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					The Colorado Comet: Don Campbell
    “War is hell” held true for 18-year-old U. S. Army Pvt. Don Camp-
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bell (PE’50) on patrol during a hot, steamy day in the jungles of Luzon,
Phillipines, on May 27, 1945. A burst from a Japanese machine gun hit
Campbell hip high in the right leg and killed the man behind him.
    That night, back in a field hospital, an Army physician dug out most
                                                                                     Sooner than later,
of the bullet but could not get it all — which led to five subsequent opera-         gridders upset OU
tions and long, painful hours of rehabilitation.                                         The Dan Hawkins system
    It could have been a staggering blow to a young boy who, as a high               is kicking in, as evidenced by
school athlete from Sterling, had beaten some of the finest sprinters in             the Buffs’ 27-24 upset of No. 3
the world and was just entering his athletic prime as potentially the fast-          Oklahoma on Sept. 29. The coach
est man in the world. But, like running those last yards to hit the finish           and his team weren’t among those
tape, he took his injury in stride.                                                  surprised, however.
    Campbell faced up to a regimen that demanded rigorous self-disci-                    “Coach Hawkins told us all week
pline, a willingness to fight through pain, long hours of physical exertion          we would win,” said senior running
and a controlled diet. His injured leg was one inch shorter than the other           back Hugh Charles after he gained
after the repeated operations.                                                       110 yards rushing. The Sooners
    Entering the University of Colorado as a freshman in 1946, he                    were favored by 22 points, but the
went out for track as a walk-on — no scholarship, just the G.I. Bill and             Buff defense held them to 230 yards

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his wounded veteran’s disability allowance. Under the guidance and                   — down from their 562 average.
coaching of Frank Potts, remembered by track stars as “the Great White                   “I’ve been doing this a long
Father,” Campbell recovered his running skills. He became what Potts                 time,” Hawkins explained. “You
later called CU’s greatest sprinter.                                                 can tell when your team is ready.”                        Ebullient students rush onto Folsom Field to celebrate the Buffs’ 27-24
    In three conference meets and two duel meets against the Southwest               Then it was back to work. “You                            victory over No. 3 Oklahoma. It was CU’s first win over a ranked
Conference champions, Campbell won both sprint events. Selected as                   have to stay the course,” said the                        football team in its last 15 tries.
                                                                  an NCAA            pleased but unimpressed coach.
                                                                  All-American       “We have to get better.”                                  They warmed up for OU with a 42-0                        turnovers and sloppy play negated
                                                                  in 1948, he            The season opened with a                              victory over Miami of Ohio. After                        Charles’ career-best 171 yards
                                                                  excelled in        game-winning Kevin Eberhart field                         OU at home, the Buffs avenged                            rushing and another stellar defen-
                                                                  national and       goal, similar to his shot that won                        their ’06 loss to Baylor by trounc-                      sive effort, led again by linebacker
                                                                  international      the OU game. The Buffs defeated                           ing the Bears in Waco, 43-23.                            Jordon Dizon, who led the nation
                                                                  competition. In    CSU 31-28 in overtime. Then they                              Then Kansas State rolled into                        with 13.9 tackles per game.
                                                                  a sport where      lost to national powers Arizona                           town and back out with a 47-20                               After a 19-14 Kansas loss, the
                                                                  excellence often   State 33-14 and Florida State 16-6.                       hammering of CU. Penalties,                              4-4 Buffs still aimed for a bowl.
                                                                  is measured in
                                                                  a hundredth
                                                                  of a second, he    Harriers stampede toward more titles
                                                                  never became           After their first two major races                         October’s Pre-Nationals
                                                                  the world’s        of the cross country season, the                          meet in Terre Haute, Ind., was
                                                                  fastest human      No. 2 men’s and No. 3 women’s                             the first collegiate competition
                                                                  — just one of      teams were having the success                             of the season for junior Jenny
                                                                  them.              they hoped would translate into                           Barringer, who was coming
                                                                      In 1951        another national title at the NCAA                        off a victory in the 3,000m
                                                                  during the         championships Nov. 20.                                    steeplechase at the DecaNation
                                                                  university’s           It was a family affair at the                         Championships in Paris. Back
Despite a bullet in his leg from World War II, Don Campbell,
right, is one of CU’s all-time great track performers. Here       75th anniver-      Sept. 29 Rocky Mountain Shoot-                            with the CU team, Barringer
he’s with coach Frank Potts, center, and future Olympian          sary celebra-      out on the south campus as Sara                           didn’t miss a beat, winning the
David Bolen in a photo from the 1950 yearbook.                    tions, athletic    Ensrud Vaughn and her husband,                            6k race and leading her team to
                                                                  director Harry     Brent Vaughn, swept the men’s                             sixth place.
