Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 18, 1989
Women's softball a wash - but
hope for sun today in makeup
The Michigan women's softball team found the weather not to their
liking yesterday, thus preventing them from facing the University of
Detroit. The game has been rescheduled for today at 3:30 at the Varsity
Yesterday rain poured onto the field when the the two team's when
the first pitch should have been thrown.
The Wolverines are coming off a pair of weekend doubleheader
splits against Big Ten rival Indiana.
Track teams show their
bark at Dogwood Invite
BY JODI LEICHTMAN
AND RYAN SCHREIBER
At the Dogwood Invitational last weekend
in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Michigan
women's track team emerged with three first-
place finishes, while the men's team came
away with two second-places, including a
photo finish in the 5,000-meter race.
Sophomore Amy Bannister was the first to
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Ten Champion and an NCAA All-American
last year, placed second in the shot put event
with a toss of 49.3 feet.
In the men's events, senior John Scherer,
the defending national champion in the indoor
5,000 meters, led that event until the last lap,
when he was overtaken by German Beltran of
Alabama. Scherer's second-place finish
stopped the clock at a personal best time of
13:51.95 - a photo-finish, one-thousandth
of a second short of first. He also made the
NCAA qualifying time of 13:58.
"It's tough to lose like that," Scherer said.
"But it was definitely an overall good
Jeff Barnett recorded a personal best of
8:55 to place fifth in the invitational heat of
the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while teammate
Ryan Robinson finished second in the
collegiate heat. Barnett hopes to drop the
eight seconds needed to qualify for the
NCAAs within two weeks at the Penn
The Wolverines also captured second place
in the distance medley relay. The team of Brad
Barquist, Claude Tiller, Kraig Watkins, and
John Scherer clocked in at 9:46 - one second
short of Villanova.
Omar Davidson's third-place finish in the
400-meter event was just shy of the NCAA
qualifying time. He crossed the line at 46.59,
while the qualifying standard is 46.2.
In other action, Brad Holwerda placed third
in the open high jump event with a leap of
six feet,11 inches, and Brad Darr vaulted 16
feet, 6 3/4 inches to tie for fourth in the
invitational pole vault competition.
On Friday, April 21, the Wolverines travel
to Lawernce, Kansas for a two-day event, the
cross the line in her two events: the 800
meters and the 1500 meters. Bannister's time
of 4:39.52 in the 1500 was a personal best
'It was a good double for the weekend,"
Bannister said. "It was my first run in the
1500 meters, and I was really pleased with the
In the women's 3,000-meter event,
sophomore Karen Welke and first-year student
Kim Haluscsak took first and second place,
respectively,5with personal best times of
9:49.2 and 9:50.1.
Junior Sonya Payne, the defending Big
Fans singing the blues
over CNN's new tune
Why did they do it? Why?
The question pops up about six times a day. Why,
oh why did the Cable News Network change the
Headline Sports theme song?
That's like exchanging the "M*A*S*H" theme song
with the theme from "Baretta." Why did CNN do this?
Those fabulous bars of inspiring sports music are
now gone. Nothing has felt the same since.
Watching Headline Sports became synonymous
with the theme. Raised to cult status by sports fans,
the music seemed irreplacable. Immortal, even.
While watching to get the scores for your favorite
team, you always found yourself humming the tune.
It was catchy. Now it's long gone. Life is so cruel.
GONE, along with the anchor's lead in: "19
minutes past the hour, time for Headline Sports." Or:
"49 minutes past the hour, time for Headline Sports."
Now, Headline Sports leads into the report after
telling the sports fans that Dockers Jeans sponsors the
section. Isn't that the commercial where you see
nothing but butts and belts for 30 seconds?
Worse yet, CNN and Dockers have shoved the
Headline Sports time up two full minutes to 21 and 51
minutes past the hour. Is nothing sacred?
Does CNN care at all about their fans? Did they not
know how much fans loved the anchor lead in? Don't
they know the theme was revered by sports fans across
the nation? I bet the song would turn platinum if CNN
decided to release it on album.
But now, it's gone. And worse yet, the new theme
stinks. It's too jazzy. Not enough drums. Actually, it
has no percussion at all. It plays throughout the entire
sports report. It just blares on and on.
What's the deal?
"I'VE BEEN here for four years now," said Mark
McKay, one of CNN's sportscasters. "I thought we
needed a change in the music."
Concerning the anchor lead-in, McKay said that he
had no specific authority in the change of format, but
he agreed with the CNN top brass in that "it was time
for a change in format."
"As for the new music," McKay said, "I'm still
getting used to it."
So are we.
McKay added that the change in time shouldn't
throw anyone off because "the recognizability factor is
With some more snooping and investigating, it
came out that there is no anchor lead-in anymore be-
cause it frees one extra minute for the business news.
And now, the "Dollars and Sense" section has one
more minute to report the business news to the angry,
theme-less Headline Sports fans.
But, for now, we just have to buck up and ride out
this tumultuous change. We will have to deal with this
new jazzy theme.
We won't even mention that CNN also changed the
"Hollywood Minute" theme. That's for the Arts section
to complain about.
Mekonnen and Kristiansen win in
Boston; Samuelson to take leave
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BOSTON (AP) - Though it couldn't
make up for missing the Olympics, Abebe
Mekonnen ran like a gold medalist and
became a champion yesterday at the 93rd
Ingrid Kristiansen, in the meantime, beat
Joan Benoit Samuelson for the first time ever
in winning her second Boston Marathon.
Mekonnen broke away from Juma Ikangaa
with about 1 1/2 miles left in the 26-mile,
385-yard test from the town green in
Hopkinton to the Back Bay in Boston, to win
in 2:09:06 - the seventh-fastest clocking in
the race's history.
Meanwhile, Kristiansen's bid to become
the first sub-2:20 women's marathoner
evaporated in the heat and humidity. She led
every step of the women's race and was not
seriously challenged after the early stages,
winning in 2:24:33.
Not only did Kristiansen beat Samuelson,
who struggled in ninth in 2:37:51, but she
also sent her into temporary retirement.
"I'm going to take an indefinite rest and let
Mother Nature do the healing," Samuelson
said. "It could be one year or five years."
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