Track Squad Wins Purdue Relay Title
Wolverines End Indoor Season Without Meeting Defeat
Conceding it was well-earned, Coach Ken Doherty today handed his undefeated Michigan track squad a two-week vacation to rest up for the outdoor campaign.
The Wolverines, in fashion similar to their Big Ten title romp, closed the indoor season last Saturday with a crushing 49-point triumph for the university division crown in the Purdue relays.
Doherty said he planned to call the squad outdoors April 11 to start practice for opening competition April 29 either at the Drake or Penn relays.
"We had a perfect season indoors, all right, but I hope it wasn’t so successful that it will be hard to get back to work again,” Doherty commented.
The Wolverines crushed their only dual meet foes, Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Illinois, and amassed a record total of 75 1/4 points in winning the conference title.
Won Four Firsts
At Purdue, the Wolverines won four firsts, three in relay competition and one by Elmer Swanson in the 60-yard high hurdles. Claude Young of Illinois, whom he had defeated for the Big Ten title in the same event, edged Swanson in the 60 lows at Lafayette.
In addition to regular competition, the well-balanced Wolverines had several stars, particularly Bob Ufer and the Hume twins, Bob and Ross, who grabbed honors in "name” meets at Boston, New , York, Chicago and Cleveland. A streamlined Michigan squad won second place in the national indoor AAU meet.
Balance Won It
Last Saturday the well-balanced Wolverines, scoring in all but one event, captured the second annual Purdue relays here by an overwhelming margin, rolling up 49 points to second place Purdue’s 23. Notre Dame, last year's relay winner, registered only 17 1/4 points for fifth place behind third place Illinois with 22 1/2 points and Iowa Pre-Flight with 18 5/6 points.
In the college division, Miami, of Oxford, O., kept its title by nosing out Western Michigan 30 to 28.