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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 14, 1986
Wolverines, Close
slam Rollins, 16-2

WHIPPING DOWN THE PLAIN IN OKLAHOMA

Tracksters ready for NCAAs

Special to the Daily
WINTER PARK, Fla. - A near
perfect performance extended
Michigan's record to 4-0 in the
Rollins Baseball Week Tour-
nament. Twenty hits from the bat-
ters and seven scoreless innings
from starting pitcher Dan Disher
spelled a 16-2 decimation of host
Rollins College.
Disher continued his personal
vendetta against memories of his
previously poor Wolverine career.
The senior came into the season
with a career ERA of 11.67, but has
allowed no earned runs in 14 in-
nings this season.
And once again it was Casey
Close who delivered the killer
blow. Michigan led 1-0, after a
home run by Eddie Woolwine in the
second, but with Casey at the bat
added six in the fourth inning.
Darrin Campbell led off with his
second triple of the game, and Bill
St. Peter quickly knocked him in
with a double. A walk to Jim
Durham and a sacrifice bunt by

Chris Gust left runners on second
and third. After a walk to Kurt
Zimmerman loaded the bases,
Close slammed his fifth homer of
the trip to put the Wolverines up, 6-
0. Hal Morris followed with a home
run and Michigan was on its way to
its sixth win against two defeats on
the season.

By EMILY BRIDGHAM
Looking to break several ribbons
this weekend, the Michigan men's and
women's track teams advance nine
runners to this year's NCAA indoor
meet in Oklahoma City.
Six men will be in uniform for the
meet, the most in the Big Ten. They
will compete in four events, including
the stunning mile-relay event in which
only ten teams in the country
qualified. Three distancers from the
women's team will compete in two of
the major distance events.
The biggest surprise among the
qualifiers for the men's team was the
mile relay squad, which qualified for
the event last week in Arizona. Coach
Jack Harvey flew this promising
combination down south after they
placed second in the Big Tens with a
time of 3:10.99. The exceptional quar-
tet made up of Todd Steverson, Omar
Davidson, Claude Tiller and Bill
Davis blew away the NCAA standard
of 3:07.12 by clocking a 3:05.61 on the
larger track.

"I can't understand that mile
relay," said Harvey. "It must just be
great coaching. I thought the size of
the track would have a bigger effect
on the time than the altitude. If
they're running this fast now, how fast
will they be outdoors?"
Steverson and Davidson will also
compete in the 500-meters after
qualifying with times of 1:01.99 and
1:02.04, respectively. Steverson
currently holds the Michigan and Big
Ten records in this event. A former
All-American in the 400-meters,
Davidson, like his teammate, has
managed to hold both the Michigan
and the Big Ten records for this event
with a time of 46.61. Davidson and
Steverson also managed to clock the
best split times in the mile relay,
galloping to a time of 45.3 each.
Senior Thomas Wilcher easily at-
tained the NCAA standard in both the
55-yard and 60-meter high hurdles for
the Wolverines. Wilcher squeezed out
a time of 7.18 in the 60, marking a new
Michigan indoor record. He later ran

the 55 in 7.22, also grabbing the school
indoor title. After earning All-
American honors in the 110-high hur-
dles during the 1985 outdoor season
with a third place finish, he certainly
looks to be a bonafide All-American
candidate for 55-meter event.
Another outdoor All-American can-
didate is senior Chris Brewster, who
earned this title during the 1985 cross
country season. Brewster owns
Michigan records in the 3000-meter,
5000-meter and the three-mile events
and will be competing in the 3000-meters
this weekend. Toting a time of 8:01.10
in this event, Brewster succeeded in
clipping nearly six seconds off the
previous record held by Dan Heid-
dinen of 8:06.86.
All the women Wolverines com-
peting in this weekend's meet will be

going the distance in their events. At
the head of the pack is senior Sue
Schroeder, competing in the 3000-
meter event. Schroeder, among other
accolades, holds school records in the
1500-meters, the 3000-meters and the
three-mile run. She trimmed her old
indoor 3000-meter time by three
seconds, to 9:13.61, to qualify.
Schroeder, a former All-American
in both the indoor and outdoor season
last year, should run well. this
weekend, according to Assistant
coach Sue Parks.
Schroeder's roommate Cathy Sch-
midt, another former All-American,
will also be running for the
Wolverines. Schmidt qualified along
with teammate Kelli Bert in the 1000-
meters with a time of 2:30.17, while
Bert clocked 2:31.46.

