Page 14 -The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 26, 1990
Runners hit Big 10's
Men's team looks to dethrone Badgers
by Jeff Lieberman
Daily Sports Writer
The big question for the Michi-
gan men's cross country team is
"whether or not the Wolverines,
ranked ninth nationally, can knock
off number-three Wisconsin at Sat-
urday's Big Ten Championships.
The Badgers have won the Big
Ten Championships six years in a
row. However, while some teams
may run in awe of Wisconsin's re-
cent dominance, Michigan seems
well prepared for the challenge.
"I think this is the first time in a
number of years that Wisconsin will
be presented with a legitimate chal-
lenge," Michigan coach Ron
That competition will come from
the Wolverines, Michigan State, and
"It would be nice if we (those
three schools) could all wear the
same jerseys and run against Wis-
consin," Warhurst said jokingly.
But it doesn't work that way.
"I think in the past three or four
weeks we've realized that there is a
4ossibility we could win the meet.
But Wisconsin's not going to lay
down and die."
Perhaps the most important key
to Michigan's success this weekend
will be the performance of their
number five through seven runners.
Last Saturday, Warhurst sidelined his
top four runners to get a better feel
for whom he wanted running this
weekend at Minnesota.
"It didn't answer all my questions
but it answered a lot of them,"
Warhurst said. "I just have to get a
gut feeling for who I think is going
to do the best job."
Apparently Warhurst found that
answer Tuesday in practice by choos-
ing Dan Oden, Shawn MacKay and
Matt Schroeder to run. Brad Barquist,
Jeff Barnett, Tony Carna, and Matt
Smith will round out the squad.
"Whatever number men fourth,
fifth and sixth are going to be, they
have to win it for us," Warhurst
said. "I'm just assuming that my top
three - Barquist, Barnett, and Carna
are going to run great."
Without another scheduled meet
for two weeks, there will be no
looking past this one.
"If we win the Big Ten's that
will make our season regardless of
what else happens," Carna said. "So
nobody has looked beyond the Big
Women strive to capture
second in strong field
by Jim Foss
Daily Sports Writer
In recent years when people
talked about the top two women's
cross country teams in the Big Ten,
Michigan was altogether absent from
the conversation. However, this year
the Wolverines may return to Ann
Arbor with at least a second place
This weekend, the team travels to
Minneapolis to compete in the Big
Ten Championships. Ranked num-
ber two in the nation, Indiana is the
favorite. But behind the Hoosiers,
the race seems to be wide open.
"We have never gotten second be-
fore - we've had a lot of third
places," coach Sue Foster said.
"However, the team is looking very
good in practices and there's no rea-
son we can't get second."
The Big Ten meet will be held on
the same course which hosted the
Minnesota Invitational, where the
Wolverines captured second place
earlier this month.
"Individually, I hope that the
runners will run faster than they did
before, with the top runners some-
where in the high 17 (minute
range)," Foster said.
An important factor in the poten-
tial success of the Michigan squad at
the meet will be the performance of
first-year runner Jennifer Armstrong,
who has been recovering from a hip
injury. Armstrong has not been able
to run every day, but she has found
other ways to maintain her fitness
"Jen has been getting better,"
Foster said. "She has been riding a
stationary bike, and using the Stair
Master, and she may be in better
shape now than before the injury."
Foster is banking on the team's
top runners, but also on the second
pack. "We're hoping that Molly
(McClimon), Jennifer (Armstrong),
and Amy (Buchholz) will be in the
top fifteen, if not the top ten," Fos-
ter said. "But we would also like to
have all (runners) in the top twenty."
And in last night's undercard n..
No, this isn't a box-off to see who faces the winner of last night's Evander Holyfield/ James Buster Dougla
bout. It is actually senior Kevin Taylor and junior Jeff Jacobs getting in some sparring practice.
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