The Michigan Daily- Sports Tuesday- January 19, 1993- Page 7
Freshmen lead men's track at EMU
by Jesse Brouhard
Daily Sports Writer
The solid performances put forth
by the men's track and field fresh-
man class Saturday lends credence
to the notion that living in the dorms
isn't completely hazardous to your
On a day in which the best per-
formances came from unexpected
people, freshmen Scott MacDonald
and Trinity Townsend paced the
Wolverines, winning both the mile
and the 600-yard run, respectively.
at the Eastern Michigan Invitational.
"Actually, the performances by
the freshman class were nice,"
Michigan track coach Jack Harvey
said. "We were decent, the team
competed pretty well."
However, the freshman class was
not finished as rookie Todd
Burnham posted a strong perfor-
mance in the 400-meter dash with a
time of 48.58.
"My best performance so far was
in the intrasquad last weekend,"
Burnham said. "Mainly, right now
I'm still just running. I don't even
know what to expect in conference
since I haven't run there yet."
While Burnham was unsure what
the future holds, Harvey was im-
pressed with what he saw in the
"Probably the best performance
was Todd Burnham's," Harvey said.
"His time of 48.58 was very good
for the first meet of the season."
Two areas that had been serious
concerns for the team coming into
the season displayed modest im-
provement during the meet. The
sprinters placed third and sixth in
two of the short distance events,
while the field events held their own
against the competition.
"The sprinters ran pretty well,"
Harvey said. "If we can get Tyrone
Wheatley out there, we should be all
Wheatley has been practicing for
only one week following the end of
football season. There is a possibility
that he could be ready to run this
coming weekend at the Michigan
The freshman hit parade did not
exclude the field events either.
Rookie Jon Royce leapt 7'1 3/4" in
the high jump, meeting the NCAA
preliminary qualifying standards.
"I hope I can do this well in the
future," Royce said. "I didn't feel
real well before my jump. I had to
wait so long to do it."
Royce was bothered by the long
intervals between jumps at the day-
"We started jumping around
6:30. I didn't make my final jump
for a couple hours," Royce said.
"I'm looking to get up to 7'5" by the
end of the season. I just want to peak
at the right time."
The pole vault crew was without
the -services of Toby Van Pelt, who
was out with a hamstring pull. He
should be ready to compete this
weekend at the Michigan relays.
The relays will be staged at the
track and tennis building on
Saturday. The Wolverines will be
hosting Eastern Michigan, Central
Michigan, Bowling Green, Toledo,
Toronto, and some club teams, as
well as some individual entries.
For the Wolverines, the meet will
be another opportunity to measure
their progress in the early season.
"We'll just keep trying to get
better," Harvey said. "If we keep
improving there is no reason to think
that we can't be competitive in the
conference this season."
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"I think we felt a little sorry for our-
selves," Fisher said. "Halftime
helped us. We played a lot better (in
the second half). Yet, we've got to
get 40 minutes instead of 20 or 24."
JACKSON UPDATE: Ray Jack-
son's separated right shoulder is
steadily progressing. However,
Wolverine fans will have to wait at
least one more game before the
small forward can return to the
"We're not going to have him for
Minnesota (tomorrow night) and I
would say he's on the bottom side of
probable for any time against Illinois
(next Saturday)," Fisher said. "There
is a slim chance he'll be back for
Illinois. I hope to have him back if
not for Illinois then for the next
game, Ohio State."
The sophomore starter injuried
the shoulder during the Wolverines'
victory over North Carolina in the
Rainbow Classic last month. While
he hasn't had any "live contact activ-
ity" according to Fisher - team
doctors still list his return as being
7-10 days away - Jackson has be-
gun shooting and dribbling drills.
With seniors Rob Pelinka and
James Voskuil filling in for Jackson
in the starting role, the Wolverines
have held their own, going 5-1 since
his injury. Yet his return to the fold
is much welcomed by Fisher.
"We miss Ray Jackson," Fisher
said. "Ray is one of our better de-
fenders. Whether that would have
helped us against Indiana's torrid
perimeter shooting, I don't know.
But we're hoping to get him back
. ALUMNI WEEKEND: Former
Wolverines Chris Seter and Chip
Armer were in the stands Saturday
rooting on their alma mater. Seter,
who is currently a financial analyst
in Chicago, said he was impressed
with the way Michigan has per-
formed thus far.
"They've come a long way,"~
Seter said. "The young guys have
really matured and the old guys, the
seniors, are there to support them.
They've got a really good team."
Seter has been to a few games
this season, including the NCAA fi-
nal rematch against Duke and likes
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