Page 8- The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, October 11,1989
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Good times ahead
for men's X-country
By Todd Drucker
Daily Sports Contributor
A quick glance at the Michigan
men's cross country team might lead
one to believe that this team is in
the midst of a desperate transition.
However, a closer look reveals
that this year's Wolverine squad,
whose power base stands with a
vigorous first-year class, will be
augmented next season by the
strength of last year's top three Wol-
verine runners who have all been
redshirted for this season.
Coach Ron Warhurst made this
strategic maneuver even though he
was severely limiting the potential
of this year's team by redshirting
three top runners. And by doing so,
next year's team looks to be one of
the best in the Big Ten.
One of the top redshirts is senior
Brad Barquist, who earned All-
American status for his eighth place
finish in the NCAA indoor 3,000
meter run last year. Barquist also
placed second in the Big Ten in the
10,000 meter outdoors.
Another of these redshirts, junior
Tony Carna, placed fifth in the Big
Ten 10,000 meter outdoors last year
and is a three-time Class A Ohio
champion in cross country.
Senior Jeff Barnett, the last of the
powerful redshirts, was the No. 4
runner in the Michigan Intercol-
legiates but encountered injury prob-
lems later in the season, forcing him
to sit out the rest of the year.
"Those three runners," Warhurst
said, "along with a couple of this
year's top freshman, with a year
under their belts, should make us
one of the Big Ten's very best teams
EVEN WITH the prospect of
having a powerhouse team next year,
Warhurst still refuses to give up on
this year's team, a team composed
primarily of froshes.
Although the Wolverines haven't
been notably successful in com-
petition, the rookie runners have
been gaining valuable race exper-
"We have to compete a little bit
Sean Sweat has turned in the
most impressive performances of all
the first-year runners by finishing
first for Michigan in two of its four
races. Some other names that should
stand out in the future include Frank
Wolf and Matt Schroeder.
Still, in redshirting his top three
runners, all of whom are uninjured,
Warhurst has taken some obvious
chances. The redshirt rule was
created, in effect, to guarantee an
athlete four years of eligibility.
Hypothetically speaking, if an
athlete becomes injured and you lose
him for the year, the athlete can be
redshirted for that year and still have
his four year's of eligibility intact.
Some coaches, however, redshirt
players that are not injured. Even
though these athletes only compete
for four years, they will have been
uninjured college athletes for five
years. This process hopefully yields
a superior athlete who has been
given an additional year to con-
centrate solely on training.
And this is the case with War-
hurst's redshirts. Since they are not
injured, the slight possibility re-
mains that his plan could backfire.
"I've never redshirted someone
because they weren't injured," War-
hurst said. "That's a chance you take
and I just decided to do it and they
were all for it. We should be very
good next year."
tougher," Warhurst said. "And (the
first-year runners) are learning how
to do that."
Still, the rookie runners have
posted results with which Warhurst
is quite pleased. "Their times are
progressively coming down. That's a
good sign." he said.
Women golfers place 10th
Deep inside the Borchst Belt, international celebrities/tired out-of-work actors Ernest Borgnine and Buddy
Hackett celebrate what they thought was a Griddes victory. Just moments later, a hotel manager informed
them that Slippery Rock had lost, sending them into a Griddes abyss. The tandem have played this week, too.
Buddy, Ernie play Griddes
Believe it or not, Griddes, that wonderfully intox-
icating college football contest, has reached the Borscht
Deep inside the peaks of the Catskill mountains lies
two of the nation's biggest Griddes fans: Buddy Hackett
and Frnest Borgnine.
Borgnine, who hasn't done much work since
Fantasy Island left the airwaves, fills in his spare time
"Tattoo used to help me with the Slippery Rock
games, but now since he's dropped off the face of the
entertainment world, I go to Buddy for help," Borgnine
Hackett and Borgnine have produced a powerful
prognosticating Griddes team, barely losing each week.
In fact, Buddy and Ernie thought they had won Griddes
last week, seen above embracing each other with glee.
Join in the Borscht Belt fun and send in your Griddes
picks into the Student Publications Building by 5 p.m.
Friday. Include your name, phone number, and score for
the Michigan-Michigan State game for the tiebreaker.
1. Michigan at Michigan State
2. Notre Dame at Air Force
3. San Jose State at Miami (FL)
4. Colorado at Iowa State
5. Arkansas at Texas Tech
6. Navy at Pittsburgh
7. West Virginia at California
8. LSU at Auburn
9. Houston at Texas A&M
10. SW Louisiana at Alabama
11. Georgia Tech at Clemson
12. Texas at Oklahoma
13. Penn State at Syracuse
14. Illinois at Purdue
15. Iowa at Wisconsin
by Scott Erskine
Daily Sports Contributor
The Michigan women's golf
team finished tenth in a 16-team
field last weekend at the two day, 54
hole -tournament held at Ohio State
The lady linksters ran into
trouble in their fifth tournament of
the season with a team score of 986,
good for only tenth place.
One of the problems that the
golfers may have encountered was
mental fatigue, according to Mich-
igan coach Sue LeClair. The team
played extremely well on the first
day of the tournament and was in
seventh place after the first 36 holes.
On the final day of the tourn-
ament the course worked against
most of the Michigan players and
the ladies dropped to tenth place by
the end of the tournament.
Becky Hayes paced the Wolver-
ines in the tournament with her 245
stroke total (81-76-88). Erica Zon-
der, who has sat out the last two
contests due to illness, came back
strong, posting a 246 (85-83-78).
Also, Kristin Beilstein (246),
Mary Hartman (252), and Wendy
Bigler (254) continued to play well.
Furman University captured the
tournament with a 930 combined
Despite the tenth place showing,
this was a good tournament for the
team, since many of the other
schools in the invitational were from
the south and enjoy longer golf seas-
ons. This lead LeClair to be optim-
istic about the tournament, saying
"I'm still proud of them."
The young squad has played fairly
consistently all fall and will head
into the Big Ten season next spring
in possible contention for the con-
The last fall invitational for the
linksters will be this weekend when
they will travel to Northern Illinois
for the Huskie Classic.
Oregon at Washington
Indiana at Ohio State
Minnesota at Northwestern
Columbia at Princeton
California (PA) at Slippery Rock
back at Sports
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have a plain beef of your own about
sports, then Write Rich Quick.
Starting November, Rich will
print some of these letters and
respond to them in his weekly
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