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Back on track For Jack Harvey, titles are always within reach FINISHING FOURTH IN BOTH the indoor and outdoor Big Ten track championships wouldn ' t be con- sidered a disappointing year by most track coaches, but Michigan ' s Jack Harvey has built his team on the foundation that winning the con- ference is always a goal within reach. Harvey, himself an All-American shot putter in the late 1960s under current athletic director Don Canham, took over a program in 1975 that hadn ' t won a conference ti- tle in 1 1 years. In the ten years he ' s been the head coach, Harvey ' s pulled in nine titles. " Last season was disappointing in that we weren ' t real good, " he said. " We feel we should be in the top three every year . . . it ' s a little bit of a let-down. We had a good team just not good enough. " Sprinters Todd Steverson and Omar Davidson provided many of Freshman Omar Davidson, an indoor All-American. Tom Wilcher. Michigan ' s best in the 110 meter high hurdle. 108 MICHIGAN ENSIAN
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point average. Angie Hafner was second in the con- ference in the high jump. Having set a Wolverine record indoors earlier in the year (6 ' 0 ' i " ), her performances were disappointing in the conference meets, said coach James Henry. " We had disappointing placings in the (Big Ten) meets, " Henry said. " But throughout the year we were impressive. " Lost to graduation for this year are distance runners Judy Yuhn and Laurel Park, and high jumper Dawn McGinnis the 1984 outdoor conference champion. Henry has recruited an excellent set of freshmen for the ' 86 season. Leading the pack is triple-jumper Gretchen Jackson, who holds the eighth-best jump in the world in the event. " She ' ll step in immediately and score points, " said Henry of the Kankakee, Illinois performer. Michelle Gallier of Uniondale, New York is another Wolverine blue- chipper. A state champion in the short distances, Henry said he thinks she " will be our premier sprinter. " The second-year coach is impressed with his ' 86 team and has high hopes for the new season, to be led by current seniors Schroeder, Schmidt, Wilson and Hafner. " We have a chance of finishing in the top three (in the Big Ten) indoors and outdoors. If things go our way, we have an excellent chance. " JlMGlNDIN Women ' s TRACK Placed sixth in Big Ten In- door Championships at Madison, Wisconsin Placed eighth in Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Evanston, Illinois Laurel Park races to fourth place in the Big Tens at Northwestern University. SPORTS 107
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the highlights for the Wolverines in ' 85. Davidson, a freshman, as an in- door All-American in finishing sixth in the nation in the 440 yard run. He broke a 12-year school record in the event. Davidson went on to qualify for the NCAA 400 meter run outdoors, having finished just behind Steverson in the Big Ten Championships. Steverson broke the oldest Wolverine school record (from 1964) in winning that race in 45.47 seconds. Steverson, a junior from Ann Arbor, also claimed the Michigan mark in the 600 yard run indoors. Chris Brewster emerged as one of the top distance runners in the conference. He was an NCAA qualified in the 10,000 meters at the outdoor Big Ten meet. He was named Athlete of the Meet at the Central Collegiate Indoor Championships in which Michigan upset favored Wisconsin and Eastern Michigan. Butch Starmack leaped to a third- place finish in the outdoor conference meet to break a nine-year school record by one inch in the triple jump (50 ' 9 ' 2 " ). And the four-by-400 meter relay team of Davidson, Bob Boynton, Rick Swilley and Steverson placed second at that meet with a school- record NCAA qualifying time of 3:05.73. Distance runners Bill Brady and Dave Meyer, NCAA qualifying long jumper Vince Bean, hurdler Chris Fitz- patrick and former Rose Bowl quarter- back and decathlete Dave Hall are Harvey ' s major losses to graduation this year. " We didn ' t lose anybody we feel we couldn ' t replace, " said Harvey. " Vince Bean was our main point-getter in the group. Scott Crawford we feel is just as good and he was injured all last year. " Harvey is also touting top recruits J.J. Grant (third among the nations high schoolers in the shot put last year), Tom Freiligh (distance running) and Ann Arbor Pioneer High ' s sprinter Alex Palawski for this season. " We have almost our whole team back, " he said. " I think that if things fall into place, we definitely will be competitive with the top three teams. Sure there ' s always a chance of finishing first. " JIM GINDIN Men ' s TRACK Placed fourth in Big Ten Indoor Cham- pionship at Madison, Wisconsin Placed fourth in Big Ten Outdoor Cham- pionship at Evanston, Illinois Vince Bean, an NCAA qualifier in the long jump. Chris Fitzpatrick attacks an intermediate hurdle in the 400 meter race. SPORTS 109
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