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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition --Thursday, September 7, 1989 - Page 9

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Michigan's Glenn Hill, who made the pommel horse his speciality during
the 1988-89 season, is one of the returning gymnasts who should help the
team vault higher in the standings in the 1989-90 season.

Although the Michigan
women's Cross Country team lost
three of its top runners to grad-
uation, the squad should still be
strong for this fall .
Senior Mindy Rowand should
again prove to be a capable leader.
She placed fourth at the 1988 Big
Ten meet, earning All-Big Ten
honors, and has been a proven
contender on the national level.
In addition, junior Karen Welke
and sophomore Kim Haluscsak
have made great improvements
since their first season and are
expected to be even better during
the 1989 season.
Incoming students Molly Mc-
Climon and Colleen Yuhn are also
looking to become important parts
of the squad.
McClimon, a four-time high
school state champ from Madison,
Wisconsin, "should be a great ed-
ition to our team," head coach Sue
Foster said. Yuhn, who's from
Milford, Michigan, placed second at
the high school state meet last fall.
As for the women's track team,
head track coach James Henry said
its premature to guess how the
team will fare in 1989-1990. The
1989 indoor squad finished seventh
at the Indoor Big Ten Champ-
ionships and the outdoor squad was
in the midst of their season at press
time.

The Michigan men's gymnastics team suffered the three I's throughout
the past season - inexperience, inconsistency, and injuries.
Darden maintained all season long that his 'fresh faces' - the name he
gave his team of six first-year competitors and one transfer student -
comprised "the best team I've been associated with in my 16 years with
SMichigan."
The assemblage of young talent was on the verge of fulfilling great
expectations. But because of the three I's, they are still on the verge, but not
there yet.
The most serious blow to the Wolverines' chances was the loss of top
all-around competitor Jim Round, who fractured his hand on the parallel bars
during Michigan's Spring Breaktrip to the West Coast. His sidelining
prompted Darden to start a virtually unproven lineup.
- The injury to Round came just as all-arounders Louie Ball and John
Mains were returning from injuries of their own. During the West Coast
competition, however, the spotlight shined on Michigan's Ruben Ceballos,
who consistently produced all-around scores in the 54 range.
His heroics were complemented by Glenn Hill, who commanded steady
9.6's on the pommell horse, one of the more difficult events in men's
gymnastics. Strong last-minute performances by "supersubs" Matt Harrison,
Shawn Martin, Tony Angelotti, and Troy Fabregas helped net the
Wolverines a successful road trip.
Following the trip, Michigan repeatedly scored in the high 260 range, its
season high thus far. Although Darden had initially sought scores in the
270s, he defended the Wolverines' performances by saying, "The results
aren't bad when you consider that of our thirty counting scores, 23 are
(often) recorded by freshmen."
The Wolverines carried a high of 267.35 and a national ranking of 15
into the Big Ten Championships, where they were projected to finish sixth
in a field where the five teams ahead of them were among the top ten teams
in the country.
The team finished sixth, as expected, but did so with a 268.80, the new
14season-high. Angelotti reached the finals in the floor exercise with a 9.7,
and Ball(14th) and Ceballos(16th) topped all first-year competitors in the all-
around. For his efforts, Ball was named the Co-Big Ten Newcomer-of-the-
Year.
:Michigan returns its entire team, so for Darden, the three I's are no
*onger the problem. "The problem is patience."U -Jeff Sheran

F goster
Henry's squad will benefit from
strong cross country runners, like
Rowland, who is an All-American
in the 3,000 meter indoor, as well
as improving distance runners such
as Amy Bannister and Jennifer
McPeck.
Senior Sonya Payne is
considered one of the nation's best
shot putters, earning All-American
honors in indoor and outdoor track.
Also bolstering the team's scoring
will be Senior high jumper Lisa
DeVries. First-year student Julie
Victor, who competes in both the
discus and the shot put, is one of
several recruits that should step in
and immediately help the Wolver-
ines.
-Jodi Leichtman

