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Fantastic four

'M' relay team betters it's own record

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By CHRISTOPHER GERBASI
They're not faster than a speeding
bullet, but Michigan's relay team of
Martha Gray, Joyce Wilson, Jennifer
Rioux and Sue Schroeder is super.
Collectively, they own more records
than a radio station, and last month at
The Michigan Relays the foursome set
a school mark in the distance medley
relay with a time of 11:34.00.
THE MEDLEY RELAY consists of a
half-mile leg followed by a quarter-
mile, three-quarter mile and finally, a.
mile leg. At The Relays, each member
ran one of her best races in her
specialty.
Gray's half-mile time of 2:14.8
equalled her individual school record
for that distance. Wilson had a quarter-
mile time of :56.8, which was very close
to her fastest time. Rioux ran an out-
standing 3:33 three-quarters, and
Schroeder's anchor-mile time 'was an
impressive 4:49. These performances
knocked almost a full 10 seconds off the
previous record set last year by Sue
Frederick-Foster, Wilson, Schroeder
and Melanie Weaver.
IRONICALLY, the group won't get a
chance to run the medley again during
the indoor season since the event is not
run at the Big Ten championships or the
NCAAs. Instead, they may team up in
the two-mile relay at the Big Tens, as
well as concentrate on their individual
events.
Wilson, a sophomore from Warren, is
finding it hard to concentrate because
her training has been hampered by in-
juries which have moved from her
ankles to her calf and now to her shin.'
Still, she has run a faster quarter-
mile than was expected at this point of
the season. That's not a complete sur-

prise considering Wilson's name is
already scattered throughout the
Michigan record book. She's part of
four relay records as well as individual
marks in the 440-yard dash, 600-yard
dash and 600-meter dash.
WILSON has set some lofty goals for
herself, namely making the summer
Olympic team as a quarter-miler. "It's
my number one priority," she said.
"The injuries have been a tremendous
setback, but I'm sticking with my
therapy and I'll overcome all this."
Perhaps the most impressive season
to this point belongs to Schroeder, also
a sophomore, who has come back
strong from a poor cross-country
season.
Two weeks ago at the Can-Am In-
vitational in Windsor, Ontario she set a
school record in the 1500 meter with a
time of 4:25.8 and on the same night an-
chored a school record-setting team in
the 4 x 800 meters. Gray, Rioux and
Kelli Bert comprised the first three legs
of the team.
UNLIKE WILSON, Schroeder doesn't
really set any goals for herself. "My
goal is to do what Francie (Goodridge,
Michigan's head coach) has set me out
to do," she said. I don't look at the
(record) board and say 'Oh, there's a
record I want to go after.' Before a
meet, Francie and I talk about what she
wants me to do and I just try to go after
that time." More often than not, she'll
hit the desired time and she could
qualify for the NCAAs at several
distances.
Gray hopes to qualify in the half-mile,
her best event. She was also a member
of last season's top-ranked 4 x 880 team.
The senior from New Jersey is coming
into her own in her final year.

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHO
Four of Michigan's top runners. Joyce Wilson, Sue Schroeder, Martha Gray and Jennifer Rioux, combine their talents to
form a record-shattering medley relay team.

"I ended up really well last year, and
I hoped it would carry over," she said.
"I just want to do better than last year
and go to nationals."
THE YOUNGSTER of the group is
Rioux, a freshman from Livonia.
Besides the medley record, she also
broke the old 1500-meter record at the
Can-Ams finishing behind Schroeder,
so she obviously has some talent.
"I just wanted to improve from high

school," Rioux said. "I didn't think I'd
improve that much. The (medley)
record meant a lot to me. The girls on
last year's team that had the record are
all excellent runners. I was happy just
to be on the team."
Despite the many different events the
versatile foursome compete in, the
medley team brings all their talents
together for'one race. In fact, they don't
actually spend that much time training

with each other because the run dif-
ferent distances. But the time they have
put in has obviously paid off.
"You have to plan your time well.
You give up some things," said Gray,
"but in the long run, it's worth it."
And in the long medley run, the
Wolverines' team is more then worthy
because for now, the top records climg
bing the Michigan charts belong to
Gray, Wilson, Rioux and Schroeder.

