Page 10-,Thursday, October 22, 1981-The Michigan Daily
By JEFF QUICKSILVER Donakowski from co
Welcome to the four year saga of Gerard outdoor track seaso
Donakowski. The story begins with a freshman hard during the offs
all-state high school runner arriving on the and ready to contribu
Michigan campus with great expectations, and harriers.
concludes with a highly talented senior eyeing It was not to be,
the Big Ten Championships. In between, would fail to mak
however, are two years of frustration, pain, and sophomore and jun
withdrawal from running. weren't physical, the
In his freshman year Donakowski was fourth "I had lost the des
man on the cross country team and a 16th place longer the most imp
finish in the Big Ten Championships highlighted Donakowski. "I wasa
his performance. lacked the motivatio
"BASICALLY I found out that there was a big achieve my potential
difference between high school and collegiate SURPRISINGLY e
running," said Donakowski. "All of sudden bitter against the coa
everyone you're competing against is a state given up on him.
champion. Natural ability is no longer "Ron's job was to
enough-desire and motivation to run up to your could, not to motivat
potential are the key ingredients." be helped. The first s
An injury at the end of the season prevented from yourself that
rekindles lost desire
ompeting in the indoor and
n. However, after training
eason he was healthy again
ute to Coach Ron Warhurst's
however, as Donakowski
ke the team in both his
nior years. His problems
y were attitudinal.
ire to run. Running was no
portant thing to me," said
a loser. I had the talent but I
on to go out and strive to
nough, Donakowski was not
ach or anyone else who had
o make the best team he
te me when I didn't want to
tep has to be a commitment
you want to do it," said'
The spark to run again came from
Donakowski's older brother. "He never stopped
encouraging me to run," said Donakowski. "All
of a sudden I looked at myself and decided that I
was not a quitter."
THE TURNING point came late in his junior
year during the indoor-outdoor track season. at
the Central Collegiate Indoor Championships
Donakowski won the two-mile race in 8:54. For
Donakowski winning the race was overshadowed
by something far more significant.
"Winning was great, but more importantly I
knew that I went out and gave 100%. I wasn't
doing that before; I didn't have that desire," said
With a rekindling of the desire to run com-
petitively, Donakowski started slowly this
season due to an ankle injury. However, after a
disappointing 17th place finish in the Springbank
Invitational, and missing the Notre Dame In-
vitational due to injury, Donakowski finished fir-
st in the MSU dual meet last week.
MORE THAN individual success, Donakowski
is hoping for a team championship in the up:
coming Nov. 7 Big Ten meet on the University of
"Confidence is the key. We need seven guys to
believe in our ability to win the Big Ten, and then
go out and run up to their potential. If we can-do
that, we will win the title," said Donakowski.
Although cross country rarely receives the at-
tention and glamour associated with more
popular sports such as football and basketball,,
Donakowski finds the sport exciting and rewar-
"Everytime you compete you stretch yourself
and your body to the limits. You really get the,
chance to find out what you are capable of," said
Reaching those limits can be a long and rocky
road. Just ask Gerard Donakowski.
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NEW YORK (UPI) - Tommy John,
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th. Gossage allowed one hit over the
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