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By RON POLLACK
While a Big Ten championship may
e out of reach, the 1982 Michigan
ross-country team will certainly not be
La loss for talent.
Notable returnees include Gerald
'onakowski, Bill O'Reilly, Jim Sch-.
ildt, Bill Brady, Evan Moore and
tian Diemer. Donakowski, Schmidt
d Brady finished third, 16th and 28th
kspectively at the Big Ten Champion-
dips held at the University of Min-
sota last year. Donakowski finished
Vth in the district meet which qualified

him for the NCAA Championships,
where he failed to earn All-American
status when cramps and nausea set in
midway through the 6.2-mile race.
WOLVERINE HEAD coach Ron
Warhust is looking for big things out of
Donakowski and Diemer, who finished
second in the Big Ten meet two years
ago as a sophomore en route to earning
All-American honors. Diemer was red-
shirted last season. Donakowski,
meanwhile, is a fifth-year senior.
"Having Donakowski back helps
tremendously because he almost won
the Big Ten championship last year,"
said Warhurst. "But what really will
help is having Diemer back. Barring
his falling down, he would have been
the one to beat in the Big Ten's this past
season."
As for Brady, Schmidt and Moore,
Warhurst said, "Brady is just coming
around. He doesn't have a lot of leg
speed, but he's pretty good in the 5,000-
and 10,000-meters. Schmidt started
really coming along at the end of the
season and Moore is also coming
around."
JOINING THE Wolverine returnees
is highly-touted recruit Chris Brewster.
The London, Ontario native has an 8:47

imong
two-mile time to his credit and finished
11th in the World Junior Cross Country
Championships."
"He has the fastest time of any high
school runner in the United States or
Canads," said Warhurst. "I don't think.
there's any high school kid in the United
States who could beat him."
Looking at his team as a whole,
Warhurst said, "We have a pretty good
one, two, three, four punch and we're
pretty decent at fifth through seventh
man.
"WITH THE PEOPLE I have and
what Wisconsin has, we should be rated
second or third in the Big Ten. Wiscon-
sin will be a heavy favorite."
Last season, the Wolverines finished
fourth in the Big Ten Championships
and while they may not have finished
atop the conference, they continued to
be unbeatable in dual meet com-
petition. Michigan normally competes
in one or two dual meets a year, and
last season it won its only one against
Michigan State.
Since Warhurst took over the
Michigan head coaching job in 1974,
Michigan has never lost a dual meet.
The Wolverines' dual meet record
during Warhurst's tenure is 12-0.

Big

omen
aiming
for first
By MIKE McGRAW
Cross country is an event that poses
challenges unseen in any other sport.
Races last only 15-20 minutes, but that's
15-20 minutes of continuous, all-out ef-
fort. Each time a women's cross coun-
try runner takes the mark, she faces a
different course that presents different
challenges. Runners are asked to run
on hills and through woods in any kind
of weather.
The challenge that the Michigan
women's cross country team will be
faced with this year, however, will go
beyond the pain of running up a steep
hill or the ability to perform well in in-
clement weather. Instead, the
Wolverines' biggest challenge will be to
improve upon a disappointing fifth-
place finish in the Big Ten Champion-

Ten's
ships.
HEAD COACH Francie Goodridge
believes her runners are up to this task
and were actually better than their fif-
th-place finish would indicate. "Last
year at Big Tens we should have done
better, we just didn't run well that
day," said Goodridge. "But we'll have
our best four runners coming back and
we're looking to get a good recruit to
round out the top five."
Returning for the Wolverines will be
seniors Lisa Larsen, Melanie Weaver,
and Sue Frederick. Larsen became
Michigan's first woman All-American

best
as she finished 16th in last year's
nationals in Pocatello, Idaho. Weaver
and Frederick are both consistently top
runners for the team and all three of the
Michigan seniors are standouts in track
in the winter and spring.
"Last year was a good season, we :
improved throughout the whole year.
The only disappointment was the Big
Tens," said Goodridge. "We'll have a
very experienced team this season and
if we can find someone to step into the
fifth position, there's no doubt we will a
challenge for the Big Ten champion-
ship."

