tomorrow, 4:00 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Big Ten Track Championships
today and tomorrow
Track and Tennis Bldg.
Friday, March 2, 1984
'M' IU battle for
By CHRISTOPHER GERBASI
History may repeat itself this
weekend at the Big Ten Indoor Track
Championships as defending champion
Indiana and host Michigan should stage
another showdown for conference
Both Indiana's coach Sam. Bell and
Michigan's coach Jack Harvey down-
play their respective teams' chances,
but it's clear each knows first place is
"INDIANA should be favored to win
the meet," Harvey said emphatically.
"After that, it'll be a dogfight. If we
perform well, we might be able to
challenge Indiana. If not, we'll be
fighting it out for second."
In turn, Bell is impressed with Har-
vey's team and the other challengers.
"Michigan has a good team again, as
usual," Bell said. "On paper, it looks
like Indiana and Michigan again, but
Iowa is vastly improved and Purdue
and Wisconsin will be right there. If
they run well, they could open a Pan-
dora's box for someone."
THE HOOSIERS are led by 440-yard
world record holder Sunder Nix, who
established the indoor mark of :46.66 at
last year's meet. Nix is a clear favorite
to win, as is high jumper Ron Jones.
Jones has leaped 7'4%" this season
while no other Big Ten competitor has
surpassed 7'1". Sophomore Albert
Robinson has the season's best time,
:30.46, in the 300 yard dash.
The Wolverines' all-senior field crew
could pile up the points. Long jumper
Derek Harper has the best leap of the
year at 25'21", and Vince Bean is also
capable of jumping 25 feet. Shotputters
John Nielsen and Scott Eriksson have
been tough all year, and triple jumper
Tony Krpan and high jumper Dave
Lugin placed second and third, respec-
tively, at the '83 meet.
Of course, anything could happen. As
Bell said, "Strange things happen in a
track meet. For anyone to go in there
and win, they'll have to do a heck of a
job." And that's exactly what the
Hoosiers hope to do.
The long jump and two-mile finals
are today with additional finals on
Badgers challenge Blue
Defending champ Michigan will have
its hands full this weekend trying to
retain the women's Big Ten Indoor
Track title, as favored Wisconsin
should set the pace for the rest of the%
field in Champaign..
"It's going to be ,a real tight race,"
said Wolverine coach Francie
Goodridge. "Wisconsin is definitely the dash, Joyce Wilson will contend in the
favorite. I think they're a little ahead 600, and Sue Schroeder is a favorite in
of everyone else." Purdue and Indiana the three-mile. She will also anchor the
also figure to be in the running. two-mile relay team which includes
The Badgers have two of the top Wilson, Martha Gray and Jennifer
long jumpers and triple jumpers, but Rioux. Rioux replaces Sue Foster fromr
Michigan could come away winning last season's top team.
more individual titles than any other Preliminaries will be held today with
me finals taking place Saturday.
Debra Bradley could win the 440-yard - CHRISTOPHER GERBASI .
STUDENT HEALTH AIDES
...leaping for top
CCHA title run begins
By JOE EWING
The college hockey season may be
through in Ann Arbor, but there will
still be plenty of collegiate action
throughout the midwest this weekend
as the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association opens up the first round of
In the opening round, the top four
place finishers host the teams finishing
fifth through eighth in the standings in
two-game, total-goal series. The win-
ners advance to the finals at Det'roit's
Joe Louis Arena next weekend. This
weekend's matchups are:
Lake Superior (12-19-1) at
Bowling Green (22-4-2)
You'd think that the Bowling Green
squad, which is ranked third in the
country and is 17-1 this year at home,
wouldn't have any fears about hosting
Lake Superior, the last team to make
the playoffs. But they do.
The Soo Lakers are the only team to
beat the Falcons in Bowling Green this
year and are coming off - a sweep of
Michigan Tech last weekend that
rocketed them into the playoffs.
"They beat us once here and they
could do it again," said Bowling Green
head coach Jerry York. "But (the
earlier loss) gives us a little more
motivation for them than for playing any
other eighth place team."
Ferris State (13-15-2) at
Ohio State (21-9)
Head coach Dick Bertrand will try to
regroup his Ferris players after being
swept by Michigan State last week to
make the trip to Columbus and face the
high-powered Ohio State offense, a task
that won't be easy.
The Buckeyes have four of the top six
scorers in the conference, including
Paul Pooley (29 goals, 62 assists),
Perry, Pooley (36,37), Dave Kobryn
(21, 46) and Andy Browne (32, 31).
Ferris continues with Randy Merrifield
(20,54), the league's fourth leading
"They hope to shut down some of our
big scorers," said Ohio State coach
Jerry Welch. "But you can't concen-
trate on doing just that and still win."
The Buckeyes swep the teams' only
series this year, winning 6-3 and 3-1 in
Michigan Tech (14-16) at
Michigan State (21-9)
Tech took both contests, in the most
recent series between these two fierce
rivals, dumping State 6-4 and 3-1 at
home in Houghton.
But State still holds the victory ad-
vantage this year with a sweep in East
Lansing and a 6-2 win in the champion-
ship game of the Great Lakes In-
vitational. The Spartans will also be at
home in soldout Munn Ice Arena,
something that usually works in' their
"I think that (being at home) is
always an advantage," said Michigan
State coach Ron Mason. "That's why
you play all year for those top for spots
in the playoffs."
Western Michigan (13-14-1)
I i c a t i o n s
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Western has been hot lately, winning
10 of its last 13 games behind the offense
of Dan Dorion (39 goals, 45 assists) to
vault from seventh to fifth place in the
Northern, meanwhile, has gone 6-7 in
the same time span, but did manage to
beat Michigan twice in Ann Arbor last
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