Page 10-Wednesday, November 24, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Women harriers take 8th
THE SPORTING VIEWS
By MIKE MCGRAW
The most successful season in
Michigan women's cross country
history culminated Monday in
Bloomington, Ind. with the harriers
Receiver-DUANE GUNN, Indiana
Tackle-CHRIS HINTON, North-
Tackle-BOB WINCKLER, Wisconsin
Center-TOM DIXON, MICHIGAN
Guard-JOE LUKENS, Ohio State
Tight end-JOHN FRANK, Ohio State
Quarterback-TONY EASON, Illinois
Back-TIM SPENCER, Ohio State
Placekicker-MIKE BASS, Illinois
Lineman-TIM KRUMRIE, Wisconsin
Lineman-JEROME FOSTER, Ohio
Lineman-DARRELL SIMS, Wisconsin
Lineman-MARK BORTZ, Iowa
Linebacker-CARL BANKS, Michigan
Linebacker-MARCUS MAREK, Ohio
Defensive back-MATT VANDEN
Defensive back-KEITH BOSTIC,
Punter-REGGIE ROBY, Iowa
Other Michigan Selections
- Second Team; AliHaji-Sheikh, Win-
fred Carraway, Mike Boren.
Honorable Mention; Craig Dunaway,
Rich Strenger, Steve Smith,;Al Sincich.
taking eighth place at the NCAA
national meet. Plus, the Wolverines
boasted two All-American runners,
Lisa Larsen and Melanie Weaver. Lar-
sen gained that honor for the second
Also for the second straight year,
Virginia won the team championship,
placing 43 points ahead of second-place
Stanford. Oregon was third with 155
points, followed by Harvard, Clemson,
Penn State, and North Carolina State;
Michigan followed with 202 points. Big
Ten rival Wisconsin finished tenth.
"THE competition was really
tremendous," commented coach Fran-
cie Kraker-Goodridge. "Harvard was a
big surprise, but everyone else finished
about where we expected them to.
Beating Tennessee was really terrific,
theywere oneofethe favorites andhad
beaten all of the Big Ten teams that
they had run against."
It was partly because of the tremen-
dous competitionethat allowed both
Larsen and Weaver to get All-
American. Weaver placed 33rd, but still
gained the final award usually given to
the top 25 runners.
"There were a lot of schools with
foreign athletes; but they don't count
towards All-Americans, so that's why
we were able to get two of them," ex-
LARSEN, WHO finished 14th at the
AIAW meet last year, placed 25th with
a time of 17:35 this time in the NCAA
sanctioned event featuring all of the
country's schools. Weaver followed at
17:45. "Our times were not as good as
they were at districts last week, but we
probably ran better," said Goodridge.
"It rained for three straight days
before the race and- there was a lot of
mud to contend with. That slowed the
Other finishers for Michigan included
freshman Sue Schroeder at 42nd,and
Judy Yuhn and Sue Frederick-Foster
crossed the line in 83rd and 84th overall.
Leslie Welsh of Virginia won the event
with a time of 16:39.7, which was a new
course record. The top Big Ten finisher
was Margaret Davis in fifth.
Pun ch of death felt once again
Club Sports ndRoundup
The sailing team spent a disappointing weekend in Charleston, S.C. finishing last
in a field of seven teams at the National Sloop Championships. Navy took top
honors in the regatta followed by Boston University and the College of Charleston.
Sailing for Michigan were Doug Wefer, Scott Ferguson, Scott Bird, and Ellen
Team captain Doug Wefer commented on Michigan's poor showing, "We were
not well prepared for this meet. We did not get enough practice in the type of boat
used in this race, and it definitely showed in our finish. Other schools like Navy had
another boat to race against in practice which gave them a distinct advantage."
The sailors will try to rebound next weekend when they travel to Chicago for the
Timm E. Angston Memorial Regatta at the Chicago Yacht Club.
Even though the Michigan football team went down to defeat in Columbus on
Saturday, some good news did come out of Columbus for Michigan sports fans. The
Rugby club took three matches from the Buckeyes, winning the A, B, and C mat-
The A squad's victory was by a 17-9 count and the B and C teams both registered
8-0 wins. Trys were scored in the A match by Tom Raboine, Lane Bertrand and
Club spokesman Dave Weber commented on the season-ending victory, saying,
"It was one of our better games of the year. We played well for such a wet day. The
forwards really looked good."
The A side finished the campaign with a 8-1 record and the three sides combined
only lost three times in 35 matches. The club will begin practice in January for the
spring season. Anyone interested in joining should call 662-7296 for information.
