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. . . by Ivan N. Kaye

Trac men




(Continued from Page 1?
Commander-in-chief of this vast athletic empire at Michi-
gan is Herbert Orin "Fritz" Crisler, one of the game of football's
all-time great coaches, and a superb administrator who gives the
university enormous prestige in intercollegiate circles.
Closely associated with athletics at Michigan is the sports staff
of the Michigan Daily. With over thirty members, the staff covers
the exploits of teams in both the varsity and intramural divisions.
The Daily, long considered the greatest college newspaper in the
land, boasts a modern physical plant with the finest college press in
America, and spacious working conditions for a combined staff num-
bering well over 100 persons.
* * * *
Great Men.. .
S HEDAILY HAS BEEN the spawning ground of some of the great
personalities of American life. Thomas E. Dewey was telegraph
editor in 1923, Arthur Miller, author of "Death of a Salesman" and
"All My Sons," Franklin P. Adams, journalist and scholar, Houghs-
ton McBain, president of Marshall Field & Company in Chicago, Wil-
liam H. Stoneman, famed foreign correspondent of the Chicago Daily
News, Frank Gilbreth, author of "Cheaper by the Dozen," and Stan
Swinton, the Associated Press' great Far Eastern reporter all began
successful careers in the building on Maynard Street.
During the first week of school, the Daily will publish the annual
call for tryouts for business, women's, editorial and sports staff
workers. If you think there is a calling within for work in any of
these departments, then drop over to the Student Publications
Building. Its friendly, fast-moving atmosphere will be a welcome to
a new phase of your college experience.
If your interest resides in the sports staff, do not hesitate
to inform us. Past experience is totally unnecessary, and no writ-
ter is ever judged on what he did in high eshool.
After a semester of trying out for the sports staff, during which
time you will write intramural sports, you may advance to the sopho-
more reporter level where you will encounter varsity sports and be-
come familiar with the coaches and athletes who have and are con-
tinuing to build the proud record of our University on the fields of
friendly strife. You will then progress to the rank of junior editor,
or sports night editor as it is more commonly called. Here you will
be in charge of a varsity sport, and be responsible for turning out
the sports page one night during the week. You will also receive a
salary at the junior level. Finally will come the senior appointment,
which will be the crowning glory to a four year career on the paper.
It is to be sure a long road, but it is a road filled with pleasant
experiences, and the friendships begun in this building will carry
over all the years of your life. The Michigan Daily is more than
just a great newspaper, it is an institution, an integral part of the
priceless tradition of this university.
The generations of the past have made this newspaper great just
as they have made this school great. It is up to the class of 1957 to
carry on where they left off.

Nilsson Will
The track situation at Michigan
has been pretty much the same
now for the past couple of years.
Despite the fact that Michigan
possesses some of the greatest track
talent in the nation and is con-
ceded to be about the third best
squad in the land, Don Canham's
thinclads still are unable to win
the coveted Big Ten Title, some-
thing which far inferior Michigan
aggregations have been able to do
on many occasions in the past.
THERE IS ONLY one thing
which stands between the Wol-
verine tracksters and the coveted
crown; it happens to be Leo John-
son's Illinois powerhouses which
have won the Indoor and Outdoor
Titles exclusively for the past
three years.
Each year Michigan has rolled
through its dual matches in
easy style, only to be thwarted
by the Orange and Blue when
the championships were held.
This past year was no excep-
Michigan possesed one of the
finest track teams in the history
of the school. Under the tutelage
of ex-Wolverine track star Can-
ham, the Maize and Blue thinclads
established record after record in
a fashion that would place the
Wolverines in a class by them-
selves, were it not for the speed
demons from the Champaign
IN A FEW short years, Canham
has built a track squad of which
any school could be proud. He has
developed such stars as Don Mc-
Ewen, John Ross, and Milt Mead.
The Wolverines started off the
action for the indoor season
last January as several members

