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monday, march 6,1972
lincoln, nebraska vol. 95, no. 80
for Big 8
by Steve Kadd
KANSAS CITY Nebraska broke a team jinx and stopped a
six-year string of Kansas victories Saturday night by outlasting
Colorado 46 13-44 to win the Big Eight Conference Indoor
Track and Field Championship at Kansas City. It was the first
indoor title for Nebraska since 1963.
During Friday's preliminaries it seemed as if the jinx that
plagued UNL at Kansas City in recent years might be working
The Corn buskers lost sure points in the long jump when an
ankle injury kept Hopeton Gordon from placing. Then
Leigh ton Priestley, the pre-meet favorite to win the 440, was
disqualified for a pushing foul.
Trailing Kansas and Colorado after nine events in
Saturday's finals, Nebraska pulled into a nine-point lead with a
1-2 finish in the 1.000-yard run and a 2-4 placing in the 880.
UNL moved even farther ahead when the mile relay of
Priestley, Ruben Givens. Wes Leonard and Garth Case set a
new conference indoor record of 3: 1 6.1 to win that event.
Then the waiting began.
With only the high jump and pole vault to be completed
Colorado still had three in the competition and a chance to
win the meet. The result was in doubt for 20 minutes, while
the Huskers nervously figured and ref igured point totals.
When Colorado pole vaulter Mike Wed man missed on his
last attempt, finishing second, champagne squirted from the
middle of the Nebraska squad that had been watching from
across the auditorium. Six members of the team hoisted coach
Frank Sevigne onto their shoulders and carried him on a
victory lap around the board track as the organist broke into
"There Is No Place Lice Nebraska.
Sevigne listed the 1,000 and 880 as the meet's turning
Teamwork. . . Roger Chadwick and Jim Hawkins ran one-two for 10 of Nebraska's
In the 1,000, Jim Hawkins and Roger Chadwick brought
the Nebraska fans to their feet by taking the lead at the gun
and holding it all the way to the tape. Hawkins set the pace
with Chadwick close behind.
The 10 points from that event were a pleasant surprise for
Sevigne. He had hoped for a 1-3 finish.
"The race worked out just like we planned it," said
Chadwick. "We planned to take the lead and push it because
we figured (Kansas State's) Jerome Howe would be tired from
the mile. Jim took the lead because he's better at setting the
pace than I am - he's been doing it all year."
Minutes after the 1,000, Larry Gmato and Jeff Wisemiller.
kept the Nebraska comeback alive with their 2-4 finish in the
880. And Cimato's second was nearly a first.
But those two events weren't the only clutch performances .
for Nebraska. Case won the 600 for the third time in four
years and Leonard added a third place finish. Dan Speck ran
his fastest indoor mile to pick up second in 4: 1 0.
In the two-mile. Bob Unger battled Oklahoma State's Johan
Harberstadt and Rich Hitchcock of Kansas State in a wild last
lap sprint, finishing only a stride behind Harberstadt. Uhger
threaded his way through a string of lapped runners as he tried
to catch Harberstadt on the back stretch.
It was Unger's first defeat of the season, and the first time
he had faced Halberstadt.
"He's a great challenge, but I'm confident that I can get
him." said linger. "Lapped runners were a problem on the last
To show their protest for teammate Priestley's
disqualification Friday night, most members of the
Cornhusker squad refused to go to the award stand to pick up
If Sevigne believes in superstition the Husker track team
may not be buying any new warmup suits for a while. During
the meet UNL wore the same warmups used in 1383 - the last
time UNL won the title.
"Can you imagine wearing those woofy bastards for the next
ten years?" laughed Wisemiller after the meet.
Even that prospect didn't worry the Nebraska track team
Saturday night. -
Celtics claim title by forfeit
The Celtics, a group of
off-campus students, won the
basketball championship by
forfeit Friday night after
Kappa Alpha Psi. UNL's black
fraternity, refused to play the '
game at the Coliseum as a
protest against the Recreation
and Intramurals Department.
Al Lewis of the UNL
Society read a statement at the
game protesting the
department's alleged racist
policies and the department's
decision to dose Friday night's
championship, game to the
public Lewis also objected to
the presence of six police
officers at the game.
Phil Sienna, UNL Men's
Intramurals director, said he
dosed the game to the public
because of a disturbance which
occurred between a fan and a
referee after Wednesday night's
semi-final game between Kappa
Alpha Psi and Abel VII. Sienna
said he hoped to avoid another
disturbance by dosing Friday
Sienna awarded the
All-University trophy to the
Celtics by forfeit after Kappa
Alpha Psi's protest. "The Men's
intramural basketball program
is over and the Celtics are the
. Sienna remarked. "It is too bad
this thing had to happen."
Lewis had no comment
Sunday on Friday's protest,
but said he would make a
statement regarding the
incident later this week.
A suit filed Friday in Student Court
by ASUN Sen. Steve Christensen could
delay the student elections scheduled
for March 22.
Christensen is one of four
candidates for the ASUN presidency
this spring. The senator framed current
ASUN President Steve Fowler and
Electoral Commissioner Duane
Sneddeker as the defendants in the
Christensen is seeking an order
from the court "directing the
defendants to delay the general
election for 30 days." The presidential
hopeful is basing his case upon Section
.3, Part A of the present ASUN
The constitution states that
"student court appointments shall be
approved by at least two-thirds of the
membership of the senate 30
dasfrdy$ prior to fe spring general
With 13 dass days left until the
scheduled election. Fowler has made
the appointments. The senate has not
approved them. Last Wednesday
Fowler said the appointments would
have been made sooner but the ASUN
executives had been "tied down".
According to Student Court Ch ief
Justice Mace Rumba ugh. Hhe decision
will be made on a simpry majority vote
of the court's seven members.
The tentative appointees include:
Jay Panzing, Dave Rasmussen, Lloyd
Friesen, Larry Holle, Jeff Meyers,
Connie Wad hams and Bonnie Shreiner. ,
Steve Fowler. ASUN president,
announced Sunday that he intends to
be a candidate to the Nebraska
Legislature from the 27th legislative
The 21 -year-old Fowler is a senior
at the University majoring in history.
He will be opposing Sen. William
Swanson in the May 9 state primary
Stan Sorenson, a graduate student,
has also said he intends to be a
candidate for Swan son's Unicameral
seat but has not yet filed with the
Nebraska secretary of state's office.
Fowler said he is seeking office
"not as a supporter of any special
interest group but instead as one who
will try to speak for all of the people."
Hz has long t&sn an ioalz of
human rights and education.
Before being elected ASUN
president. Fowler served as a senator
in that organization. He stressed he is
not running as a student candidate.
Fowler, long active in the
Democratic party, has worked on
political campaigns for former
Congressman Oar Caftan and the late
UJS. Sen. Robert Kennedy.
The 27th legislative district is
comprised of west and southwest
Fowler said he would pay his filing
fee of $48 and hold a news conference
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