By RICHARD DEMAK
C HARLES LOVE was 19 when he died. Andy Balaba
died when he was 28. Benjamin Davis was 22. And
Duk Koo Kim was 23 when he died last Wednesday from
injuries inflicted in a lightweight championship fight.
These are only the latest: 343 professional boxers have
died from boxing injuries since 1945, 54 since 1970.
The American public, media, and boxing establish-
ment are currently encountering the latest in a series of
periodic bouts with boxing criticism. Some demand the
sport be outlawed. Others seek enhanced safety
measures to protect fighters. It is expected that after a
man is killed in the ring, outrage would proliferate. We
are now experiencing such a period of anger.
But, not to worry boxing fans, today's revisionist
movement will fade like all the others. Boxing suppor-
ters should notice, however, that these periods of con-
tempt for their sport are occurring more frequently,
thanks to a tragically plentiful supply of boxing deaths.
But, again, no need to worry about the future of your
sport, the safety movements have had little effect. The
fact that there have been so many movements indicates
that they have failed. The cycle of death-outrage-apathy
will continue as long as the cause remains: deaths in the
Supporters of boxing point out that athletes die in
other sports. Why should boxing be singled out for abuse
just because it is the most obvious of many violent spor-
ts? Other sports present athletes with the risk of death.
The greatest hydroplane racers in history have died
while practicing their sport in the last year. How many
auto racers have died while racing? And is not the
violence of football just as alarming?
There is one difference between boxing and other
sports (I hesitate to call boxing "a sport." Webster's
New Collegiate Dictionary defines a sport as "a physical
activity engaged in for pleasure." If a boxer receives
"pleasure" from injuring another, then boxing's
problems lie deeper than imagined): no other sport has
as its sole objective that of boxing-the physical destruc-
tion of an athlete. The boxer's goal is to injure his op-
ponent. No other sport, not wrestling, not football, not
hockey, determines its champion based upon the
challenger's degree of, consciousness. No other sport
finds its loser in the man whose legs no longer respond,
eyes are swollen shut, or hands do not have the strength
to reach his waist.
Some fighters are fortunate enough to avoid the most
serious blow and remain standing for ten or 15 rounds,
able to have their bout determined by a decision. Thus,
supporters may claim that their sport is not that
inhumane; the rules allow for a non-knockout. The op-
position counters: how many boxing fans, fighters, and
promoters hope the fight they see, participate in, or
arrange will end in a decision? None.
Boxing advocates believe their sport represents the
"art of self-defense." They see beauty in the practice of
man's second-oldest physical activity. Critics of boxing
reply that self-defense is not an "art"; it is a detestable
reality of society. It is not an activity engaged in for
pleasure. It is not to be admired, applauded, or ap-
preciated; it is to be endured only when it is
Defenders of boxing argue that professional boxing
provides an opportunity for a young man to better him-
self socially, personally, and financially. They suggest
that the often poor, under-educated fighter has no other
means of improving his social position but to box his
way up the rankings, hoping to eventually fight for a big
Those who denounce boxing maintain that more young
men are hurt by boxing than are helped. The 343 boxers
killed since 1945 does not include those who were per-
manently injured, or those fighters who live from fight to
fight, getting paid a few dollars for each round they last.
For every Ali or Leonard, there are a hundred gym
fighters who are used as "record-builders" for other
boxers, often not knowing they will fight until the after-
noon before the bout. How many young men are worse
off due to boxing? How many are injured, mentally,
physically, or spiritually?
Perhaps one result of this latest anti-boxing
movement will be enhanced safety measures such as
boxing headgear, changing glove weights, and more
detailed medical evaluation. Some boxing supporters
object to the use of headgear. They state that the object
of the sport is to knock out the opponent. They are con-
cerned that headgear will lessen the chance of a KO and
their enjoyment of the sport. Can a sport worth saving be
ruined by increased safety? When concern for the
athlete is replaced by avarice for the fan dollar, a
"sport" ceases to exist; it becomes a nightmare.
Those hurt by ring deaths include not only the fighter
and his family, but the "other boxer." The family will
grieve and mourn and adjust, the fans will forget as
quickly as the next fight, but the victorious boxer will
forever remember that another man died at his hands.
But he is not to be faulted-he is simply another victim.
Although supporters of boxing may weather the
current movement threatening their sport, there will be
others. Opponents of boxing wish there would be no fur-
ther movements, no need for them, no causes for them.
The causes for such movements are deaths in the boxing
ring. And as long as promoters will arrange, networks
will televise, and fans will pay, there will be more
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The Club Sports Roundup relates briefly the activities of Michigan
club sports during the previous week. This week's information was
compiled by Daily sports writer Dan Price.
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