Men's track shows
stamina at Eastern
The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday -February 19, 1990- Page 7
Gymnasts still lose
*by Eric Berkman
Daily Sports Writer
Overcoming a carnival-like at-
mosphere at the Eastern Michigan
Classic, the Michigan men's track
team remained patient enough to put
forth a respectable showing at Fri-
"It was a real zoo," coach Jack
Harvey said of the fourteen-hour
affair. "Men's and women's events
were going on at the same time. It
started at 11 a.m. and I didn't get out
of there until 1 a.m., when the high
jump competition ended."
Nonetheless, the Wolverines did
well rebounding from a lackluster
performance at last week's Central
Collegiates in Wisconsin.
Clearing the bar at 16 feet, 10
inches, Brad Darr took first place in
*he pole vaulting competition.
"He didn't jump especially well,
but he won, which I guess is im-
portant," Harvey said. "He's having
some problems with his approach -
he's been inconsistent on the run-
way. But I'm not worried."
Matt Scharl had a strong per-
formance in the pole vault as well,
leaping an even 16 feet to place
"I think he can place in the Big
Ten with 16-6," Harvey said. "And I
think he's definitely capable of it."
High jumper Brad Holwerda
placed third at 6 feet, 10 inches.
However, he missed when the bar
was raised to 7-feet-3.
"He looked good on his jumps,"
Harvey said. "Especially since it was
1 a.m. and they (the high jump
competition) were supposed to be at
Michigan also looked solid in the
sprinting events. Jerry Douglas fin-
ished second in the 200-meter run,
clocking in at 22.09 seconds, which
Harvey described as a good time for
him. Douglas also finished second in
the high hurdles with a time of 7.5
Also in the sprints, Michael
Eccleston finished seventh in the 55
at 6.6 seconds and Neal Newman
placed seventh in the 400, but
according to Harvey, the 400 "is not
"We under-raced him," Harvey
said. "He's usually a half-miler."
A particularly encouraging perfor-
mance came from Mike Hennessy,
who finished fourth in the shot put
with a toss of 50 feet, 4 inches.
"It's a lot better," Harvey said.
"He's been in kind of a slump and
he's on his way up. In the Big Ten
it'll take 53 or 54 feet to place, and I
think he's capable."
The coach feels positive going
into next weekend's Big Ten Cham-
pionships in Bloomington, Indiana.
"I think there's reason for some
hope," Harvey said. "With our best
performances, we could be fighting
it out for fourth or fifth place."
by Dan Zoch
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's women gymnastics
hit a season high of 182.65 points
Saturday night at Varsity Arena and
captured three of four events from
the visiting Wisconsin Badgers. But
the team came up short in the final
tally by less than a point.
"We beat them on vault, bars,
and floor," coach Beverly Fry said.
"They won because they hit six-for-
six beam routines. You can't say we
lost the meet. That's what everybody
puts the emphasis on, but you have
to go deeper than that."
The Wolverines continued their
upward swing despite the losses of
Christine Furlong and Eva Gordon
from their line-up.
Sophomore Diane Armento and
senior team co-captain Wendy Co-
meau were the bright spots in the
balance beam with respective scores
of 9.5 and 9.35. Wisconsin's 1.35
lead on the event was enough to
make up for their inability to capture
any other event.
"It's disappointing and yet,
Michigan women's gymnastics is
really making a mark on the Big Ten
this year," assistant coach Dave
Kuzara said. "Today they hit 19 of
24 routines, which is four more
routines than last week. That's a
First-year gymnast Tina Blair
took first place on the uneven bars
with a score of 9.3. She was fol-
lowed by Wisconsin's Michelle Her-
nandez with a 9.05 and Wolverine
co-captain Jeni Hescott with a 9.0.
Wisconsin's Mahaney finished
first on the vault with a 9.3, but was
trailed by Michigan's Debbie Geiger
and Diane Armento, who both post-
ed a 9.0.
The real stars for the Wol-
verines, though, were the gymnasts
who came off the "bench" to fill in
for Furlong and Gordon.
