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Page 10 -- The Michigan Dily- Friday, March 9, 1984
TraCksters set for

NCAA fina
By CHRISTOPHER GERBASI
An era has ended for Michigan track
fans. After 19 years in the Detroit area,
the NCAA Indoor Track Championships
are being held this weekend in,
Syracuse, N.Y., breaking a tradition
established by Michigan athletic direc-
tor Don Canham.
' Canham started running the meeting
in 1964 when he was the Wolverines'
track coach, and through the years, the
meet has been staged at 'Cobo Arena,
Joe Louis Arena and, the past two
y'ears, at the Pontiac Silverdome.
LAST. YEAR. the NCAA added
women's teams to compete at the meet,
and each year the workload for
Canham and current men's coach Jack
Harvey has gotten heavier.
"It's become more work each year,
and as athletic director there's just too
many other things to do," said
Canham, "We've got (high school)
basketball tournaments, the CCHA
:playoffs. It should have been moved a
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is on road
long time ago, but the NCAA always left
it here because it was profitable."
SO, NOW THE Syracuse athletic
department has the task of organizing
the meet, which will be held in the
spacious Carrier Dome. The
Orangemen will host the meet the next
two years as well, and after that, it will
move around on a rotational basis.
Traveling to Syracuse to represent
Michigan are four members each from
its men's and women's teams.
Long jumpers Derek Harper and
Vince Bean have a good shot at scoring.
-Both are coming off their best career
jumps at the Big Ten Championships
last weekend. Harper is ranked third
going into the meet for his leap of 25'10
3/4" and Bean has gone 25'5 ".
SOPHOMORE THOMAS Wilcher
had his best effort of the season at the
Big Tens, in the 60-yard high hurdles.
His time of 7.29 seconds in the
semifinals qualified him for the meet.
Ron Simpson, also a sophomore, had
qualified earlier in the year in the 1,500
meters with a time of 3:44.66.
The women's foursome is the two-
mile relay team of freshman Jennifer
Rioux, senior Martha Gray and
sophomores Sue Schroeder and Joyce
Wilson. The team finished third at last
week's Big Tens with a time of 8:53.69,
and that was with Wilson running with
the flu.
WILSON HAD also qualified in the.
500 meters and Schroeder was to run in
the 3,000, but coach Francie Goodridge
decided Michigan's best chance for
points would be in the relay.

MSUBG
shoot for
rematch in
CCHA
finals
By JOE EWING
This weekend's Central Collegiate
Hockey Association playoff finals at
Detroit's Joe Louis Arena may not
end on as thrilling a note as last
year's but they still should be ex-
citing.

You can't beat last year's cham-
pionship game for thrills. The top
scorer in the country, Bowling
Green's Brian Hills, faced All-
American goalie Ron Scott of
Michigan State on a penalty shot in
overtime. Scott prevailed and the
Spartans went on to win 4-3 on a goal
by Mark Hamway.
THIS YEAR HAMWAY, Scott and
Hills are gone, but their teams,
Bowling Green and Michigan State,
have returned for another shot at the
title. First, however, they'll have to
make it through some tough com-
petition in the semifinals.
The Bowling Green squad, curren-
tly ranked third in the nation, will
have to face a hot Western Michigan
team in the semi's at 8 p.m. tonight.
The Falcons, who easily finished on
the top of the CCHA standings with a
22-4-2 league mark and then
eliminated Lake Superior in the
opening round of the playoffs, are
led by centers Dan Kane (24 goals,
41 assists) and John Samanski
(23,35).
Western, meanwhile, has used a
potent offense sparked by Dan
Dorion (41 goals, 48 assists) to go 11-

