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January 23, 1981 - Image 9

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Gridder Marshall Parks ready
to hurdle personal track record

The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 23, 1981-Page 9
Gnatlwwski leads women

It is certainly a talented athlete who
can make the Michigan football team.
And it is a very talented performer who
finishes second in the Big Ten high hur-
dles and qualifies for nationals during
indoor track. But it takes an excep-
tionally- talented athlete to do both.
Marshall Parks is such an athlete.
De'spite the fact that he participates
in both track and football, Parks has
not produced.the same results in both
Sd'eavors. Whej Parks lined up at
lindbacker on the gridiron this past
season, he played on the "demo
squad," which Parks said, "Helps
pr are the squad for games."
BUT PUT PARKS on the track and he
takes center stage. "I had a pretty good
indoor-outdoor season. I got to
nationals. I'm hoping to go back this
year and place high," said Parks.
In addition to this goal, Parks aspires
to improve yet another lofty mark of
is. "I hold the school record in the 60
ard) high hurdles, and I'm hoping to
improve that this year."
Althotigh there can be no doubting
Parks' talent, it will still take a strong
effort in order for him to achieve his
goals. The reason being, he has had,
very little time to train prior to the
track season as a result of football.
Parks returned from the Rose Bowl on
January 3, began running the next day
Wnd ran in his first meet only twelve
ays later.
Should he manage to overcome this
disadvantage, Parks will probably be a

strong contender for first place in the
Big Ten, as defending champion Ken-
neth Kammack of Purdue graduated
last year.
PARKS DOWNPLAYS any talk about
having to get in shape for track
following the football season. "We had
a good weight:training coach. He keeps
you in shape," said Parks.
Nonetheless, the Michigan hurdler
notes that a major difference in the two
sports is that different muscles are
used for each one. Such a problem
manifested itself prior to the first meet
of the season when Parks was unable to
run as a result of his muscles tightening
Another difference between these
sports is Parks' relationship with his
coaches, because of the vast inequality
in the size of the track and football
teams. "You don't get to see much of
football ,coach Bo Schembechler,
because everyone has their own
position coach," said Parks. But a dif-
ferent situation exists with track coach
Jack Harvey. "He comes and watches
you run and practice, and he tells you
what you need to work on. In track, you
get more of an individual relationship
with your coach."
AT THE PRESENT time, Parks has
not made a decision about whether or
not he will rejoin the gridders for spring
practice. But should he choose to do so,.
he does not feel it will affect his hur-
dling capabilities. "I might be in spring
ball, but I don't know yet. But still if I
play spring ball I can run in the meets,"
said Parks. "All it is, is you miss the

Odds are that even the most sought-after freshman will see
limited first-year action at a school like Michigan. Probably
even fewer will contribute much in their premiere cagnpaign
and still fewer will start.
But Lori Gnatkowski isn't just any freshmani Gnatkowski
has an "uncanny" desire to win, according to women's
basketball Coach Gloria Soluk. "Lori's a super kid who'will
give everything to win," said Soluk. "She told me she'll never
get used to losing."
The consensus high school All-American averaged twenty
points and seven assists a game at Carrollton High, helping
explain why she was so heavily recruited, especially by
Michigan State and Central Michigan. "Lori could play
anywhere in the country," commented Soluk.
To the delight of Soluk and Michigan fans, the 5-6 115-
pounder elected to be a Wolverine. "I wanted to stay in state
and close to home," explained Gnatkowski, who added that
she also chose Michigan because of its academics.
"I guess I'm supposed to be one of the leaders," said the
bashful point guard who has started every game this season.
Gnatkowski is the one expected to set up the plays and run
the fast break on offense.f
"When K.D. Harte was injured," explained Soluk, "we had
to ask Lori to take over the leadership role and that's a lot to
ask of any freshman. A lot of pressure is on Lori because they
want to run a fastbreak and a two-guard offense."
Gnatkowski realizes there's some pressure on her, but she
insists that she doesn't think much about'it. "I feel a lot more.
(pressure) than I did at the high school level but I try not to
let it get to me," she said.
So far Gnatkowski has responded to the pressure

remarkably well. In last week's 71-53 upset victory over Ken
State (13-5), she scored ten points and had six steals whili
dishing off six assists. "Lori really seems to be comini
around," said Soluk. "She has tremendous speed and th(
quickest hands I've ever seen."
One factor which made the transition to the collegiatf
ranks easier for Gnatkowski was the warm greeting sh<
received from her teammates at the beginning of the season
"They (her teammates) accepted me right away,,' sai
Although a rough scrapper on the hardwood, off the cour
Gnatkowski is much different. "She's humble, especially
when talking about her own abilities," explained Soluk.
Gnatkowski's most glaring weakness is her outside
shooting, and she's the first to admit it. "My shooting need:
work," she said. "Coach (Soluk) has helped me with it, but i
still needs developing." Currently she is Michigan's seconc
leading scorer.
But Gnatkowski doesn't like to talk about any persona
goals. "The team's goal is to win state aiid close to 90 percen
of our remaining games," commented Gnatkowski.
To do that, the Wolverines will have to beat some tougi
competition beginning with Indiana tonight at Crisler.
Thus far, Indiana Coach Maryalce Jeremiah and he]
players are 7-0 this month Add that to two victories from the
Queens College Holiday Tournament, and IU has a nine
game winning streak to fashion a 15-6 overall record going in
to tonight's game.
Scoring balance has been a key Hoosier weapon. Kim Land
heads the Hoosier scoring column with 222 points in twenty
games (11.1 ppg) followed by Sue Hodges with 210 points (10.J
ppg) and Rachelle Bostic with 195 points (9.8 ppg).

