Cross country opens
By SKIP FOREMAN
In a sport in which finishing first means
you score less points, you don't expect to
find a great deal of satisfaction. But in cross
country, it's better to be near the front and
have a lot of your friends with you. The
rewards will take care of themselves.
Carolina cross country this year faces its
first match this weekend, a three-way
encounter with N.C. State and Virginia on
the Finley Golf Course. Leading the way for
the Atlantic Coast Conference's second-best
squad last year is well-traveled Ralph King.
After King finished rewriting the Carolina
record books in distance events, he traveled
with a team of American track stars and
performed in Europe during the summer.
Cross country coach Bill Lam said King's
, summer experience will help the young team
"We have extremely good leadership in
Ralph," Lam said. "He picked up a lot of
confidence running on the U.S. team this
summer." Lam lauded two other members,
Gary Hofstetter and Dave Drechsel, for
providing the type of leadership needed to
keep a freshman-loaded team on an even
Four freshmen were among the top
finishers in time trials held recently, and Lam
feels, though they are slightly inexperienced,
that his freshmen will carry the load. They
include Jimmy Cooper, Robert Hill, Ron
Boatwright and Mike Lacey. "If they come
along during the year, we'll have a good
team," Lam added. He also named Doug
Slack and Todd Hamilton as keys to a
The first meet will answer a few questions
about the actual caliber of talent that Lam
possesses. Both Virginia and State have top
quality runners, and will provide a stern
"Team-wise, we should be ahead of them.
They should have two people who can run
like Ralph and Gary," Lam said. He added,
however, that his freshmen may be better
than those of the competition. That should
be the big difference in the Saturday meet.
Soccer at home
vs. mighty Rollins
By TOD HUGHES
With a full week of preparation behind it,
the Tar Heel soccer team hosts powerful
Rollins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Fetzer
Coming off a disappointing 6-3 overtime
loss to UNC-W ilmington, Carolina hopes to
get back on the winning track against
Rollins. But that will not be an easily
achieved goal. The Heels' Floridian foes are
coming off a fine 13-2 1976 season, and
Rollins is traditionally one of the top-20
Division Two teams. Currently they are
above UNC in the southern soccer rankings,
so the game shapes up as one of the biggest
and most exciting of the year.
"Their entire defense, that only allowed
seven goals in 15 games, is back," UNC
coach Anson Dorrance said, "so their
defense is real tight. It'll be a tremendous
match. They're second in the south, and the
bulk of their players are from St. Louis, the
soccej capital of the nation."
Dorrance said the game, will be low
scoring, and has set his strategy accordingly.
He looks for the Heels to score a goal and
then play tight defense to prevent Rollins
from responding in kind. Dorrance has been
satisfied with the play of the strikers
(forwards) and the team's goal production.
He has, however, changed the formation on
defense to avoid an onslaught of goals such
as UNC-W sent into the UNC net.
Rollins will be playing UNC-W in
Wilmington the day before they come to
Chapel H ill, and Dorrance said this has to be
an advantage for the Heels.
"It should be an interesting battle,"
Dorrance said. "Our strength this year has
been our offense, while theirs has been their
defense. Our weakness has been our defense,
Rollins' its offense."
"Our attitude is extremely good. Cross
country is a tough sport. A lot of the
satisfaction is inner satisfaction." Lam also
said the lack of spectators has no effect on his
team, though a few people have watched
their meet at Finley.
"I don't worry about it and I don't think
they (the runners) do. They'd like people to
be there, but a lot of their running is for inner
Lam also feels that cross country is just as
important as the big-time sports in that all
sports work towards the same goal. "If we'd
placed sixth instead of second in the ACC,
we (Carolina) wouldn't have won the
The Tar Heel runners have their work cut
out for them. They face a much more
difficult schedule than before. They have
dropped weakling Clemson and added an
invitational meet at Knoxville, Tenn., on
Oct. 8, meaning they will face a tough
Southeastern group and former champion
"It's a good schedule all the way through. 1
feel if we run up to our capabilities, we'll be
in it," Lam said.
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Improvement is the key for the 1977 UNC
women's cross country team.
This is the second year the Tar Heels have
competed in the sport and coach Hubert
West feels his charges are ready to make a
move to establish a strong program.
West is depending on four freshmen to
stabilize the performance of the Tar Heels.
Newcomers Julie Briscoe, Linda Nehls,
Cindy Hoffner and Debbie Bedford have
shown excellent potential and improvement
since the beginning of practice.
West said junior Carol Jennings is
Carolina's top performer. Jennings qualified
for the national championships last year.
The Tar Heels also will rely on junior
transfer Dorothy Lowd from Richmond in
addition to sophomore Betsy Hardaway.
"We should be much stronger this year,"
West says. "The girls have confidence in
themselves and are ready to do well. S ince we
have such a young squad it should help us in
the long run. We will have the entire squad
back next year.
"Carol has been unbelievable in practice.
She is much stronger and has learned to pace
herself better. She stands a good chance to
qualify for the nationals again."
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