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Page 10-Friday, April 8, 1983-The Michigan Daily

Tracksters going to the Dogwood

Donakowsk i
lead men
After nearly a three-week layoff from
competition, the Michigan men's track
and field team will get its outdoor
season into full swing today and
tomorrow at the Dogwood Relays in
Knoxville, Tenn.
The Wolverines opened their outdoor
season at the Dominos Pizza Relays in
Tallahassee, Fla. March 17 and 18. Sin-.
ce then, they have run into a few minor
training problems with the weather and
availability of indoor training facilities.
"IT'LL BE REAL good," said
Michigan head coach Jack Harvey of
the meet. "We haven't been able to do
much the last two weeks. We got back
from Florida and there was seven in-
ches of snow on the ground. We're just
anxious to get down there."
The Dogwoods will feature over 2,000
male and female athletes from 150 dif-
ferent schools. It is known as one of the
premier early-season meets in the
One of the events Harvey hopes his
team will do well in is the distance-
medley relay, where he will pit the
team of Don Passenger, Bob Boynton,

Paul Mistor and Brian Diemer against
the competition.
HARVEY'S HOPES are also riding
on his two-mile relay quartet of Jason
Bryant, Boynton, Mistor and
Passenger. This same foursome, ex-
cept for Bryant who replaces Ron Sim-
pson, was third at the Dominos Relays
with a 7:37.4 clocking.
Another Dominos finisher the
Wolverines place in the meet is distan-
ce specialist Diemer. While in
Tallahassee, the Michigan senior was
third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in
8:36.4 and qualified for the NCAA
national meet. This weekend, Diemer
hopes to qualify in the 5,000-meter run.
Further enhancing the Wolverine
distance corps will be Big Ten indoor
three-mile champ Gerard Donakowski,
who will run in the 10,000-meter event.
Donakowski also placed fourth, one
place behind Diemer in the two-mile at
the NCAA indoor championships.
IN THE FIELD events, Michigan
features shot putters Johnny Nielsen
and Scott Eriksson, who were first and
third in Florida with tosses of 59'%"
and 57'111/2". In addition, Eriksson was
fourth in the discus with a 168'8" throw
and is the Wolverines' strongest threat
in that event.
In the long jump, the Michigan men
have NCAA qualifier Derek Harper;
while Big Ten third-place finisher Dave
Lugin should score for the Wolverines
in the high jump.
In addition, Michigan will send one-
mile, sprint medley, and 4 x 100-meter
relays to the meet.

HFIgh jumper
Bullard key
for women
For many teams, new seasons bring
new hopes of improvement: but the
Michigan women's track and field team
is just hoping to stay the same.
The Wolverines, who took the Big Ten
championship during the indoor season,
now set their sights on doing the same
outdoors as they open their outdoor
season at the Dogwood Relays in Knox-
ville, Tenn. But the change from out-
doors to indoors could be a little tough
on the Michigan women.
"WE'LL SEE schools we won't have
normally seen," said Michigan head
coach Francie Goodridge. "We'll use
the meet as a working meet with run-
ning events both on Friday and Satur-
"Unfortunately, because of the
weather," she added, "the transition to
the outdoor season will be pretty rough.
We won't have much time outside
before the meet."
Michigan will be led by senior high
jumper Joanna Bullard. Indoors,
Bullard won the Big Ten title with a
jump of 5'10" and then cleared a per-

sonal best and Wolverine record 6'0" to
take third at the NCAA indoor cham-
pionships. The Wolverines' other chan-
ce in the field events should rest with
long jumper Lorrie Thornton who also
captured the conference title indoors.
IN ADDITION, Thornton is the
Wolverines' top threat in the sprints,
qualifying for the NCAA indoor cham-
pionships in the 60-yarddash. Right
behind Thornton is senior captain
Brenda Kazinec, who was runner-up for
the conference 300-yard crown.
Dominating the middle distance for
Michigan will be NCAA qualifier and
Big Ten 600-yard dash runnerup Joyce
At the distances, Goodridge's
charges are especially strong with the
likes of Big Ten mile champ Sue
specialist Lisa Larsen. Three-mile
NCAA qualifier Melanie Weaver and
freshman Sue Schroeder round out the
distance corps.
Bullard receives honors
March was a good month for Joanna
Bullard as she was named Big Ten
Women's Track Athlete-of-the-Month
and Michigan's Woman Athlete-of-the-
Month. Bullard received both honors
for her third-place showing at the
NCAA indoor championships.

- Daily Photo by JON SNOW
A trip to Penn State for the NCAA Championships is in store for Wolverine
gymnasts (left to right) Rick Kaufmann, Mike McKee, Dino Manus, Kevin
McKee and Milan Stanovich.
Seniors end careers
in championship meet.0

Five Michigan gymnasts will com-
pete this weekend for all-America
honors in the NCAA Championship
meet at Penn State.
Although Michigan did not qualify as
a team, it will have one of the largest
individual contingents as Rick Kaufmann,
Dino Manus, Milan Stanovich and the
McKee brothers-Kevin and Mike-
were invited by the NCAA Selection
THE NCAAs bring mixed emotions
for the five seniors and retiring coach
Newt Loken. Nationals have been their
goal ever since they started competing,
but it marks the end of their gymnastic
"I shall have sad emotions knowing
this will be my last Nationals (as a
coach) and yet I feel fortunate in
having been to all of them since their
inception in 1938," said Loken.
Nebraska will be defending its fifth
national title and Penn State, Iowa Stat-
e, and UCLA will be pushing for the
team crown. "In order to win," said
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Loken, "they'll have to make it past our
five blue shirts. We sure as heck will
make all the competitors aware of us."
FOR A WHILE, it looked like only
four would qualify. Mike McKee, this
year's Big Ten floor exercise champion
did not hear until last week. "I am
really excited. I wanted to qualify
year ... it's been a good year,"
plained Mike.
Brother Kevin, who has been selected
for the last four years, said "I feel bet-
ter this year. I am more prepared,
more relaxed and I feel I can do my
routine and be a finalist."
The top eight in each event are
recognized as finalists while the top six
earn all-America status.
KAUFMANN earned all-American
honors -last year and, as he puts
"finishing as a two time all-Ameri
would sound good." yet Kaufmann
placed Nationals in perspective. "It's
the culmination of 11 years of gym-
nastics in two 30-second routines. But,
however NCAAs turn out, and this is the
coach's philosophy too, it's how you
feel about yourself. If you have done
your best and worked hard, then you
feel good."
Manus, this year's Midwest Open
Champion on the parallel bars also
competed in the NCAAs.
Team Captain Stanovich, who
qualified in vaulting, was first alternate
for the all-around. Although he will only
vault this weekend, Stanovich said,
"It's great to go to Nationals, and I feel
fortunate that Newt is going with us."
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Montreal 7, Chicago 3

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