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Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday- April 13,1992

REGIONALS
Continued from page 1
with a 9.65, while Mott was twelth
with a 9.55.
Round led the Wolverines on the
rings with a 9.65, edging Winkler's
9.60. Winkler also excelled on the
vault, where his two vault total was
19.10, good for fourth place overall.
" Although Michigan did not qual-
ify anyone on the parallel bars, all
gymnasts turned in solid perform-
ances. Winkler, Camacho, and
Round, along with Seth Rubin,
Ruben Ceballos, and Ben Verall, all
scored at least 9.30.
The high bar was Michigan's
weakest event. No one qualified for
nationals, but Winkler and Rubin
scored well, with 9.35s.
"We knew we would need a 100
percent effort," Darden said. "There
were only four particular routines
that prevented us from qualifying.
We missed two critical sets on the
vault, one on the high bar, and one
on the pommel horse.
"Overall, I was quite pleased," he
added. "We had good senior leader-
ship combined with strong enthusi-
asm from the underclassmen. The
guys realized that we are a definite
contender when we were in third
place after three events."

V * *
overcomes
women
runners
by Bernadette Ramsey
Daily Sports Writer

The Virginia women's track team
proved to be a little too strong for
the Wolverine runners this weekend.
Virginia finished the meet with 80
points, Michigan was second with
51, Kent finished third with 29, and
Rutgers was last with 13.
Though the women didn't win
the meet, there were some bright
spots in the competition.
Richelle Webb, in a close 200-
meter dash, managed to squeak past
three Virginia runners for a first-
place victory in a time of 24.3.
Webb also managed a second-place
finish in the 100m dash in 12.09.
Amy Banister continued her
winning season with a victory in the
800m run over a tough Virginia run-
ner Kim Liggins. Banister edged out
Liggins by .07 seconds with a time
of 2:07.63.
After a battle in the 1500m run,
Banister finished second with a time
of 4:28.15, with teammate Courtney
Babcock on her heels for a third-
place time of 4:28.6.
In the 3000m run, Wolverines
Chris Szabo aid Amy Bucholz took
first and third respectively. After a
disappointing showing in the 200m
dash, Suzy Thweatt captured a vic-
tory in the 100m hurdles.

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MOLLY SIl:V:NSDally
First-year gymnast John Besancon and his teammates failed to qualify for,
NCAAs this weekend, finishing sixth in the 10-team East Regionals.

Dietz leads struggling golfers

by Brett Forrest
Daily Sports Writer
The Appalachian Mountains
were an unfriendly visage for
Michigan coach Jim Carras and his
'fab five' this weekend. The
Michigan men's golf team finished
in eighth place in a field of 18 teams
in the Marshall Invitational, held at
Guyan Country Club in Huntington,
W.Va.
The team was hoping for a top-
five finish heading into the tourna-
ment but was thwarted by its short
game. "We missed too many greens
from 120 yards out," Carras said.
"That's the part of the game we're
going to be working our tails off on
for the next three to four weeks.
"They didn't putt particularly
well, I felt. The greens were very
quick."
It was a consistent but average
team effort. There were no rounds
under par and only two rounds in the
80s - 80 and 81. Anthony Dietz
broke fellow senior Dean Kobane's
stranglehold on the top Michigan

spot, shooting a three-round total of
222, eight shots off the overall lead.
Kobane was the top Wolverine fin-
isher in the past five tournaments,
going back to the fall season.
"It's definitely an improvement
from the last few tournaments,"
Dietz said. "I concentrated real well.
I was in it mentally the whole time. I
think it showed in my score. I think I
am in a pretty good groove."
"Things really didn't work out
that well for me," Kobane said. "I
didn't really play that well. I had a
bad week."
Senior Denny Sikkila made his
first tournament appearance since
the opening competition of the
spring season. He finished third on
the team, shooting a consistent 228
(76-77-75), and had trouble with the
fast greens of the country club.
"I was actually happy with the
way I played," Sikkila said. "(The
fast greens) were just something that
frustrated a lot of people. I hit the

ball really well, except for not being
able to be aggressive on the green."
The team only has three more
tournaments before the Big Ten
Championships May 15. They were
hoping that instant karma would
materialize in West Virginia and
catapult them through to a shot at
the conference title.
"It was a very mediocre tourna-
ment for us," Carras said. "Very
honestly, if we played just reason-
ably well, we should have been in
the top six. If we played very well,
we could have been in the top four."
With little time left in the season,
the squad wants to step up and play
like the team which has led Carras to
say "this is the strongest team we
have been able to field at Michigan
in the past 12 years."
"I think if we have any intention
of giving the Big Ten title a run or
trying to make a bid for an NCAA
Regional appearance, I think we
have to try and step it up a bit and
play a little bit better," Kobane said.
"I guess only time will tell."

Courtney Babcock placed third in the 1500-meter run this weekend as the
women's track team finished runner-up in a meet to host Virginia.

Men's track displays team depth .

by Rob Siegel
The Michigan men's track team
took first place in only five of 16
events Saturday at the Lou Onesty
Invitational in Charlottesville, Va.
The Michigan men's track team
won the Lou Onesty Invitational.
Easily.
How could this be, you ask?
What the Wolverines lacked in stel-
lar individual performances, they
made up for with a solid, all-around
team effort. With the exception of
the long jump, Michigan tracksters
placed fifth or higher in every event.
In many, such as the 100-meter dash,
the team placed as many as three
athletes in the top five.
Michigan's team score of 73.5
was more than enough to secure the
victory, as second place Kent State
finished with 51.5, some 22 points
behind. Host school University of

Virginia placed third with 42 points
and Rutgers brought up the rear with
a 29.
Of the Wolverines' five first-
place performances, four came in
running events.
One of the Invitational's high-
lights was provided by Michigan
runner Gregg Duffy, who won the
400-meter dash in 49.01 seconds,
almost a full second faster than sec-
ond-place finisher Pete Novembre of
Rutgers. Also impressive for the
Wolverines was Tony Carna, who
took the 5000-meter in 14:43.06.
Unlike Duffy's, the relay teams'
races went right down to the wire. In
the 400-meter, Michigan just barely
won, as its time of :42.07 was just
one-tenth of a second better than
Kent State. The 1600-meter team

also won in dramatic fashion, best-
ing Rutgers by less than three-tenths
of a second, 3:18.83 to 3:19.11.
Michigan did not fare quite so
well in non-running events, finishing
first in only one. It would not matter
though, as the Wolverines had plenty
of second, third and fourth-place fin-
ishes, more than enough to secure
the victory.
The team's strongest showing
came in the pole vault, in which
Michigan took three of the top four
spots. The event's top performance
came from Brad Darr, whose 17-
foot, 4.5-inch effort was more than a
full foot better than that of his clos-
est competitor, Virginia's Brian
Shafer.
The team's next meet is
Saturday, April 18 at Purdue.

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