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Page 8C - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1985


Winning is name of game for tracksters

Over the past decade the men's
track team has fallen into something
of a rut.
Each year the squad is among the
nations best and it consistently sports
one or two All-Americans.
LAST YEAR was no different.
Thomas Wilcher, who has made a
habit of jumping atop linebackers on
the gridiron, instead jumped the 110-
meter hurdles. Wilcher did it well
enough to finish third in the nation
and gained All-American status.
Other than Wilcher, Michigan did
no't fare was well as it had in the past.
Assistant coach Ron Warhurst wasn't
disappointed, however: "Anytime
you go to the Nationals you're in a
very elite group of people," he said.
Warhurst has reason to call these
people "elite". After last year's
nationals, a couple of these elites,
Carl Lewis and Joaquim Cruz, walked
off with several gold medals in Los
Angeles after cleaning up at the
Assistant coach Mike Shea, former
Big Ten champion himself, commen-
ted, "They were up against some hot
THE ARKANSAS Razorbacks have
been an inferno recently, winning all
three track championships last
season. Warhurst could not recall the
last team to capture an NCAA triple
While Arkansas has been making
things difficult for the rest of the
nation, some Wolverines were paving
their own successful road. Chris
Brewster just missed making the
finals in the 10,000 meters, finishing in
13th place nationally.
Quarter milers Todd Steverson and
Omar Davidson also came within
decimal points of the finals. Davidson,
now just a sophomore, showed greate
poise and impressed his coaches with
hisT inaugural campaign. "He had a
hell of a freshman year," said Shea.
INDEED, he did. Davidson was
among the top two freshman quarter
milers in the nation. Both he and
Steverson, a senior, are strong All-
American candidates for the up-
coming season.
Despite losing Vince Bean and
several other top competitors to
graduation, Warhurst is optimistic for
the upcoming season. "We're going to
be a lot stronger than we were last
year," he said.
"Indiana (1984 Big Ten champion)
is losing a lot of points. (Track coach)
Jack Harvey is bringing in some fine
athletes next year." Warhurst predic-

ted that Michigan would show
greatest improvement in the field
events, which proved to be the team's
nemesis in '84, since the team
recruited heaviest in this area over
the past year.
THE TEAM'S success is especially
impressive considering the tough
academic standards the school main-
tains and the cold Ann Arbor climate.
Warhurst acknowledged, "You can't
get everybody. Some sprinters want
to go south and if they don't have the
grades we can't touch them."

Opposing schools are not shedding
any tears for the Wolverines. As
Warhurst noted, "For ten straight
years now, we have been in the
From Butch Woolfolk in the 200-
meter dash to Vince Bean in the long
jump, football players have had an
impact on the track program. This
year will be no different. "We'll be
waiting for some of Bo's recruits for
some help," Warhurst said last
And the help from the football team

That competition was a different
story. While Henry's expectations
were still present, the impressive per-
formances were not, unless Henry
considers sixth place indoors and
eighth outdoors impressive.
The coach's optimism was toned
down considerably after the indoor
season. Heading into the Big Ten out-
doors, he skeptically admitted, "I
would be more than happy with third

... jumping linebackers and hurdles
has helped spell success for Michigan.
Call it comraderie, call it what you
will. Jack Harvey calls it winning.
And he calls it by no other name.
Women search for optimism
If he had ever seen the women's
track team run last year Henry Block
(of H & R Block) probably would have
had trouble coming up with any
reasons for success.
But another Henry, James Henry,
the first-year women's coach, had no
trouble with optimism prior to last
"WE HAVE every reason to expect
impressive performances both in-
doors and outdoors," Henry said
before seeing his team face off again-
st the rest of the Big Ten.

ALTHOUGH the overall team has
not proven to be a strong unit, several
individuals have garnered attention.
Senior Sue Schroeder begins the
new year as one of the Big Ten's
premier long-distance runners. She
proved her worth by qualifying for the
NCAA finals last season in both the
3,000 and 5,000 meters.
Joyce Wilson, a senior, holds
enough school records for an
autobiography. In addition to her long
list of laurels, she was an Olympic and
an NCAA qualifier.
ENTERING with Henry last year
was a strong group of freshman. Last
year he said, "The newcomers mays
determine how well we do this
season." With a year of inter-
collegiate experience behind them,
those newcomers may help the
program turn the corner to success.
Losing is not something to which
Henry is accustomed. A former Big
Ten long jump record-holder, Henry
brought success to the track program
as a competitor here, and he hopes to
do the same as coach.
Henry only loses two key runners to
graduation, and he has already com-
pensated by signing several blue-chip
prospects within the state for the up-
coming year.
James Henry's optimism is a big
enough reason to expect success in the
future. Besides, H & R Block should
stick to tax returns.


