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The Wolverine, 1919-07-11

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1 n r, WVYNJ V r. IXIN r.

rl Johnson, Michigan Star, iest
All-Around Track Athlete of Day

(By C. N. C.)
Carl Johnson, Michigan's phenomen-
al hurdler and jumper, has" been pro-
nounced by Coach Farrell the best all-
roundd track athlete in active competi-
tion today, and one of the greatest in
the history of sport.
Johnson's performance in the 1919
Conference meet stamped him as one
of the greatest cinder men of all time.
and even greater things are expected
of him next year, his last season of col-
legiate competition. The Michigan star
will captain Farrell's track team next
spring in what should prove the most
successful season of his career.
Johnson was recognized as the most
versatile college athlete this year as
the result of his all-round work in
1918, but it was not until the final meet
of the season that he displayed his real
class. His feat of winning four firsts
for an individual total of 20 points in
the Big Ten championships proved the
biggest sensation of the year.
CORONA
L. C. Smith
Remington
Underwood
Hammond and

Breaks Conference Records
In the big meet at Chicago June 7,
Johnson garnered more points single
handed than dis Wisconsin, Ohio State,
Missouri, Indiana, Iow a, Northwestern,
and Wabash combined. It was John-
son who shattered the only two Con-
ference records that were broken, the
Michigan athlete setting new marks in
both the h.igh and broad jumps, in ad-
dition to winning both hurdle events in
fast time.
Besides these four events Johnson
can run the 100-yard dash in 9 4-5 sec-
onds, tying the collegiate record for
this event. This gives him five events
in which he is an almost certain first
in any college meet, if given an oppor-
tunity to get his breath between
events.
Counted to Win Four Firsts
While he is being counted on to win
four firsts in each of his meets next
spring, Johnson will devote especial
attention to the running broad jump.
Alvin Kraenzletn's collegiate record
of 24 feet 4 1-2 inches is the mark
which Coach Farrell's star is determ-
ined to top.
Johnson's jumping form this year,
pronounced perfect bytrackiauthor-
ities who saw him in action, indicates
that with another season of competi-
tion he will surpass Kraenzlein's mark
by several inches. He expects to add a
few pounds to his weight during the
coming year, which should aid him
materially in his effort to set a new
world's broad jumping record.
More Weight Needed
A few more pounds would tend also
to give the Michigan athlete greater
stamina. The strain of running four

or five events In one afternoon is great,
especially in a championship meet
where competition is keen. Everyone
who has seen Johnson perform on the
track has marveled at his ability to
turn almost immediately . from one
event to another, running each in rec-
ord, or close to record time.
His slender build has made his per-
formances all the more remarkable.
Withthe added poundage that another
year will give him he should be in
even better shape to face his final
season of record smashing.
Hest Performances
Johnson's best performances in his
five favorite events are as follows:
high jump 6 feet 2 1-4 inches; broad
ump 24 feet 1 inch; '120-yard high
hurdles 15 2-5 seconds; 220-yard low
hurdles 25 seconds; 100-yard dash 9
4-5 seconds.
Johnny Garrels and Joe Horner are
the only former Michigan track men
whose all-round proficiency entitles
them to be classed with Johnson. In
comparing these men with the latter it
'honld be remembered that both Car-
rels and Horner were allowed -four
years of intercollegiate competition
while Johnson so far has had but two.
Next year, Johnson's third at Michi-
gan, will " be his last.
Record Compares Favorably
Even now, with but two years of col-
legiate competition behind him, John-
son's record compares favorably with
those of Garrels and Horner. It is
true that Horner was proficient in a
greater number of events than is John-
son, but he failed to attain the top
notch efficiency of the younger man in
most of the events he entered.
Horner set one all-round record dur-
ing his four years at Michigan that
will probably stand for all time. Horn-
er won points for Michigan in nine
different events and in several of these

made near record performances. His
indoor mark of 48 feet 3 1-2 inches
with the shot is still the Waterman
gymnasium record.
Horner Captain's 5qua4d
Horner was a member of the Mich-'
igan track team in 1908, 1909, 1910 and
1911, captaining the squad his final
season. Garrels preceded him by four
years, graduating the year that Horn-
er entered the University. Like Horn-
er and Johnson, Garrels captained the
Michigan team his last year, in 1907.
Horner won points for Michigan in
the shot put, discus, hammer, high
jump, broad jump, pole vault, 100-yard
dash, hurdles and as a member of
various indoor relay teams. In one
contest alone. The dual meet with
Syracuse in 1910, Horner won points
in six events. He counted a first in
the discus; seconds in the 100, broad
jump, hammer and shot; and a third in
the high jump, for an 18-point total.
Primarily Weight Man
Horner was primarily a weight man,
Showever, and in none of the other
events did he approach record per-
formances. His dash and hurdle rec-
ords were all made indoors, his best
time for the 100-yard dash in outdoor
competition being 10 2-5 seconds.
Horner was a wonderfully built ath-
lete, but along far different lines than
Johnson's. In striking contrast to the
latter's lithe form Joe Horner resembl-
ed a piano mover in build. Garrels
was the most perfectly proportioned of
the three. His anthropometric chart
record of 99 has stood untouched in
Waterman gymnasium since 1907. A
perfectly formed man, more than six
feet tall, he weighed 190 pounds at
the time he set his hurdling records.
It took another giant of a man, Bob
Simpson of Missouri, to better Garrels
mark in the high hurdles.
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