3-1 in its last 15 games and knock off
Northern Michigan at Marquette to
make it to the final four. Dorion has
scored in43straight games.
IN THE OTHER semifinal contest
at 5 p.m. tonight, the sixth-ranked
Spartans meet the high-powered of-
fense of number five Ohio State.
Last year, the teams met in the
semi's with Michigan State coming
out on top, 8-3. This year though,
things should be a little closer.
The teams finished in a virtual tie
for second place with identical 21-9
records and split their only series of
the year. In addition, the winner
probably will get one of the CCHA's
two bids to the NCAA playoffs.
The Buckeyes sport- four of the'
top six scorers in the league, led by
Paul Pooley (32 goals, 63 assists)
who broke the CCHA single season
assist record and whose 95 points are
one shy of the league mark. Pooley's
twin brother Perry (39,39), left wing
Dave Kobryn (23,50) and right wing
Andy Browne (37,32) follow in third,
fourth and sixth places.
Freshmen Craig Simpson (13
goals, 35 assists) and Bill Shibicky
(16, 30), top the Spartans in points.

Wings down
Blues, 6-3
By SCOTT, SALOWICH
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - Detroit's playoff
starved hockey fans got a big push in
the right direction last night as they
saw their Red Wings beat the St. Louis
Blues 6-3.s.
The scrappy Wings out-hustled their
Norris Division rivals and increased
their hold on second place to three poin-
ts over idle Chicago.
TWO SECOND PERIOD power play
goals by Ron Duguay and Reed Larson
put Detroit ahead to stay. Larson, the
game's first star, added another goal
just 38 seconds into the third period.
"Absolutely no way-do we have a lock
on a play-off spot," said Wing's Coach
Nick Polano. "But I like our chances and
I like the way my team is playing," he
added.
Rookie of the year candidate Steve
Yzerman continued his fine play by ad-
ding a goal and an assist.
ijg Tens
are left should be quite enough for the
Wolverines to grapple with.
SINCE OHIO STATE, the returning
Big Ten champion, is ranked in the top
ten teams in the nation, Minnesota in
the top fifteen, and Michigan State
probably in the top twenty, Michigan
"is sitting about fourth place going into
the meet." Wolverine head coach Sheri
Hyatt said, "We hope to improve our
fifth-place finish of last year, but with
this year's competition that will be
tough."
Hyatt realizes it is not the ranking

Tumblers take talents toI

By DAN COVEN this weekend in East Lansing will be a
Men's gymnastics coach Bob Darden showcase for the young Wolverines.
is a man of great expectations. Yet he "You can only rebuild for so long, then
knows how to keep them in perspective. it's time to show your stuff," said Dar-
He knows that the gymnastics team is den. "I would like to close the four-point
not going to win the Big Ten champion- gap between us and the upper echelon
ships this weekend - or even finish in Big Ten teams (OSU, Illinois, Min-
the top four. nesota, and Iowa) and maintain our fif-
This has been a rebuilding year for th position. After all, those four teams
the steadily improving tumblers, but are all ranked in the nation's top ten."

NOT ONLY are the Wolverines under
pressure to improve the team's overall
score, but several of the gymnasts are
trying to qualify for April's NCAA
championships. This added pressure is
not unfamiliar to Darden who was a
former All-American and NCAA run-
ner-up on the high bar in 1976. "Yes
there is a lot of pressure," said the first
year coach, "but if our guys just do
their average best - as they do in prac-
tice - things will be fine."
Senior Captain Merrick Horn is
trying to qualify for the NCAA's as an
all-arounder as well as on the parallel
bars and floor exercise. For Horn to
qualify, he must post one of the top five
scores in the mideast region. Freshmen
Brock Orwig and Mitch Rose have
made the switch from high school to Big
Ten competition well enough to have an
outside shot at qualifying on the high
bar and rings.
Women vie for title _
After finishing preparation for its
biggest meet of the season, the
Michigan women's gymnastic team left
yesterday for Buckeye territory, to face
seven conference schools in the Big Ten
meet.
Why only seven? Well, North-
western's team is in Division II and
Purdue does not have an intercollegiate
gymnastic squad. But the teams that

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Hyatt
... hoping for fourth
and high team scores that are going to
win the meet, but rather, it will come
down to the team that can "hit all four
events well."
"At practice we've been pretending
we're at the Big Tens," said Hyatt, "So
when we get there we'll be used to the
pressure."
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