"It really makes me feel good
that I have the depth that if I need to
pull somebody out for a bruise or for
a sprained ankle that I have some-
body just as good that I can put in,"
Fry said. "I'm just really, really
The meet Saturday night was
just a step in Michigan's preparation
for the Big Ten Championships,
which are being held in Ann Arbor
"I'm really excited about Big
Ten's, number one because they're
here," Kuzara said. "I think by the
time Big Ten's roll around, they're
going to be very competitive. Scores
are relative, but we're hitting more
Jeni Hescott, co-captain of Michigan's womens gymnastics team, poses
before doing her floor routine during Saturdays meet against Wisconsin.
Wisconsin protest causes tie for Blue gymnasts
'well in 'low-key' meet
by Eric Berkman
Daily Sports Writer
Women's track coach James
Henry only wanted to emerge from
Friday's Eastern Michigan Classic
with his team intact, and he got
what he wanted - with some good
performances to boot.
"It was really low-key as we
Osaid," Henry explained, "and we did
what we wanted. We came out
unscathed and unhurt."
The best performance of the day,
Henry said, came from Mindy Row-
and, who won the mile in a season's
best 4 minutes, 46.9 seconds.
Michigan took four of the top six
places in the mile, with Jennifer
McPeck placing second at 5:00.17,
Vim Haluscsak coming in third at
5:05.16, and Amy Bucholz finishing
sixth at 5:08.68.
"The first three placers weren't
milers," Henry said. "It was a short
place for them to run. They ran
together until Mindy decided to pull
ahead toward the end to see how fast
she could go. It opens a real
Pandora's Box for us, showing she,
can run anything from the mile to
*the 500. She's our bread and butter."
The biggest surprise of the day
was quarter-miler Gillian Osborne's
fifth-place showing in the long jump
with a leap of 18 feet, 3-1/2 inches.
Osborne, a senior, hadn't competed
inthat event since her first year.
"She had knee problems, so we
discontinued it," Henry said. How-
exer, through a regimen of box-
Over the past 15 years, Mead
jumping and plyometrics she has
strengthened her knees considerably
and is even considering Big Ten
Other strong performances came
from the 2-mile relay team of Chris
Tyler, Megan Nortz, Carrie Yates,
and Molly McClimon, which placed
first in 9:05, and from Suzie Thwe-
att, who ran a collegiate-best 8.15
seconds in the 55-meter high jump.
Although Henry is looking for a
second or third place performance at
next week's Big Ten meet, he is
content to "let the chips fall as they
"I'm completely pleased with
how they've performed from A to Z
in every event," Henry said.
by Albert Lin
Daily Sports Writer
A night that started with a break
for the Wolverines ended with a
break against them when Saturday
evening's men's gymnastics meet
ended in a tie at 267.85.
Michigan thought it had won its
first competition of the season, but a
protest by Wisconsin coach Mark
Pflughoeft led to a scoring change
resulting in the tie.
"I saw on the sheet that (Wis-
consin's second-to-last parallel bar
performer) was short difficulty, and I
knew he wasn't and (the judges)
found out he wasn't, so the score
went up," Pflughoeft explained.
While Blue coach Bob Darden
agreed that maybe the score should
have been changed, he did not agree
with how Pflughoeft went about it.
Apparently, Pflughoeft talked to
the judge, which is not allowed,
found out there was a discrepancy in
difficulty, and then went about
writing a formal protest.
"While we should find for a better
score for the athlete, it was done
improperly...the head judge has the
opportunity to be fined for unsport-
manlike conduct," Darden said.
While the judges ruled against
Michigan at the end of the meet, the
Wolverines were given a reprieve at
Michigan's first performer, Mark
Ambroe on the pommel horse, had a
tough time with his routine. But
Darden asked that his gymnast be
given another shot, since the horse
area had not been cleared before
Ambroe had began, and the request
The actual meet featured strong
performances on all events, but once
again the Wolverines fell apart on
the horizontal bar.
Fifth-year senior Tony Angelotti
summed it up the best: "The meet
was excellent up until high bar
where we boffed again."
"It shouldn't have been as close
as it was," said co-captain Shawn
Martin. "It shouldn't even have been
Said co-captain Jim Round, "We
were more consistent all the way
through...We didn't have some of
the more outstanding scores of the
last meet, but all in all it remained
Michigan led, 225.30-221.60,
after five events, but the high bar
featured only one nine, and included
Matt Harrison hurting himself by
ending up sitting on the bar
following a botched release move.
The reason why the high bar is
such a problem could not be pin-
pointed. No one felt it was from lack
of preparation or nervousness.
"I think we're cursed," co-captain
Shawn Martin joked.
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