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6 Weekender Friday, October 21, 1977
Harriers in state meet,
eyeing ACCs next week
By SKIP FOREMAN
Coach Bill Lam and his Carolina cross country team are looking forward to the
ACC Championship meet set for Chapel Hill next weekend. The team may even
tend to overlook the State Championships this weekend on theN.C. State course.
But its concentration is not taken totally by the ACC meet.
"Honestly, 1 really don't care how we do," Lam said, seeming indifferent to the
impending meet. But he did qualify his meaning.
"That doesn't mean that 1 wanna lose or that I don't care what happens, but that
in setting my preferences and goals, I'd rather come in second or third here and win
The preceding all goes back to what Lam said he believes was his team's
contribution to the winning of the Carmichael Cup for UNC. The track
organizations on campus had to finish well to get high points for the cup. Cross
country surprised many people and finished second lasy year and was an
instrumental point-maker in finally capturing the cup for Carolina. In addition, a
good finish at the ACC meet will assure Carolina of some representation at the
District 111 meet in Greenville, S.C., as well as the NCAA Championshops.
"At this point, we're looking at the ACC meet, and we're gonna continue to work
hard through this week. We might be tired, and we may not look as good in the state
meet as we've looked up to this point, but I feel like it's necessary to get the work in
this week so we can let ip, and we will peak for the ACC meet," Lam said. . .
Carolina will be facing some of the same teams it has faced during the year,
mainly the big Four competition, and smaller teams such as Campbell,
Appalachian State and East Carolina. The meet will be held on State's new 10,000
meter course, about a half-mile longer than the normal distance Carolina runners
have been used to. The team traveled to Raleigh Wednesday to take a look at the
new track. Lam said the newness of the course would not make much difference in
his team's performance, nor would the extra distance have a bearing on the final
Though Carolina will be paced by its one-two punch of Ralph King and Gary
Hofstetter, the next five runners for the Heels hold the key as to whether the team
comes in first, second or whatever. This week, injuries may not play as big a factor as
Lam said he thought they might have in the Duke meet last weekend.
UNC's injury situation has improved greatly over last week's pre-meet troubles.
Doug Slack has come back, and Jimmy Cooper has begun workouts once again.
Though not at full strength against Duke, Slack managed fourth place on Duke's
sloppy track last Saturday.
"Doug Slack has been our most consistent runner. We need to have him well and
running for us to do well as a team," Lam said. Slack is part of the three-four-five
connection which keeps Carolina in contention. He is aided by Mark Thompson
and Jimmy Cooper. Lam said he sees Thompson's performance as improving.
"Mark is continually-improving, and I'm real pleased with his performance. At
this time Jimmy Cooper hsWi hurt,-and-he's)ing to be a big factor as, to whether
we win the conference or not."
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Carolina's top distance man Ralph King and No. 2 runner Gary Hofstetter will lead
the Tar Heels into the N.C. State Championships Saturday in Raleigh. UNC is
gearing itself for the ACC meet next weekend. Photo by Charles Hardy.
Women's tennis works hard
preparing for Furman meet
Before the UNC women's tennis team
entered its 10-day stretch of tough matches
that ended last Saturday, it probably
thought it would have a few days lol'f
However, the Tar Heels received an
unwanted break a week early because of a
three-day rain, and it was a major factor in
Their 7-2 loss to Yale Saturday.
Carolina had been rolling . along
undefeated before then and played probably
its best match of the season against Duke the
day before the rain began. But the players
lost much of their sharpness during the
layoff and did not have time to regain it
before meeting Yale.
Consequently, there was no break this
week. Tar Heel Coach Kitty Harrison had
her squad on the courts every day prior to
leaving Thursday lor a two-day tri-meet at
Furman. which begins today.
The Tar Heels, 5-1 this fall, are not
expected to have any trouble in their three
matches at Furman ever if they aren't as
sharp as they were before the rain. Auburn,
Georgia and the Mississippi University for
Women (MVW) three teams they handily
defeated in the same event last year.
Harrison said before they left that she
thought the team was back to where it was
before the rain.
I n t he matches last year, Carolina defeated
both Georgia and A uburn by 8-1 scores, and
it beat MUW 7-2. In each match, the Tar
Heels played without three of their regular
starters Black, Suzanne Bowron and
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