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Trackers
By JOHN FITZPATRICK
Michigan trackster Mike Shea was
still out of breath as he walked along
the infield of the track, head bowed. A
few friends called out to him, causing
Shea to look up, smile wanly, and say
"An experiment. It failed miserably."
Shea's "experiment" was his
strategy in the 800 meter run at the
Chicago Track Club Open hosted by
Michigan last Saturday. Running with
seemingly wild abandon, Shea had
taken the 800 field through the first lap
of the two-lap race in a blazing 52.6
' seconds in an attempt to burn out his
pursuers. Mike White of MSU had
something left, though, and he
struggled past Shea just before the
finish, winning by .02 seconds in 1:50.98.
A NUMBER OF teams participated
in the meet, with the Wolverines,
Eastern Michigan, Michigan State,
Northwestern, and the University of
Chicago Track Club all having con-
tingents present. Michigan, MSU, and
Northwestern used it as a tune-up for
the Big Ten Championships to be held
next weekend in East Lansing.
Spectators at the open were treated to
a number of exciting races and quality
performances. Dan Heikkinen, who
used up his eligibility as a Wolverine
runner last winter, legged a strong race
in the 3,000-meter steeple chase, which
he won in 8:40.91, a new track record.
Heikkinen looked very fit as he
smoothly strode through the seven-lap
race in a solo effort, his nearest com-
petitor finishing almost 200 meters
behind.
Illini
senate
rej eets
sanetions
URBANA, Ill. (AP)-The integrity of
the University of Illinois is more impor-
tant than its membership in the Big
Ten, and the university should reject...
the penalty imposed by the conference,
the faculty-student senate said yester-
day.
The resolution was approved by the
Urbana campus governing body as
university President Stanley Ikenberry
and Chancellor John Cribbet prepared
to meet with Big Ten officials at
Bloomington, Ind. today.
DISCUSSIONS WILL center on the
three years of athletic probation im
posed on Illinois because of its handling
of the controversial eligibility case of
quarterback David Wilson.
The senators considered a variety of
resolutions dealing with the Big Ten
penalty, with some arguing against
language that might anger conference
officials on the eve of negotiations.
The final draft says: the senate sup-
ports Ikenberry and Cribbet in their
discussions with the Big Ten; the
senate resents the conference's attack
on the integrity of Illinois; accepting
the severe penalty would amount to
admitting guilt; the penalty would
cause unjustified damage to the entire
athletic program and should be rejec-
ted; and the university's integrity is
more important than conference mern-
bership.

The Michigan Daily-Tuesddy, May12, 1981-Page 15
TUNE UP FOR BIG TEN'S
win eight events at Open
Michigan's Johnny Nielsen, the followed winner Doug Peterson of Nor- Maize and Blue included: Dave Lugin,
freshman shot-putter who utilizes an thwestern to the tape. second with a high jump of 610", with
unorthodox, discus-spin technique, Michigan had a number of winners ex-Wolverine. Mike Lattany getting a
achieved a notable breakthrough in besides Nielsen. Derek Harper won the third place with the same height; Ken
winning his event with a toss of 60'2%", long jump with a leap of 24'1%"; Scott Gardner, second in the 400-meter with a
his first 60-foot heave ever. Erikkson took the discus with a throw of 48.47; Doug Heikkinen, third in the
"He has a long way to go yet," said 167' "; Butch Woolfolk captured the steeplechase (9:15.21); and Dave
men's coach Jack Harvey afterwards. 200-meter dash in 21.79 seconds; An- Lewis, fourth in the 5,000 (14:48.38).
"He hasn't reached his potential." drew Bruce easily won the 100-meter in In addition, Mike Murphy was third
Nielsen's teammate, Phil Wells, was 10.47 seconds (a track record); and Bill in the triple jump (47'2 "), Chris Fit-
second (57'41/"). O'Reilly cruised to victory in the 5,000- zpatrick was third in the 400-meter hur-
IN THE 1500-meter, the Wolverines' meter run with a time of 14:20.88. dles (53.46), and Vince Bean was fourth
distance corps received a good "speed" The Wolverines' 4 x 100- and 4 x 400- in the long jump (22'10").
workout, as Brian Diener in second meter relay teams also won their even- After the Big Ten meet on Saturday,
(3:47.43); Dan Beck in fourth (3:51.08), ts, the former in 41.01 and the latter in Michigan returns to East Lansing on
Gerard Donakowski in fifth (3:52.48), 3:11.29. the 29th and 30th of May for the Central
and Bill Weidenbach in eighth (3:57) OTHER NOTABLE finishers for the Collegiate Championships.

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