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The Michigan Daily Friday, September 22, 1989, Page 11
Cross country runners:
Unspoiled by Success
by John Niyo
Daily Sports Contributor
For the past few seasons, the women's cross country team has enjoyed
a level of success of which many teams would be proud. Despite a sev-
enth-place national finish last year, the team has not become complacent.
The squad has steadily improved under the guidance of third-year head
coach, Sue Foster. Foster, a former Michigan track star, guided the team,
in 1987, through an undefeated regular season and to a fifth-place finish in
the Big Ten Conference meet.
Last year, Michigan moved up to third in the Big Ten and qualified for
the NCAA meet by placing second in the District IV Championships.
According to Foster those successes will actually help the squad to
"Last year's team got off to a slow start, but we came on strong in the
end when we needed to. Most of the team was around and was part of that.
They showed that cross country can be fun, too. Since this team works so
well together, I just don't see any reason why we can't get better," Foster
In order to get better they will have to overcome injuries to key
One of the more serious injuries is the strained muscle that has plagued
senior Mindy Rowand, an all-Big Ten runner last fall. Rowand led
Michigan runners in all but one of last year's meets.
THE INJURY, though, has been a definite setback to her plans this
year. After missing the first meet of the season, she plans to run this
weekend in the Western Ontario Invite.
"Before the season I set goals for myself to win the Big Ten meet and
earn All-American honors. But now with the injury I'll just have to wait
and see. I might have to reassess my individual goals," Rowand said.
According to Foster, two other runners have stepped to the forefront for
the Wolverines--senior Jennifer McPeck and junior Karen Welke.
"Jennifer is really fired up for this season. She has been such a great
worker and she's running very aggressively, both in practice and in our
first meet. I look for her to have her best season ever," Foster said. "Karen
has made tremendous improvements each year. She will be one of the top
competitors in the Big Ten."
Also expected to contribute to the cause this year are two new faces.
First-year runners Molly McClimon and Colleen Yuhn will be counted on
"Molly will be one of our top runners immediately as will Colleen.
Colleen ran very well in our first meet, but Molly is coming off a knee
injury and couldn't compete. They both will be running this weekend,
though," Foster said.
The way things have shaped up, the Ontario meet looks to be an
important barometer of the team's progress thus far. Due to injuries, it
will be the first meet this year for two key runners and a chance for the
team to compete together for the first time.
by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Contributor
Talk about league openers. When
the Wolverine field hockey team
visits Iowa City this weekend to face
both their Spartan and Hawkeye
counterparts, they not only open
their conference season; they open
This year marks the maiden voy-
age for the Midwest Collegiate Field
Hockey Conference. The newly-
formed league consists of Michigan,
MSU, Iowa, Ohio State, North-
western, and Northern Illinois. The
league should provide a very compet-
itive environment for the Wolver-
ines, as Iowa and Northwestern are
perennially among the top ten teams
Michigan takes on archrival
Michigan State at 1:00 on Saturday
afternoon. Michigan head coach Patti
Smith called the game "very im-
"We hope to raise our intensity
to a little higher level," she said.
"It's important for us to prove our-
selves as the best team in the state
of Michigan." '
Michigan State head coach
Martha Ledwig echoed this feeling,
"It's an important game just because
it's like any other conference game.
Add to that the tremendous rivalry
betweeen the schools, and you have
a tremendous game."
Ledwig added that one of the keys
to the game would be the Spartans'
ability to "shut down the midfield
(of Michigan), because that's where
Sharon Cantor plays."
CANTOR, a senior midfielder,
led the team in assists last year and
is vital to the overall success of the
team. She and senior forward Judy
Burinskas were second team All-Big
Ten selections last year.
Michigan's only conference win
in the Big Ten last year came at the
expense of the Spartans in a game
played in Ann Arbor. In East Lan-
sing, State was victorious by a 5-3
margin. This game is at a neutral
site, but a long way from the friend-
ly confines of Michigan's Tartan
Turf. Smith, however, didn't see
playing on the road as a big dis-
"We're actually used to it after
the California trip. We'll be playing
on artificial turf, so that's good."
The weekend doesn't get any
easier as the next match will be with
national powerhouse Iowa, on Sun-
day. That trip has never been very
pleasant for the Wolverines, as they
have never beaten the Hawkeyes in
15 tries. Last year, the Wolverines
succumbed twice, including an 8-1
trouncing at Iowa. This year's
Hawkeyes look just as formidable as
previous editions. Despite these
long odds, Smith remains cautiously
"(Never beating them) is always
on our mind. You always dream of
that upset. We've played good halves
against them before. It's just a
matter of putting two good halves
together. On any given . day, you
never know what can happen."
The team hopes to ride the
momentum gained on a recent west
coast trip during which they defeated
University of Pacific and Cal-
Berkeley by identical 1-0 scores and
tied Chico State 1-1. Smith said that
the trip was encouraging, but added,
"We' re still looking for more con-
sistent play, especially offensively."
The offense has only produced
four goals in the first six games.
They can take some refuge in that
some of the scoring has come from
unexpected sources. Walk-on Katie
Vignevic scored the first goal of the
season to beat Toledo. Rookie Mary
Beth Bird scored the tying goal in
the Chico State contest.
Michigan believes that if the
offense picks up and the defense
continues to excel, they can win at
least as many conference games this
weekend as they did all of last
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