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Page 8--oturday, March 18, 1978-The Michigan Daily
TRACK TEAMS MOVE OUTDOORS
Women looking or improvement

Tracking It Down

.

By ELISA FRYE

As winter slowly melts its way out of
existence, Spring makes its advent.
Within a couple of weeks robins will
venture back North, daffodils and
crocuses will poke their heads gingerly
through the ground and track will move
back ooutdoors.
FOR RED SIMMONS, coach of the
women's track team, the outdoor
season will mean a time of im-
provement. He has a young team,
finishing seventh in its Big Ten Indoor
Championship, and it will take a lot of
building before it will be a real com-
petitor.
They've got to realie how much they
have to improve," Simmons said. "I've
got some girls running that have never
conoeted in high school."
Hr peful stars for the women are Pam
Moote, who came in third in the Big Ten
200 meter competition, and Darlynda
Key, who was third in the long jump.
ALSO COMING out for the spring
season will be basketball sensation
freshperson Abby Currier. Currier was
the, best high school discus thrower in

the state last year, and she will be put-
ting the shot for Michigan this year.
In spite of his team's relative inex-
perience, Simmons remains hopeful
about the outcome of the season. "I see
improvement, they're getting better,"
he commented.
"I expect to do a little better in the
Big Ten Outdoors," he added.
Jack Harvey of the men's track team
does not expect a great difference in his
Spikes i
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -
Charlie Spikes drove in six runs,
three with his first spring homer,
and the Detroit Tigers rode a seven-
run third inning Friday to a 12-9
exhibition victory which cost- the
Red Sox the services of ace Luis
Tiant.
Nicked for a quick run, Tiant, a 37-
year-old right-hander, suffered a
dislocated right index finger when
struck by a line drive off the bat of
Steve Kemp. The ball caromed on
the fly to shortstop Rick Burleson,
who threw to first to complete an in-

team's outdoor performance either.
"We had a good indoor season and if
things go right we should have a good
outdoor season," he said.
THE STRIDERS won the Indoor Big
Ten Championships and the Central
Collegiate Championships as well as
placing sixth in the Indoor NCAA meet,
their highest finish yet.
Harvey looks to the depth of his team
nails Sox
ning-ending double play.
Reggie Cleveland replaced Tiant
and, after sailing rough the second,
was rocked hard by the Tigers, who
sent 12 batters to the plate. They
collected nine hits, including a two-
run homer by Tim Corcoran, in the
explosion.
Spikes hit his homer off Cleveland
in the fifth.
The Tigers, 5-3, had 18 hits, in-
cluding four by Jason Thompson,
who had a double and three singles,
and Steve Dillard with a double and
two singles.

to carry it through the outdoor season.
He has distance men in Bill
Donakowski and Steve Elliot.
Donakowski placed second at the Big
Tens in the mile and two-mile events,
with Elliot following closely behind in
third place in the mile.
Adding more depth to the veteran
squad are pole vaulters Jim Stokes,
Lynn Dobosey and Scott Walters,
discus throwers Mike Boehmer and
Sam Angell, sprinter Doug Hennigar
and high jumper Mike Lattaney.
HARVEY ALSO HAS hopes for the
freshmen members of the team. "I'm
really counting on (Bill) Weidenbach,"
he commented. Dan Beck will be
joining Weidenbach in participating in
the mid-distance events. Sprinter
Darryl Gholston will also be coming out
for Michigan this spring.
"Things will take shape, once we do
have a couple of meets outdoors," Har-
vey said.
The men's first few meets will take
place in warmer climates, the first on
April 8, in Athens, Ohio at the Ohio
University Relays. The women start
their season in a meet against Western
Michigan, to be held at Kalamazoo on
April 1.

Delightful dozen.. .

