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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 25, 1984

Foster dashes t(

For some athletes, years are
devoted towards one overriding goal -
making it to the Olympic Games.
Others develop slowly and realize, quite
suddenly sometimes, that they are
among the best. Such was the case with
Sue Foster, a 1983 Michigan graduate
who is currently ranked as the fifth-
fastest woman in the United States in the
1,500-meter run.
Less than outstanding in her first two
years of college, Foster is now a con-
tender for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team.
"SHE DIDN'T come into national
prominence until her senior year, said
Michigan thinclad coach Francie
Foster, the holder of five Wolverine
individual track records, received
national attention after winning the
1983 Big Ten Championships at 1,500-
meters. This was followed by a striking
performance in The Athletic Conferen-
ce meet in October where Foster shat-
tered the 4:17:00 mark needed to
qualify to the Olympic trials.
The major factor in Foster's sudden
improvement was the arrival of

Goodridge at Michigan in 1981, Foster's
junior year.'
"WHEN I first started coaching her I
admired her," said Goodridge, herself
a two-time Olympian. "If she was one
of my competitors she would have
scared me because of the kind of pace

she can carry"
Under the guidance of the new
Michigan coach, Foster cut her time in
the 1,500 from 4.29:00 to 4.11:50 in 1983.
"It takes alot of the pressure off,
already having qualified for the trials,",'
said Foster, a 5-3 Ann Arbor native. "I
hadn't even thought of the Olympics un-
til last spring."

Q Olympic
It is the fact that makes Foster's qualify
story so remarkable. After the stunning 1,500 al
Big Ten Championship meet, Foster Goodrid
headed for the NCAA's. automa
"I was very confident until 15 howeve
minutes before the race," she said. break
"But by the time I got to the starting which h
line I was almost ready to cry." "Righ
Foster did not win a national cham- and lay
pionship that day, finishing 4th, but the John G
magnitude of what she had accom- one sho
plished in getting there became a peak pe
reality. portanc
"THAT WAS THE first race that Sue aspiran
actually had a chance to win - for the Melanie
first time she was a contender," said "It h
Foster's Olympic training coach John who knf
Goodridge, Francie's husband. she said
"She had moved into the big time so The c
quickly after the Big Tens that she was two wil
not as experienced as some of the other lack of e
girls," added Francie Goodridge. Goodrid
Experience will be a major hurdle for power
Foster, due to her rapid climb to the seems t
top. Commented Goodridge, "ex- "Mak
perience counts a lot in the Olympics, set for
but sometimes freshness counts even won't t
more. This could be an advantage for have a
Sue. The emotional part may be her
biggest problem. You can be as good as
anyone else physically but psyche your
self out."
FOSTER'S PSYCHE was much im-
proved as she re-established her
national prominence in last year's TAC
meet. Goodridge set Foster's goal at
4.12:00. This was the time which
Goodridge herself carried into the 1972
Olympics in Munich - at the time the
second best on 1,500-meters run by an
American woman. Foster made her
coach proud, winning the 1,500 with a
time of 4.11:50.
Lack of experience and mental
pressure did not seem to trouble Foster,
who lives comfortably with her
husband Mark in a newly refurbished
home. "The key is just to be relaxed,"
said Foster. "You have to know what
you can do and then do it."
But this may be a difficult task for
Foster, whose main competition will
include Mary Decker, by far America's
best female runner, and Cindy Bremser
of Wisconsin.
"THREE AMERICAN women will



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Special to the Daily
DETROIT - After a three-week win-
ter break, the Red Wings returned to
the win column with a dominating 4-0
victory over the Patrick Division
leading New York Islanders.r
The win, the first in 10 games for
Detroit, proved to the 17,200 Joe Louis
Arena fans that the Wings still remem-
ber the three S's of hockey: skating,
shooting and scoring.
DETROIT opened the scoring on a
power play at 4:35 in the first period
when Reed Larson took a pass from
goalie Greg Stefan, skated the length of
the ice and beat Isles' goalie Roland
Melanson to notch his 13th of the year.
Less than three minutes later, at 7:10,
John Ogrodnick, looming big in front of
the net, tipped in a shot by Ron Duguay.
The period ended with Detroit on top, 2-
The only scoring in the second period
came on a 25-foot blast by Ivan Boldirev
at 9:03. Boldirev added his 19th of the

season at 13:44 of the last period to end
the scoring at 4-0.
The game's top star went to Stefan,
who, like a magician, turned back 31
shots and blanked the Isles on seven
power play opportunities to record his
first shutout of the year.
The wiri provided a great boost to the
Wings, who must face the Buffalo
Sabres and the Islanders on the
road later this week before the All-Star
Pacers 114, Pistons 107
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - No one anticipated that
there would be anything to boo about at
at the Silverdome last night as the
NBA's worst team, the Indiana Pacers,
came to town.
But the boos rang out loud and clear
from the Silverdome crowd of 8,404 as
the Pistons were soundly beaten 114-
THE LAST place Pacers (11-29) star-
ted out hot in the first quarter shooting
15-24 from the field on their way to a 31-
26 lead.
The boos started with about two
minutes left in the first half, as Indiana
built a 57-45 lead.
The Pistons finished strong, though,

and went into the lockerroom trailing
THE PISTONS looked rejuvenated as
they outscored Indiana 12-4 to start the
Second half, but could not keep up with
the hot shooting Pacers and were
trailing by seven points after three
The boos became deafening early in
the fourth quarter as the Pacers con-
tinued strongly, but the crowd turned
back to the Pistons side late in the game
when Piston Coach Chuck Daly's full
court press stifled the Pacers.

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the garage of his Allen Park home late
Sunday night. Authorities have not yet
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Balogh, a sophomore, was in his first
year at Michigan-Dearborn. He scored
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Knight gets last words in"
Fiery Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight may have gotten in another
word in his tirade against Michigan's Bill Frieder.
Sources close to the Michigan team said Monday that Knight telephoned
Frieder Sunday and said something to the effect that Indiana would "kick
Michigan's ass in Bloomington."
ONE SOURCE said he heard this from Frieder himself. The other said he
overheard Michigan assistant coach Mike Boyd mention the phone call.
Frieder denied talking to Knight.
"No, it's not true," said the head coach. "Who told you that? I'm not going
to discuss Bobby Knight. Hell, I told my own team on Sunday that we're
going to forget about Indiana and worry about Purdue."
Michigan plays at Indiana February 23. The Wolverines battle Purdue
tomorrow night at West Lafayette.


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