The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 20, 1980-Page 9
Bullard jumps '4' television role;
'M' thinclad for ad
By SARAH SHERBER
Go-getter! That's what the commercial called for,
and that's what it got. When WDIV-TV (Channel 4 in
Detroit) set out to find a high jumper to help kick off
its new advertising campaign it found who it was
looking for in Ann Arbor. And the Michigan women's
track team provided her: Joanna Bullard.
The commercial features Bullard making several
attempts at the high bar, with WDIV's new theme
song playing in the background. Filmed in August,
there are four different advertisements in all, one
two-minute and three 30-second spots.
In order to retain her amateur status, Bullard
donated all earnings from the commercial to
Michigan's Women's Athletic Scholarship Fund.
Bullard admitted that at first it was strange seeing
herself on television, but she added, "I've only seen
the commercial three or four times, and I just don't
think about it much."
The sophomore acknowledged that friends and
teammates sometimes tease her, and that strangers
also approach her with questions. Ken Simmons, the
women's track coach, has also been subjected to
inquiries about the identity of the high jumper. For
the most part, the reaction to the ad has been
Even without the commercial, Bullard would still
be labeled a star. The native of Ann Arbor was state
champion while a member of the Pioneer track team.
Last year, as a freshman, she placed fourth, then
second, in the high jump during the Big Ten winter
and spring seasons, respectively. With her best leap
last year at 5-9, she also holds the women's record for
the high jump at Michigan.
This year appears just as promising for Bullard.
She registered her first victory of the campaign with
a jump of 5-6 against Michigan State and Central
Michigan during the opening meet.
Last Saturday, Bullard suffered a minor setback
when an injury to her thigh made it impossible for her
to perform to her best ability. This time a jump of h-6
was only good for third place. In order to avoid fur-
ther injury .to the high jumper, Simmons withdrew
her from the 200-meter hurdles, an event she was
favored to win.
Simmons reported that the trackster is well on her
way to full recovery. "She's running and jumping
now; we think she's okay."
Simmons is optimistic about the remainder of
Bullard's season. "She will be up in the top of the
jumpers in the state, and she's improving," said the
coach, who also cited the recent expansion of the
coaching staff as a major factor in Bullard's, as well
as the rest of the team's progresss.
This-year Bullard is testing a new series of steps
that she and her coaches have developed. Both
Bullard and Simmons think the new routine will allow,
her to overtake last year's mark.
The sophomore's goals this season emphasize per-,
sonal performance rather than the accumulation of,
titles. "I want to jump six feet, so I'll see where that
takes me ... they (the coaches) think it's within my_
Simmons heartily agrees with Bullard's4.
"Before she leaves here, she will hit six feet. She
has all the ability to do it, and now that we have the
assistants to help with the workout, there's no reason.
why she can't jump it.
Along with finishing her four years of college con-,
petition, Bullard also hopes to do more commercials,,-
"I'd like to do some more.. . the producer I worked
with said he'd call me again."
All the publicity that has surrounded Bullard
doesn't seem to have affected her. "She never talks
about it, (the commercial), never lets you know ;
about it. It didn't go to her head," said Simmons.
"She's just a lady, both on and off the field. She's a
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Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ-
JOANNA BULLARD, star of a WDIV-TV promotional commercial,
recreates her television high jump during a recent track practice. Despite a
thigh injury, Bullard appears to have returned to top athletic form.
MEN DOMINATE SHOT PUT:
*Women tracksters capture second at WMU
By JOHN FITZPATRICK
Coming off of a 'surprising win at the
Michigan State Invitational Jan. 10, the
Michigan women's track team con-
tinued its most successful indoor cam-
paign ever with a second-place finish at'
the Western Michigan Invitational last
'The only team to outscore the
Wolverines, Michigan State, (which
compiled 128 points to Michigan's 102),
had been defeated by the Blue the
previous weekend. "But," noted Coach
Ken Simmons, "they used some com-
petitors they hadn't before, and were
unexpectedly sharp." The squad also
lost the full services of Joanna Bullard,
who, though injured, was still able to
garner third place in the high jump,
clearing a height of 5'6".
