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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 16, 1990 - Page 11
Women race past
,daily Basketball Writer
Fans did not line up for tickets to
watch them practice. The media did
not swarm their arena, trying to
catch a glimpse of the preseason fa-
vorite. But the Michigan basketball
players practiced nonetheless.
October 15 marks the first day of
official practice nationwide, and the
Wolverines participated in the annual
tual. Unlike last year, however, all
eyes were not focused toward Crisler
"It's a little bit different atmo-
sphere than last year," coach Steve
Fisher said. "But I'm every bit as
excited as last year, and I'm happy to
work with the team I've got."
Fisher affirmed that only two
players have secured starting posi-
tions thus far, and said he has no in-
dication who will fill the other spots
as of yet. Senior Demetrius Calip,
the team's captain, gets the nod at
point guard, after receiving consider-
able playing time in that slot last
season. Eric Riley will start at cen-
ter, where he saw substantial action
last year as well.
"Riley's still too thin (212
pounds), but he's really improved
from the neck up," Fisher said. "He
can't muscle with the 250-pounders,
but then they can't run with him."
Fisher alluded to the idea that
Michigan would employ a running
offense, perhaps featuring three
guards. "We saw success with it last
year, but we have different guards
than last year," he said.
"We need the intelligence to con-
trol the tempo. This season we're
going to stress fundamentals and
minute details in practice more than
ever before," Fisher added.
In addition to captaining the
team, Calip faces the challenge of
running whatever offense Fisher de-
cides to implement.
"I've been on both ends of the
spectrum," Calip said. "I've sat on
the bench with a championship
team, and I started 13 games last
year, so I can relate to anything.
"I'm maybe more excited than
last year, because we have a young
team. And with youth comes enthu-
siasm," Calip said.
Riley also expressed excitement
about the coming season. "I think
we'll go with a running game with
three guards. I think it suits our
team much better than last year's
Michigan may have little choice
but to run a three-guard offense, be-
cause of the lack of size to accom-
pany Riley's 6-foot-11-inch frame.
This lack of size may also affect Ri-
"It's a little scary, because you
can't get hurt," he said. "I'm going
to be a little more judgmental with
my moves, because I can't afford to
get into foul trouble."
Forwards Rich McIver and Sam
Mitchell join the team this year,
field at in
by Jim Foss
Daily Sports Writer
It's nice when a coach can rest a
top runner because of an injury and
still have the ability to blow away
the rest of the field. Michigan
women's cross country coach Sue
Foster was afforded this luxury last
weekend as first-year runner Jennifer
Armstrong nursed a hip injury and
did not travel with the team.
Wolverine runners dominated the
field at the Michigan Intercollegiates
Saturday at Eastern Michigan, run-
ning away with both the team and
individual titles. Michigan took first
in a field of 13 teams with 28 points
while Central Michigan placed
second, finishing with 75 points.
"She (Chris Tyler) had
been running about
fifth or six for us, but
now she has moved
up. I think that she
will be a key member
of the squad."
- Coach Sue Foster
Michigan State, Hillsdale, and
Eastern Michigan finished in a three
way tie for third place with 98
Sophomore Molly McClimon
captured top individual honors in the
meet, taking first place with a time
of 17 minutes, 52 seconds. Amy
Buchholz, a sophomore, scored third
with a time of 18:04.
Chris Tyler was the third
Wolverine to cross the finish line,
breaking the tape in 18:16, good for
sixth place overall. Other scoring
runners for the team included Amy
Bannister (eighth place), and Chris
Szabo (tenth). Kim Haluscsak and
Megan Nortz finished 11th and 13th,
Fosterysounded pleased when
discussing the individual perform-
ances in the meet. "We thought that
she (Molly) could win the race, and
she went ahead and did it." Foster
said. "Also, Amy is still runnin&
well for us."
Foster was elated about the
individual performance of Tyler
"This was a big improvement for
her," Foster said. "She had been
running about fifth or six for us, but
now she has moved up. I think that
she will be a key member of thi
The Wolverines will have two
weeks off before their next meet,
October 27th at the Big Ten
Championships. The meet this year
will take place in St. Paul',
Due to the participation of
Indiana (ranked second in the nation)
and Wisconsin (ranked in the top
ten), Foster said that the team will
be shooting for a top three finish at
the meet - a goal she feels is
within the team's reach.
"I think that it will be a real fight
for second, third, and fourth place,"
Slam-dunking center Eric Riley hangs on to the rim to savor his two points.
Riley will be lonely this year as Michigan's only big man. The seven-footer
was a key contributor off the bench last season, leading the team in
blocked shots and field goal percentage.
each standing at 6-feet-9-inches.
"McIver blocked my shots a few
times, and Mitchell's got some great
offensive moves, Riley said. "They
should do real well."
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Michigan and Iowa at Crisler Arena
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by Kevin Sundman
Daily Sports Contributor
The men's cross-country team
has shown improvement through
each passing week this season, but it
is left wondering if it will be
enough. The Big Ten championships
are closing in fast and it appears that
the race for the title is going to be
"There's no question it is going
to be a dogfight for the champion-
ship," coach Ron Warhurst said.
"Michigan State ran well against us
this week, and Wisconsin has been
ranked in the top five the entire
season. We certainly have our work
cut out for us."
Beginning their preparations for
the conference championship, the
Wolverines made the trek to East
Lansing Saturday to compete in the.
Michigan Intercollegiate Champion-
ships. The Wolverines came away
with the meet's low score, edging
out the Spartans 30 to 34 to claim
Afterwards, coach Warhurst had
nothing but praise for his oppon-
ents. "They (MSU) are much
improved from the last time we met
them," he said. "It is not as if we
haven't gotten better, but they just
ran very well."
The team received another fine
performance from the trio of senior
Brad Barquist, who placed first,
junior Tony Carna (4th), and senior
Jeff Barnett (5th).
Yet, the Wolverines felt that they
could have performed even better.
"We didn't run as well as we
should have," Barquist said. "We had
a tough week of practice and I think
we were running a little tired."
An opportunity for improvement
will take place Saturday when the
team travels to EMU.
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