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Big Ten makes strong
showing in NFL draft
by Tony Garcia
The Daily illini
The Big Ten may not win the Rose Bowl every year, but the conference
sends its fair share of players to the NFL.
A total of 30 Big Ten players were drafted into the pro ranks over the
two-day 12-round auction. Leading the way was Illinois quarterback Jeff
George, who returned home to Indianapolis as the Colts' first pick.
The conference sported three first-round selections: George, Michigan
State linebacker Percy Snow (Kansas City), and Minnesota running back
Darrell Thompson (Green Bay).
The Pacific-10 led all conferences with 43 selections, and the Southwest
Conference tallied 37 to finish ahead of the Big Ten.
Michigan State was sent six players to the NFL, while Michigan and
Minnesota each boasted five draftees. Purdue, which finished 3-8 in 1989,
had four players taken.
Ohio State sent three, while the three I's, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana, each
had two players picked.
Only one Wisconsin player was drafted, tight end Craig Hudson, who
went to the Chiefs in the tenth round. Northwestern sent no one from its 0-
11 squad.
Besides George, another Big Ten junior went early in the draft,
Wolverine fullback Leroy Hoard, who received the call from the Cleveland
Browns. Hoard was selected 45th overall.
"Hoard was the kind of back the Browns were looking for," said Chuck
Heaton, football writer from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "The two things
Cleveland was looking for was a heavy duty running back and a defensive
end, and they think they've filled their running back need with Hoard."
While George and Hoard benefitted by coming.out as juniors, one senior
ended up slipping a notch or two because of the wealth of underclassmen.
Snow, who snagged the 13 overall pick, saw four other linebackers chosen
before him, including juniors Keith McCants and Junior Seau.
Purdue's Sean McCarthy knew he was the No. 2 rated punter in the
country, but also realized punters do not top the NFL draft's high-priority
list. So when the Atlanta Falcons picked up McCarthy in the 12th round, he
was quite pleased.
"A small percentage of college players ever get drafted, so I'm very
excited about this." McCarthy said. "It's great to be going to Atlanta. My
agent (former Falcons kicker Mick Luckhurst) is from there, so it will be
like going into friendly territory."

Men's and Women's Track

High
by Jared Entin
Daily Sports Writer

jumpers headline

While the Michigan men's track
team will be enjoying a different
part of the country when it travels
to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia
this weekend, several members have
higher goals in mind.
High jumpers Brad Darr and Brad
Holwerda both hold the biggest
chances of reaching new heights and
qualifying for the NCAA champ-
ionships.
Darr has been consistently
jumping close to eighteen feet, and
has a good chance to break the 18
feet, one half inch NCAA qualify-
ing barrier this weekend
Holwerda has also been consis-
tent. He has been right around
seven feet the past couple of weeks
and if he adds just an inch or two
more should also place among the
top finishers at the Relays.
But the rest of the team is not
without hope, especially when it
comes to the javelin throw and
Warde Manuel. "1 think he can-
throw over 200 feet," coach Jack
Harvey said. "If he does that he
should be in the top group."
The list of potential stars
continues. Jeff Barnett, who won
the Kansas relay's steeplechase,
will be running this weekend and

also has the potential to finish very
close to the top.
The rest of Michigan's entrants
will be in the relays. Although
Harvey said "I would be surprised if
they do well (in the relays)," There
is a lot of talent on the Michigan
squad. Especially in the sprint
medley relay.
Captain Phil Ferguson will lead
not only the sprint medley relay,
but also the 4X100 and 4X200

meter relays. Backing up Ferguson
in the sprint medley and leading the
4X800 meter relay will be star 800
meter runner junior Neal Newman.
400 runner Greg Duffy, who
has competed mostly in sprints the
past couple of years, has shown
promise in the quarter mile and
should bolster Michigan's perform-
ance in middle-distance running.
Duffy has run under 49 seconds, and
needs only to cut off a few seconds

Relays
to become a top competitor in the
quarter.
Another 800 runner will be
Kraig Watkins. This senior has run
faster than 1:52, and hopefully will
be able to keep the two mile relay
(4X800) competitive.
After the Relays Michigan will
take a week off for finals before
traveling I to South Bend to com-
pete in the Central Collegiate
Championships, May 5.

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WOmen prime
by Tom Kent
Daily Sports Writer
There will be over 100 schools ranging from the
top collegiate track teams in the country to intramural
track squads to high school athletes trying to increase
their stock in the college market. The site is
Philadelphia and the event is the Penn Relays, begin-
ning today and lasting throughout the weekend.
With the exception of the Drake Relays, the
competition in Philadelphia provides the largest pool
of quality competition in the country. Remember the
relay that Bill Cosby once participated in as part of a
Cosby Show practical joke? Unfortunately for Bill,
Jackie Joyner-Kersey stole the show and the race.
The women's track team probably won't be doing
too much autograph seeking though, as the 20-25
members attending the relays will be trying to secure
points for their team and a place in Saturday's finals.
"We go out trying to place," tri-captain Dyan
Jenkins said. "If we don't place we hope to run a record
breaking time for the school or for ourselves."

for Penn relays
With the distance crew on proverbial fire, and the
sprinters and throwers starting to come together,
Michigan has a better than average chance of doing
well this weekend.
The 4X100 relay, which did not compete at the
Relays last year, will probably run without first yea
sprinter Ronda Ricketts who has a questionable
hamstring. Sophomore sprinter Michelle Bishop will
fill the vacancy.
First-year hurdler Lisa Adams is also expected to
make the weekend finals in the 400 meter hurdles, and
first-year thrower Julie Victor should continue to,
impress in the discus and shotput.
The distance crew, led by senior tri-captain Mindy
Rowand, may surprise many schools with Jennifer
McPeck, Amy Bannister, Megan Nortz and Kim
Haluscsak all performing well enough to make the
weekend finale.
After this weekend the women's track team wilt
take a couple of days off and prepare for Indiana irk
Bloomington on May 5th.

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