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Paoe 10-Tuesday, September 23, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Women harriers run
to fourth place finish


The weekend proved to be an accom-
plishment for the Michigan women's
cross country team as the Wolverines
finished fourth out of thirteen in their
first invitational meet of the season
held in Lexington, Kentucky.
Melanie Weaver led the team by
placing fifth in a field of 113 runners,
many of whom were rated as "All-
Americans". Other team members did
admirably well by placing in the top
half of the competition.
Only a team's top 5 runners count in
the scoring, but other runners can set
back members from other teams by

finishing ahead of them. Following
Weaver in the scoring for Michigan
were Suzanne Frederick in 17th place,
Josie Von Voighlander in 26th place,
Lynn Fudala 'in 31st place and Annette
Penilo in 40th, adding up to a score of
119 points.
The winning team was U. of Ten-
nessee with a score of 46. Second place
went to Michigan State with 53 points
and Kentucky finished third with 62
"This was a very, remarkable
showing by our U of M women's team in
such a find field of runners," said
Coach Red Simmons. "Without any
seniors on the team, the future looks
very promising.

Bo Schembechler landed Steve
Smith. Bill Frieder persuaded Tim Mc-
Cormick. The list of athletes recruited
by Michigan coaches over the years in
these two sports, as well as in baseball
and hockey, is endless.
Most people are well-aware that
these coaches, especially football
coaches, spend a great deal of time and
energy in recruiting. But what about
the other less recognized sports? How
much effort do the other coaches spend
in recruiting?
"You first look at the athlete's ability
when recruiting for a sport," said
men's track coach Jack Harvey. "Then
you see if he can fit into the scheme of..
things and you make sure he'll be able

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star athletes, Harvey added that he
points to Michigan's excellent balance
of academics and athletics.
Recruiting methods vary greatly and
often depend on the coach and the in-
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Brian Eisner, men's tennis coach,
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player's background and personal life
before these athletes think of enrolling.
I'm able to look at the profile of the
player and follwo his development."
There are major differences between
recruiting female and male athletes.
Coaches of the women's sports are for-
bidden from such recruiting tactics as
long distance travelling for the purpose
of "becoming better acquainted" with
an athlete. These coaches are obviously
limited in the methods they can use to
persuade outstanding athletes to enroll
at Michigan. For example, they aren't
allowed to talk to female athletes off
campus grounds.
However, according to one coach of a
women's sport, "there still are illegal
tactics going on." The coach refused to
comment any further on the issue.
"I like this system because I know
I'm getting intelligent girls," said Ken
Simmons, who coaches women's track.
"Besides being smart, these kids are
really well-organized."
Basically, coaches of women's
athletic teams rely on letters or phone
calls as their means of communicating
with high school athletes, such as girls
gymnastics coach Sheri Hyatt. When
attempting to persuade star athletes to
come to Michigan, Hyatt said she uses
"the fact that Michigan is ranked third
academically in the nation overall."
Academics, tennis talent, and per-
sonality are the three characteristics
that women's tennis coach Ollie Owens
looks for in each athlete. "A lot of the
girls on the team know other athletes
from past events and can convey to me
a good idea as to what certain players
are like," said Owens.
The overwhelming consensus among
the coaches interviewed was that the
reputation of Michigan's teams proved
helpful in recruiting athletes. "The
athletic reputation helps us in
recruiting because of the name iden-
tification," said Bahr. "I want our

athletes to somehow feel they're setting
more out of the University than other
"Most athletes want to be in an at-
mosphere with other outstanding
athletes. The better Michigan teams do,
the more publicity," said Eisner. "This
indicates to the potential recruit that
the athletic department and the
coaching staff are really doing a job."
Coach Eisner believes that the true
athletes will choose a highly com-
petitive FUniversity like Michigan.
"Athletes want to see what they can
prove. Those who opt to go to a less
competitive school athletically, in-
dicate that they are not confident in
their own ability to perform."
All the coaches interviewed agreed;
that academics play an important
role-even though the admissions office
occasionally makes concessions for
some athletes-in determining which
recruits will be heavily sought after.
"Academics come first and then
athletics," said Simmons. "The student
has to have at least a,3.2 and usually we
don't bother looking at those who are
under a 3.0."
"You can't have poor students and
expect them to cope with it. Wrestlers
have a reputation as being the top
academic students among Michigan
athletes and they usually have around a
3.1 or a 3.2," said Bahr who coached
previously at Iowa State and knows the
importance of an education. "When
they get out, these wrestlers will have a
good education."
"All of the tennis players I have are


outstanding students'" said Eisner.
"Most had a 3.5 in high school and over
1200 SAT's."
"Most track recruits feel they ca*
handle it at Michigan," according to
Harvey. "Our problem is the budget.
We stress (to the recruit) a team-
oriented concept and the quality of
competition because we have only so
much to spend."
How much of a role does the budget
play in a coachs recruiting plans? "I
don't think any coach feels his team has
a large enough 'budget," said Eisner
"But we all understand the problen
and have to do the best with what we
However, other coaches don't con-
sider meeting their budget a big
problem. "If Canhamgives me a chan-
ce, I'll be happy and so far he has let me
promote the (wrestling) program,"
said Bahr. "I'm pleased the way things
are going each year and I see constant
Simmons believes that the budget has
minimal effect on recruiting. "You'r
probably going to get the girl if she i
seriously looking at the school."
"I've gotten everything I've wanted
from the athletic department," said
Hyatt, who has landed two gymnasts
from the East, one from the West, and
one from Canada.
So while the Steve Smiths and Tim
McCormicks play a vital role in
Michigan sports, one would realize
that the coaches of 'minor' sports spen
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