Columbia Daily Spectator, Volume CXIV, Number 92, 7 March 1990 — Page 12
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Blackett experiences some first year growing pains
By Rob Carey
Women's track Head Coach Jacqueline Blackett, like other coaches at Columbia and across the country, has the challenging job of recruiting ahead of her in the upcoming weeks. What makes Blackett's task more difficult than most coaches', however, is the fact that she has been at Columbia only six months and is still learning about the program here. "I still have to look up certain things that people ask me about the program. It will take a little time, but I'll learn," said Blackett. One program Blackett is extremely familiar with is that of the University of Rochester, where she attended classes, ran for the team, and later coached. "I didn't run in high school, but one of my friends at Rochester didn't want to go to the track meeting alone, so I went too," Blackett recalled. Thus began an illustrious track
career for Blackett, who had to compete in several events because there were only four girls on the entire team. Blackett sprinted, jumped and hurdled her way to the Eastern and AIAW Championships, and competed at the National Championships her senior year. After graduation, Blackett took the job as coach of her alma mater, where her knowledge of the program was immensely helpful in building a solid program. "I was so familiar with the program that I knew exactly where we stood and what our goals were," Blackett said. "My heart and soul were in that team, so it made recruiting an easy job." In her six-year tenure as Rochester's coach, Blackett built a program that was consistently competitive, culminating in a third place finish at the Nationals for the 1989
PLAYER OF THE YEAR?: Princeton's junior center Kit Mueller is celebrating after the Tigers clinched their second consecutive Ivy League championship Saturday night.
Brown's Williams is King of the Sea
There can be no doubt—Carlos is top Trout!! Yes, those are the words that the entire city of Providence has been
chanting since Saturday night, when Carlos Williams was unanimously chosen Brown Trout of the Year. Williams, the fresh Trout center from Ann Arbor, MI, dominated the heck out of the award this year, winning weekly Trout honors with an unTroutbelievable weekend, exploding for 25 points, 17 rebounds and three assists in a win against Harvard, and 21 points and 12 rebounds in a narrow loss to Dartmouth. After being presented with the Roy "Brown-Trout" Fisher trophy, named for one of the founding fathers of the Brown Trout, Williams was asked about his immediate plans. "I'm going to Sea World," he reportedly replied. In the final polling, Williams easily outpolled senior Trout Arthur Jackson, a two-time Trout of the Week selection, who totalled just 14 points and 15 rebounds for the final weekend. For the Ivy League season, Williams was seventh in scoring with 15.9 ppg, first in rebounding with 10.0 rpg (nearly two more than his nearest competitor), and first in FG
(.579). Jackson finished third in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and sixth in FG (.762). Brown Trout of the Year—the mere mention of it invokes thoughts of glory, of pride, of unsurpassed excellence. It's an honor to which many aspire, but few attain. Well, actually, just one attains it, since I can't imagine that anyone will continue to buy this thing. Nonetheless, the kids love us, and Providence is alive again with its rediscovered pride: "Brown basketball—it's Trout-tastic! But seriously, Princeton on Saturday became the first team to clinch a spot in the NCAA Division I tournament, whipping Columbia, 73-46, in front of a season-high crowd at Princeton's Jadwin Gym. Yale did all it could to keep its slim title hopes alive, defeating Dartmouth and Harvard, but Princeton was equal to the task, slicing and dicing Cornell on Friday, 64-41, before trouncing the Lions the following evening, enabling the Tigers to win 20 games for the first time in seven years. This will be Princeton Head Coach Pete Carril's eighth trip to the NCAA tournament. Last year the Tigers came within a disputed blocked shot by Georgetown's Alonzo Mourning of recording one of the major upsets in modern athletic history, falling to the Hoyas 50-49. Princeton will
learn on Sunday which will play the Goliath to the Tigers' David this year. Asked whether his team deserves a seed higher than the 16th it received last year, Carril was indifferent. "No matter who you play, they are going to be good," Carril said. "It's like asking how you want to die, by firing squad or eletrocution. What are you going to say?" Against Cornell, Princeton's senior captain Matt Lapin, who was later named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, made six of his nine threepoint attempts fora total of 18 points, and Kit Mueller had another superb game, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Lapin, whose 49 three-pointers and .577 three-point percentage led the Ivies, now holds the Princeton career record with 70. He had an amazing run in his final four games,
Around the League/ Joel Tranter
Final Men's Basketball Standings 1.Princeton 11-3 2.Yale 10-4 3.Brown 7-7 3.Dartmouth 7-7 3.Harvard 7-7 3.Penn 7-7 7.Cornell 5-9 8.Columbia 2-12
NEED A LITTLE HELP: First-year Head Coach Jacqueline Blackett (inset) is hoping to add several more members to her depleted women's track squad as she begins to scour the country in search of potential student-athletes to lure to Morningside Heights.
