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'M' harrier Lewis
leads double life

How many cellular biology-chemical engineering
I majors do you know who run 95 miles per week?
ess you know Dave Lewis, one of the best cross-
country runners on Michigan's team, it's not likely
you know of anyone fitting that description.
Lewis, a senior this year, is one of the most talented
runners in the Midwest, though his collegiate career
has had its ups and downs. Considering the daily
routine Lewis follows, it is easy to see why this for-
mer prep standout (a runner-up All-American while
in school) has had an erratic career.
UP AT 6:30 every weekday, Lewis heads out the
oor for his first run of the day, an easy four-miler.
I en there are classes from 8:00-3:00, followed by
practice, then a trip to the library "until 11:30 or 12."
That Lewis has managed to run times such as 29:25
for the 10,000 meters with a hectic schedule such as
this is amazing.
Lewis's achievements are many, including a win'
last indoor season in the Central Collegeiate Con-
ference three-mile (13:33), and a second place in the
Big Ten three-mile. The successes have been -tem-
pered by failure, though, as when he trudged to a
"disappointing" sixth-place finish in the Big Ten
10,000 last May.
"I've never really lived up to my potential," reflec-
ted Lewis. "I've been variable as - a competitor. I
think the first time I was near my potential was last
winter, when I ran some good three miles."
Lewis's dedication to training in the midst of the
heavy academic load put upon him his pre-med
studies is spoken of time and again by teammates.
"He's dedicated, a very hard worker," said Bill
Weidenbach. Dan Heikkinen echoed the statement.
"He's really dedicated-he has some heavy classes,
so it's tough to find time to run." So did Brian
iemer: "He has a super attitude-and he's really
COACH RON WARHURST, always a believer in
Lewis's talent, is pleased with the progress he's made
this season. "Dave had been studying for the MCAT's
early in the season,so he wasn't getting much sleep,

and his races showed it. He thought he did real well
after he took them (the MCAT's),and that positive at-
titude, along with his getting some sleep, have
helped. He had a great run at the Central Collegiate's
(where he finished seventh) last weekend."
Lewis is also optimistic about the progress he's
been making this fall. "I'm getting fitter every week.
I'm hoping to break into the top 25 American finishers
at the nationals."
Have Lewis's studies hindered his development as
an athlete? "Yeah, without a doubt," he says. "You
can do one or the other, but to do both really well is
AS FAR AS long-range goals are concerned, Lewis,
like many U.S. trackmen who are about to graduate

from college, is faced with a dilemma. With financial
support and readily available coaching and facilities
gone, and with the necessity to spend a vast amount
of time working for a living, or, as in Lewis's case,
engaged in post-graduate studies, an accomplished
amateur athlete finds training to be a difficult, if not
impossible, task. Although private corporations, such
as Nike (with its Athletics West club) and New
Balance (New Balance Track Club), have set up
programs to support the post-collegiate athlete,
many, like Lewis, will still find the going tough.
"Right now I'd like to break 29:00 in the 10,000 out-
doors, and after that I don't know," said Lewis, while
discussing his long-term goals. "I'm mainly thinking
about getting into med school now." It goes without
saying that the opportunities for running will be slim
for Lewis in medical school, but he wants to continue:
"It would be very hard to leave running," he says.
A typical week of training for Lewis, whose
mileage volume of 90 to 95 miles per week leaves one
wondering how he gets by with only six hours of sleep
most nights, consists of fast road-runs of ten miles,
intervals on the track, and occasional hill workouts,
which have been reduced by Warhurst. "We've given
him more intervals and taken him off the
hillwork," said Warhurst. Lewis's race at the CC
meet indicates that this training change is helping.
LEWIS IS AN anomaly among Michigan athletes;
his modest self-image ("I'm not a very confident in-
dividual"), articulate speech, and scholastic in-
clination are, in most cases, the exception rather
than the norm, in big-time college athletes.
Part of his character comes through in this anec-
dote related by Diemer: "During workouts Dave will
always let me get in front of him. He doesn't try to be
competitive during training; since he knows you
should save competition for races. He really helps to
unify the team, doing things like that."
With the praise of lis coach and teammates and
some outstanding performances behind him, and
medical school and a somewhat cloudy athletic
future ahead, Dave Lewis continues to train and
study, hoping to reach the potential he knows lies in-
side of him in some race, some day.

