Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 23, 1988
1. Michigan State (11-1-0)
2. MICHIGAN (7-3-2)
4. Lake Superior (7-4-1)
5. Western Michigan (6-6-1)
6. Ferris State (4-7-1)
7. Bowling Green (7-6-0)
8. Ohio State (2-9-1)
9. Miami (3-9-0)
Sheldon Gorski, UIC
Bobby Reynolds, MSU
Kip Miller, MSU
Bob Melton, UIC
Rod Brind'Amour, MSU
Greg Parks, Bowling Green
DENNY FELSNER, UM
Jeff Green, WMU
Jason Muzzatti, MSU
TIM KEOUGH, UM
Bruce Hoffort, Lake Superior
Dave DePinto, UIC
Mike Williams, Ferris State
Bill Horn, WMU
Jamie Stewart, MSU
WARREN SHARPLES, UM
Wisconsin 3, UIC 0
MICHIGAN 4, Ohio State 4 (OT)
Illinois-Chicago 5, Fernis State 2
Lake Superior 3, Bowling Green 2 (OT)
Western Michigan 4, Miami 3
Michigan State 6, Boston University 4
Ohio State 2, Michigan I
Illinois-Chicago 4, Ferris State 3
Lake Superior 4, Bowling Green 3 (OT)
Miami 3, Western Michigan 2
Michigan State 9, Boston U 3
MICHIGAN at Western Michigan
Michigan State at Ohio State
Lake Superior at Ferris State
Miami at Bowling Green
Western Michigan at Michigan
Michigan State at Ohio State
Lake Superior at Ferris State
Miami at Bowling Green
Illinois-Chicago at Notre Dame
Men's and Women's Cross Country
Runners surprise all
Michigan goalie Tim Genyk may get an opportunity to handle the goaltending duties for
the Wolverines this season. The former high school star at Ann Arbor Pioneer has not
played in a game this season for the Wolverines.
Goalie Genyk grasps for
chance rove worth
BY JODI LEICHTMAN
Monday was full of surprises for Michigan's cross
country teams. Unfortunately, not all of these
surprises were causes for celebration. The tenth-ranked
Michigan women's team finished seventh overall,
while the men finished 16th, their rank entering the
NCAA Championship meet in Granger, Iowa.
In the women's meet, Kentucky, Oregon, and
Nebraska placed first, second, and third respectively.
Indiana's Michelle Dekkers finished first.
Leading the women was sophomore Karen Welke,
who crossed the 5K finish line 49th overall with a
personal-best of 17:31. Senior Carol Boyd (17:33),
also recorded a personal best, finishing second for the
Wolverines (53rd overall).
BOYD was followed by junior Mindy Rowand
(17:34), Michigan's leader throughout the season.
Rowand fought a 48-hour virus to finish 56th overall.
First-year runner Kim Haluscsak and senior Traci
Babcock rounded out the Wolverines.
"I know everyone was thinking, 'God. Michigan?
What are they doing here,"' said Rowand. "They
haven't been here for six years. What's so great about
Head coach Sue Foster was pleased with her
squad's finish. "I knew they were a good team, it was
just a matter of proving it. I'm glad we had a chance
to prove it at nationals because seventh is definitely a
great showing when you have 16 of the best teams of
the nation there."
THE TOP three teams to finish in the men's
meet were Wisconsin, Northern Arizona, and
Tennesse, respectively. Indiana's Robert Kennedy
captured first place.
Originally, the Michigan men were happy to make
it to the NCAA meet. But after they accomplished
this feat, the Wolverines hoped to finish higher than
the 16th place out of 22 teams.
Leading the Wolverines was senior John Scherer,
who was 15th overall. He finished the 10K course at
29:47 earning All-American honors for the third
"I feel really good about the race because my
season hasn't been super-great," said Scherer. "But
I'm really happy with how it ended."
Michigan junior Brad Barquist (40th) crossed the
line at 30:19. Junior Jeff Barnett, with a personal best
of 31:11, and sophomore Tony Carna (31:12) ran
together and placed 97th and 98th overall. Still
fighting injuries, senior Ryan Robinson (164th) was
Michigan's fifth man across the line.
