,prestigious scholarship for academic
1ccellence probably stands 5-9, weighs
120 pounds, carries a huge briefcase to
-all of his classes, studies constantly and
wears high water pants and white
socks. Got it?
Jim Baumgartner shatters those
iages. Baumgartner, winner of the
award and senior middle distance run-
ner for the Wolverine track team, has
"done an amazing job of combining
,academia and athletics at Michigan.
THE POWER Exchange Scholarship,
:named after its founder, Eugene
;Power, is awarded annually to one
Michigan student, allowing him to
study two years at Cambridge in
England. At the same time, a Cam-
bridge student is selected to study at
Michigan for two years.
Baumgartner's academic record is
impressive with a 3.6 grade point
average while he pursues a double
major in chemistry and microbiology..
But his achievements on the track have.
been equally impressive, most recently
a second-place finish in the 1,000-yard
run at the Big Ten indoors.
"I have to miss regular practices two
days a week," said the senior from
Birmingham, "but my coach, Ron
Warhurst, usually waits for me and
then we go through that day's workout.
It's been that way since I was a fresh-
BAUMGARTNER does not see the
late workouts as a handicap, but as an
aid. "I think it helps me," Baumgar-
tner said. "The individual attention
helps me because I have a more clear
idea of what I can and cannot do. Also,
some of the workouts can be more
designed to help me particularly in-
stead of just the group of distance run-
ners as a whole."
Running takes up from two to two-,
and-a-half hours on weekdays, but it
can take up entire weekends for away
Baumgartner remarked, noting that
Elliot is one of the top 1,500-meter men
in the conference. "I feel we can do bet-
ter together than we can alone.
"I'd also like to work within the team
to do the best we can. I thought we had a
pretty disappointing indoor season,"
Baumgartner added, "but things have
changed and the team has a more
positive attitude now."
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'I'm here to study and get a
Schooling takes top priority because there
is just no future for You as an athlete in
still up inthe air
By ALAN FANGER
Coach Scott Ponto is waiting. Assistant Coach Ginger Robey is waiting.
Phyllis Ocker and the Ati 1etic Department are waiting, the seven-member
Michigan women's gymnastics team is waiting, and recruits in Pen-
nsylvania and New Jersey are waiting.
Ponto and Robey are waiting for the Athletic Department to approve
their proposal for an increase in salary and expanded practice space next
Ocker, the women's athletic director, is waiting for the coaching duo to
compromise on their proposal.
And present and prospective women gymnasts are hinging their com-
petitive status for next fall on the return of their coaches.
Unfortunately, nobody in this cast of character§ can predict the outcome
of the"ongoing contract talks.
The tumbling mentors have been negotiating with Ocker for nearly a
month, yet the two sides remain worlds away from agreement.
"It's not looking very good at the moment," said Ponto, who as interim
coach led his squad to a 20-3 record this season. "But Phyllis has been very
sympathetic with our demands."
Ponto has voiced his displeasure with the practice facilities at the Sports
Coliseum. He claims that the hardness of the tumbling mats prevents the
women from working on their floor exercise routines.
"We've had a couple of girls get hurt on that mat," he said. "The con-
crete surface underneath it makes it dangerous to tumble on. It's just not
ideal circumstances'for practicing," said Ponto.
The first-year mentor has submitted a prpposal to the Athletic Depar-
tment, asking that a safer, wider tumbling mat be installed in the Coliseum.
Ponto also wants more space in the building, a condition which would allow
for the purchase and storage of new equipment.
"Until we get the facilities, we can't get the equipment," he said.
"We've gotten the funding for the equipment, but it's like a vicious circlp -
if we get the facilities, we'll be able to use it."
Meanwhile, several recruits have refused to sign letters of intent to at-
tend Michigan until the coaching situation is cleared up. Ponto indicated that
"several of them are verbally committed," but added they may change their
minds if the two coaches fail to return next season.
And that decision may not be known until the middle of summer.
"We haven't set a specific date," said Robey, who was captain of the
1977-78 squad. "But at some point, we'll have to make a decision.
"It's difficult to leave them (the gymnasts) in limbo," she added. "But
it's hard to get recruits to come here.when the facilities are inadequate."
