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Women's Tennis
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, March 22-
Track and Tennis Building

SPORTS

State High School
Basketball Championships
Friday and Saturday, March 22-23
Crisler Arena

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Wednesday, March 20, 1985

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Young tracksters

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By JOHN LAHERTY
"Tis spring, and young men's fancies
turn to thoughts of track."
OK, maybe that's not the way the
quote was originally intended, but the
optimistic attitude of this years men's
Ioutdoor runners, combined with the
young talent so prevalent on the squad,
may put the sport of track at the
forefront of a number of people's min-
AFTER A fairly unsatisfying indoor
season (see story below), head track
coach Jack Harvey expects better
results this spring. "Our team's
training is geared towards the outdoor
season," he claimed. "I'm not sure
why, but we always seem to perform
better outdoors."
Harvey's six outdoor Big Ten Cham-
pionships in his eleven years at the
helm, as compared to his three indoor
titles, will attest to that.
Basically a young team, much of the
Wolverines' hopes rest on the perfor-
mances of underclassmen. "We have a
pretty young team, with only five guys
graduating," Harvey said. "This
season will probably shape up to be a

renuilding year, but a lot depends on
how well our younger guys do." Indeed,
the core of the outdoor squad is com-
posed of over twice as many under-
classmen as seniors.
"WE'RE NOT as experienced as we
have been in past years," agreed senior
co-captain Bill Brady. "We've lost a lot
of our field-event guys to graduation."
The field events, specifically the shot
put, discus, and pole vault, are
definitely the Wolverines weakest area.
Graduation has claimed team leaders
Scott Eriksson (shot put), Dave Wooley
(pole vault) and Dave Lugin (high
jump), and junior pole vaulter Ed Kor-
schewitz is just coming back from an
ankle injury.
However, atheletes such as
sophomore triple jumper Butch Star-
mack and senior converted discus-
thrower Dave Hall have the potential, if
not the experience, to come up with
some much appreciated upsets.
THE RETURN of All-American
senior long jumper Vince Bean and
senior triple jumper Tony Krpan, both
of whom sat out the indoor season for
eligibility reasons, will add a much

needed boost to the Wolverines.
"We are definitely lacking depth in
some of our field events," Krpan said.
"Vince should win long jump, I hope to
place in the triple, and Starmack is
showing a lot of potential. Overall,
though, we don't have much, and what
we do have has got to come through."
In the sprints, the Wolverines will
depend heavily on talented freshmen
Mark Lewis and Omar Davidson, along
with junior Mark Swilley. "Our success
in the sprints will be determined
greatly by how well Lewis performs
outdoors," coach Harvey stated. "He
had some difficulty on the indoor track,
but we're expecting him to do better
outside."
LEWIS, WHO was an excellent all-
around athlete at Lincoln High, and All-
American Davidson, who had a sixth
place finish in the 400 meter at the 1984
indoor NCAA Championships, should be
the top sprinters for Michigan this
season.
In the middle distance events the
Wolverines are packed with talent, and
the squad should fare well in this area.
Senior co-captain Bob Boynton will be a

im or
Brady'
...senior co-captain
powerful force in both the individual
events and the relays, along with 1984
All-American junior Ron Simpson, who
finished seventh in the 1500 meter run
at the 1984 NCAA Indoors.
Sophomore Don Smith, who had a
fourth place finish in the 800 last
weekend's Domino Sunshine Relays
with a time of 1:52.99, will also be back,
along with junior Paul Mistor,
sophomore John McCleary, and fresh-
man Rollie Hudson.
IN THE DISTANCE events there is
nothing but more good news for
Michigan, with senior co-captain Bill
Brady and junior Chris Brewster retur-
ning. "Our whole season is geared
towar'ds (the Big Ten Championships at)
Indiana," Brady claimed, when asked

BigTe
about the attitude of the distance men.
"After the Sunshine Relays we came
away with a great deal of optimism.
We're not overconfident, but we're
definitely hungry."
A very consistent performer, Brady
placed fourth in the 10,000 meter run at
the 1984 Big Ten cross-country cham-
pionships with a 31:12.0, while 1984
NCAA qualifier Brewster is the defen-
ding Big Ten Indoor three mile title
holder with a 13:34.34 in last year's
championships. Anchoring the suc-
cessful distance squad are senior David
Meyer and sophomore Jeff Costello.
In the hurdles, junior standout Thomas
Wilcher and senior Chris Fitzpatrick
will handle most of the duties for the
Wolverines. Wilcher, definitely a con-
tender for a Big Ten title this spring, set
a Ferry Field record last year with a
13.92 in the 110 meter high hurdles.
MICHIGAN'S TEAM demonstrated a
great deal of potential in last weekend's
Domino Sunshine Relays in
Tallahassee, Florida, the Wolverines
first outing of the young season. "We

