The Michigan Doily - Friday, October 7, 1988-- Page 11
vs. Michigan State
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The Michigan Daily
Friday, October 7, 1988
Senior runners possess
bond on and off track
BY KAREN GROMALA
Beer and fraternity parties. First-year students and
fifteen pounds. Bo and football. Traci Babcock and Ava
What do all of these aspects of Michigan have in
common? Clearly these are things that go together, but
if you aren't a fan of the women's cross country team,
you're probably wondering who Babcock and Udvadia
"They (Traci and Ava) are kind of like sisters, kind
of alike, but different in a lot of respects," said
teammate Mindy Rowand. More importantly, besides
being best friends, Traci and Ava are vital components
of the women's cross country team.
"They have progressed about the same," said head
coach Sue Foster about the two seniors. "Traci and Ava
are really consistent performers. They're very reliable."
"SO WHERE'S TRACI?" is the question that
Udvadia is bombarded with any time that Babcock
doesn't show up to a practice. Ever since Babcock and
Udvadia became good friends at cross country camp
before their first year on the team they have been
thought of as kind of a unit. They are now seniors on
the team and their friendship and running ability have
both improved steadily.
This "unit" came to Michigan after being quite
successful in high school. Traci, a native of Iron
Mountain, held the Upper Peninsula state meet records
in the mile and two mile. Ava proved her running
ability as well, by placing in the competitive Michigan
Both Babcock and Udvadia made the transition from
high school to college running well. They each
contributed to the team and lettered their first year. That
year, Udvadia placed 17th in the 5,000 meter race in the
district meet, while Babcock ran in the Big Ten
Championships and placed 19th in the 5,000 meter
"IN A SPORT like cross country the runners can
help each other out during a race," said Babcock.
"When Ava or another teammate of mine pass me on
the course, it helps keep me going because I know that
the other person is hurting as much as I am."
Babcock also has the opportunity to help her
teammate and friend. "When I get really bummed out,"
said Udvadia, "Traci can get me back into it."
Although practice, meets, and travelling do take a
great deal of time, neither Udvadia nor Babcock have
regretted their decision to run in college. Despite the
many hours they devote to their sport, they have
managed to remain academically outstanding.
Babcock is a nuclear engineering major with a 3.9
GPA. Udvadia chose molecular cellular biology as her
major and has a 3.5 GPA. After college, they both
plan to attend graduate school and later receive PhDs in
their chosen fields.
WHEN THEY AREN'T spending all their time
studying or running, they hang out together. Their
similar interests include music. Babcock sings and
plays the clarinet, while Udvadia plays the piano.
Babcock is involved in a few campus groups
connected with her major. Udvadia, on the other hand,
enjoys doing spontaneous things with her friends. For
example, Udvadia and friends one year just hopped into
a Ford Escort and headed to Pasadena for the Rose
Udvadia and Babcock. Babcock and Udvadia. They're
not exactly as well known as Bo and football, but they
are good at what they do. While both have excelled in
their sport and in their classes, they also have a special
As Babcock puts it, "We just have a lot of fun."
Cross country runners Traci
practice. The two seniors have
Babcock (left) and Ava Udvadia (right) stretch out before
lettered all four years and are well respected by their team-
Cone heads lengthy list
of NL MVP candidates
Doug in Deep
BY DOUG VOLAN
It's that time of year again. Time
to pick the recipients of baseball's
top accolades - the Most Valuable
;layer and Cy Young Awards.
Seldom has it been so easy for
those chosen few sports writers doing
the honors in the American League.
-Without a doubt, Oakland's Jose
Canseco is the AL's MVP. The
Athletics' right fielder led the league
in home runs (42) and runs batted in
(124), while batting .307, the
highest of his career. In addition,
Canseco was the first player in major
league history to hit over 40 home
runs and steal 40 bases in the same
Likewise, Minnesota's Frank
Viola is the runaway choice for the
Cy Young award. The Twins' left-
hander led the majors in wins (24),
while posting a 2.64 earned run
IF NATIONAL League sports
writers hoped to have as easy a time
in picking this year's winners as
their AL counterparts, they had
another thing coming. No NL batter
even remotely stood out among his
peers, as San Diego's Tony Gwynn
hit just .313 in capturing the league
batting title. In contrast, four
American League players hit well
over that, including Wade Boggs
(.366), and Kirby Puckett (.356).