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 29, 1980-Page 11
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... pre-med runner

Theta Xi0, Alpha Kappa Zappa 0 (double forfeit)
Bay St. Bombers 12, Mashers 6
Philadelphia 119, Cleveland 101
Atlanta 119, Kansas City 109
Utah 104, Dallas 96
Detroit2, Chicago2
New York Islanders 6. Montreal 4
The focus of the nation was on
1 leveland last night where the two
presidential. candidates discussed the
major issues. President Carter opened.
the proceedings by attacking Governor:
Reagan's knowledge of domestic af-
Carter: Ronnie, you picked Illinois
over Michigan in the Griddes and you
have the nerve to think ypu can run the
Reagan: Well at least I didn't go for
V After the debates, both candidates
were headed for Ann Arbor to submit
their picks for this week's games. You
too can compete with the peanut farmer
and Bonzo's buddy by getting your
choices to 420 Maynard by Friday mid-
night and win a free one-item pizza
from Pizza Bob's.
1. MICHIGAN at Indiana
(pick score)
2. Ohio St. at Michigan St.
3. Purdue at Northwestern
4 Minnesota at Illinois
5. Wisconsin at Iowa
6. S. Carolina at Georgia
7. Missouri at Nebraska
8. N. Carolina at Oklahoma
9. Navy at Notre Dame
10. Miami, Fla. at Penn St.
11. Mississippi at LSU
12. Auburn at Florida
13. Pittsburgh at Syracuse
14. Kentucky at Tulane
15. UCLA at Arizona
16. Holy Cross at Columbia
17. Kansas at Kansas St.
18. Central Mich. at Eastern Mich.
19. Slippery Rock at Lockhaven St.
20. DAILY LIBELS at Presidential

Softball coach named

Bob DeCarolis, an assistant coach on
last year's Michigan softball team, has
been named to replace outgoing head
coach Gloria Soluk.
Soluk, who is also the head coach of
Michigan's women's basketball squad
(and who will stay on in this capacity),
said that the softball coaching job "was
always just a temporary position."
"When I was hired (to coach women's
basketball in 1977) there was no softball
team. I was asked to serve as head
coach for the first few seasons in order
to get things off the ground," Soluk
"I was relieved of it (the softball
coaching duties) since it was known
that women's basketball requires a full
time coach," said Soluk.
De Carolis served as an assistant
coach at the University of
Massachusetts before coming to
Michigan to serve in the same position.
De Carolis, said Soluk, is "an outstan-
ding coach and player."
DeCarolis is entering his second year
of service as an administrative
assistant to Athletic Director Don
Canham. He has been recently involved
in preparations for the Department of
Education's current investigation of
alleged sex discrimination in the
University's athletic program.
LeFlore, Winfield
free agents
NEW YORK (AP)-Outfielder Ron
LeFlore, the base-stealing wizard with
the Montreal Expos, was one of three
players to declare for free agency
yesterday. But his announcement
lacked the fanfare and publicity affor-
ded Dave Winfield's winding freedom
Besides LeFlore, who swiped 97 bases
in 139 games for the Expos this year,
catcher Marc Hill of Seattle and out-
fielder Vic Harris of Milwaukee also
made their free-agent intentions

known, raising to 38 the number of
players who so far have decided to par-
ticipate in the Nov. 13 re-entry draft in
New York.
Winfield declared for free agency last
Wednesday, the first day permitted un-
der the rules. But that decision has
clouded the Padres' efforts to trade
Winfield and get something valuable in
That cloud could be lifted when the
results of a poll of the major league
clubs are revealed. The owners were
asked Tuesday by Ray Grebey, director
of the owners' Player Relations Com-
mittee, if they objected to the Padres
signing-Winfield with the understan-
ding that he would be assigned to,
another club.
If the Padres don't sign Winfield by
Nov. 10-three days before the free
agent re-entry draft-their only com-
pensation for the three-time All-Star
would be an amateur draft choice. The
New York Yankees are interested in a
deal, and if one is made they reportedly
would send outfielder Joe Lefebvre and
two other players to San Diego.
The catch is that the Padres would
have to sign Winfield to a contract first,
and that's a real Catch 22 situation.
The Catch 22 comes in because Gre-
bey says any contractual guaran-
tee-without the consent of the
owners-requiring a trade to the
Yankees would be illegal.
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Detroit 2, Chicago 2
DETROIT (AP)-Reg Kerr and
rookie Denis Savard scored 14 seconds
apart in the third period to lift the
Chicago Black Hawks to a 2-2 National
Hockey League tie with the Detroit Red.
Wings last night.
The comeback began 30 seconds after
Chicago successfully staved off the Red
Wings for 1:38 while short two men.
Kerr's first goal of the season came
at 11:18 when he tipped a blast by Mike
O'Connell past Detroit goalie Gilles
Savard, Chicago's No. 1 pick in the
NHL amateur draft, tied the contest
only 14 seconds later when he beat
Gilbert with a slap shot from 65 feet out.











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