n title
had a good, strong meet," Harvey said.
"We placed in a lot of events, and the
team felt very positive about the whole
thing."
The relays were especially gratifying
for runners Wilcher and Brewster,
whose performances earned them spots
in this years NCAA Championships.
Wilcher ran a 13.82 in the 110 meter high
hurdles, while Brewster finished fourth
in the 5,000 meter run with a 13:54.82.
Other individual placers included a
fourth by Brady in the10,000 meter with
a time of 30:05.99, a 54.61 seventh place
finish by Fitzpatrick in the 400 inter-
mediate hurdles, and a fourth in the 800
by Smith with a 1:52.99 finish.
In the relay events Michigan placed
fourth in the 4 x 800 meter in 7:29.54,
fourth in the 1600 meter relay with a
7:29.54, fourth in the 4 x 1500 with a time
of 15:27.29, third in the sprint medley
with a 3:22.23, and fourth in the distan-
ce medley in 9:57.03.
Spring is almost upon us, and as in
years past, the Michigan track team
are eagerly eyeing the BIG Ten title.

INDOOR TRACK WRAP-UP:
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By HOWARD SOLOMON
The Wolverines have not fared ttoo
well in post season tournaments this
season. Bo Schembechler, Bill Frieder
and now Jack Harvey will attest to this.
Harvey, coach of the men's indoor
track team was slightly skeptical about
his team's fourth place showing in the
Big Ten Championships. "I don't
I don't believe it's a
successful season unless
we finish in the top three.
in the Big Ten.'
-Jack Harvey
believe it's a successful season unless
we finish in the top three in the Big
Ten," said the 11-year Michigan coach.
HOWEVER, considering the
Wolverines lack of depth in the field
events, the season really wasn't all that
bad. "We did as well as we could with
what we had," Harvey said. "Remem-
ber, we did lose five Big Ten Champions
s from last year's team."
Raines, B

They may have lost five Big Ten
champions, but the Wolverines did gain
an All-American in freshman Omar
Davidson, who captured sixth place in
the NCAA's in the 400 meter dash.
"Davidson was the star of the
season," beamed Harvey. "We expec-
ted great things from him and he really
came through."

SAID HARVEY, "We ran very well at
the Collegiates, but still, that was
deceiving. It just wasn't as competitive
as the Big Ten's, in which you have to
have at least one finisher in the top
three in all events to contend for the
team title. We just didn't have that kind
of depth."
The key to Michigan's future indoor
track success lies in filling out the field
and sprinting teams. One bright note
for next year is football recruit J.J.
Grant from New York, who will most
probably throw the shot-put.
If the team can fill out their weaker
events, Harvey believes that they may
contend next year. Although the solid
distance corps loses Dave Meyer, Bill
Brady, Bob Boynton and Ron Granger,
there are many returning stars.
"Ron Simpson, Tom Wilcher, David-
son, Todd Steverson, and Chris
Brewster are all national caliber
athletes," said Harvey. Brewster is one
runner in particular to keep an eye on.
He posted some exceptional times in
the 5000 meter run.
Harvey is generally pleased with the
team's progress this season, although
he did note that it started the season
slowly- more so than expected. "I'd
have to say the this was a rebuilding
year but we also made a lot of progress
that we can hopefully carry to the out-
door season."

THE HIGHLIGHT of the indoor
season came during the Collegiate
Championships, which were held in Ann
Arbor. The Wolverines captured the.
team title, beating out tough Eastern
Michigan and Wisconsin squads.
Unfortunately, however, this victory
was not indicative of the track com-
petition the Wolverines would face later
in the season.

rra, others testify

in grand jury
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Outfielder jury and
Tim Raines of the Montreal Expos is closely."
the latest major league player to ap- PIRATE
pear before a grand jury reportedly in- pitcher Ro
vestigating cocaine trafficking. panel earl
Three current or former Pittsburgh Dale Berr
Pirates already have testified before the New Y
the panel sitting in Pittsburgh's federal statement
courthouse. the inves
THE PITTSBURGH Press and the merely as
Boston Globe both have reported as Mazzilli
many as 12 more players could be hope they
called to testify. alleged ta
The probe reportedly centers on who not provid
supplied cocaine to players, and not the details.
players themselves. Raines,
Bob Wirz, director of information for $1.2 mill
major league baseball, said the com- bitration,
missioner's office "was watching Monday in
developments" regarding the grand appear b

cocaine
would "follow the situation
ES outfielder Lee Mazzilli and
d Scurry appeared before the
ier this year, as did infielder
a, a former Pirate now with
ork Yankees. Berra issued a 1
saying he was not a target of
stigation, but was called
a background witness.
told The Press that "I
nail him," referring to the
rget of the probe, but would
e a name or disclose further
who recently was awarded a
ion contract through ar-
left the Expos' training camp
n West Palm Beach, Fla., to.
efore the grand jury. His

probe
session with the panel lasted 35
minutes. Raines, 25, has admitted to
cocaine use in 1982 and spent time in a
drug rehabilitation center.
He and attorney Samuel Reich, the
brother of Raines' agent, Tom Reich,
left the courthouse by a rear exit.
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