The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 13, 1989 - Page 5
Women's CC fails to qualify
by John Niyo
Daily Sports Writer
Forgive Mindy Rowand if she's a
little confused right now. Saturday
morning was enough of an'
emotional rollercoaster to leave
Picture Mindy Rowand at the
finish line, gliding across in a
season best time of 17:16 in second
place overall. Then picture her at
that same finish line cheering herself
hoarse, to no avail, as her team's
chances to advance the NCAA Meet
slowly slipped away.
"It was tough. Last year when I
turned around, the chute was just all
blue and one of the men's coaches
came to me and said 'I think you're
going to do it! I think you guys
qualified!' This year when I turned
around, I kept looking and hoping,
but it was nothing but maroon and
gold for Minnesota," Rowand said
Coming into this weekend's
NCAA Regional meet, the Michigan
* women's cross country team knew
two things were certain. First, that
the top two and more than likely,
three teams would advance to
nationals. Second, they knew that
they definitely had the talent to be
one of those qualifiers.
Unfortunately, so did Indiana,
'Minnesota and Iowa. Those three
finished 1-2-3, all but sealing the
Wolverines' doom. Ironically,
Michigan had beaten out Minnesota
for third place in the Big Ten
Championships just two weeks ago.
"I don't think they [Minnesota]
ran any better this weekend. It was
more of us not running as well. It
was all a matter of timing," Rowand
But the fourth-place finish and
gloomy, overcast skies couldn't
overshadow a few bright spots for
Michigan at the meet.
"Mindy, Molly [McClimon], and
Colleen [Yuhn] all ran excellent
races for us. I was really pleased. It
was very windy out there. Those
three ran really well," Foster said.
Those three did run well, each
one turning in fast times in the
season's most important meet. Only
Indiana's Michelle Dekkers, the 1988
NCAA champ who was featured in a
Sports Illustrated article last week,
could best Rowand. Dekkers raced
through the 5000 meter course in a
What was most impressive about
the performances of McClimon and
Yuhn was their age. Both are first-
year students and both have three
more NCAA Regional meets ahead
of them. McClimon was the
Wolverines next highest finisher
behind Rowand, placing 15th
overall. Yuhn was fifth best on the
team and 52nd overall.
"Molly ran out of her skull! She
finished 21st at Big Ten's, but to
come back and finish 15th with all
these other schools it's just
amazing," Rowand said.
One not-so-bright spot, however,
was the performances of junior
Karen Welke and senior Jennifer
McPeck. The team's number two
and three runners throughout the
season couldn't muster up their
usual performances on Saturday,
finishing 43rd and 47th respectively.
McPeck had injured an ankle in
practice on Wednesday and that may
have been part of the cause.
For whatever reasons, the
women's cross country team isn't
going to be lining up for the
starter's gun next Monday in
Annapolis, Maryland. Except for
She will run in one last meet to
close out her successful four-year
career here. In the first meet of the
year, due to an injury, Michigan ran
without Mindy Rowand. Now in
the last meet of the year, Mindy
Rowand will unfortunately be
running without Michigan.
"M" finishers at
By Todd Drucker
Daily Sports Writer
On a rain soaked course in
Ypsilanti this weekend, the men's
cross country team placed 18th out
of 29 respective teams at the NCAA
District 4 meet.
Central Michigan took first place
at the event this weekend, with Ball
State, Wisconsin, and Western
Michigan following. All four teams
will advance to the NCAA
championships on November 20 in
Matt Smith crossed the tape first
for the Wolverine's, placing 63rd out
of over 200 runners. Sean Sweat,
who lost his shoe once and fell down
three times due to the muddy
conditions, managed to place 83rd in
the field, and finished second for
At times, Sweat even had to walk
up the slippery inclines.
"This course is so muddy and
there's so many turns that he
couldn't negotiate," said coach Ron
The Wolverine's 18th place
finish is nothing to scoff at
however. The entire Michigan
lineup at Ypsilanti this weekend was
made up entirely of rookie runners..
Top Big Ten teams
Chris Childs is just one of the talented first-year runners on the men's
cross country team.
by Andrew Gottesman
Daily Hockey Writer
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It's a good thing the Michigan hockey team has
outscored its opponents, 21-10 in the first period and
32-17 in the first two. For the Wolverines have been
experiencing somewhat of a letdown in the third and
most important frame - in which they have been
outscored, 12-7 and outshot, 110-97.