And five AL players had more hits
than Andres Galarraga (184), the NL
leader in that department.
The Cy Young award winner will
be difficult to pick as well, since
three NL pitchers had outstanding
Los Angeles pitching ace Orel
Hershiser is the favorite, after break-
ing Don Drysdale's record of 58
consecutive scoreless innings pit-
ched. Hershiser was also tied for the
league lead in wins, posting a 23-8
record. His ERA was 2.26.
Cincinnati's Danny Jackson had
an identical record as Hershiser, along
with a 2.73 ERA.
THEN there was New York's
David Cone, who had the lowest
ERA among the three (2.22), to go
along with a 20-3 record, despite not
becoming a starter until the season's
Although the Dodgers' Kirk
Gibson and the Mets' Kevin Mc-
Reynolds are considered the top
choices for the MVP award, the clear
choice should be Cone.
Sure, why not. After all, the
pitching in the NL was far superior
to the hitting this year. And besides,
the Tigers' Guillermo Hernandez won
the award back in '84 and he was
only a reliever. The only recent
starter to win the MVP was Boston's
Roger Clemens back in 1986 and
that was in the American League.
The numbers put on the board by
Gibson and McReynolds aren't very
impressive. Gibson hit just .290 and
drove in only 76 runs, while not
even making the All-Star team.
But more importantly, it was the
Dodgers' pitching staff that carried
the team, not its hitting. Although
Gibson did provide the Dodgers with
a much-needed spark, he hardly
carried the team on his back.
Likewise, McReynolds suffered
from a lack of season-long produc-
tion. The Mets left fielder hit .288
with 27 home runs and 99 RBIs. In
addition, McReynolds suffered
through a mid-season slump which
saw the Mets go 21-21. Clearly, this
is not the kind of season an MVP
CONE, on the other hand, com-
piled an .870 winning percentage for
New York. He was consistently over-
powering as the Mets had a chance to
win every game he pitched in.
This is where Cone differs from
McReynolds and Gibson. Cone came
through in the clutch all season,
while both McReynolds and Gibson
suffered through slumps.
Amazingly, Cone started out in
the bullpen as the team's sixth
starter, but cracked the lineup when
Bob Ojeda went out with an injury.
It didn't take Cone long to establish
himself, pitching in the All-Star
game and becoming the ace of the
staff, despite the presence of proven
stars such as Dwight Gooden and
Although Hershiser is deserving
of the Cy Young, Cone is the MVP.
BY JAY MOSES
For most of us, the idea of
spending the weekend in Chicago
brings to mind visions of partying,
shopping, and having fun. For the
Michigan field hockey team, it
means something else.
The team journeys to the Windy
City this weekend for two games,
and it doesn't promise to be a
vacation in paradise. Tomorrow, in
Evanston, the Wolverines take on
Big Ten rival Northwestern, ranked
fourth nationally. Sunday, they
move 90 miles west to DeKalb to
face 17th-ranked Northern Illinois.
In addition to being nationally
ranked, both Northwestern and
Northern have already played tough
schedules this season. For these
reasons, coach Karen Collins and her
squad expect to have to put in a top-
'M' to challenge Big Ten foes
notch performance this weekend to
come away victorious.
Michigan got off to a tough start
in the Big Ten season with a 5-3
loss to Michigan State last Sunday,
and Collins is acutely aware of the
importance of this road trip for the
rest of the conference games. "It'll
be pretty clear this weekend how
we'll fare for the rest of the season,"
COLLINS WAS very pleased
with the Wolverines' offensive
attack against Michigan State, but
she also said the team suffered from
defensive breakdowns. Thus, impro-
ving its defense is the key for
Michigan this week-end.
"If we can play solid defense,"
said Collins, "and if we can generate
an attack like we have been in the
last few games, we can be
The Wolverines are led by junior
forward Judy Burinskas (8 goals, 18
points) and senior forward Sarah
Clark (five goals, 11 points).
Collins said the keys for this
weekend are the scoring of Clark and
the defense of sophomore sweeper
According to Collins, the
Wolverines have had an excellent
week of practice this week, but that
isn't necessarily any indication of
how they'll play this weekend.
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