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Page F-12--Thursday, September 4, 1980-The Michigan Daily
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Harriersfind tramplin
but conference race to~




After a surprisingly strong season
which culminated in a 13th-place finish
at the NCAA Championships,
Michigan's men harriers return their
top seven runners to form one of the
most potent cross-country squads in the
Big Ten this fall.
The top finisher for the Wolverines in
the 1979 NCAA race, Dan Heikkinen,
appears to have a good shot at winning
the Big Ten title and breaking into the

top ten in this tear's NCAA meet.
Heikkinen's 18th-place finish in last
year's nationals was accomplished in
one of the most competitive fields in
NCAA history. With a steeplechaser's
endurance and the potential to break
4:00 in the mile, he has all the tools.
who finished in the top 75 at the NCAA's"
as a freshman, brings an impressive
accumultion of track times with him
this season. During the 1979-80 indoor

g easier,
ugh er
campaign, he was a consistent sub-
14.:00 performer in the 3-mile, and out-
doors he had an impressive "triple" a
the Penn Relays, winning the
meter in 14:04 and running legs the
winning foursomes in the 1500- and 800-
meter relays.
Seniors Dave Lewis, Gary Paren-
teau, and Bill Weidenbach all add
valuable experience to the team. Lewis
won the Central Collegiate Conference
indoor 3-mile in a sizzling 13:32.
Weidenbach is a proven sub-9:00 man
for 2 miles indoors and also runs low
14:00's for 5 kiliometers outdoors. An
Parenteau has been a consistent per-
former throughout his career.
Sophomore Bill O'Reilly went from
an obscure walk-on at the beginning of
last season to one of the team's best
runners, finishing a surprising sixth in
the Big Ten indoor 2-mile. Chuck
Broski, another sophomore, has speed
to burn, with a high school Class A title
in the mile to prove it.
Brandt round out the young squad
Beck ran a 4:04 mile during the last in-
door campaign and a quick 3:48.8 1500
meters outdoors. Brandt flirted with a
sub 14:00 3-mile indoors on a number of
Defending Big Ten champ Wisconsin
has become vulnerable through the loss
of top runners to graduation, and Coach
Ron Warhurst, who guided Michigan tp
a third-place finish at last year's Big
Ten meet, rates Illinois and Michiga
State as the major conference conten
Along with, of course, Michigan.

Coach: Ron Warhurst (seventh
Last season: Another case of a
good team competing in a highly-
competitive conference. The
Wolverine harriers finished a
distant third behind Wisconsin
and Indiana in the Big Ten meet,
yet advanced through the
regionals to the NCAA finals,
where they finished 13th.
This season: Dan Heikkinen,
who was 18th across the finish
line at the NCAA's, returns for
his final season, while sophomore
Brian Diemer (6;th) has a bright
future. Gary Parenteau and Dan
Beck, 19theand 21st-place
finishers in the Big Ten respec-
tively, also return.

.. replacing graduation losses

Soccer, rugby, lacrosse, sailing:
Michigan sports without crowds,

big name recruits,

media hype


(Continued fromPage 6) Sugar Bowl Regatta in New Orleans
fast-paced game. The team practices last December.
indoors during the winter months in To qualify for the Crescent City ex-
preparation for the regular season, travaganza, the sailors finished second
which begins in March. out of 15 teams in the Ohio State
Halloween Regatta, an event which
THE RUGBY club conducts its showcases the top teams in the Mid-
regular season in the fall. Last year, the west. The club also participates in
Blue ruggers saw their 13-game win spring races, including several in
streak (recorded in 1978) snapped on Michigan and one in Annapolis, Md.
the first day of the season, and closed Johnson, a member of the rowing
with a disappointing (for them) 3-3-1 club the past three seasons, has wit-
mark. ness4 the rowing program develop
To ensure all players lar0 amounts from a third-rate operation into one
of playing time, the club divides its which competed in the Head of the
roster into three squads, the "A" unit Charles Regatta, the largest such race
usually reserved for the more ex- in the world. In the past two years,
perienced, skillful players. The club membership has increased from 16 to
competes Saturday afternoons against 60, prompting Johnson to remark,
teams from the Detroit, Cincinnati, "We've come a long way.
Columbus and Cleveland areas. "A LOT OF people come in who have
Home games, which are played at rowed at other schools, and they don't
Louis Elbel Field, often draw sizable stay because they don't like the
crowds; most of the onlookers are per- facilities," he said. "We've come to the
sons returning from the football games. point now where we can put out an ex-
Refreshments are served during and perienced boat first day, so they stay."
after the games in an atmosphere Michigan offers yet another aquatic
which can best be described as festive. club activity, water polo, during the
winter months. The Rec Sports Depar-
NOT ALL of Michigan's club sports tment provides facilities. and equip-
are terrestrial, as John Dohan and Alex ment for two varieties of the sport:
Johnson would be quick to point out. conventional and inner tube-style.
Dohan, captain of the sailing club, and The sports described above are not a
his mates competed in the prestigious complete list of club activities at the

University. Fencing, skiing, judo, tai
kwan do, and frisbee are only a few
more Michigan sports clubs. For
specific information concerning these
or any other clubs, contact the Centra
Campus Recreation Building (CCRI3)
main office at 763-3084.
Top weights
hold keyto
-mat futures

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the Big Ten meet, and a round-trip
ticket to the nationals this season. Q
AT 167, NEMIR NADHIR and Bill
Konoysky alternated the starting
position with Nadhir shifting to 158 as
the occasion demanded. Nadhir, an All-
State and All-American grappler at
Detroit Catholic Central posted a 16-10-1
overall record in this his second varsity
season. Konovsky had moderate suc-
cess with a 6-6-1 standard, while postin
an 8-3 mark at 177.
At one point the Wolverines put
together a seven-meet win streak. Un-
fortunately for the grapplers, this was
followed by a frustrating four meet
losing streak. The team met with
varied success in tournament action,
posting marks of second out of eight at
the Penn State Invitational, third of 11
at the Ohio Open, and 21st of 54 at the
Midlands. In the Big Ten, the showing
was sixth.
Michigan will lose two starters to
graduation, and of the remaining eight
four will return as sophomores, three 4s
juniors, and one as arsenior, three of
these eight are proven national
qualifiers. With Mathias coming back
to strengthen the lower weights and Pat
McKay and Dean Rehberger waiting 41
the wings at 177 and 190, next year's
hopes shine brighter than ever.

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