... speed in two sports
first few outdoor meets. The most im-
portant meet, anyway, is the big Ten.
The other meets just prepare you for
In addition to the goals that he has set
for himself in track, Parks also
possesses lofty aspirations insofar as
his football career is concerned. "I'm
hoping to continue in some kind of foot-
ball. I'm hoping to eventually get away
from track," said Parks.
But football will have to wait,
because at least for the moment, track
has the limelight all to itself in the life
of Marshall Parks.

Iowa indicts Indiana, 56-53

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ard Bob Hanson sank four presst
aicked free throws in the last
seconds to lift the ninth-ranked I
Hawkeyes into a tie for the Big Ten 1
with a 56-53 college basketball vict4
over Indiana last night. It was the fi
Iowa victory in Bloomington over
diana since 1970.
The Hoosiers, who lost their fi
home game in two years during c
ference action, fought back from a 46
,=ount with 8:48 remaining to tie
core at 4-646 on two free throws by 7
Kitchel with 7:25 remaining.
THE HAWKEYES, 12-2 on the sea,
and 4-1 in the Big Ten, then procee(
to stall for the next 3 minutes bef
calling time out with 4:24 remaining.
Kenny arnold battled through the
diapia defense to put the. Hawke
ahead 48-46 on a 5-foot jumper. Th
Vince Brookin hit a layup with 2
remlaining to give the Hawkeyes a fo
pibt cushion at 50-46.
Ihandy Wittman closed the gap to 1
" tth 1:24 remaining on a 15-footer.
Brookins once again scored on a lay
Ray Tolbert, who had 18 points to 1
the Hoosiers along with Kitchel, sco
a three-point play with 1:02 remainin
The Hoosiers, 10-7 overall and 3-2
top Big Ten, eventually fouled Han;
who dropped in his, four free throws
the final 10 seconds.
duw 55, Northwestern
(APF-Senior guard Drake Mor
sared 12 of his 20 points in the sec
h iast night as Purdue defeated N
thwestern 55-50 to remain in a tie
Independent (competitive)
Sloans Clones 55, DAILY LIBELS 42
d etrhouse 80 73, Poindexters 30
Independent (recreative)
SlCbbs 58, Axe Murders 18
Arm)} ROTC 27, Allen Rumsey Gold 11
MrB 42, High Flyers 9
Fraternity 'A'
Fiji 29. Phi Alpha Kappa 27
Theta Delta Chi 34, Delta Tau Delta 27
Sigma Alpha Epsilon 51: Chi Phi 36
P.L. Grad 39, Ramblin Rebels 23
DSD B 65. M 2 Plagues 28
Invisible Hands 51, MBA Red 25
Law Gold 54, MBA Gold 34
Women's (competitive)
wathogens 23. Thronson 7

first place in the Big, Ten basketball
Big Ten
Conference Overall

Claude Gregory sank two free throws
with five seconds to play last night to
give the Badgers their first Big Ten
basketball victory of the season, a 63-62
triumph over Michigan State.
Wisconsin held a 33-24 half-time lead,
but the Spartans battled back and
pulled within one point at 61-60 when
Jay Vincent scored from the left corner
with seven seconds left.
THE BADGERS took the ball out of
bounds, and Rick Kaye promptly fould
Gregory as he drove toward the basket.


Iowa - --..........4 1 12
Purdue ..........4 1 11
MICHIGAN ......3 2 12
Illinois ...........3 2 11
Indiana.........3 2 10
Ohio State .......3 2 8
Minnesota ....,...2 3 10
Wisconsin ......1 4 7
Northwestern .... 1 4 7:
Michigan State ... 1 4 7


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yes Ohio Sate 76, Minnesota 63
2:14 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ohio State's
our- Carter Scott scored a career-high 25
points and Herb Williams and Clark
two Kellogg combined for 35 more,
But powering the Buckeyes to a 76-63 Big
up. Ten basketball victory over Minnesota
ead last night.
red Scott, a senior guard, scored 17 points
g: in the second half to rally Ohio State,
which trailed by as many as 12 points in
soin the first half. After missing his first
s in shot of the game, Scott then connected
on nine of nine tries, including a jump
50 shot midway through the second half
nd. which gave the Buckeyes a 50-49 lead.
rris Wisconsin 63,
vor- Michigan State 62
for MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin's
Happy Hoopers 34, M.U.D. 32
Women's,( recreative )
Kappa Kappa Gamma 10, Bursley Bustoads5
Armaggaddon 34, Alpha Gamma Delta 16
AFROTC 2. Delta Gamma 0 (forfeit)
Residence Hall 'A'
Gom berg 32, Dirty Rimmers 22
Huber Rockets 35. Elliott Titans 27

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