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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- January 15, 1990
Michigan Sports Calendar
A compilation of Michigan sporting events
and information for the coming week.
Monday, January 15
Men's basketball at Illinois, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tuesday, January 16
No events scheduled.
Wednesday, January 17
No events scheduled.
Thursday, January 18
Men's basketball vs. Ohio State at Crisler Arena, 7 p.m.
(ESPN)
Friday, January 19
Women's basketball vs. Northwestern at Crisler Arena,
7:30 p.m.
Ice hockey at Ferris State, 7:30 p.m.
Men's swimming at USC, 1 p.m.
Women's swimming at Eastern Michigan Invitational, time
TBA.
Men's gymnastics at the Windy City Invitational in
Chicago, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 20
Men's basketball at Iowa, 8 p.m. (Raycom)
Men's indoor track, the Michigan Relays, time TBA.
Ice hockey at Ferris State, 7:30 p.m.
Men's swimming at UCLA, 1 p.m.
Women's swimming at Eastern Michigan Invitational time
TBA
Wrestling vs. Illinois at the Varsity Arena, time TBA.
Men's gymnastics at the Windy City Invitational in
Chicago, 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 21
Women's basketball vs. Wisconsin at Crisler Arena, 2 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Purdue at the Varsity Arena, time TBA.
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One More Year
Men's track squad faces a year of development

by Eric Berkman
Daily Sports Contributor
Development seems to be the
buzzword for the Michigan men's
track team this season. Describing
last year as a "rebuilding year,"
coach Jack Harvey's current ob-
jective is to develop his young talent
into a strong contender in the Big
Ten for next year.
"Because we're such a young
team, it's to our advantage to point
to next year rather than this year,"
Harvey explained. "Last year was a
rebuilding year, but this year we've
got personnel and it'll just take time
for them to come around."
Junior pole vaulter Brad Darr
agrees. "Teamwise, we're kind of
young, but next year's going to be
our year," Darr said. He feels that the
team's immediate strength lies in the
field events, where the Wolverines
have a lot of sophomores and jun-
iors, while the sprinters are young
and "will have to come through next
year.
Darr, who finished second indoors
in the Big Ten last year to qualify
for the NCAA meet, figures to be an
integral part of the squad this season.
"We're counting on him for the
big points," Harvey said, noting that
the Big Ten is probably the strong-
est conference for the pole vault in
the country.
"I've got a decent shot at the Big
Ten (championship)," Darr said, "but
I'm hoping to end up in the top six

or eight nationally." Darr, whose
personal best leap is 17 feet, six-and-
one-half inches, is setting 18 feet,
three inches as his magic number
this year.
Harvey views Purdue's Greg Fen-
a as Darr's chief competition. "He's
a good freshman who was one of the

fifth-year senior.
"I'm looking for at least a repeat
of two years ago," Harvey said,
noting that, "a lot of the other Big
Ten sprinters have graduated."
Harvey sees Allen Jefferson, who
is also a running back on the foot-
ball team, as an important sprinter
as well. "After football season,
Allen should be in decent sprint
shape."
The high jump also looks strong
for the Wolverines, with junior Brad
Holwerda, in the spotlight. "We're
expecting big things from Brad -
he should place in both the indoors
and outdoors," Harvey said.
"The hurdles are going to be a
good event for us too," Harvey said.
He is relying heavily on his top
high hurdler, junior Rudy Redmond,
a Big Ten finalist last year. "He has
a definite chance of placing in the
Big Ten both indoors and outdoors,"
Harvey said.
Harvey also sees good things for
sophomore Jerry Douglas, an Ann
Arbor native. While his best event is
the 200-meter indoors, the coach said
"he can pick and choose between
highs, intermed-iates, and the
quarter-mile. Jerry has the capability
to place in any of them (outdoors)."
However, distance running does
not appear to be as strong this year.

Harvey is redshirting his best runner,
junior Brad Barquist. "Most good
distance runners have been fifth-year
kids," Harvey explained. "It's a ques-
tion of kids maturing physically and
mentally by getting an extra year of
running."
Harvey plans to use a host of
younger runners in Barquist's place
and has been using "practically all
freshmen in cross-country, too."
The Wolverines are very weak in
the long jump as well. "I can't see
anyone that's going to score in the
Big Ten," said Harvey.
Harvey sees his team finishing in
the middle of the Big Ten this year
among the likes of Wisconsin, Ohio
State and Iowa while he predicts
Illinois, Purdue and Indiana for the
top three.
"A lot of it depends on how our
guys develop," Harvey explained,
"The young guys may come through
and they may not. But next year we
ought to be in the top three for sure.
You have to be optimistic and I
think we've got reason to be."
The Wolverines, coming off of a
weekend pre-season tournament at
Eastern Michigan, open their season
at home in the Michigan Relays
January 20. The Big Ten indoor
championship will take place in
Bloomington, Indiana on February
23-24 and the national indoor
championship will be held March 9-
10 in Indianapolis.