A NUMBER OF solid performances
highlighted the day for the Maize-and-
Blue. Lori Thornton won the long jump
easily with a leap of 19'2", and accor-
ding to Simmons, had at least two jum-
ps over twenty feet that were marked
as fouls. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of
Cathy Sharpe, Renee Turner, Thornton
and Brenda Kazinec won its event in
1:41.9. "That's our best time this
season," said Simmons.
Kazinec also won the 300-meter dash
in 40.8, and Thornton and Sharpe
finished two-three in the 60-meter dash,
as both were timed in 7.6. Rounding out
the Michigan attack in the sprints were
Dawn Woodruff in the 600 (fourth) in
1:39.7), and Maureen Minor in the 200-
meter hurdles (second in 30.1).
In the middle and long distances,
Melanie Weaver scored a second.place
finish in the 1500-meter run with a
4:34.5, Sue Frederick won the 800 in
2:15.3, and Lisa Larsen was fourth in
the 5,000 in 17:26.1. Larsen is one of the
many runners on the team that con-
tinues to improve. "She gets better with
every meet," Simmons said.
Aside from Bullard, the lone entry for
Michigan in a non-running event was
javelin thrower Debbie Williams in the
shot put. Williams, unaccustomed to
throwing the javelin, finished sixth with
a toss of 38'11".
The Michigan men's track team sent
some of its members to compete in the
Eastern Michigan Invitational on
Saturday, in a meetndescribed by coach
Jack Harvey as a showcase for new
talent and a "training" meet for some
THOUGH MICHIGAN entries in most
events were few, the Wolverines
dominated the shotput, as freshman
John Nielson took first in 55'11%/
Phil Wells second in 52'91/4", Mike
Hetes third in 50'11", and Steve
Walnroth fourth in 50'6%".
In the 60-yard high hurdles, Shelby
Johnston took fifth in 7.53, and Marshall
Parks finished eighth in 8.09. The
Michigan shuttle hurdle relay team
scored-a fifth-place finish with a time of
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By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
Although the first day for signing
basketball letters of intent isn't until
April 9, the top two prep guard prospec-
ts $n Michigan have already announced
where they will be pounding the har-
dwood next year.
Eric Turner, a 6-3, 172-pound point
guard from Flint Central, called
Michigan coach Bill Frieder on Christ-
mgs Eve and presented the Wolverine
mentor with the news that he would be
playing in Ann Arbor next year.
Then yesterday morning, Sam Vin-
cent, a 6-2 shooting guard from Lansing
Eastern, surprised almost no one by
announcing that he was headed for
Michigan State, where his brother Jay
is currently starring.
"We recruited Sam, and we would
have loved to get him," said Frieder.
"But anyone who thought they could get
him away from MSU was crazy."
Turner, a former national Punt, Pass
and Kick; champion, was also highly
recruited by Minnesota, Purdue,.
Marquette, and Michigan State,
"Eric's a fine guard, and we need
guards," said Frieder. "He'll have a
great opportunity when he gets here."
Vincent's Lansing Eastern squad is
the defending Class A champion, and is
currently rated number one. Turner
and his Central teammates are curren-
tly the second-ranked team in the state.
Detroit dropped again
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Cedric
Maxwell scored 21 points and Larry
Bird added 19 as Boston blew a 21-point
lead last night but held on to beat the
Detroit Pistons 92-90 for the Celtics'
ninth consecutive National Basketball
Detroit had a chance to tie the game
in the final seconds, but reserve guard
Larry Drew stepped on the sideline,
losing the ball.
The Celtics scored only 14 points in
the final quarter as the team made only
four of 14 field goal attempts. Boston
had led by as many as 21 points in first
half and held a 51-38 halftime edge.
But Detroit managed to tie the game
at 83-83 with seven minutes left to play.
Kent Benson scored 13 of his 17 points in
second half to spark the Pistons, who
have now lost 14 of their last 16 games.
The Celtics, meanwhile, have won 21
of their last 22 games.
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