MAY 28, 1954
THE MICIRI+GAN DAILY
MAY 28. 19~4 THE MICHIGAN DAILY ?AGE SEVEN
by dove livingston
Fifteen 'M' Trackmen
To Run in NCAA Meet
By DON LINDMAN
WHILE MOST of the campus settles down in preparation for final
exams this weekend, three Wolverine varsity teams will take a
last shot at keeping alive a streak that dates back to 1917. Every year
since that time, when Michigan rejoined the Western Conference, at
least one Big Ten crown has found its way to Ann Arbor.
But this year as Maize and Blue track, tennis, and golf squads en-
ter their championship meets, the well-stocked local trophy cases
boast no 1953-54 Conference adornments. And prospects aren't the
greatest for any last-minute additions.
Coach Bill Murphy's fast-improving tennis team probably rates
the best chance for taking Big Ten laurels. The netters have come out
even against the finest the Conference has to offer-splitting a pair of
dual meets with Michigan State and playing to a 2-2 draw with de-
fending titlist Indiana in a rain-stopped engagement.
The track championships at Purdue will find the Wolverines in their
familiar role of underdogs behind talent-laden Illinois. Only this time
Coach Don Canham and his thinclads have advance notice that there
is a third team to be reckoned with-the surprising Hoosiers who nosed
out Michigan for the runner-up spot in last winter's title meet.
Golf presents the least optimistic picture as Michigan leaves only a
mediocre dual meet record behind as it faces powerful Purdue and
Ohio State in championship links competition. About the best Coach
Bert Katzenmeyer's proteges can hope for is third place.
Too Many Trophies Now...
WHILE NOBODY will deny that it would be fine to have a new
trophy engarved with the word "Michigan" come Sunday, it seems
to us that even the absence of such a souvenir would stand as a tribute
to Michigan athletics. There is no other school in the Big Ten where a
t .dearth of titles makes news. It's usually the other way around.
The distribution of all the trophies among the various sports offers
an even, more pertinent commentary on Michigan's stature in athlet-
ics. Most Conference schools manage to field contending teams in
one or two fields with some regularity. Swimming is almost synonomous
with Ohio State and Mike Peppe, and the same goes for Illinois and
track. An all-out effort at Michigan State has placed the Spartans
among the nation's gridiron powers and the remainder of State's ath-
letic program has only recently fielded strong teams.
It's interesting to note, though, that whatever the sport, you can
usually count on Michigan holding it's own with anybody. Ohio's re-
cent concentration on swimming has produced a string of champions,
but it is Michigan that owns 16 tank titles to 10 for the Buckeyes. And
in track it's still the Wolverines who are always among the best in
the nation, but where's Ohio State on the cinder tracks? And by the
same token what does Illinois do in the swimming pool? Who holds
far and away the top all-time Conference football record-Michigan.
The same comparison could be carried through most of the sports,
without even mentioning the Wolverines violation of anti-trust laws
in winning NCAA hockey championships. It surely will be no disgrace
if Michigan passes the Big Ten laurels around one year!
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Big League Paradise...
1'WITHSCHOOL practically out major league baseball scouts are hav-
Ing a banner spring in Ann Arbor. And when the results are all
tabulated it appears that Ray Fisher's Michigan diamond squad is
going to be the worse for wear when next season rolls around.
Both Paul Lepley and Jack Ritter, each with a year of eligibility re-
maining, are expected to sign professional contracts within the next
few days with good chances of breaking into triple A ball at the start.
In addition seniors Jack Corbett and Dick Leach, who combined
to form Michigans top battery this past season, are planning to try-
out with Washington at Griffith Stadium.
What Fisher couldn't do next season if he had Lepley, Ritter, and
Reno Bertoia (signed with Tigers last year) in the fold!
More than 1,200 copies of The Daily are dis-
tributed to the University faculty each day.
Approximately 15 of the top men
on Michigan Coach Don Can-
ham's track squad will be compet-
ing' in the NCAA championship
meet to be held at Ann Arbor on
June 11 and 12.
While the Wolverines entertain
little hope for the team crown,
which seems destined to go to
Southern California, they are ex-
pected to make a good showing
in several events.
Weight Events Strong
The Maize and Blue trackmen
are strongest in the weight events,
where Fritz Nilsson and Roy Pella
are expected to be among the lead-
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ers, and also have strong entries in
the high jump, mile, and half-
Nilsson, the Wolverine captain,
will be fighting for the top spot in
both the discus and shot put. His
season high of 55'-4%" toss of
Roosevelt Grier, of Penn State.
USC's double entry of Des Koch
and Leon Patterson will be Nils-
son's toughest opponents in the
discus. Patterson has hurled the
disc 178'-8', while Koch has a
mark of 177-51/".
Possible Mile Winners
John Ross, John Moule, and
George Lynch are expected to form
Michigan's mile entries, and all
three are possible point winners.
Ross, who won the Big Ten indoor
title with a time of 4:11.2, is ex-
pected to be one of the top men in
the event. The Canadian-born
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mile entries, and Jim Terrill, of
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pecially hard to beat on his home
Pete Gray, Michigan's sopho-
more half-mile sensation, will be
one of the top entries in that event.
Arnold Sowell, of Pittsburgh, leads
the nation with a time of 1:51.6.
Gray ranks with Lon Suprrier of
California, Russ Bonham of Whit-
tier, and Tom Rodgers of Texas
as the top challengers, all of whom
have posted times near the 1:52
In the high jump the Wolverines
will rest their hopes on defend-
ing champion Milt Mead and
teammate Mark Booth. The two
Wolverines will have their hands
full as they face USC's Ernie Shel-
don. East Texas States Charles
Holding and Illinois' Ron Mit-
chell, all of whom will be trying
to clear seven feet for the first
time in track history.
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