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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 1949

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Fonville May Hold Key
To Michigan Title Hopes

By BILL CONNOLLY
Varsity track men at Michigan,
with more than a seldom inspir-
ing thought of years gone by, find
themselves working more enthus-
iastically each year to live up to
the heritage laid down on the
cinderpaths by their forerunners.
For they know that they are
traveling over the same grounds
that were once trod by such f a-
mous runners and field men as
Eddie Tolan, the Hume twins,
RalphrSchwarzkopf, Bob Osgood,
DeHart Hubbard, Charlie Fon-
ville, Herb Barten, Bob Ufer and
their coaches Don Canham and
Elmer Swanson.
A BRIEF review of the records
shows that the achievements of
Varsity trackmen at Michigan are
among the most outstanding rec-
ords turned in by any Wolverine
athletic squad.
Wolverine runners have won
fifteen Big Ten indoor track
titles since competition began
in 1911, and dominated the
Conference indoor paths from
1934 through 1940 by winning
seven consecutive champion-
ships.
And the outdoor record is

even more impressive. The Wol-
verines have racked up 20 wins
in 49 years of competition, be-
ginning in 1901.
Veterans of some of the later
championship teams are the pres-
ent Wolverine coaches, Don Can-
ham and Elmer Swanson. To-
gether they comprise the youngest
coaching staff in the Conference.
ONE OF MICHIGAN'S greatest
track athletes, Canham was cap-
tain in 1941, fou rtimes a Western
Conference individual champion
and National champ in 1940. He
set both the Wolverine varsity in-
door and outdoor records in the
high jump by jumping 6-ft. 63/4
inches indoors and 6-ft. 71/4 inches
outdoors.
He has had the distinction of
competing under two of Michi-
gan's most outstanding track
coaches-Charles B. Hoyt and
J. Kenneth Doheryt, who is now
at Penn. Canham was selected
by Doherty as his assistant in
1946, and took over the reins
last year, with Swanson moving
in as Assistant.
Ranking high on the list of ver-
satile Michigan athletes, Swanson
was a six letter man, winning

QUESTION MARK--Charley Fonville, generally recognized as
the nation's finest shot putter until a back injury halted his career
last fall, will attempt a comeback next season. If his back holds
up and he regains his past form, Fonville will be an invaluable
aid in Michigan's bid to regain the track honors which they have
held so frequently in past seasons. Charley has another goal to
shoot for too. While recuperating from an operation he saw his
world shot put mark shattered by Jim Fuchs, formerly of Yale.

DON CANHAM
. . . bright future
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three each in track and baseball.
Running for the Conference cham-
pion Wolverines, he won both the
Big Nine high and low hurdles
titles in 1944.
* * *
BESIDES scoring a double vic-
tory in the Conference track
championships, Swanson served as

a utility infielder on coach Ray
Fisher's 1944 baseball squad, an-
other team of Conference champs.
Thus it was with two new
coaches at the reins that track-
men climbed aboard the wagon
when workouts began early last
September in preparation for
the 1949 season. Distance men
took to the hills-the hills of
the University Golf Course,
where four-mile cross-country
jaunts are a daily routine dur-
ing the fall.
Meanwhile, the field men,
sprinters and hurdlers took ad-
vantage of the Indian Summer
and worked out on the outdoor
track at Ferry Field.
ALWAYS ONE of the first men
to don a sweat suit in the Sep-
tember heat is shot-putter Char-
lie Fonville, who was captain-
elect for the 1949 season and hold-
er of every world record in his
specialty.
It was a tremendous blow to
track fans at Michigan and the
world over when it was an-
nounced by Don Canham last
October that Charlie was forced
to drop out of school to under-
go an operation on an unfused
vertabra and would not be
available for the coming season.
It was doubtful if he would ever
throw a shot again.
Charlie still has a year's eligi-
bility remaining, but he is still
the number one question mark on
Coach Canham's list of prospects
for the 1950 season. Those early
fall workouts again this year may
tell the tale.
* * *
THE CROSS COUNTRY season
wound up just before Thanksgiv-
ing, with Bob Thomason setting a
new varsity record for the one and
two-thirds miles distance. He was
clocked in 7:32.8 for the hill and
dale course, and shortly after was
elected by his teammates as cap-
tain of the 1949 squad replacing
Fonville.
Track news next hit the pa-
pers whe nit was announced by
the National AAU that official
recognition had been made of
Fonville's world's record out-
door toss of the 16 pound shot.
He threw the iron ball 58 feet
%/ of an inch in the Kansas
Relays run the previous April.
Moving idoors around Thanks-
giving time,- the thinclads began
workouts on the 220 indoor cinder
track in Yost Field House, in
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Developing two different men
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pions in two successive years is
the recent accomplishment of
Michigan's gymnastics coach,
Newton C. Loken.
First of Loken's pupils to ride
for the National AAU Champion-
ship was Phillipine - born Bob
Schoendube, who graduated last
June.
HE TOOK THE title in 1948,
after a successful season in dual
meets and a first place on the
tramp in the Big Nine.
Bob dropped to eleventh place
in the NAAU of 1949, as team-
mate Ed Buchanan, sophomore
sensation from Amarillo, Texas,
copped the trampoline cham-
pionship not only in the NAAU,
which draws the finest gymnasts
from all over the United States,
but also previously in the NCAA,
the Big Nine, and the Midwest
Open meets.