Carlson, star athlete and assistant A.D. “Kayo” Lam (Hist’36) and CU
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                                                                                     and women’s races and led their                               The men, who were gear-
basketball coach Frosty Cox named Campbell one of the institution’s 10               teams to first-place finishes. Their                      ing up to defend their 2006
greatest athletes.                                                                   showings were the first career cross                      NCAA title, placed second in
    Perhaps the most poignant tribute came from a teammate. CU’s great               country victories for both Sara, a                        the Pre-Nationals led by senior                       Junior Sara Vaughn, No. 256, heads to
Olympian and middle distance runner David Bolen (Mktg, MS’50), who                   junior, and Brent, a senior.                              Stephen Pifer’s third place and                       victory in the 22nd Rocky Mountain
pursued a distinguished career as a U.S. ambassador, praised Campbell’s                  “I really think our trajectory for                    Vaughn’s fourth.                                      Shootout Sept. 29 in Boulder. On her heels
work ethic, commitment to excellence and good sportsmanship.                         improvement between now and No-                               Both teams were set to                            is senior Erin Marston, No. 250.
    Now a retired stockbroker in Santa Fe, Campbell has a trunk full of              vember can be even steeper than it                        defend their Big 12 and NCAA
gold medals to go along with his purple heart. And, who knows? Without               normally is,” coach Mark Wetmore                          regional titles before returning
that Japanese bullet, he might have become the world’s fastest human.                said after the race.                                      to Terre Haute for the nationals.
                                                          — William E. “Bud” Davis

24 Coloradan December 2007
Hoopsters shoot for more success                                                                                                                                                             Honors all around
                                                                                                                                                                                                 In October eight Buffs in five different
    While the women continue to                  Meanwhile, Kathy McConnell-                                                                                                                 sports were named Big 12 Players of the
improve, the focus will be on the            Miller enters her third campaign                                                                                                                Week or Month. The honorees are Domi-
men’s basketball team this season            as women’s coach with a big star                                                                                                                nique Pytlewski in golf, Callie Webster in
                                                                                                                                                                                             volleyball, Nikki Marshall in soccer, Kevin
as first-year coach Jeff Bzdelik             in two-time academic All-Ameri-                                                                                                                 Eberhart in football. and cross country
works to mold his players into a             can Jackie McFarland and a host                                                                                                                 runners Jenny Barringer, Stephen Pifer,
successful unit after last year’s            of promising younger players.                                                                                                                   Greg Castro and Shanna Sparks.
7-20 debacle under Ricardo Patten.           Back are sophomores Bianca                                                                                                                      McFarland, Roby make lists
    Picked to finish last again in           Smith, Whitney Houston and                                                                                                                           Senior forward Jackie McFarland was
the Big 12, Bzdelik says, “I’m just          Aija Putnina. Joining them is the                                                                                                               named to the coaches’ preseason All-Big 12
                                                                                                                                                                                             first team while senior shooting guard
concerned with my team playing               very athletic freshman Brittany                                                                                                                 Richard Roby made the honorable men-
with a desperate effort, playing as          Spears.                                                                                                                                         tion list. McFarland, who was an honor-
well as they can individually and                After finishing 13-17 last year,                                                                                                            able mention All-American last spring, was
collectively, and getting better on a        the Buffs were picked to finish                                                                                                                 third in the nation in field goal percentage
                                                                                                                                                                                             at 61 percent last season and second in

                                                                                     sCott Quintard
daily basis.”                                11th in the league, but McCon-
                                                                                                                                                                                             the Big 12 in scoring (17.8 points per
    He’s got senior shooting guard           nell-Miller has a full, healthy,                                                                                                                game) and rebounding (10.8 rpg). Roby
Richard Roby to lead the squad, se-          experienced squad. There’s a lot of                                                                                                             averaged 17.3 points and 5.1 rebounds
nior point guard Marcus Hall back            talk about raising the bar. “They                        Junior Callie Webster got low for 33 digs against Missouri                             last season.
from academic woes and sopho-                didn’t just talk about it,” the coach                    — a first for a Buff since 1995. But her team needs to do even                              The women opened their regular
                                                                                                                                                                                             season at San Francisco Nov. 16, and the
more guard Xavier Silas to depend            says. “They put it to the test over                      more to dig itself out of their worst record in history.