Michigan entered the third period ahead 4-2 Friday
night against Ferris State. And although the Wolverines
pulled out a 5-4 victory, they allowed the Bulldogs back
into the game.
Only 41 seconds into the period, Michigan co-
captain Alex Roberts received a two-minute penalty for
tripping. And seven seconds later, Ferris State's Mike
Jorgenson capitilized on the power play to draw the
Bulldogs within one goal.
However, it looked as if the goal wouldn't affect
Michigan, as senior center Mike Moes gave the
Wolverines a two-goal buffer before the announcer was
even done explaining Jorgenson's score.
But then Michigan seemed to go to sleep, forgetting
how to play smart hockey. Again up two goals,
Roberts received his third penalty of the night, followed
by a scuffle which sent David Roberts and Chris Tamer
to the Michigan penalty box for roughing.
"We made a couple of mental mistakes and made
mental lapses," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"The first period might have been our best period."
If the Wolverines came out a little drowsy for the
last period, they were completely out at the 11:26 mark.
Denny Feclsner, deep in his own zone, made a lazy pass
that was intercepted by Darren Asp. Asp proceeded to
put the puck through Sharples legs to pull the Bulldogs
have icers sliding by
back to within one with over eight minutes remaining
"We're happy with the win but I'm not happy with
giving up four goals," Berenson said. "We gave them a
chance to tie it up in the third period."
Maybe Berenson needs to invite the Score-O
participants into the locker room between periods
because it seems like they are the only ones psyched: to
go onto the ice after the second period. In fact, two out
of three people put the puck in the tiny goal for a trip
to Toronto via British Airways.
Fortunately for Michigan it was Ferris State they
were playing. And the Bulldog defense was having
enough trouble clearing their sinuses, let alone the puck
out of their zone.
While Saturday night saw Michigan blow away
Ferris early, the Wolverines still settled into a rut as the
game wore on. They were even outshot, 6-5, in the
"I think they lost their intensity a little bit,"
Michigan left winger Denny Felsner agreed. "We
were up in the first period but then we played down to
their level," he said. "We came out flying but then let
down a little."
Michigan may be able to come out strong against
the weaker teams in the CCHA and then coast. But if
they let up for even a moment against the top squads in
big games, they are going to get beaten. Even a three or
four goal lead can go down the tubes with a pair of
"We always try to win each period," goalie Tim
Keough saidaafter Saturday's matchup. "And we didn't
do that in the second and third periods."
Denny Felsner scored his seventh goal of the season in the second period of Michigan's 5-4 victory against
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Michigan also dominated play
in the first period Friday night,
outshooting Ferris St. 16 to four.
But the two teams left the period
tied at one goal apiece.
"Our first period was our best
period but we came out of it tied,"
Berenson said. "I thought it might
be one of those nights when we get
all the chances and they get all the
Michigan's plethora of scoring
opportunities were turned away by
the strong play of Bulldog's
goaltender Marc Felicio. And after
Michigan's offense came at Ferris
St. in waves in the early going, the
game settled into a natural ebb and
"I thought Felicio made his
saves when he had to and kept us in
the game when Michigan turned it
,'. up," Ferris St. head coach John
After falling behind 2-1 at the
start of the second period, the
Wolverines regained their offense in
part because of contributions from
two unlikely sources - defensemen
Todd Copeland and Alex Roberts.
Roberts assisted on Copeland's
power play goal with four minutes,
33 seconds left in the second period
to put Michigan up three to two.
Three minutes later, Roberts skated
in alone on Felicio and slipped a
backhand by him for his second
goal of the night.
"It was great," Roberts said
afterward. "I don't score too many
goals and I've never scored two
goals in a game either."
Roberts and Copeland were
paired together on defense for the
first time in their Michigan careers.
Berenson, who hadn't made the
switch earlier because the two both
played left defense, decided at the
beginning of the week to play them
together in an attempt to generate
more offense out of the two.
"We both know where each
other is going to be. I think having
the two seniors together could make
a dominant pair," Roberts said.
The Wolverines got sloppy once
they had the lead and the
combination of unnecessary
penalties and giving the puck away
in their own zone let the Bulldogs
back into the contest. Ferris St.
outscored the Wolverines 2-1 in the
third period but fell one goal short
as the game ended five to four.
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