Page 12,-The Michigan Daily- Friday, September 25, 1992
Women harriers continue upward trend
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
Following a successful perfor-
mance last weekend in Bloomington,
the Michigan women's cross country
team heads to East Lansing this
weekend hoping for similar success
against Michigan State.
The Wolverines finished runner-
up a week ago behind three-time de-.
fending national champion
Villanova at the Indiana Cross
Country Invitational. Top performers
from last week include sophomore
Karen Harvey, who led all Michigan
runners with a seventh-place finish,
and senior all-American Amy
Buchholz, who came in eighth.
Junior Chris Szabo and frosh
Courtney Babcock also finished in
the top 12.
"I think everyone was very happy
with the way they ran last weekend,"
senior Kristine Westerby said.
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"Second place to Villanova was
great, since they are the No. 1-
ranked team now."
This year's young squad is com-
prised of nine rookies and four
sophomores, with four juniors and
two seniors rounding out the lineup.
"I think the younger runners who
came in here are running extremely
well and have been kind of a surprise
for the team," Westerby said. "This
program is so solid, but some of the
freshmen have come in here and run
really well and made all of the
Rookie runners Katy IHollbacher,
Molly Lori and Amy Parker were
noted for their exceptional perfor-
mances. The threesome finished in
22nd, 27th and 28th places, respec-
tively, in Bloomington.
"Many of the freshmen are ahead
of some of our times from last year,
and we were sophomores," Szabo
Last season, the Wolverines de-
feated the Spartans in a home meet,
en route to a third-place finish at the
Big Ten Championships and a 14th
place finish at nationals. In addition,
the Spartans competed in a make-
shift intersquad dual with Michigan
earlier this season, a contest which
the Wolverines dominated.
While Michigan expects the
Spartans' first-line runners to com-
pete, some top Wolverine runners
will forego participation in East
Lansing in order to focus specifically
on more significant competition later
in the season. Many Wolverines ran
over 60 miles during the week,
aiming for the Big Ten Champion-
ships in Champaign in late October.
"The course we will be running
at the Big Tens in Illinois will be fiat
and fast, which is different from our
course," Szabo said. "Michigan
State's course is also flat and fast, so
this will be a different style of run-
ning for us this weekend, and it will
prepare us for Big Tens."
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