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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (April 17, 1950)
By DAVE TAYLOR
Emerald Track Writer
1 hat northern Division rule limiting* track‘traveling squads
to 22 men has taken a beating for the last week from Duck Coach
Bill Bowerman, and we think the Webfoot boss has a justifiable
complaint, too. This is the problem facing Bowerman.
He issues a call for interested track and field aspirants every
spring. He gets a steady turnout of around 50 varsity prospects
after those with a poor mental attitude toward the sport lose
interest and drop out. Now Northern Division dual track meet
competition lists 14 events which three men from each team
may enter, and the mile relay, open to four more from each
Checking back mathematically, this seemingly opens the way
for a possible total of 46 men from each team to see action and
get a chance to earn their letters. Obviously this is the ideal set
up, considering the size of the annual turnout, every one would
get a chance to compete at least.
ND Traveling Team Limit Must Go!
Into this optimum arrangement comes the Northern Division
business managers’ agreement to limit traveling squads to 22
men when the two schools are fiver 50 miles apart. This cuts the
teams’ numerical strength over 50 percent, forces the coaches to
overwork certain individuals by entering them in as many as
three events, and almost every man in two. Over the entire sea
son this grind becomes rather wearing and the fellows can't ever
l each their peaks in their best events.
This could be one of the reasons why Northern Division
teams have won only four Pacific Coast Conference titles. The
Southern Division have no such limitation placed on them in
the dual meet season. The Californians merely adhere to the
NCAA rules limiting three men to each event.
Ray Crumme, Campus correspondent for the Glendale pa
per, tells of seeing Southern California unload from a train for
a meet with Stanford. The Trojans brought along 49 men, al
though only 46 could possibly enter the meet. When the PCC
meet comes along at the end of the season, the Trojans have al
ways come with 18 top men and have won the PCC title every
year since 1936. The rescinding of the Northern Division rule
seems like the first possible way for the Northwest to start to
overcome -the Californians domination. This would permit a man
to specialize in a single event and not dissipate his strength over
two or three. Leo Harris, Oregon director of athletics, suggested
the change last spring, but the other graduate managers refused
to agree. The matter will again be brought up by the Oregon
delegation to the PCC meeting in May. However, nothing can be
done until then.
WSC-Oregon Meet Best of Postwar Era
The Oregon-Washington State track team meet coming up
this Saturday will be one of the best dual meets on Hayward
Field in a long time. Every other one that has been here since
the war has been obviously onesided before the men started toe
ing the marks. Saturday’s meet will pit two great Northern Divi
sion juggernauts loaded with depth power, against each other.
The Cougars have now won 18 consecutive dual meets. The
Ducks only defeat since Bowerman took over was to Washing
ton State last year. Oregon hasn’t lost a dual meet on Hayward
/ Field since Bowerman came North. The Ducks are consider
ably stronger than when Jack Mooberry’s squad dumped them
78 2/3 to 52 1/3, but not strong enough to secure the meet be
fore the final mile relay has been run.
A north Division dual meet crown will be hanging in the bal
ance with every baton pass of that relay. Who runs in that relay
could spell the difference, too. This will be the big problem fac
ing both coaches when Saturday rolls around.
Oregon Stars to go East to Compete
An interesting little sidelight of the current track season will
come about when Oregon journeys up to Corvallis for the OSC
meet. Jack Doyle, Oregon’s veteran hurdler who has already
earned three letters from the Duck cinder wars will compete
against his little brother. Jerry, who is just a sophomore. Jerry,
who competed in the Duck-Bevo relays, says Jack is the faster,
but Jack says it's the other way around. Well, there’s going to be
an answer come May 13. Jerry chose OSC because of the Naval
training program there which is unavailable at the University.
A good question that will undoubtedly go unanswered is
why haven’t the local papers, including those in Portland,
recognized the fact that Oregon has a good track team and give
it a little more prominent space? There is a goodly share of big
name performers on the squad which deserve recognition.
Maybe this lack of journalistic interest is the aftermath of
Oregon’s lowly position after the war, but who can say?
By the way. big news has it that George Rasmussen will com
pete against Bob Richards, Illinois Atheltic Club vaulter, in Pro
vo. Utah on April 29. Also Oregon’s 440-yard relay team, plus
possibly Chuck Missfeldt, will go to the Drake Relays in Des
Moines, la. on the same date.
Wet Field Wastes Diamond Ducklings' Corvallis Junket
'-oacn jviarv Kasmussen and his
troupe of touring Frosh Baseball
players traveled to Corvallis for a
scheduled meeting with the Oregon
State Rooks. However, upon the
Frosh arrival there, local authori
ties pronounced the field too wet
No games are scheduled for the
Ducklings for this week, but Coach
Rasmussen hopes to arrange a
practice tilt with the varsity squad.
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