The Michigan Dily - Friday, October 26, 1984 - Page 11
'M' ruggers in select tourney
Eight competing for spots
on All-Midwest rugby squad
By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
Riding high are eight members of the
Michigan men's Rugby Club.
These eight men have been selected by a
state rugby committee to represent the state
of Michigan this weekend at the Midwest
THE SELECT-Side tournament is a round
robin event, pitting 20-
member teams from each of 14 Midwestern
states against one another. All the Big Ten
states are included in the event.
Of the 20 players representing the state of
Michigan this weekend in Milwaukee, Wis.,
where the tournament is to be held, eight play
for Michigan's club. They are forwards Ken
Hawk and Dan Masalino; backs Jeff Hagan,
John Hartman, Dale Tuttle and Mike Lisi;
half Dave Weber; and Walter Bodden.
The other 12 members of the state squad
come from Michigan State and Northern
Michigan and the city clubs from Detroit,
Traverse City and Flint.
THE OBJECT of the Select-Side tour-
nament is to find a final group of 20 superior
ruggers to represent an all-Midwestern team,
"It's really tough playing in this kind of
A Midwest committee will select the top 20
players from the 280 who participate. "The
team that wins will get the most attention,"
said Hawk. Last year the team representing
Michigan finished in third place.
ACCORDING TO Hawk, all eight from
Michigan's club have a good shot at making
the all-Midwest team. Michigan's top player
is, perhaps, Hartman who has made the
National team for the last two years. Weber,
the captain of the team, and backs Hagan and
Tuttle are also top notch competitors.
The 20 ruggers who emerge from this
weekend will represent the Midwest in a later
tournament which will consist of teams from
the East, South and Pacific Coast.
From that tournament a National team will
be chosen, consisting of 20-25 players. The
U.S. National team tours during the summer
months. Last summer the National team
competed in England, Ireland and France. In
summers past, the U.S. rugby team has also
traveled to Australia and South Africa.
"We're pretty psyched," admitted Hawk.
"We've got some excellent players.
situation," said Hawk, who is the president of
the Michigan club. Michigan's eight players
have never played with the others. "We'll
have to run real basic plays," said Hawk.
Photo courtesy of NATHANIEL ABRAMSON
Dick Wiener, Bill Silver and John Tayer look to smother Shareef Mahdavi in a rugby scrimmage
last spring. Eight of Michigan's top ruggers will be in Milwaukee, Wis. this weekend at the Select
'M' RUNNER FINDS STAMINA:
Schroeder knocks down walls
By MARK BOROWSKY
Sue Schroeder vividly remembers
her first Big Ten Cross-Country Cham-
pionships. The memories, however, are
"I was expected to finish in the top
ten, but I hit a wall with about 400 yards
to go. Everyone passed me ... I wasted
for a week."
THE "WALL" Schroeder referred to is
the long distance runner's nightmare;
it is the point of sudden and complete
physical exhaustion. Schroeder was in
ninth place when she hit the wall and
fell to finish 22nd. Michigan, the
favorite in the '81 Championships,
came in third.
But these days Sue Schroeder is
crashing walls, not crashing into them.
With a summer of vigorous weight
training, the junior from Napoleon,
Ohio has left her problems (not to men-
tion opponents) in the dust. Schroeder's
problem was that she would fade dram-
tically near the end of a race - indic-
tative of a lack of strength.
"In the past she had been a weak type
of runner," says Women's Cross-
Country coach Sue Parks. "Her fresh-
man and sophomore years she pretty
much stuck with the leaders until the
end. Her strength was her weakness."
COMBINE Schroeder's newfound
physical strength with a half-miler's
speed and fierce competitive drive,
and you have the recipe for a standout
distance runner. Schroeder will have
the opportunity to prove the formula
tomorrow in West Lafayette, when
Purdue hosts the 1984 womens' Big Ten
Schroeder has been virtually un-
beatable in the short cross country
season, finishing second only in the
opening meet, the Western Ontario In-
vitational. Last week at the Bowling
Green Invite, she was told by coach
Parks to "take it easy," which she did
- and won by 49 seconds. Earlier, at
the Purdue Invite (site of the Big Ten
meet), Schroeder came in at 17:04, only
four seconds off the course record.
Successes Such as these came
naturally to Schroeder before college.
The first time she ran the half mile (in
seventh grade), she broke the school
record. Between her sophomore and
senior years in high school, Schroeder
was All-State, finishing second in the
Ohio state Cross-Country meet her
senior year. Schroeder was All-State in
track her sophomore and senior year,
setting school records in the mile and
UP UNTIL now, her two years in
college had been a different story.
Besides fading away in the Big Tens her
freshman year, Schroeder suffered a
heel injury her sophomore season and
was out for most of the season. When
she tried to come back that year it was
too soon; she finished 42nd out of 60 in
the Big Ten Championships.
Things began to turn in the spring of
'84, as she finished third in the Big Ten
in the 1,500 meters. She continued her
success by qualifying nationally in the
1,500 and 3,000 meters.
"Most people from the other schools
didn't exnect me to do well because of
one of the favorites to place in the top
five in the conference. The odds-on
favorite is Wisconsin senior Cathy
Branta, who is the defending champ
and nearly made this year's Olympic
squad. To upset Branta, Schroeder will
have to run her type of race, staying up
with the leaders for the first mile (of 3.1
miles), then slowly pulling ahead and
away. Purdue's hilly course is well
suited for this type of tactical race -
"It's not a fast course," said Schroeder.
"If they (the other runners) try to run a
fast race, I'll be surprised."
If it does turn out to be a fast race,
count on Schroeder's competitive
desire to take over. Although quiet and
self-retiring, she admits to letting her
emotions sometimes getting the better
of her. "Once I get into a race, it's like
an instinct. When I see someone ahead
of me I feel that I have to get ahead of
"Sue is really quiet," says coach
Parks, "but once she gets into a race
she's a different person. She lets her
running speak for herself."
MAP kLEY S
... goes for Big Ten title
my injury and because of my
strength," said Schroeder, who, at 5-5
and barely over 100 pounds, is more
likely to be mistaken for a college jour-
nalist rather than a college athlete.
EVERYONE now will be taking
notice this weekend, as Schroeder is
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