Spikers coming off best season
By BOB WOJNOWSKI
The women's volleyball team, coming off the best record in the history of
Michigan volleyball, can expect more of the same this season as only three seniors
graduated from last year's 40-17 squad.
The 1981 spikers wrote a storybook script that included the Wolverine In-
vitational Championship, the Big Ten Championship, an MAIAW Regional Cham-
pionship, and an eighth-place finish at the AIAW National Championships in
Tallahassee, Fla.
"WITHOUT QUESTION this is my finest team," said head coach Sandy Vong
after the spikers won the Big Ten Championship. "In terms of wins, of course, but
-" more importantly, in terms of internal toughness. The team concept has really
. come together this year."
0 The Big Ten Championship was the first for the volleyball team in its eight
#'-' years of existence and was the first official Big Ten title for a Michigan women's
team in any sport. And Vong, who is the only volleyball coach the Wolverines have
ever had, was obviously thrilled with the accomplishment.
"As far as winning championships, since it's the first, it has to be my biggest
q thrill," he said. "But other things touched me as well.

Doily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
MELANIE WEAVER shows the form that has made her one of Michigan's
top women cross country runners. Joining Weaver on this year's team are
a number of talented performers which makes the squad capable of chal-
lenging for the conference crown according to head coach Francie Good-

ridge.

IN PAST YEARS, the girls some-
times haven't wanted to play as a team.
But when I see these kids start to prac-
tice my coaching philosophy, it's very
satisfying.
While racking up its team-record 40
victories, Michigan ran off winning
streaks of 12 andt10 games, with the 10-
gamestring end10grat the hands of
eventual national champion Texas in
the first round of the nationals.
Returning this season for the
Wolverines will be All-Big Ten perfor-
merDiane Ratnik, who is Just a
sophomore, and junior Alison Noble,
who joined Ratnik on the MAIAW All-
Regional team. Other returning
veterans include senior Kerri Keniston,
junior Susan Rogers and junior Jeanne
Weckler.
The three seniors that have
graduated are Julie Stotesbury, Linda
Cunningham and Captain Janice
Margulies.

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By RON POLLACK
A massive rebuilding job is in order
fbr the Michigan women's golf team.
tbree of the four Wolverines whose
shores allowed the team to finish eighth
ii; the 15-team MAIAW tournament do
riot return this season.
-The only returnee from this quartet
will be Karyn Colbert who finished in a
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face a rebuilding year

have to come from incoming freshmen.
Whereas Michigan ended the past
season in the middle of the pack at the
MAIAW's, it started the year on a much
more positive note when it won the
Lady Wolverine Invitational in Ann Ar-
bor.
THE WOLVERINES TOOK to the
road after this victory, and their for-
tunes soured. In the Illinois State In-
vitational, Michigan could only muster
a sixth-place finish in a nine-team field.
The following weekend, the
Wolverine outlook took on a brighter
note. Strong performances by Colbert
and Satyshur led Michigan to a fourth-
place finish in the Indiana State In-
vitational.
But the optimism brought on by this
fourth-place finish was dimmed the
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next weekend at the Michigan State In-
vitational. The Wolverine linksters
finished seventh, and only Ball State
kept them out of the cellar.
The Wolverines then ended their
season and the college careers at
Michigan for Satyshur, Smith and
Drillock at the MAIAW's.

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Colbert
... 27th at MAIAW's
tpfor 27th place at the MAIAW's with a
sepre of 171.
, MISSING FROM THIS year's
sIuad will be Elaine Satyshur (eighth
ib| the MAIAW's, 162 strokes), Donna
,ihith (39th, 179) and Linda Drillock
(6th, 181).
aince only three performers return

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