Page 10-The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 30, 1990
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Warhurst builds 'M'
Cross country coach has trained a long line
shoots for MSU
by Jeff Lieberman
Daily Sports Writer
The list goes on and on for
Michigan men's cross country coach
Ron Warhurst. Since taking over the
Wolverine helm in 1974 he has be-
come one of the nation's finest cross
Among his list of achievements
Four Big Ten championship
Eight All-American runners
Olympic medal winners
a Boston Marathon champion
"I guess I've had a bit of suc-
cess," Warhurst said.
That's putting it mildly.
Warhurst's approach is a bit dif-
ferent than other coaches, but with
those results, who can argue.
by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
There was a noticeable omis-
sion when the Yost Arena public
address announcer failed to read off
the name of Wolverine David Har-
lock with the rest of the Michigan
hockey starting lineup last Satur-
day night. Thankfully, the situa-
tion may be rectified as soon as
Harlock was sidelined with an
injury suffered Friday night
against Illinois-Chicago. The
sophomore co-captain sustained a
medial collateral ligament sprain
in his right knee.
"It's a combination of things,"
team trainer Kim Hart said. "He
was hit from behind and then he
bruised it when he hit the ice."
The sprain was diagnosed as
mild, and the sophomore defense-
man may be able to return to the
lineup as soon as Friday, when
Ferris State pays a visit to Yost.
"It's a day-to-day thing," Hart
said. "I'd say he's questionable for
Harlock had fluid removed from
his knee yesterday, and it was de-
termined there was no torn carti-
lage. He is going through an exer-
cise regimine to facilitate his
"The tendency with a knee in-
jury is to lose strength in your
quad, so I'm doing a little lifting,"
Harlock said. "I'm hoping to be
back on the ice by Thursday."
While everyone involved hopes
to see Harlock playing Friday, the
real target date is the following
weekend, when Michigan plays
Michigan State in a home-and-
"That's what I'm shooting
for, Hart said. "Time will heel a
lot of things."
Sophomore Chris Tamer
started in place of Harlock Satur-
day night alongside Patrick
Neaton, and reserve Kent Brothers
dressed for the game. Michigan
coach Red Berenson anticipated
dressing either Brothers or Paul
Sancimino should Harlock be un-
able to playthis weekend.
"I don't want to think about it
too much," Berenson said. "This
is not a long-term injury."
NUMBER ONE?: Michigan
received one vote as the top team
in the nation in a recent poll by
The Albany Times. The Wolver-
ines were sixth overall in the poll
and finished eighth in another
poll, conducted by radio station
"I'm surprised there weren't
more number-one votes," Beren-
GOALIE UPDATE: In the
Bowling Green series two weeks
ago, Michigan goaltenders gave up
12 goals. This weekend, rookie
goaltender Steve Shields surren-
dered only three goals in two
games against Illinois-Chicago.
His performance may have earned
him the starting assignment
against Ferris State this week.
"I like to play a goalie who's
hot," Berenson said. "We don't
have a number-one goalie yet, but
(Shields) will probably start
"My philosophy is to develop
enough strength," he said. "I figure
you've got to have the strength to be
able tO maintain the basic speed over
a given period of time, over a given
"If you have a lot of speed and
you don't have enough strength to
be there at the end of the race, your
speed's not going to do you any
With the success of many of his
past runners, current runners on the
team can't complain with his
"He's a great coach," runner Matt
Smith said. "He knows how to train
people. He trained a lot of All-Amer-
icans. I think its something to look
Warhurst graduated from Western
Michigan University after studying
physiology and anatomy exten-
sively. This background has a great
deal to do with his focus on strength
One thing Warhurst must concern
himself with is not overworking his
runners. Many of the runners on the
cross country team also run long dis-
tance for the indoor and outdoor track
"If you look at the competitive
season for any of the sports here at
the University, the guy that is a dis-
tance runner is in competition nine
.months out of the school year,"
"It's one heck of a competitive
season. And it's a competitive chal-
lenge. I have to be able to make de-
cisions on how hard to train a group
of people at one particular time in a
"He looks at coaching in respect
to getting us in shape," senior Tony
In order to take some of the pres-
sure and stress that comes with this
long season off his runners,
Warhurst emphasizes one key con-
cept - having fun.
"If it's not fun then what's th
point in doing it?" he asked. "Nc.W
many of them have scholarships so
it's not like they're running for
money. They're running because
they love it."
This desire to run seems to be
motivation enough for the team.
Warhurst doesn't feel he has to look
after his runners all the time because
he knows they will train on their
"The nature of the distance runner
is that they're pretty well disci-
plined," Warhurst said. "They know
that they've got to go out and run."
Many of Warhurst's runners have
also returned occasionally to train
with the team after they have
"They were very successful under
the system I developed," Warhurst
said. "A lot of them come back be*
cause they need a little extra help and
I'm willing to give it to them."
Many of the runners who have re-
turned were All-Americans under
Warhurst. Among them are John
Scherer, a three time All-American
from 1986 to 1988; Brian Diemer, a
Bronze Medalist at the 1984
Olympics; and Greg Meyer, 1983
Boston Marathon Champion.
Even Warhurst's assistant coach,
Mike McGuire, ran on his first team
"You're looking at really eight or
nine top notch distance runners from
the United States," Warhurst said. "It
rubs off (on the current runners).
They say 'look, these guys train
with us and Ron has us doing the
same things these guys have done.
So it must help.' "
This year Warhurst was named
Coach of the Year in the Big Ten.
Despite not winning the Big Ten
Championships - missing out by
only three points - the team made a
remarkable improvement over last
year and has proven to be one of the
top squads in the nation.
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst stresses that having fun is an important
factor in producing quality cross country teams.
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