"It was tough mentally," said Barnett. "I was right
in the middle of the pack, and although I hoped to
place better, I had to realize that this was the best in
BY MIKE GILL
Last week, Michigan coach Red
Berenson stood before his players in
a team meeting. He spoke of what it
was like to play college hockey.
He then told them, "You know, if
you guys think it's tough, look over
at Tim Genyk - because he has the
toughest job. He, comes to practice
and works hard everyday. He comes
back every single day and he hasn't
had a chance to play yet."
Maybe that's why you haven't
heard his name. Learn it. Tim
Genyk, third-string goaltender of the
When Genyk ate his Thanks-
giving meal last year, he gave
thanks for making the team as a
walk-on a few weeks back. This
year, he's asking.
He's asking for a chance. A
chance to play.
"I hope to get a shot," Genyk
said. "I really think I can be
successful at this level. It's just
getting the opportunity."
MICHIGAN dresses two goal-
tenders for each game. So far this
year, Genyk has watched from the
stands in a sportcoat and tie while
Warren Sharples and Tim Keough
wear the maize and blue. In his two
years, only once has Genyk dressed
for a game.
Everyone on the team hopes
Genyk someday receives his chance,
including his two competetors. "We
all hope he can get in there because
we all know he can do the job,"
Sharples said. "We'll all be cheering
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for him as much as playing with
When the Wolverines play Notre
Dame in February, Genyk would
appear to have a chance to play. It's
a non-conference game against a
team which cancelled its hockey
program a few years ago and is now
But Berenson can't guarantee such
an opportunity. "I can't say he will
or he won't," Berenson said of
MAYBE some would hang it up
by now. Maybe some would say
they aren't going to tale the rigors
of practice without being able to
wallow in the excitement of the
game. Maybe some would complain
to the coaches.
Not Tim Genyk.
"You think about quitting from
time to time," he said. "But you
keep pushing and ultimately I want
to play. That's what it boils down
to. If I quit, I'll never really know
- that's really it."
Genyk took a year off from
school after graduating from Ann
Arbor Pioneer in 1985. As testament
to his laid-back personality, he went
to Florida with a friend and they
learned how to surf.
HE ATTENDED Eastern Mi-
chigan for a year, and then transferred
to Michigan. With the urging of his
high school chum, Tim Helber,
Genyk decided he would try to gain a
spot as a walk-on, just like Helber
was attempting to do.
They both were successful. Now
Helber can only sing praises for his
roommate, teammate, and friend.
"He's never complained about his
situation to the coaches. That's not
the kind of guy he is. He'll just keep
perservering until he gets his shot.
That's why I love the kid so much.
That's why we spend so much time
"We're sarcastic with each other
95 percent of the time but that five
percent of the time we're friendly to
each other - it's coming from the
bottom of our hearts."
The team appreciates Genyk's
efforts. Sure he doesn't play, but he
works damn hard. That's all he can
do right now.
BUT what his teamates appre-
ciate most is the easy going spirit
that Genyk never fails to display.
Last week, he told the team stories
of his football playing days at
Forsythe Junior High. He told them
he was a popular guy, a big-gunner,
offensive and defensive tackle.
"What was your record," someone
"0-7," was the reply.
The team broke out in laughter.
Genyk and Billy Jaffe, another
walk-on, joke about their status.
They sometimes don't get all the
new equipment that the other players
get. "We'll joke around with each
other," Genyk said. "One of us will
walk up to the other and say, 'Oh, I
got a new chin strap today."'
PART OF the team, but want-
ing more is what it is all about to
Genyk. Mike Helber, Tim's younger
brother, thought about Genyk's situ-
ation and concluded, "It'll definitly
help him later in life when some-
thing does go his way," said the
younger Helber. "He knows the hard
road, so he can really appreciate the
Last Thanksgiving, Tim Genyk
was thankful for being on the team.
"Now I definitely want more than
that," Genyk said. "I'd definitely like
"And hopefully I'll get one."
So do a lot of people.
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Michigan senior Jon Scherer was the Wolverines top finisher in the NCAA cross country
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