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(Continued from Page 6)
ning of two perfect Wolverine
seasons, Al hasn't missed a game
in either of them. In '48, when
Michigan's new backfield was
still groping for the poise and
perfection which had charac-
terized the '47 quartet, the de-
fensive line, sparked by Al's
steady work at tackle, made no
less than five spectacular goal-
line stands.
Though the '47 team has been
called the greatest, offensively and
defensively, in Michigan history,
statistics prove otherwise. With
Wistert coming into his own last
season, only 44 points were scored
against Michigan in nine games.
Only two teams-Oregon and Ohio

State-were able to pick up more
than 100 yards by rushing.
The road this year is rockier
than ever. Every team is gunning
for the Ann Arbor powerhouse, but
with Big Al at the fore, they're
going to have a tough time in
clipping the Michigan string.
The"old man"has come through
in true Wistert fashion, and at an
age when most college men are
wondering whether or not they
should attend their tenth class re-
Swimming **
(Continued from Page 3)
things from the husky junior.
Jack Hartman who saw limited
action last season will battle it

___ ____

out with little Frank Keller fori
the other diving position.
Keller has shown great im-
provement since coming to
Michigan with a minimum of
diving experience and it is pos-
sible that he may develop into
one of the answers to Mann's4
problem of haw to crack thea
Ohio diving dynasty.<
Track . .
(Continued from Page 7)
preparation for the indoor season.
The close of the year found the
runners competing in inter-squad
time trials.
*R * *r
THESE TRIALS are the first

indication of how the team is
shaping up aidfe the coaches a
bet'er look at the abilities of new
men. One notable point in track
workouts is that, unlike football,
basketball and baseball, no one is
ever cut from a track squad.
Everyone is given a chance at
every time-trial, and more than
once Coaches have discovered run-
ners at these sessions who later
developed into stars.
One indication of the 1949
season that was notable at the
Christmas trials last year was
the absence of Herb Barten,
Conference champ for the Wol-
verines in both the mile and
half-mile. Barten had injured
his ankle in a post-Olympic tour
of Europe's cinder paths in the
summer of 1948, and had been

nursing the injury throughout
the cross-country season.
Any running he did seemed only
to aggravate the ankle, and as the
first meet drew near in late Feb-
ruary, he was listed as a doubtful
starter. And so Michigan opened
the season minus two of the great-
est track men ever to wear Maize
and Blue uniforms.
* * *
HIGHLIGHT of the indoor sea-
son was the dual meet with Ohio
Etate. The Buckeyes came to town
favored to travel back to Columbus
with another dual-meet victory to
add to their record books.
But the Wolverines pulled a
few surprises, and beat the
Bucks, to hand Don Canham his
first Conference victory as Mich-
igan's varsity coach. The victory
was a large feather in Michi-

gan's cap, since the still favored
Buckeyes went on to win the
Conference Championship meet
held in Champaign a few weeks
With the close of the indoor
season, the thinclads moved o A-
doors to the quarter-mile oval on
Ferry Field. Barten seemed to
thrive in the sunshine, for as the
season wore on, his heel began to
improve steadily and he began to
return to championship form.
BARTEN'S improvement was re-
markable, and he ran one of the
best races of his career in the out-
door meet with Michigan's arch
rival, the Fighting Illini. The men
from Champaign, who had lost
only one dual meet in two years,
were highly favored to run away
from the Wolverines.

It was one of the most excit-
ing meets run on Ferry Field
since that day back in 1933 when
Jesse Owens set three world's
records. The closing phase of
the meet kept the fans glued to
their seats as they awaited an-
nouncement of the field events.
Michigan was trailing by about
15 points, and with the Illini rank-
ed very strongly on the field, vic-
tory hopes were dim for the Wol-
verine fans. But the inspired Wol-
verines picked up about 10 points
more than the pre-meet dopesters
had allotted them. and now the
results of the meet hinged on the
outcome of the mile relay, with
Herb Barten, still a big question
mark, running anchor for the
Maize and Blue.
* * *
WHEN BARTEN got the stick,

he was about three yards from
Illinois' anchor man. The fans
took a deep breath and crossed
their fingers.
Barten ran a brilliant anchor
leg, and smashed the tape about
10 yards in the lead to count the
ten first-place points that the
Wolverines needed to win the
And this year it'll begin all over
again - cross country, Christm4
time trials, and exciting indoo
and outdoor meets. Coach Can-
ham will build the nucleus of -I-
varsity squad around the run.,
returning from last year's var,
and freshman squads, and at
same time, keep one eye on
newcomers to this year's fr
squad, with a thought or i
about the 1951 campaign.

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