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W ith the
Associate Sports Editor







- 4)

CANADA'S GIFT to a grateful Michigan track squad, Don McEwen,
is continuing to prove that among collegiate distance men, he is
strictly in a class all by himself. He probably isn't lonely though.
Anybody who has seen him run a two-mile race knows that he is
accustomed to being by himself.
Last Saturday at Champaign was another of those times when
McEwen was a rather solitary figure at the finish of the conference
two-mile run. His nearest rival was .about 125 yards back, and he
coasted in in the good time of 9:10.7, only an hour after he had cov-
ered the mile in the excellent mark of around 4:11.
It represented Don's best "double" performance of a short,
but brilliant college career. But we can go one better. It was
the best one and two mile performance that ANY college track-
men has ever turned in in one afternoon or in one meet.
Another way of saying this is that the Ottawa, Ontario flash is
now farther advanced than any other distance runner has been in a
comparable stage of development. The authority for this is nobody
else but Coach Don Canham of the Wolverines.
One can't help but start speculating a little as to just how
far McEwen will go in his apparent attempt to break every exist-
ing conference and American collegiate two-mile record. His
aim now is to hit the coveted 9 minute mark in his favorite dis-
tance. Then he can aim for Don Lash's American collegiate out-
door record of 8:58.3. From there the road gets a little rocky.
The great Greg Rice is credited with an 8:51 and one of the fa-
mous Swedes, Gundar Haegg, holds the world mark of 8:42. These
are probably well out of McEwen's reach, especially if he follows
through with his plans of quitting immediately after the 1952 Olym-
CANHAM CLAIMS that most runners hit their peak when they're
about 28. So McEwen, now 22, would have four years after his
college days were over to try to place his name along with other world
track immortals. Don Gehrmann, as others have done in the past, is
now proving that the average collegian improves quite a bit after he
leaves school, mostly because of physical development.
The question of body physique and form might well be men-
tioned'in connection with any discussion of McEwen. It's the
belief of many, including some leading coaches, that only those
tending to be slim or on the thin side can be real good distance
men.' That's true' in the case of the flying Swedes, Haegg and
Arne Andersson, and Gerhmann. But Lash and Rice are notable
exceptions. Both are built something like McEwen is, that is
tending to be shorter and heavier built.
Canham will also admit that McEwen's running form is nothing
to brag about. He's tried to correct it, but decided against it after
futile efforts to do so. Canham has concluded that form means little
if the individual is running "comfortably and in a manner that is
efficient for him." Needless to say he has drawn essentially the same
conclusions about body build ... it means nothing.
Getting back to our original thesis, it appears as if McEwen will
never approach the world standards in his two years remaining, but
that all the existing college marks are well within his grasp if he con-
tinues his present pace. He could use some assistance in one respect
...,and that's some competition. That's how the real records are set.
NYU Cager Admits Fix

McLachlan, Taylor Duel
Threat to Distance Mark

-Daily-Roger Reinke
630 POUNDS OF HOCKEY SCORING PUNCH-The four members of Michigan's "50 or more points"
club are (left to right) John Matchefts, Neil Celley, Gil Burford and John McKennell. Matchefts
has scored an even 50 points this season (21 goals, 29 assists) and Celley, the Wolverines' scoring
record holder, has 67 (34 goals, 33 assists). Burford has rolled up a 59 point total on 34 goals and 25
assists and McKennell has beaten opposing goalies 31 times and assisted his teammates 21 times for
52 points.

The probable record-smashing
of Michigan State's crazy-armed
free styler, Bert McLachlan, and
the possible challenge of a cham-
pion=Ohio State's Jack Taylor,
will be the feature attraction to-
night in the curtain-raising 1500-
meter, event at the three-day Big
Ten swimming championships at
McLachlan, who has been clock-
ed at 18:36 for the distance, twen-
ty-two seconds under the mark
Taylor set last year, must be en-
rolled as favorite.
Mike Peppe decides to use the ver-
satile Akron ace in the long pull,
Taylor could well defeat two op-
ponents -- McLachlan and the
The Buckeye's "splendid splin-
ter" had a record-setting mark'
of 18:38 in last season's NCAA
meet. Since then he's picked up
30 pounds and increased pres-
tige as a backstroker, and as a
result may stick to the 440 and
the supine-position events.
If Taylor doesn't compete, Ohio
State will probably use Charlie
Stephanos and Alan Grant in the
event in their drive toward an-
other conference championship.
FOR MICHIGAN, it's another
battle of imponderables, as Matt
Mann must use his best personnel
in several races and thus must
weigh the chance of gaining points
in the 1500.
Luis Childs, just returned from
the Pan-American Games, will
probably stroke for the Wolver-
ines. Wally Jeffries, whose pro-
ficiency in the 440 and 220 will
be of value during the remaining
two days of the meet, is a pos-
sibility but not a probability in
the race. Wayne Leengren and
Bob Wagner are also distance-
men who may see action.

Other challengers in the event
who will fight it out for places in-
clude MSC's Dave Norman, Iowa's
DonWatson (who took fifth last
yearY and Dave Anderson of Min-
Places in the event are deter-
mined by the times made in the
All men interested in the In-
tramural All-Campus Boxing
tournament should contact Mr.
Reagen at Waterman Gym as
soon as possible.
--Rod Grambeau
heats by all entrants. Pairings in
the heats are made on the basis
of past performancese, with the
best men coming together in the
final heat.
Janowiez Back
COLUMBUS, O.--()--Vic Jan-
owicz, Ohio State's all-America
halfback, yesterday was re-admit-
ted to the University for the
spring quarter beginning March
Dean Walter C. Weidler of the
College of Commerce announced
the action. Janowicz, a junior,
was dismissed at the end of the
fall quarter for low grades.
Tiger Regulars Win'
baseman George Kell and out-
fielder George Lerchen lead the
Detroit Tiger "regulars" to a 5-1
victory over the "rookies" here
yesterday in the first intra-squad
game of the spring training sea-
Both Georges banged out a pair
of hits, with Kell driving in two
runs and Lerchen one.

