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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 12, 1990

Cross Country,
State bragging rights on line

by Kevin Sundman
Daily Sports Contributor
After establishing itself as one of
the top teams in the country, the
men's cross country team will now
try to assert their state supremacy.
The Wolverines travel to East
Lansing this weekend to compete in
the Michigan Intercollegiate
Championships. The meet brings
together the Division I schools in
Michigan in a battle for state brag-
ging rights.
Fresh off their second-place finish
at the Minnesota Invitational, the
team is considered the favorite to
capture the title. Their stiff competi-

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tion should come from the Spartans.
"There's no doubt that they
(State) are the best team we will
face," coach Ron Warhurst said. "But
we are fit and ready to run and should
win the meet," he added.
Beside the competition itself,
coach Warhurst has other concerns
heading into the meet. "We need to
find out who is going to be our fifth
man. This is a key in our success
later this year. Hopefully, that man
will assert himself this week." The
fifth man, will be the most consis-
tent point scorer behind the four lead
runners.

by DavidsSchechter
Daily Sports Writer
Drobitch out. Horrigan out. Lang
out.
In all, five Wolverines are injured
for this weekend's Big Ten series
against Iowa and Minnesota.
"It's funny, coaches call me and
say, 'We're struggling, we just had a
player go out for the season.' And
I'm giggling, thinking 'my gosh, we
have five players out for the season,'
Michigan coach Peg Bradley-Doppes
said.
"I'm playing three freshman at all.
times, usually four. (I say to them)
don't tell me your problems. But the
good thing is we are getting better.
In fourteen games this season,

Michigan has won once. The
Wolverines play Iowa tonight at
7:30 in Varsity Arena and against
Minnesota Sunday afternoon at 2
p.m.
The Wolverines are not patiently
awaiting victory though. "We're still
working on very basic basic funda-
mental skills. It's just gonna take a
lot of repetition before we become
fairly competitive," Bradley-Doppes
said.
But can they be successful with
five players out?
"I truly feel if we have six disci-
plined players, we're competitive.
We don't need fifteen. So it makes
the kids a lot more accountable,"
Bradley-Doppes said.

Women run for top ten slot
by Jim Foss

by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Sports Writer
After garnishing their eighth and
ninth victories of the season last
weekend against James Madison and
St. Louis, the women's field hockey
team is looking for number ten and
more this weekend.
The Wolverines (9-3-1) travel to
Ohio State on Friday and William
and Mary on Saturday. Although a
lackluster performer this season, the
Buckeyes (4-6-1) could pose some
problems according to Michigan as-
sistant coach Meri Dembrow. "On
any given day, Ohio State can be a
good team. We can't afford to take
anyone lightly."
William and Mary will provide a
challenge as they are ranked No. 17
nationally. William and Mary is a
strong team, much like North-
western who has already beaten the
Wolverines twice this season.
As one of her goals for this
weekend, coach Patty Smith would
like to see her team play more con-
sistently against lesser opponents.
"We've played our best games
against better teams and our worst

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Hoover

Daily Sports Writer

A No. 11 national ranking does
not guarantee the Michigan women's
cross country team a berth in the
NCAA Championships. To receive
an at large bid to race in Knoxville,
Tennessee,the site of this year's
NCAA's, has been the season long
goal of the team.
The squad travels to East Lansing
this weekend to compete in the
Michigan Intercollegiates. The ten-
team field will include squads from
all over Michigan: Michigan State,

Central Michigan, and Western
Michigan.
Coming off of a strong perfor-
mance in the Minnesota Invitational
last weekend, coach Sue Foster is
looking at this weekend's meet very
aggressively. "As a team, our goal is
definitely to win," she said. "We're
that strong."~
The field in this meet is not as
strong as others Michigan has faced
this year. "Our biggest competition
will be Central (Michigan)," Foster
said. "But we should win this meet."

SPARTANS
Continued from page 1
Due to an injury to State's top
receiver Courtney Hawkins, quarter-
back Dan Enos has been relegated to

mostly handing the ball off to run-
ning back Tico Duckett, who's aver-
aging 5.4 yards per carry.
"I see (Tico) as a Tony Boles-
type guy," Moeller said. "Tico can
get to the outside. He can hit the
long ball."

games against easy teams."
"We kind of play up and down,,'
agreed first-year goalie Niki Hoove
"This weekend we want to play our
game."
Following in the style she set
last weekend, Smith is intent on
continually rotating her players in an
effort to decrease fatigue. "We're
going to stick with a large group of
people playing," said assistant coach
Meri Dembrow.

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