... Blue makes the grade
N OW that the NCAA IS IN THE PROCESS OF SELECTING ITS TOP
basketball team for the 1977;78 season, I though it would be interest-
ing to take a look back at the past 12 seasons and find out who's produced the
finest teams over the long haul
These are teams which have been rated in the top ten by the Associated
Press from 1966 through 1977. In establishing a cumulative top ten for the
dozen years, I gave the team rated number one for each year 10 points, while
the following teams received descending point values down to the number 10
team which was given one point.
After laboring over the 55 teams rated by AP, I managed to compile the
cream of the crop.
If you consider yourself a basketball fan of any degree, then the number
one team should be fairly obvious. UCLA totally dominated the collegiate
scene, collecting six number one rankings from the wire services. This
represented eight consecutive national championships from 1966-67 through
1974-75. The Bruins held the second position four times and the fifth slot once
to give them a total of 102 points.
But where did Michigan figure during those UCLA days? Well, the
Wolverines managed to hold their own with the rest of the collegiate basket-
ball teams. In 1966, Michigan was awarded the eighth position in the AP poll
after an 18-8 overall record and a first place finish in the Big Ten.
Michigan then hittapdry spell in the poas, going seven years without being
rated among the top ten. But in 1974, they came back strong with a sixth
place ranking. During that season, Johnny Orr's cagers racked up a 22-5
overall record and again took the conference championship.
It was another year out of the golden group again for Michigan in 1975, but
they returned in '76 to finish ninth. Like all the AP rankings, this position was
handed to the Wolverines prior to post-season action. If the writers and
broadcasters which make up the Associated Press' voting board had seen
the Maize and Blue after the regular season, they could very well have ended
up in the second slot behind Indiana. Michigan took a 21-6 record into the
tournament and had to settle for second place in the Big Ten. But a string of
victories over Wichita State, Notre Dame, Missouri, and Rutgers put
Michigan into the NCAA finals with eventual winner Indiana.
The final appearance for Michigan in the polls during the twelve years was
their number one selection last season. These four ranking gave the
Wolverines 19 points, good for ninth position in the cumulative rankings.
Indiana is the other Big Ten team showing up in the delightful dozen poll.
They accomplished a sixth place tie of 25 points with Louisville on the
strength of their number one selection in 1976 and a third place spot in '75.
The rest of the top ten is pretty typical of the basketball powers of the past
few seasons. Falling into the number two spot is this year's number one
team according to AP, Kentucky. The Wildcats totalled 50 points, thanks to
their other number one rankings in '66,and '70.

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12-year Top Ten
Team Points
1. UCLA ......................... 102
2. Kentucky ......................,50
3. Marquette...................... 44
4. North Carolina ................. 41
5. Kansas........................ 26
6. (tie) Indiana ................ 25
6. (tie) Louisville.............25
8 North Carolina State... ........24
8. MICHIGAN..................... 19
10. (tie) St. Bonaventure ........... 16
10. (tie) Pennsylvania ............. 16

The only other team in the
cumulative top 10 with a number one
ranking is North Carolina State, who
turned the trick in 1974. The
remaining teams, Marquette, North
Carolina, Kansas; Louisville, St.
Bonaventure, and Pennsylvania all
made the upper bracket on the
strength of several good seasons
spread out over the 12 years.
So now you're armed with all kinds
of trivia to throw on your friends
while you watch this crazy basket-
ball season come to a close.

I

Churella advances to
wrestling semifinals

(From Wire Service Reports)
Michigan's Mark Churella, wrestling
in the 150-pound category, advanced to
the semifinals of the NCAA Wrestling
Championships yesterday in College
Park, Maryland.
Churella, a defending NCAA titlist
and two-time Big Ten 'champ, beat
Auburn's John Stallings 14-9 in an af-
ternoon bout.
THE JUNIOR from Farmington was
the Wolverines' only wrestler to advan-
ce past the quarterfinals as Steve
Fraser (177) and Steve Bennett (Hwt.)
ran into some rough competition in the
opening rounds.
Fraser, who placed third in the Big
Ten Meet, lost to Mark Lieberman of
Lehigh 9-4. Fraser now has to-claw his
way back through the consolation roun-
ds.
Bennett was slightly more successful,
as he superior decisioned D.J. Joyner of
East Carolina in his opening match,
only to lose 12-3 to Mitch Hull of
Wisconsin.

AS EXPECTED, Iowa and Iowa State
have dominated, with the Hawkeyes in
advancing five wrestlers past the quar-
terfinals holding a narrow five-point
lead over the defending champion
Cyclones. Oklahoma State is in third
place, four behind Iowa State.
Upsets have been rare, with only two
seeded wrestlers losing to lower-ranked
opponents. Along with Churella, defen-
ding champions Lee Kemp of Wisconsin
(158) and Frank Santana of Iowa State
(190) also advanced to the semifinals.
SANTANA WON his quarterfinal bout
from Pittsburgh's Bob Bailey 8-2. He
topped a Cyclones run that advanced
six wrestlers to the semifinals, putting
Iowa State in a prime position for a shot
at overtaking Iowa.
The Hawkeyes are fresh off making a
shambles of the Big Ten Wrestling
Meet, where Wisconsin and Iowa
amassed 94 and 117 point totals. These
are records for a second and first place
team in the Big Ten Meet.

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