Barquist
best vaulters in the nation last year.
He cleared 17-6 as a high school
senior," he said.
Harvey lists sprinter Phil Fergu-
son as another strong point of his
team. Ferguson, one of the Big
Ten's best in the 100- and 200-
meters two years ago, was not in
school last year. Nonetheless, Har-
vey hopes for big numbers from the

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BIG TEN GYMNASTICS SHOULD BE A TIGHT RACE AGAIN
New coach Fry tries to fire up Blue gymnasts

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By Dan Zoch
and Sarah Osburn
Daily Sports Writers
"I feel that this is the best thing
that Michigan gymnastics could ever
have asked for. I'm really happy. I
feel as this is the most positive
change I've ever seen," commented
Wendy Comeau, co-captain of the
women's gymnastics team on the
debut of coach Beverly Fry.
"I feel like I'm twelve again and
it's really exciting just to be in the
gym.",

Beverly Fry takes the reins of the
women's gymnastics team after
being an assistant coach at West
Virginia. In college, she competed at
the University of Alabama for one
year before transferring to West
Virginia, where she moved into
coaching after three years of
competition.
Fry comes to Michigan after the
departure of Dana Kempthorne. "I
used to dread (practice), honestly, but
now I love it," Comeau said. "She

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(Kempthorne) was a really nice
person, but she just wasn't dynamic
enough to be a good coach. She
wasn't demanding, she just sort of
stood there. Coach Fry's really loud.
She's a great motivator."
According to Fry, the hardest
transition in having a new coach has
been for the gymnasts. "When
you've been training a certain way
for four or five years, it's hard to
have someone come in during your
last year and say, 'look, we're not
going to do it that way anymore,
this is what I want done."'
"I've brought in a lot of new
ideas and they're working harder but
I have to say they have been very
receptive. They've done everything
I've wanted them to do."
The Wolverines have five
returning seniors, led by captains
Comeau and Jeni Hescott. Julie
Duckworth, Jana Jeffries and walk-
on Eileen Murtaugh also return for
their final year of competition.
"We have seventeen kids on the
team. Ten of them are scholarships
and seven are walk-ons," Fry
explained. "There are eight freshmen,
who are coming on really strong.
Even the freshman walk-ons are
pushing on the upperclassmen."
So far, the team has stayed clear
of any major injuries.
"Well, knock on wood," joked
Fry. "We're relatively healthy. I say
'relatively' because our one junior,
Christine Furlong, who is probably
our top all-arounder, partially tore a
ligament in her thumb while
choreographing her floor routine."
Furlong was in a cast for six
weeks and just got it off before
Christmas.
"Now she can start working out,
using pain as her guide. She's a very
eager gymnast and wants to come
back and do everything at once. Our
problem is going to be holding her
back and making her come back
slowly."
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Assistant coach Mike Milidonis
has also come down with an injury
earlier this year. "Mike has been the
assistant here for eight years and he,
unfortunately, had an injury himself
this year. He tore a bicep tendon
spotting a girl on the uneven bars,"
Fry said.
Last week, the team had a chance
to judge their skills at an intrasquad
meet.
"I was pretty pleased with the
way they did," Fry commented. "We
made our mistakes, having some
falls on beam and some falls on
bars, but I think they surprised
themselves at how good they are and
how good they know they can be
this season."
"I won't say that it's going to be
easy for us to move up but we're
working hard and we do have a really
good bunch of kids."
Though Fry is optimistic about,
the season, she's not expecting to
claim a Big Ten title in her first
year. "If we can better our standing
at all in the Big Ten," she said, "I'll
be happy. Yes, our program has
gotten better, but so has every other
program."
Last year, the Wolverines
finished seventh in the field of seven
Big Ten teams. "Dead last," echoed
Comeau, who definitely feels the
team will go up in the standings but
"can't quite promise a Big Ten
championship."
The Big Ten is, as in all major
sports, highly competitive. "Going,
by last year, Minnesota and Ohioi
State are always two big guns,
although the schools in the Big Ten
are very, very close and competition
is tight," Fry said. "Last year in the;
Big Ten championships, a difference
between third place and seventh place'
was only a matter of six or seven
tenths of one point. That's the
difference, basically, in one fall,
which is worth five tenths of a
point."
The team held practices twice
daily during the latter part of winter
break. "At the time, I really hated
it," Comeau said. "But it's really:
coming through right now. We can:
see the improvement and we're a lot
stronger now."

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