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By TOM KEANEY
Not many athletes would pass up a
career in professional sports to coach at
the high school level, but Willard Ikola
did.
This is not to say, however, that Ikola
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the Wolverines fail to win the national
championship - his senior year when
they lost in the finals.
AN ALL-AMERICAN his junior
year, Ikola now coaches future
college and professional stars at Edina
High School in suburban Minneapolis.
"I always knew that I wanted to
coach," said Ikola. "Even when I was
at Michigan, it was my goal. .. I Was a
physical education major. I just wanted
to land a high school job in Minnesota."
Ikola has fond memories of those days
at Michigan. "All of the athletes formed

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a very close-knit group. Everyone who
had that 'M' on their jacket knew one
another. Even though- you think of
Michigan as a big place it never seemed
that way.''
THE EVELETH, Minn. native was
the only American on the team during
his senior year. All of his teammates
that year were Canadian. He played
under coach Vic Heyliger who Ikola
describes as "one of the forerunners of
college hockey."
Early in his college career, he had a
chance to quit school and play in the
National Hockey League for Detroit.
Had he done that though, he probably.
would have been drafted to fight in
Korea before even getting a chance to
play in the NHL.
An ROTC student at the University,
Ikola had three years of mandatory
service in the Air Force after his
graduation in 1954. But he stayed with
hockey, making the k956 U.S. Olympic
team as the starting goalie.
IKOLA AND the U.S. team made it
all the way to the finals (including an
upset victory over Canada) before
losing to the Soviet Union, 4-1, in Cor-
tina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
After the Olympics, he continued
playing on the U.S. national team in '57
and '58.
Today when an athlete has such an
illustrious amateur career, he makes
the transition into the pros without a
second thought.
In fact, Ikola was offered another
contract in the NHL, this time -with the
Chicago Black Hawks. It would seem
only natural for him to pursue a career
in professional hockey, particularly in
light of his success as an amateur. But
things were different then.
FOR ONE thing, the NHL only had
six teams at the time. Not nearly as
many players made it then as they do
now. He also had his nationality going
against him., Americans were not
highly regarded or recruited as
professional hockey players at that
time. The jump from college to
professional hockey just was not being
made in those days.
The mere fact that Ikola was offered
the chance to play in the pros put him
in an elite class. Still, the offer was not
too attractive to him.
"You had to play in the Junior
Leagues if you were American," he
Iliniwhit
CHAMPAIGN (UPI) - Sophomore
Bruce Douglas scored 18 points, grab-
bed 7 steals, and dished out 6 assists to
lead sixth-ranked Illinois to a 73-49 Big
Ten victory over ailing Northwestern.

said. "The money was not too good fo
playing hockey in those days, especially
in the minors, about $5,000-$6,000 a
year. .I could make almost that
coaching and it is a much more stable
job. So I retired from playing at age
26."
Al Renfrew, former Michigan player
and coach said of Ikola, "He was a little
guy, but he was as quick as a cat. I
think he could have been a great
professional goalie, but he had som
teeth knocked out in the Olympics, an
that sort of changed his complexion on
the game," he said.
EVEN THOUGH Ikola gave up on his
chance to experience the limelight of
professional hockey he did achieve his
own share of success in the hockey
world.
... quick as a cat
Indeed, Ikola is one of the mos4
respected high school hockey coaches
in the country. Now in his 26th season
coaching the Edina Hornets, Ikola's
teams boast an impressive six state
champi'onships in a state which takes
its hockey very seriously.
Edina's home games draw as many
as 3,200 fans, and at the state cham-
pionships there are usually about 18,000
on hand.
IKOLA HAS turned out some grea
hockey players, including professionals
Billy Nyrop and Craig Norwich and
current Michigan defenseman Bill
Brauer.
His success has not gone overlooked
either. After coaching for about 10
years, several schools took notice and
offered him positions coaching at the
college level. But at that point, the
jump from high school to college
coaching would have meant a substan-
tial cut in pay. That along with other4
family considerations made him stick
with Edina.
) Wildcats
possession of first place in the Big Ten,
forcing Purdue to win tonight against
Iowa to remain a conference co-leader.
Scott Meents added 14 for Illinois. Andre
Goode and Paul Schultz scored 10

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