The Athletic Department has assured Ponto and Robey that they will not
seek other candidates for their jobs until the coaches have notified Ocker of
their final decision.
meets, said the University of Detroit
High School graduate. Baumgartner
said, "As long as I stay on top of things
(study-wise) during the week, the away
meets on weekends don't hurt me that
But when it comes down to a test or a
meet you'll see Baumgartner
negotiating turns and not questions.
"Professors are usually pretty under-
standing," said Baumgartner. "If you
just explain the situation, special
arrangements can usually be made."
DURING THIS outdoor season
Baumgartner will be running the 1,500-
meter run along with Steve Elliot. "My
goal is to run as well as I can with him
(Elliot) in the outdoor meets,"
Baumgartner plans to continue run-
ning in England. "I intend to par-
ticipate in their track program. It
doesn't seem as structured; in fact, it
appears to be a very sort of informal
thing," Baumgartner said. "The
workouts and coaching don't appear to
be very structured."
Baumgartner said, "I'd like to keep
running as long as I can, as long, as it
doesn't hurt my schooling.
"I'm here to study and get a degree.
Schooling takes top priority because
there is just no future for you as an
athlete in running." Baumgartner con-
cluded, "It's very important to keep
BLUE BENCH SHALLOW:
By JOHN KROGGEL
With eight returning starters from a
team that limited opposition to just 88
points last year the Michigan defense
appears to be in good hands.
On paper, defensive coordinator Bill
McCartney has one of the strongest
returning lineups in years. Everything
is not rosey, however. The Wolverines-
have been hit heavily by injuries and
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lack the all important depth needed for
a championship campaign.
THE STRENGTHof the defense is the
center of the line. Curtis Greer, Mike
Trgovac, and Dale Keitz are all retur-
ning starters. The problem is the lack of
depth. "Chris Godfrey (a key reserve)
has missed the entire spring with a
knee injury," reported McCartney..
"Dave Nicolau has seen a lot of time
at defensive tackle. We are also looking
at Cedric Coles and Gary Weber as
back ups," said McCartney.;
The middle guard position is
somewhat more settled. "Mike
Trgovac is the starter. Nicolau and Jim
Humphries back up Trgovac."
THE OUTSIDE linebacker-end
position is a -much bigger question
mark. Both ends of the line will be sup-
ported by new faces. "Ben Needham
has been good this spring. Mel Owens,
however, has missed a lot of spring
practice (due to an injury)," said Mc
Cartney. Owens played the insid
position last season.
Led by All Big Ten linebacker, Ro
Simpkins, the inside linebackers shoul(
stop anything that gets through the line
Simpkins again led the Blue in tackle
last season with 168 stops. The other in
side position will be capably filled b3
returning veteran Andy Cannavino.
The Wolverine secondary will hope t
pick up where they left off at the end o
last season. After a slow start th
secondary improved each week. Th
imiessive showing in the"Purdu
game put most of their detractors t
THE ONLY CHINK in the secondar
armor will be the wolf position. "Sti
Harris will fill in for Gene Bell," sai
McCartney. Bell is presently ineligibl(
from competition. To further weaker
the position, Dan Murray went down
last week to a knee injury. Murray ha
been battling Harris for the job and
e would have provided the needed depth. P
The rest of the secondary will be quit4
n familiar! "Mark Braman and Gerald
d Diggs are working at the strongsidq
halfback. Mike Jolly is returning to the
s weakside. Brian Carpenter has seen
'- lot of time filling in for the secondary,'l
y reported McCartney.
The free safety position will probabl
o go to Mike Harden. Harden, out with .
if knee injury, has missed the entire
e spring drills. Backing up iarden will be
e two new faces Jeff ggvs and Brad
o "OUR BIGGEST concern is depth:
We have not built the depth that we
wanted," said McCartney. "We wanted
y to be two deep coming out of the spring a
u This is the leanest we've been."
e "The defense will be good, but:
n remember, this is basically the same;
n defense that played Michigan State and;
d Arizona," said McCartney, recalling:
the stinging loss to the Spartans last
Looking ahead to next year's)
schedule, McCartneytobserved, "We
will play some great power and passing
teams. It's an ambitious schedule. This
is the type of schedule a recruit looks
"We have Notre Dame and Ohio State
on television. There is speculation that
we may have MSU on TV too."
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looks like the Wolverines may be retur-
ning one of their strongest defenses in
years. It's understandable that the
coaches are looking forward to
showcasing the team on television.
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