The men's cross country team
will have dig deep inside and go the
extra mile this fall if they hope to
match the 1988 squad's success.
Last season Michigan placed third
at the Big Ten Championship meet.
With the loss of John Scherer, a
three-time All-American runner, and
head coach Ron Warhurst plans to
red-shirt three of the returning
members from the 1988 pack - in
order to gain a fifth year of com-
petition from .them - the Wol-
verines will have to find new run-
ners to lead the pack.
The red-shirting of Brad
Barquist, who consistently paced
the pack as the number one runner
for most of the 1988 season, will
allow him to compete nationally in
hopes of making the United States
Cross Country team and run in the
World Championships.
Barquist and his red-shirted team-
mates Jeff Barnett and Tony Carna
will still train with the team and
compete in events without a
Michigan jersey.
Warhurst will look forward to a
team composed of seniors Karl
Welke, Kraig Watkins, Rob Rinck,
Darryl Eddy, junior Joe McKown
and sophomores Wayne Qom and
Chris Childs. Additionally, in-
coming student Jason Colvin along
with other new recruits, walk-ons
and transfer students will help lead
the team through the season.

"We'll be adequate," Warhust
said.
Michigan won't be the only
cross country team looking at new
faces to lead the team. Big Ten
rivals Michigan State lost three of
its top seven runners to graduation
and Wisconsin lost six of its seven.
Besides losing Scherer, the
indoor and outdoor track team will
miss All-American Omar Davidson.
During his four years at Michigan,
Davidson set a number of Michigan
records in both indoor and outdoor
events.
Also graduating were pole
vaulter Dave Irvine, distance runner
Ryan Robinson, and thrower Jeff
Watson.
Michigan placed fourth at the
1989 Big Ten Indoor Champion-
ship meet.
Though he knows Scherer's and
Davidson's shoes will be definitely
hard to fill, head coach Jack Harvey
hopes the additions of incoming
students Toby VanPelt (pole vault),
Dan Reddan (high jump), and Jason
Colvin (distance) will play an
important role in the future success
of Michigan track.
Coach Harvey mentioned juniors
Brad Darr, Greg Duffy, Brad Holw-
erda, Neal Newman, Rudy Red-
mond, Rory Stace, and soph-
omores Jerry Douglas, Dan McGin-
nis as promising returning team
-r -Jodi Leichtman

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Both the men's and women's
golf teams got off to a sluggish
starts last spring. Much of the
problem could be traced to the bad
weather that plagued the Wolverines
early on. Once the sun came out
though, Michigan began to shine.
The men's squad finished 7th and
12th in their first two tournaments.
Co-captains Hersh Patel and Bob
Papp both got off to tremendous
starts according to coach Jim
Carras.
Both players led Michigan in
scoring all season as Patel captured
several Big Ten Honors. Chris
Pond and Tom Paton gave the team
solid balance. The problem for
Carras was working in a fifth player

that could score consistently below
eighty.
As the season progressed, the
team captured an impressive fifth
place finish at the U.K. Johnny
Owens Invitational in Kentucky.
The next weekend Patel played
brilliantly on one of his favorite
courses, pacing Michigan to a
fourth place finish out of nineteen
squads at the Marshall Invitational
in West Virginia.
In the last tournament before the

winter semester ended, the team
slipped to ninth in the Kepler
Intercollegiate at Ohio State. It was
the team's first confrontation with
most of the Big Ten, and the
linksters finished behind Ohio
State, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
First-year students and sopho-
mores dominated the women's golf
team last year with Erica Zonder,
Mary Hartman, and Rebecca Hayes
establishing themselves as the low
scorers.

The women got off to a sub-par
performance in their first spring
tournament. The Wolverines
finished ninth out of eleven teams
at the Summerfield Golf Classic in
Flor-ida. Then the squad had to
battle snow and rain at the Indiana
University Invitational. The
weather caused their scores to rise
into the eighties, placing Michigan
12th out of a field of 15.
But then the women turned it
around at the Ohio State Invita-
tional. Zonder led the team to a
fourth place finish out of nine
teams. Coach Sue LeClair said that
"sunshine and determination" keyed
the Wolverines improvement.
-Theodore Cox

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