Tigers, Trevino, and target practice
Notes from the Ivory Tower: Princeton won the Ivy League men's basketball title for the second consecutive season, giving the Tigers on automatic berth in the NCAA
tournament. Want to win some money? Put your dough on Princeton and the points in the first round of the tourney. The Tigers, who led the
country in team defense, will probably face one of the nation's top 15 teams in the first round and will be heavy underdogs.
Princeton, a 22-point underdog in last year's 50-49 tournament loss to Georgetown, always covers the spread against top-ranked teams. In the last two seasons, the Tigers have covered the spread against Georgetown, South Carolina. Georgia, Rutgers, Xavier, ArkansasLittle Rock, and Michigan State. Princeton's game plan—tough defense and sporific ball-control offense—usually gives teams that have not faced the Tigers fits. Even Georgetown's coach, John Thompson, whose son was a Princeton captain in 1988, could not find a way to neutralize the Tigers. Center Alonzo Mourning saved Thompson from his most embarrassing coaching moment since the 1988 Olympics . . . Juniors Marty Munnelly and Siggy
The End Zone/ Rob Endelman
Notes from around the Ancient Eight
Former Cornell Head Football Coach Maxie Baughn was named assistant linebacker coach for the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. At Cornell from 1983-88, Baughn compiled a 28-29-2 record, with his 1988 squad winning a share of the Ivy League title. Baughn resigned at the end of the 1988 season after allegations that he was having an affair with the wife of one of his assistant coaches. Baughn was recently the head coach of an Ivy all-star team which travelled to Tokyo to face the Japanese collegiate all-star team . . . Bill Cleary was recently named Harvard's new athletic director. Cleary is also currently the men's hockey coach, a team he guided to the national championship last season. . . John Messuri, captain of the 1989 Princeton hockey team, is currently the leading scorer for the Johnstown (PA.) Chiefs. The Chiefs, which are indirectly associated with the NHL's Boston Bruins, were the basis for the cult film classic "Slap Shot, " which starred Paul Newman. The Chiefs' head coach Steve Carlson, who along with his twin brother, portrayed two of the wacky Hanson brothers in the film . . . Sunday's EC AC hockey playoff between Yale and Colgate was postponed indefinitely because the Zcimboni machine melted a hole into the middle of the ice during the second period intermission. Colgate was coming off an 8-2 victory over 1989 national champion Harvard. —Sam Puathasnanon and Joel H. Tranter
See Pains, p. 10
See Trout, p. 5
See Rob, p. 5
COLUMBIA DAILY SPECTATOR
March 7, 1990
Athletes of the week Cliff Blaze men's swimming The sophomore sprinter from Carlisle, PA. had a great weekend at Easterns. He finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle, shattering the previous school record with his time of 20.60. Blaze also had the fastest split in the 200 free relay, and the second fastest in the 4000 free relay. Tzu Moy women's fencing The junior fencer from New York, N.Y. won the individual title at the Northeast Regional Championships on Saturday. Moy posted an 8-2 record on the day, which aided the Lions' as they captured the team title as well. Moy's season record now stands at an outstanding 59-3. The athletes of the week are chosen every Tuesday by representatives from Columbia Sports Information. WKCR Sports, and the Spectator Sports staff.