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K Harper leaps for L.A.
By CHRISTOPHER GERBASI
There are official snack foods, offical cars, even of-
ficial talk shows for the Summer Olympics, maybe
Derek Harper can be the official long jumper for
the '84 Games.
Well, Harper will give it a shot, anyway. The
Michigan senior leaped 25'10%" Friday night at the
Big Ten Indoor Track Championship at the Track and
Tennis Building, to set a fieldhouse record, a school
record and a qualifying mark for the Olympic trials,
which will be held in Los Angeles the second week in
HARPER HAD been improving his distance con-
sistently throughout the season. The week before the
Big Ten's, he qualified for the NCAA Championships
with a mark of 25'2 ", so he wasn't completely sur-
prised by his latest effort.
"I knew I had it in me," he said. "I had been jum-
ping well the last couple of weeks, but I had been
fouling. So (coach) Jambs Henry was working with
me and I just had to get all of it to click."
Although the Pontiac native, whose previous best
had been 25'6", had given some thought to the
Olympics, going into last weekend's meet he just
wanted to win the Big Ten title.
"THERE WAS a lot of pressure on me all week.
Everybody was saying they knew I could do it," said
Harper. "Some people were teasing me, saying this
was my last year and I've got to win the Big Ten. And
pictures and stories were in the papers every now and
then. I was on pins and needles all week."
The Olympics are definitely on Harper's mind now
but he realizes it's going to be difficult to make the
"I wanted to at least make the trials for the ex-
perience," he said. "If I don't make it in '84, I still
have '88. (If I do) I'd probably celebrate the rest of
the summer. It's going to be tough, though. Carl
(Lewis) is jumping 28 (feet) and (Larry) Myricks is
jumping 27, so it's going to take a high 26 or 27 to
make the team."
THE OLD Michigan school record in the long jump
was held by James Ross at 25'81/4", set in 1981. Har-
per had been eyeing the mark since last year.
"I thought the record was kind of low," he said. "I
wanted it before I left. I got my high school record
when I was a senior too, in the last meet of the year."
Apparently, Harper saves his best for last, and he
hopes his best is good enough to finish in the top five
this week at the NCAA's in Syracuse.
WHILE HARPER is ranked third going into the
meet, teammate Vince Bean is in the top eight. Bean
qualified on Friday with his best jump ever, 25'5%"/
The Wolverines' Scott Crawford also had a personal
high of 24'7%" to give Michigan a one-two-three
sweep in the event.
After the NCAA's Harper will prepare for his last
collegiate outdoor season and then it's on to the trials.
"I've been pleased with my performances and my
effort so far," he said. "If I can continue it, I'll be
And if he does continue to jump as he has been,
Harper will be celebrating all summer long.
Big Ten Men's
7. Ohio State..............27
8. Minnesota ............19
9. Michigan State........ 9
10. Northwestern........... 8
Daily Photo by CAROL L. FRANCAVILLA
Michigan long jumper Derek Harper takes off on his way toward a
Wolverine record. Harper's leap of 25' 13%" qualified him for the Olympic
Trials this June in Los Angeles.
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By CHRISTOPHER GERBASI the 440 dash,
It wasn't Friday the 13th or Black Sunday, but it was an up- by eventual
setting Saturday for Michigan track teams, as both the men's The bump kn
and women's teams were victims of bad luck in the Big Ten track and she
Indoor Track Championships this weekend. All of these
In Ann Arbor the men's mile relay team dropped the baton Aof these
and distance man Bill Brady lost a shoe in the three-mile. In pointing show
Champaign, Ill., the women's squad was plagued by the flu nd
bug and an official who couldn't count. and Goodridg
THE MEN'S team managed second place, but the women recruit in this,
were not so fortunate, finishing in sixth. Wisconsin won the "WE KNEI
title. Goodridge. "E
Sophomore Joyce Wilson was under the weather and failed they had all t
Co qualify for the finals in the 600-yard dash; an event she was out of their mi
a heavy favorite to win. Wilson came back, however, to help would. That's
the two-mile relay team to a third-place fingish. wanted."
The officiating blunder occurred in the three-mile run Michigan's
when the bell for the final lap was sounded one lap early. The who has been
Wolverines' Sue Schroeder was running fourth at the time, with 3828 poin
but when she completed the next lap, officials told her to Margot Rogu
leave the track, thinking she had finished the race. yard high hur
-STRANGELY, the rest of the leaders were allowed to con- the 800 meters
tinue, and in the most bewildering development of the race, Wisconsin's
Schroeder was only awarded fifth-place, when she likely meet for her
would have hung on for fourth. tallied 104 poi
There was another incident which went unnoticed by the of- 85.5, Michigan
ficials, according to Michigan coach Francie Goodridge. In Illinois 15, Mi
favorite Dedra Bradley was bumped on a turn
winner, Marcelle Kendall, of Michigan State.
ocked Bradley out of her lane on the narrow
things contributed to the Wolverines' disap-
ing, as did the triple jumping of Wisconsin and
triple jump is a new event in the women's meet,
ge and her staff did not have enough time to
area last year.
W we were fifteen points down going in," said
Between them (the Badgers and the Hoosiers)
he points in the triple jump. Purdue really ran
inds, so they finished higher than I thought they
why we didn't finish fourth, which is what we
top finisher was pentathlete Melody Middleton,
very consistent all year. She placed second
ts, behind the 3946 points compiled by Indiana's
s. Middleton won three of the five events, the 60
rdles (8.9 seconds), the long jump (5.63 m) and
s (2:21.5 minutes).
miler Cathy Branta was named athlete of the
Big Ten record time of 4:38.31, and her team
nts. Indiana was second with 99.5, Purdue had
n State 64, Iowa 41, Michigan 35, Ohio State 33,
nnesota 11 and Northwestern 5.
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