Another stellar performer in his
first season of competition was
Pete Barthell, who will captain
this season's squad. He earned the
nickname "daily double" as he
took both the tumbling and par-
allel bars, contests in each of the
Wolverines' meets and also in the
Big Nine affair.
THE WESTERN Conference
Meet was held for the first time
in Ann Arbor last March 26. It
attracted the largest number of
competitors in the history of the
Conference, with 50 entries from
seven schools. There were 10 Wol-
verines in the meet, the largest
number from one school.
Strength wasn't found in
numbers, however, as Minneso-
ta, with only four men, fought
to the title edging Illinois by
one point, while Michigan fin-
ished third, 17 points off the
pace. Three individual crowns

were taken by the Maize and
Blue, while Minnesota and Illi-
nois split the other four.
During the regular season, the
team lost only one dual meet,
that to Illinois. They won six
times, downing the University of
Chicago, Indiana, Ohio State,
Michigan State, Kent State, Uni-
versity of Ohio, and Wisconsin.
* * *
AFTER THE Big Nine Meet, the
Wolverines traveled to Chicago
for the Midwest Open Meet, where
they placed fifth. In the NCAA
meet held in California, the two
man entry of Buchanan and Bar-
thell, who accompanied Coach
Loken to the University of Cali-
fornia, finished ninth in team to-
tals, with Barthell placing fifth
in his two specialties, while Bu-
chanan was winning the trampo-
line title.
Chicago, was also the scene
of the NAAU Meet, which four

Michigan men entered unat-
tached in the trampoline event,
with all four placing within the
first eleven. Besides Buchanan,
who won the title for his fourth
award of the season, Dave Lake
finished seventh, while Gordie
Levenson held the eighth spot
and Bob Schoendube, previous
year's champ, came in eleventh.
Michigan's present gynastic
team got its start in 1945 and
1946 when Newt Loken led the
unofficial Gymnastics Club
through 29 exhibitions, traveling
2700 miles around the state of
Michigan.
* * *
AFTER THIS show of talent,
the team was given-the okay to
represent Michigan in Big Nine
competition by the Board in Con-
trol of Intercollegiate Athletics.
In their first season of compe-
tition, 1948, the Wolverine gym-
nasts finished third in the Con-

ference Meet after winning four
of six contests during the sea-
son. Trampolinist Schoendube
was Michigan's only winner in
the Conference that year.
Lettermen returning ror duty
this year, besides Buchanan and
Barthell, will be Gordie Levenson,
tumbler and trampolinist; tum-
bler and parallel bar artist Tom
Tillman; and Jeff Knight on the
side horse.
* * *
BOB CHECKLEY on the horse.
Wally Niemann on the high and
parallel bars, and Bill Parrish on
the high bar are the reserve award
winners who should strengthen
the squad this year.
Freshmen last season whom
Coach Loken will find helpful
are all-around performers Con-
nie Ettl and Ray Taylor, tram-
poliners Don Domke and Sam
Dudley, and Bob Wyllie on the
high bar.

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