of the squad journeyed down
to Washington, D.C., for the
Washington Evening Star
Games. George Lynch started
things off on the right foot for
the year as he ran away with a
victory in the 1000 yard run in
2:18. Another victory was picked
up by the two-mile relay team of
John Moule, Geoff Dooley, Bill
Hickman, and Johny Ross.
Along came the Michigan AAU
meet held in Yost Field House and
the youthful Michigan coach took
a good look at several of his fresh-
men, who promise to give this
year's track squad a good shot in
the arm, possibly a big enough
shot to overcome the mighty Il-
lini. -
MARK BOOTH, sensational
high-jump prospect leaped six feet
62/8 inches in his first competitive
appearance to win handily in his
specialty. His winning jump was
eight inches over the 5 foot 10
inch freshman's head. Booth, now
a sophomore and eligible for var-
sity competition will be a great as-
set to the squad as will all of last
year's promising freshmen.
Another newcomer making his
first appearance was sophomore
Grant Scruggs, who set a new
meet and fieldhouse record when
he raced the 600 yard distance
in the fleet time of 1:13.1.
Scruggs stepped right into var-
sity competition and - had an-
exceptionally fine year.
In the quarter mile, Pete Sut-
ton showed his heels to the rest
of the field as he ran the distance
in the swift time of :49.8. The
1 at

other freshman to win an event
for the Wolverines was Ron Wal-
lingford, who triumphed in the
two mile run. The time for the
race, was 9:33.8.
THE VARSITY opened full-time
activity as a large squad made
the short trip to East Lansing for
the Spartan Relays. Captain-elect
Fritz Nilsson racked up the first
of his many wins as he tossed the
16 pound iron ball 53 feet % inches.
The two mile relay was also won
by the Wolverines as Lynch, Doo-
ley, Roy Christianson, and Ross
ran the distance in 7:44.4.
The Wolverine cinder express
began to roll at a faster clip as
the thinclads bowled over a No-
tre Dame squad, 78-26.
The Nittany Lions of Penn

State and the Buckeyes of Ohio
State invaded Yost Fieldhouse for
a triangular meet and the Michi-
gan crew slaughtered its guest 81-1
35-22. The only double winner for
the victors was hurdler Van Bru-
ner who tied a varsity and field-
house record in the 60-yard lows
with a 7.4.
THE FEATURE race of the day
was that between IC4A champ
Ollie Sax and Wolverine Captain
Jack Carroll in the 440-yard dash.
The Pennsylvania speedster nosed
out Carroll in an exciting finish.
The time was 49.6.
Then came the Big Ten In-
door Championship at Cham-
paign. It was strictly a two-
team show and Illinois' tremend-
ous strength in the dashes and

hurdles overcame Michigan's
overall team balance to post
another victory.
During spring vacation, Canham
took many of his charges down to
Birmingham, Alabama to partici-
pate in the annual Southern Re-
lays. The Wolverine contingent
managed to capture four first
places in the South, three of them
in the field events.
* * *
ROLAND 'Fritz' Nilsson heaved
the shot 55 feet, 5 inches and
threw the discus 156 feet 7 inches
to capture firsts in both events.
Dave Stinson made the longest'
broad jump of his life as he won
that event with a leap of 23 feet
3 inches. The fourth win was
turned in by the distance medley
relay team.


Next came the Ohio Relays
and then the famous Penn Re-
lays at Franklin Field, Philadel-
phia. It was here that Nilsson
established a new Penn Relays
discus mark as he hurled the
disk 174 feet 3% inches.
After the relays meetings came
a series of dual meets, highlightec
by the best dual meet of the year
here in Ann Arbor, a clash. with
the Illinois powerhouse. It came or
May 16 just a week after the Wol-
verines polished off Marquette by
the lopsided score of 95-46. The
Wolverines won 10 out of the 15
events and tied two others, ir
coasting to the easy win.
* * *
HOWEVER, the following week
it was a different story as the
See TRACKMEN, Page 6

relay team. See TRACKMEN, Page 6


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