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Thoma, Harry C. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 38, Number IX (June 1937)

Shaplen, Robert
Athletic ups and downs,   pp. 344-345


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           1)1owns
                                              Sports teams show early prowess
                                              but slip at fag end of season
                          Capt. Jack Kellner
                        High Point Scorer      /,RoLer-i SLaplen, '37
i1f~HE merry month of May turned out to be a        tossed the shot for a
third, Jack Kellner, who ran
   |  merry month indeed for Wisconsin sports       second to Osgood's (Michigan)
world record-break-
   l  partisans as the track team and the baseball  ing mark of 14 seconds
flat in the 120 yard high
   L  nine continued to surprise their followers and  hurdles and who finished
fifth in the 220 yard lows-
      perhaps themselves as well with capable per-  John Weichmann who came
home fifth in the high
formances all the way down to the season's finish   jump; Milt Padway, fifth
in the pole vault, and Ken
line, whereupon both contingents began to strike set-  Schmidt, fifth in
the broad jump.
back snags.                                              The final point
tabulation on the meet was Michi-
  "Fuzzy" Douglas' ball team had Camp Randall       gan 60, Indiana
44, Ohio State 42, Illinois 241V2,
a-hummin' with base hits and expert fielding and    Wisconsin 23, Iowa 912,
Chicago 8, Minnesota 8,
pitching manoeuvres and the man from Texas was      Northwestern 3, Purdue
3.
temporarily hero number one in the little red gym as   The results of the
outdoor season were as follows:
be piloted a Wisconsin ball team to the loop lead for  Wisconsin 85, Marquette
46, the Badgers winning
the first time in many years.  Then, along about    eleven out of 15 events.
Jack Kellner was the only
when May turns the corner into June and a pitcher   double winner. During
the vacation, at the Drake
drops his quota of pounds out on the mound in the   relays, the four mile
relay team of Cooke, Fenske,
first summer heat, Wally Roettger brought his Illinois  Mehl, and Towle won
their event and Kellner the
nine up to Madison and his slick brigade inflicted two  120 yard high hurdles
for Wisconsin's two firsts.
successive narrow-margin defeats on the Douglas-       Wisconsin 68, Ohio
State 65: Kellner again won
men. So Wisconsin slipped to third with a record of  two firsts, capturing
both the low and high hurdles,
five games won and three lost, still remarkable in view  while Tommerson
was also a double winner, copping
of the scant material at the start of the year.     the javelin and the discus.
Fenske ran an impressive
                                                       4:19.5 in the mile,
while Haller vaulted 13 feet, 6
  BUT track provided an even sorrier aftermath to  inches.
a month of success when Tom     Jones' cindermen       Wisconsin 6612, Illinois
5912 : Kellner's win in
emerged from five consecutive outdoor victories rated  the low hurdles, the
last event on the program, pro-
one, two, three in the Big Ten meet at Ann Arbor,   vided the victory margin.
Fenske tied with Cooke in
Mich., only to come home a well-beaten fifth. Mich-  the mile and with Gaines
of Illinois in the half mile.
igan's 60 points gave the Wolves an easy win.       Weichman, Tommerson and
Haller, were other Card
   It was the worst showing a Wisconsin track out-   point getters.
fit has made in several seasons, but tough
breaks again cost the Badgers at least one first
place when Clarence (Tommy) Tomnmerson,
recognized as the best javelin tosser in the
conference, showed up with a lame arm dur-
ing the last week of practice and didn't even
qualify for the finals. A mark of 185 feet,
4 inches won the event, while Tommerson
had already thrown 196 feet this year.
   The Badgers scored a total of 23 points for-,
their fifth place, a point and a half behind
Illinois, a margin which would have been
easy to overcome had Tornmerson been avail-
able. Card winners were Al Haller in the
pole vault, Tom Jones' only first place, who
jumped 1 3 feet even, almost 8 inches below
his first place showing of last year; Chuckw
Fenske who lost by a hand's breadth again to
Indiana's great Don Lash in the mile run,
which saw the Hoosier repeat his last year's
avenging race over the Card who beat him in
the indoor trials successively in two seasons;
Fenske also finished third in the two mile
run, both Lash and his teammate Deckert                      Tom Jones' distance
champions
beating him to the tape; Ed Christianson whD           Cooke, Fenske, Towle,
Mehl, and Coach Jones
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