                                                                                                                                                                                             men opened at home against New Mexico
on. “They’re attentive, coachable and        the summer.”                                                                                                                                    on Nov. 9
trying to do the right things,” the              “I want to go to the NCAA tour-
coach told the Camera. “It’s up to us        nament,” McFarland says of the                           Spikers suffer a disappointing season                                                  Eddie Crowder awarded
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Former Buff football coach and athletic
to see if we can prove people wrong.”        only goal to elude her as a Buff.                            The volleyball team’s early             streak is the longest in 22 years of       director Eddie Crowder received the 2007
                                                                                                      season was ominous with losses              varsity volleyball.                        Citation of Honor from the Football Writ-
                                                                                                                                                      CU’s failures in five-game             ers Association of America in August for his
                                                                                                      in their first two matches, though
Soccer squad kicking up some victories                                                                they led in both. Then they won             matches is on the minds of both
                                                                                                                                                                                             “long and honorable” career in intercol-
                                                                                                                                                                                             legiate athletics. He became head coach in
    The soccer squad entered the            worked us into the ground, and we                         three straight, including an                the players and coaches. “We really        1963 and built CU into a national power,
fall season with a challenge before         needed it,” Marshall said.                                impressive victory over No. 11              need to start believing in ourselves,      finishing No. 3 in the 1971 rankings. He
them — three opponents were                    With the season winding down                           California.                                 and I think that will get us a win,”       also was athletic director from 1965 to
                                                                                                                                                                                             1984 and hired three of CU’s most success-
among the best in the nation. After         the Buffs held a 7-5-3 record, in-                            But after 19 matches CU was             said junior Alex Buth. “It’s just
                                                                                                                                                                                             ful coaches — Bill McCartney in football,
losing 4-0 to No. 10 Virginia, the          cluding seven shutouts, and were                          unable to replicate early season            right there in our hands. And we’re        Ceal Barry in women’s basketball and the
Buffs fell by only 1-0 to No. 2 Stan-       3-3-0 in the Big 12.                                      wins. A midseason loss to Baylor            letting it fall every time.”               late Mark Simpson (Rec’76) in golf.
ford and even led No. 3                                                                               put the Buffs 5-14 overall, 0-11                “I think we’re getting better and      Improvements under way
Texas A&M before losing                                                                               in the Big 12 and a painful 0-9             better,” coach Pi’i Aiu (DistSt ex’89)          Student-athletes and coaches alike are
to the Aggies 4-2.                                                                                    in five-game matches. The losing            says. “We’ve just got a long way to go.”   all smiles as they watch the improvements
                                                                                                                                                                                             being made to athletic facilities. The $2.9
    As the season pro-                                                                                                                                                                       million, long-awaited practice bubble was
gressed, the Buffs offense                                                                                                                                                                   erected on the football practice fields in
began to look up, thanks                                                                              Golfers swing to victory in home tourney                                               October. “It’s refreshing to see positive
in part to super soph                                                                                     Coming off a sixth place in the         collegiate tournament. The Buffs           change, positive growth,” said Brian
forward Nikki Marshall’s                                                                                                                                                                     Cabral (Rec’79), linebacker coach for the
                                                                                                      Big 12 tournament last season,              placed third in the team standings.        past 19 years.
goal-scoring streak. She                                                                              Anne Kelly said her women’s                     The men’s team, fresh off 20th in           In September, renovations got under
scored two goals in a                                                                                 golf team worked hard over the              the NCAA Central Regional Tourna-          way at the events center to make way for
4-0 win over Nebraska,                                                                                summer. And it paid off this fall.          ment last May, opened this season          the basketball operations center and offices
and then netted goals in                                                                                                                          with an 11th place at Pebble Beach,        and locker room makeovers. A new practice
                                                                                                      In October’s home tourney the
                                                                                                                                                                                             floor will be in place in Balch Fieldhouse.
the A&M game and in                                                                                   team came out strong, winning               Calif. Coach Roy Edwards’ team             The improvements are to be completed in
victories over Iowa State                                                                             the event for the first time. “It was       improved to a third at the Tucker In-      late December or early January.
and Baylor.                                                                                           a total team effort and I’m really          vitational in Albuquerque, marking         Barry’s Buffs follow her lead
    The team’s perfor-                                                                                proud of them,” Kelly said.                 only the third time the Buffs have             A dozen of Ceal Barry’s former bas-
mance against the Corn-                                                                                                                                                                      ketball players and three of her former as-
                            sCott Quintard

                                                                                                          At a Texas Tech tourney sopho-          placed among the top three in CU’s
huskers was particularly                                                                                                                          53 years at the tournament. Junior         sistants have followed her into coaching.
                                                                                                      more Dominique Pytlewski pulled
                                                                                                                                                                                             The most recent is 1998-99 Buff scoring
rewarding after a gruel-                                                                              up from second place to earn                Derek Tolan led the team with a            leader Linda Lappe (Mktg’02), who was
ing week of practices in                                                                              individual honors — only the third          seventh-place finish. They tied for        named head coach at Metro State in
                              Soccer crowds, including a record 3,128 at the
response to a disap-          Stanford game, continue to increase to cheer on the                     CU women’s golfer ever to win a             ninth at an event in La Quinta, Calif.     Denver in August. Barry gave up coaching
pointing loss to Texas        likes of top scorer Nikki Marshall. Even Ralphie got                                                                                                           three seasons ago and is now associate
Tech the week before.                                                                                                                                                                        athletic director.
                              into the act, leading the Buffs onto Prentup Field
“Coach (Bill Hempen)          prior to the Nebraska game.
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