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It was a week of upsets in college football last week,
with Purdue beating Notre Dame, Iowa trouncing
UCLA, and Syracuse dropping Indiana, but no one
was more upset than Daily sports editor Mark
Mihanovic. After finishing a stellar 9-1 his first week,
the Canton native dropped all the way to 5-5 last
"I shoulda knownvyou can never trust Notre
Dame," said Mihanovic. "I know they looked bad
against Michigan, but how could they lose to Pur-
due?" Never one to learn from his mistakes,
Mihanovic is picking the Irish to win this week, too.
BUT WHILE MIHANOVIC was busy crying in his
cornflakes, Buddy Moorehouse was gloating over his
7-3 showing, the best on
picking the Iowa and Syr
informed everyone that"
service, if you guys want
could say any more,
Moorehouse that the wee
last at 6-4. Moorehouse the
Tying for second plac
DeGulis and Drew Sharp,
was quite happy with his
with his 8-2 mark the firs
overall tie with Mihanovic
When last seen, the two
playing "Pass-out" atlE
the staff. After correctly , After finishing 7-3 his first week, Sharp moved into
acuse upsets, Moorehouse a second-place tie with Moorehouse. "If I didn't pick
'I'm opening up a betting Bowling Green over Michigan State, I wouldn't be
to subscribe." Before he tied with that scumbo," said Sharp, who brought
Mihanovic reminded chuckles from the staff when he announced that he
k before he finished dead was picking Wisconsin to beat Purdue. "Wisconsi
n shut up. couldn't beat the Paducah Tech Girls School," said a
e last week were Greg laughing DeGulis, who is certainly not known for his
coming in at 6-4. DeGulis memory.
showing, because coupled Giving everyonereason to suspect that he had out-
t week, he moved into an side help in winning the Gridde Picks contest the
for first place on the staff. week before was guest prognosticator Jim Sadler,
were settling the tie by who tied Mihanovic for bottom honors at 5-5.
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Larsen makes successful
switch to cross country
By RICK ROSENBLOOM
Why would an All-American swimmer decide to hang up her Speedo and don a
pair of Nikes instead?
That question is one that could be posed to junior Lisa Larsen, who, after swim-
ming to second place finishes in both the 200- and 400-meter individual medl
races in the Big Ten Championships during her freshman year, decided to call
quits and turn to running instead.
"After Nationals I came back to town, and I wanted to stay in shape. (Former
women's track) Coach (Ken) Simmons told me to come out and run with the girls,
so I decided to go out for track during spring," Larsen said.
LARSEN WENT ON to run a leg on the Michigan 4x880-relay team which
finished fourth in last year's Big Ten Championships. "Then I went out West for
the summer and didn't swim at all. I needed a break after 13 years of swimming. I
was beginning to burn out," Larsen commented.
The political events of that summer, in particular the United States boycott
the Moscow Olympics also spurred Larsen on to further her running careera
turn her back on swimming.
"Because of the boycott and all the controversy surrounding it, no Olympic
Trials were held, so of course i didn't get a chance to tryout," Larsen said. "At that
point my future didn't appear to be in swimming. Swimmers burn out faster than
runners, and I was already 18 when I quit. I figured my best bet to accomplish
anything was in running."
RETURNING FROM her western trip, Larsen began training in earnest and
went out for cross country in the fall of her sophomore year. For a virtual
newcomer to the sport, Larsen performed remarkably, cracking into the top seven
and finishing consistently high until a midseason stress fracture sidelined her for
the remainder of the season.
"She had been a swimmer since she was five or six and had run for only a few
months before she started last fall,"
said Francie Goodridge, the new
women's cross country coach. "It was
not unusual for such an injury to occur.
Her cardiovascular system was well-
developed, but her legs weren't. They
just couldn't hold up to the stress over
the long season." x
Goodridge is looking for nothing but
good things from the five-feet, nine-inch
Battle Creek native. "She is very
motivated and an extremely hard
worker," Goodrich said. "It will be in-
teresting to see how she develops, for
there have been some former swim-
mers who have become very fine run-
ners. She definitely has the potential."
AS THE NUMBER three runner thus
far this season for the women harriers, Larsen
it appears that Larsen is on the right ... two-sport star
track. "Although I love swimming,
running did offer a lot for me," she said. "It paid my way to this University, and I
am very grateful for that, but I enjoy running-the people and the atmosphere-a
With a new coach in former Olympian Goodridge, a few new recruits, and t
consistently strong finishes of Larsen, Melanie Weaver and Sue Frederick, the 1981
team appears to be sound from top to bottom.
"Our main goal is to work towards the Big Ten Championships, and eventually
win it," Goodrich said. "This year we expect to be somewhere in the top five, and if
we were to get one more good runner, next year I would predict a very high finish."
FOR THE TIME being, Larsen will keep plugging away, putting in the all-too-
familiar long hours and attempt to continue her remarkable improvement. She is
extremely enthusiastic about this year's squad and its potential and is looking for-
ward to a good year.
"I am really encouraged with the new coach. I think I'll improve a lot, andI a
looking forward to the rest of the season," said Larsen.
As for her future goals and what she hopes to achieve through her running
career, "I am pointing towards possibly the 1984 or 1988 Olympics," Larsen added.
And if cross country gets boring, how about the National Football League?
Joe Vitale Kenny Passarelli Ross Kunkel
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