Ez Decisions
Charles Retains Title
In Dull Detroit Battle
DETROIT-4P)-For one long
minute in the fourth round, old
Jersey Joe Walcott held the
world's heavyweight title in his
grasp; but it was not to be, for
the heavyweight champion Ezzard
Charles shook off the effects of a
powerful right to the jaw and
came back to win a unanimous
15-round decision and retain his
Booes rang through the Olym-
pia Stadium as the 13,852 fans
greeted the verdict .,with one cat-
call after another.
* * *
THE FANS thought 37-year-old
Jersey Joe had deserved the nod
in his fourth, and no doubt final
shot at the prized title.
Down to 193 pounds, the
lightest he has weighed in four
years, the Camden, N.J. veteran
gave the 29-year-old champion
the scare' of his life. It was Ez-
zard's seventh title defense and
his toughest. The crown almost
tottered from his brow in that
long sixty seconds.
Walcott caught the lean Cmi
cinnati champ with a smashing
overhand right to the head and
Charles was staggered.
to Crew-cuts
1/Flat tops
i/ Personality cuts
-- Spring is here -
The Daseola Barbers
Liberty near State

* * *

* * *

* * *

Tech Series


Test 'M' Puckmen


NEW YORK--P)-The District
Attorney's office said last night
that basketball star Connie Schaff
has admitted pocketing a bribe and
trying to get another player to do
the same.
Schaff, a star on the New York
University cage team, is one of 13
players or former players mixed
up in the basketball fix scandal.
Assistant District Attorney
Vincent A. O'Connor said Schaff
several days ago admitted taking

$1,900 to fix a New Year's Day
game between NYU and Cornell.
Schaff, who usually scores in
double figures, scored six points in
this game, as Cornell whipped
NYU, 69-56, in an upset. NYU had
been favored by four points and
O'Connor said the fixers wanted
NYU to win by less or lose.
The star NYU forward was quot-
ed as saying he talked things over
with two fixers New Year's Eve and
agreed to line up another player
to help in the fix.

Only three more games remain
to be played on the Michigan's
home hockey schedule and two of
these will be played with a re-
cently improved Michigan Tech
crew this weekend.
The third tussle will be with the
world champion Detroit R e d
Wings on Tuesday night.
* * *
FROM ALL indications in prac-
tice the Wolverines will be out for
some "face saving" against Michi-
gan Tech. Nobody-and especial-
ly the Wolverines themselves-
was pleased by the poor showing
last Saturday night against visit-
ing Michigan State.
The coming two weeks could
be quite a busy interim for the
Vic Heyliger's lads if an ex-
pected bid to the NCAA tourna-
ment comes through.
If the Maize and Blue do be-
come the proud recipients of a trip
to Colorado, the Michigan contin-
gent will tentatively leave Ann Ar-
bor, Wednesday morning after the
Red Wing encounter. Prelimin-

ary contests will be played on
Thursday and Friday with the
finals slated for Saturday evening
in Colorado Springs.
* * *
TEAMS HIGH UP on the list to
receive the four 'bids to the tour-
ney (two bids are given to two
teams in each the Western and
Eastern divisions) are Colorado,
Michigan from the West and
Brown, Yale, Boston University
and Boston College in the East.
The official announcement of
the four competing teams is ex-
pected sometime today.
To get back to the games at
hand - a strong Michigan Tech
squad, which upset Denver last
A meeting for all freshmen
and transfer students who wish
to 'try out for the freshman
golf team will be held at 4:30
p.m .today in the I-M Building.
-Bert Katzenmeyer
week, will waltz into town late
this week for Friday and Sat-
urday clashes at the Coliseum.
IN A PAIR of contests at Hough-
ton last week, the Huskies took
Denver, 5-2, and lost to the same
aggregation, 7-5. The Huskies
recently abolished the ban of
freshman participation; therefore
one can see why the Northerners
have improved.
Heyliger believes these Tech
games will be a tough duo,
which will cap a fine collegiate
home slate. Then comes Tues-
day, March 13, and the Wolver-
ines' "warm-up" with the Red

Newman Nips Foresters
To Annex IM Tank Title

affair with the Maize and Blue
employing their freshmen along
with the varsity. Heyliger has in-
dicated that the much-heralded
Minnesota mercury, Willard Ikola,
will be in the Wolverine nets.


Can Fill Your Shirt
Needs from a Complete


An inspired Newman Club swim-
ming squad splashed its way to
the 1951 Independent League
crown last night in a four-cor-
nered meet at the Sports Build-
.In scoring a total of 36 points,
the winners barely squeezed by
defending champion Foresters who
carried the battle into the final
event of the evening. Michigan
Co-op and Michigan Christian
Fellowship failed to make much of
a showing, earning 4 and 3 points
* * *
NEWMAN SCORED victories in
the 100 yard free ;style relay, 75
yard medley relay, 25 yard breast
stroke, and the 25 yard free style
in their upset triumph.
Big point man for Newman
was Tony Steimle who copped
the 25 yard free style event in
:11.9 and swam in both his
team's relay triumphs. Breast-

stroker Walt Euich won his spe-
cialty in 15 seconds flat to add
to the winning margin.
The Foresters made a valiant
effort to retain their laurels by
walking off with victories in the
50 yard free style, 25 yard back-
stroke and diving events.

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