...an Olympic and NCAA qualifier

Linksters finish high at Big Tens

The general consensus drawn by
those close to the men's golf scene last
spring was that the Wolverines were
just plain average. But if not for some
late heroics, Michigan probably
would not have even qualified as that.
After finishing in the bottom half of
the pack in four of their six regular
season tournaments (with their best
finishes coming at the Marshall In-
vitational in West Virginia and the
Kepler Invitational in Ohio where
they placed seventh and eighth,
respectively, the Wolverines retur-
ned to the University of Michigan Golf
Course for the Big Ten Championship
and worked the home turf to their ad-
vantage. The Wolverines fired a team
total of 1,519 strokes in the four-day
event, low enough for a third place
finish behind Ohio State (1,474) and
Purdue (1,516).

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"I can't say enough about the effort
Danny has given us the last three
years," said Carras of his three-time
team captain. "We look to him to be
our team leader every year and he
comes through for us."
To say Roberts carried the
Michigan golf team in 1985 is an un-
derstatement. The 5-9, 160-pound Yp-
silanti native averaged 75.1 strokes
over 21 rounds this season, 1.5 strokes
better than his nearest teammate -
junior Peter Savarino of Ann Arbor.
Savarino has shown a great deal of
improvement since his freshman year
when he averaged close to 83, and if he
continues to develop in the coming
months, he should pick up right where
Roberts left off.
ANOTHER Wolverine junior with
promise for next year is Chris West-
fall of Grosse Pointe Farms. Westfall
grabbed the second best score for
Michigan at the Big Ten Champion-
ship with 309 as well as finishing up
third on the team in stroke average at
77.9. That average is up slightly from
1984, but if his short game comes

together, things could change.
Two sophomores, Scott Chipokas
and Jon Rife, also saw a lot of playing
time for Carras this season. Although
both were in their second year
academically at Michigan, neither
was with the team in his freshman
Of the two, Chipokas played the
bigger role, playing 18 rounds and
carding the fourth best average on the
squad at 78. And with his great short
game and some time to mature,
Chipokas will definitely be a key
player for the Wolverines in the
In fact, the only other player who
will not return when Jim Carras
begins his fourth season at the helm in
1986 is Ken Clark. The Grand Rapids
senior saw his playing time limited
compared to 1984, and his stroke
average rise as a result. Clark
averaged 79.8 (up from 79 in 1984), but
saved his best golf for last. At the Big
Ten Championship, Clark came in at a
solid 310 with a closing round of 75, his
best on the year.


Daiy Photo by DAN HABIB
Good starts and determination propelled Jack Harvey's Wolverines to a
fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships last spring. Seven
Wolverines qualified for the NCAAs.

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Only direction is
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and wheat may help lower the risk
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Foods high in fats, salt- or
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CONSIDERING the team's so-so
performances prior to that tour-
nament, head coach Jim Carras had
to be pleased with his golfers' efforts
at the Big Tens. But of no one was he
more proud than senior Dan Roberts.
Roberts, an All-Big Ten selection in
1983, pumped a four-over par 292
along the 6,865-yard layout, earning
him the runer-up medalist position
behind Ohio State's Clark Burroughs,
All-Big Ten honors for a second time,
and a trip to the NCAA Championship
in Grenelefe, Florida.aRoberts was
not as fortunate at Grenelefe,
however. In missiing the cut, he
ballooned to a pair of opening round 80s
before carding a season low 71 in his
last round at the college level.

For the women's golf team, the
climb from obscurity and its peren-
nial last-place position in the Big Ten
is at least one year, a wish and a
prayer away.
Despite vast improvement under
fourth-year head coach Sue LeClair,
the Wolverines are still trying to get
the program off the ground. Over the
past two seasons, the squad has taken
over seven strokes off its tournament
average (from 89 in 1982 to 81.5 in
1984), but nevertheless found ' itself
buried in last place in early May at
the Big Ten Championship in
Bloomington, Indiana.
THE REST OF the team's schedule,
which was completed back in the fall,
did not produce much better results.
Other than a third-place finish at the
Notre Dame Invitational, the women
fired their way to near-last in each of
the six tournaments in which they
But if nothing else, LeClair can find
comfort in the fact that all of her
players will be returning this fall.
Leading the way for the Wolverines

will be junior Bridget Syron. Syron
tied for low score (76) and low-stroke
average (84.7) over 15 rounds.
Sophomore Sandy Barron matched
that average while another
sophomore, Valerie Madill, had the
second best average at 85.4.
Two other sophomores, Missy
Bauer and Lisa Di Matteo, also
figured prominently for the
Wolverines along with junior Luanne
Another plus for LeClair is the
return of redshirt Kim Wojcikiewicz.
Wojcikiewicz sat out her freshman
year following knee surgery, and has
just recently regained her strength. In
fact, LeClair indicated she could step
right into the lineup if all goes well
this summer.
But by far the biggest edge the
Wolverines will have in 1985 will come
in their two most important tour-
naments - the Lady Northern Inter-
collegiate Invitational and the Big
Ten Championship. In both instances,
the University of Michigan Golf Cour-
se will serve as the host site.

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