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Freshmen Track Team To Open At Chicago
Freshmen Track Team To Open At Chicago
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TitleFreshmen Track Team To Open At Chicago
AuthorDaily Egyptian
DescriptionAcclaimed 1961 national freshmen champions by Track and Field News, Southern Illinois University's present crop of yearlings
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1962 January 12
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TranscriptAcclaimed 1961 national freshmen champions by Track and Field News, Southern Illinois Uni- versity's present crop of yearlings Saturday will undergo their first test under Coach Lew Hartzog in competition at the Chicagoland Open.
Standout performances by just four runners - joe thomas, bill Cornell, Brian Turner and Mike Wiggs - gave SIu the mythiacl title a year ago, but this year's outlook, according to Hartzog, "may be even better, "
Each of Southern's point-winners placed in two events ranging from the 880-yard run to the 3, 000-meter steeplechase last year in the season-long statistical "meet" conducted by the national track publication. However, even better balance may be the Saluki's key to a repeat award.
Hartzog's Hopes High
"Naturally it's tough to better yourself after having won a national title of any kind." Hartzog said "but I believe we may have the material available this year to do it."
That's why the personable ex-Texan is so anxions to get his first look at this year's freshmen under fire. Included among the 17-man SIU squad competing a the University of Chicago Field House tomorrow afternoon will be seven first-year candidates wearing Salukis AAU Track Club colors. All other, will be officially representing Southern.
Cite Fine Prospects
Heading the freshman group and a pair of weight men, George Woods, Sikeston, Mo. and Del Pritchett, Pontiac, Mich, who Hartzog describes as being potentially "two of the best in the business."
Hartzog, who developed the nationally-known Styron twins by coaching them in their final year
at Wheat Ridge High School in Denver, Colo, and for three years at Northeast Louisiana State College, calls Wx, ds "one of the finest young prospects I've ever had the privilege of working wish, " but quickly adds that Pritchett
"may be even better."
For the record, Don Styron is the world's 220-yard low hurdles record holder (21.9) while Dave
specializes in the dashes and finished a strong fourth to Villanova's Frank Budd in his record—
shattering 9.2 century performaince in the National AAU meet last summer.
While neither Woods or Pritchett have comparable records as of yet, both are state shot put record holder and have made satisfactory progress in their relative brief tenure under Hartzog.
Woods, a 6-2, 230-pounder, holds the Missouri record with a heave of 60 feet, 11 inches, while Pritchett, who stand 6-5 3/4and weighs 247, is the Michigan standard bearer with a 61-8 1/2 mark. After moving up to the 16-pound collegiate shot, both have dropped down to around the 53-foot level which, Hartzog claims, "is remarkable at this stage of their careers."
Strong In Weights
Actually the freshmen are three deep in the weight events as Woods and Pritchett are backed
up by Ray Brandt, a 6-1, 200-poonder from Lawrenceville, who primarily is noted for his ability with the discus.
Other than the field events, the Salukis appear to be well stocked on the track also,
Jim Stewart, Raleigh, N. C.
and Al Pulliam, White Plains, N.
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