Disher
... seven scoreless innings

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ready for Big Tens

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By GREG MOLZON
Michigan's men's gymnastics team
has shown vast improvement this
season, but the true test to measure
its success will come this weekend at
the Big Ten Championships in Cham-
paign.
The team has already improved last
year's regular season record of 2-7, 0-5
in the Big Ten. This year's squad has
turned in a 9-4 mark, going 2-3 against
Big Ten competition, with its victories
coming over Wisconsin and Michigan.

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THE WOLVERINES are looking for
this remarkable turnaround to con-
tinue so that they can better last
year's seventh, and last, place finish
in the Big Ten Championships. (In-
diana, Northwestern, and Purdue don't
compete.)
Coach Bob Darden doesn't attribute
this year's improvement to any in-
dividual, but thinks a total team effort
has been the key.
"There is a reorientation of team
unity," Darden said. "It is so easy in
gymnastics to get caught up in one's
own performance, and I think the
guys have begun to appreciate the
other members of the team when
they're on the floor performing. They
perform for the other members of the
team first, then themselves."
FOR THE TEAM to be successful
this weekend, Darden will have to get
excellent performances from his
three top competitors. Gavin
Meyerowitz, Brock Orwig, and Mitch
Rose have been the most consistent
performers and have good chances to
place high in the Big Ten meet.
However, for the Wolverines to do
well as a team, they must also hav4
strong showings from Craig Ehle,
Scott Moore, Greg Nelson and Steve
Yuan. These tumblers have all done
well this season, but must be at their
best for the team to place in the upper
division.
Even if the Michigan tumblers per-
form to their best, a Big Ten Cham-
pionship may be asking too much.
Illinois, Minnesota and defending Big
Ten and national champion Ohio
State all have excellent teams an4
should be the favorites.
However, coming off last week's
season high score of 270.4 in the Bron-
co Invitational, Michigan should
definitely improve on last year's
finish and should be competitive with
the top teams in the Big Ten.
Balanced
attack leads
Kansas past
Aggies, 71-46
DAYTON,Ohio (AR) - Second-
ranked Kansas had four players in
double figures and was neve
threatened in coasting to a 71-46 vic-
tory over North Carolina A&T in the
first round of the NCAA Midwest
Regional playoffs yesterday.
Danny Manning scored 15 points,
Calvin Thompson 14, Greg Dreiling 12
and Archie Marshall 10 at the Univer-
sity of Dayton Arena as the Jayhawks
ran their record to 32-3 on the year.
Kansas, the top seed in the Midwest
Regional, will meet Temple in the
second round Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Temple, 25-5, went into overtime to
defeat Jacksonville 61-50 in yester-
day's opener.
North Carolina A&T, which closed its
season at 19-8, was led by Claude
Williams' 13 points with Lee Robinson
adding 10.
Louisville 93, Drexel 73
OGDEN,Utah (AP) - Senior for-
ward Billy Thompson scored a game-
high 24 points and snared 10 rebounds
as seventh-ranked Louisville pullec
away in the second half for a 93-73 vic-
tory over the Drexel Dragons in an
NCAA West Regional basketball
game yesterday.
Second-seeded Louisville, now 27-7,
advanced to tomorrow's second-round
against the winner of the Texas-El
Paso-Bradley game.
Drexel, the East Coast Conference

champion, ended the season at 19-12.
Forward Mark McSwain scored 15

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