Friday, November 11, 1988
Tomorrow, 10 a.m.
The Michigan Daily
Cross country pursues
BY JODI LEICHTMAN
Running toward the end of their
season, the Michigan men's cross
country team faces tho challenge
they've been racing toward: the
NCAA District IV Championships
in Champaign, Illinois.
Saturday, the 19th-ranked Wol-
verines will compete against some
of the top teams in the country,
including top-ranked Wisconsin,
Michigan State (18th), Central
Michigan (20th), and Notre Dame
Michigan should be represented
by juniors Brad Barquist and Jeff
Barnett; sophomores Tony Carna
and Carl Welke; and seniors Erik
Koskinen, Ryan Robinson, and
John Scherer. This line-up,
however, is not set.
SINCE their third place finish
at the Big Ten Championships two
weeks ago, the Wolverines have
been gearing up for this meet.
Michigan's previous meets this
season have been 8,000 meters, but
district meets and the Nationals are
10,000 meters. The 10,000 meter
course should be especially favor-
able to Michigan.
ish at districts
"We do a lot of strength work,"
said Robinson, "and these last two
weeks should really pay off as the
peak of our performance."
Although Robinson has been
running in "serious pain" the last
few weeks, he does not think it will
hamper the team's overall perfor-
mance this weekend. "For me, my
expectations are probably not going
to be met," said Robinson. "I
wanted to be in the top ten
finishers, but the team goal 'is what
I'm going for--I still think I can
help the team out."
"Personally, it's just a stepping
stone for Nationals," said Barquist.
"I want to make sure I qualify, but
at the same time run well enough to
make the team qualify."
Although last year the top three
finishing teams moved on to the
Nationals, this year, the top four
teams at Districts will earn a place
at the Nationals in Ames, Iowa on
"If we run the way we should, I
think the team is capable of getting
second," said Barquist. "I think a
place in the top four is definitely in
the realm of possibility, but we'll
just have to see how we run on
"With the addition of a 4th
place," said an agreeing Robinson,
"there shouldn't be as much pres-
sure. We should be able to run re-
laxed and still go to Nationals."
If Michigan's fourth-place goal
is achieved, it will be the first time
since 1984 that the team will
compete at Nationals. Last year,
Michigan placed fourth at districts,
missing the chance to compete at
Nationals by 16 points. Wisconsin,
Indiana, and Notre Dame placed
first, second, and third, respectively.
IN LAST year's district meet at
Bowling Green, Michigan's Scherer
and Barquist finished 2nd and 7th,
earning themselves a place in the
"It would be nice if Scherer or
Barquist could place in the top
five," said Coach Ron Warhurst.
"They're both running much better
than in the past."
At this time, though, Warhurst's
main concern is for the team as a
whole to qualify for Nationals
"We're just waiting for the big
meet," said Barquist. "It's kind of
hard to keep the intensity because
we're so excited."
I want to make sure I
qualify, but at the same
time run well enough to
make the team qualify.'
Warhurst predicts Wisconsin,
Michigan State, Central Michigan
and Michigan will place in the top
four. "With the possibility of
Illinios and Indiana bouncing back
from a poor finish at the Big Tens,"
"Everybody's has to go there and
get on the line and run," said
Blue plays short-
handed vs. Ferris
BY TAYLOR LINCOLN
After five of its top players were disqualified at the end of the first
period of last Saturday's hockey game against Bowling Green, Michigan
found itself in a small bind.
Bowling Green also lost five players, though, so it wasn't so bad
Michigan rallied to score a 7-6 comeback victory to gain a weekend split.
But "disqualification" is a loaded word in college hockey. Receivingo
game disqualification (as opposed to a game misconduct) entails an early
trip to the showers for the game in progress, pim a one game suspension.
RESULT: The Wolverines head into tonight's game at Ferris State
without four of their top five defensemen: Co-captain Myles O'Conngr,
Todd Copeland, Mark Sorenson and Doug Evans will sit out. Center Todd
Brost, the teams other co-captain, will also be watching tonight's contest
in street clothes.
"This presents a major problem but we just have to hope that we can
pick up the slack and keep the pressure off of our defense," said head coach
Red Berenson. "We survived it in Bowling Green and I'm just hoping
we'll be able to get through the game Friday."
Berenson added that he has never been associated with a team which lost
as many players in one position.
The good news heading into this weekend's series is that Michigan has
lost only once in its last five games and has moved up to second in the
CCHA standings and tenth in the national rankings.
The Wolverines recent upsurge has been largely due to the exploits of
junior left winger Ryan Pardoski. Two weeks ago Pardoski caught fire
with a game winning goal against Lake Superior State, in the arctic
environs of Michigan's upper peninsula.
THE RETURN to a warmer climate only inten-sified Pardoski's hot
streak. He had four goals and two assists last weekend - enough to earn
CCHA Player-of-the-Week honors. In all, Pardoski has seven goals in thr,
last four games.
"It was a big goal up at the Sault (versus Lake Superior) and I think it
gave him some confidence," said Berenson. "He's had a hot stick since
Ferris State is also hot. Since starting the season 0-3-1, the Bulldogs
have posted back-to-back sweeps against Ohio State and Miami to raise
their record to 4-3-1 - good for third place in the CCHA.
"We opened the season with a couple of tradition league powers
(Western Michigan and Michigan State) and didn't play very well," said
Ferris State head coach John Perpich. "Now we're playing smarter and
we're exectuting better."
-Tonight's player shortage may act to further expose the Wolverines'
season long defensive problem. Outside of a stellar effort in the sweep of
Lake Superior, Michigan has given up an average of 5.5 goals per game.
"We're fortunate to be in second place this late in the season giving up
as many goals as we've had," said Berenson.
'First-year goalie Tim Keough playedonearly the final two periods last
Saturday and is a candidate to see action this weekend. Berenson has not
said who will start in goal for either of the games.
-Junior center Mike Moes will move to defense tonight to join Brad
Turner, Alex Roberts and Randy Kwong as Michigan's remaining
defensemen. Moes also filled in on Saturday.
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