The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - October 5, 1992 - Page 7
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Last spring the men's track
team had self-imposed cuts. The
coaching staff cut 40 runners in all.
*Jay was cut from the team and told
to clean out his locker.
"Being cut that way really hurt
because I had seen some
improvement in myself for the
first time since high school,"
Schemanske said. "Teammate Kris
Eggle talked me into going and
seeing the coaches. Coach Warhurst
was very receptive to me, and he
encouraged me to come back down
Jay practiced with the team all
spring and elected to stay in Ann
Arbor this past summer and work
out with some teammates. During
the summer, all of the ingredients
that go into making a Division I
runner came together for Jay.
"Staying in Ann Arbor was
very important for Jay," Coach
Warhurst said . "He learned a great
deal and got to know his
teammates better. Jay was able to
get eight weeks of hard training
that is essential to being ready for
the fall season. Runners that go
home do not train as hard as the
guys that stay in town."
Jay had paid his dues to the
sport and finally things were
happening. He was physically more
* mature. Enough time had
transpired for allthe physical
conditioning he had done over the
past two years to catch up with his
basic genetic ability. The key
ingredient was hard work.
"Staying in Ann Arbor helped
me quite a bit," he said. "Having
people to run with motivated me. I
had a sense of obligation to my
teammates. After the cuts, I lost
the feeling of belonging that the
team had provided. Staying in Ann
Arbor helped heal those feelings."
This summer, Jay and some of
his teammates entered a 10-man
relay race. The race to Mission
Point is a 320-mile course.
"The team relay was the real
test of my summer workouts," he
said. "I had some great legs in the
race and it gave me a lot of
confidence for the fall time trial."
The men's cross country team
has a fall time trial each year where
all the perspective team members
race on the University golf course.
The top 14 runners are on the team,
and the top 10 get to travel to most
meets. After two years of not
making the squad, Jay finished
seventh at the time trial.
The next step for Jay will be to
break into the top five and score for
the Wolverines. At the Michigan
State Invite, Jay had a great race
placing 15th, and Friday Jay ran
26:00 at the Notre Dame
"All Jay needs now is to gain
confidence with his racing,"
Warhurst said. "He is only going
to get better with experience, he is
learning how to race at this greater
"I feel great being on this squad
which is ranked eighth in the
nation," Schemanske said. "All I
want to do is contribute to the
team and be a friendly guy."
It has been hard work that
brought Jay up to the collegiate
level, and he has remained friendly
all the way along.
The cuts made last spring were
self-imposed. Warhurst was in a
position where he could allow Jay
a chance to come back out for the
team and use the facilities. The Big
Ten presidents just recently passed
a gender equity proposal. The long
and short of the proposal states
that by June 1997 there must be a
60/40 ratio of male to female
participation on varsity athletic
The ramifications of this
proposal have devastating effects
on men's non-revenue sports. The
men's cross country team will be
forced to limit its squad size to 14
members. The 20 or so members
who do not make the squad at the
fall time trial will have to train
away from the team on their own
until the next time trial. In essence
the gender equity proposal would
eliminate the walk-on athlete from
having a chance at becoming a
Division I athlete.
The long hours of training are
finally paying off for Jay
Schemanske. The reason that he has
become a strong Division I runner
is that he was able to train with the
team and use the facilities for his
first two years. Jay is now well on
his way to becoming a outstanding
Poor showing leaves
hwigen' s runners angry
by Tom Bausano of teams and a lot of good runners,
Poor performances and several Forsyth said. "Our team did not run
tactical errors plagued the Michigan as well as we should have but it is
men's cross country team Friday at still early. I ran from the back like I=
the Notre Dame Invitational. Notre usually do and it worked for me. i
Dame won its invitational with 56 was pretty happy with tenth place.
points, followed closely by Eastern EMU impressed me; they have three
Michigan, who scored 57 points. The
'It was a good meet
with a lot of teams
and a lot of good
- Ian Forsyth
out of the standings in order to de- strong front runners, and everr
termine the all-American honors. though they are a little weak at the
"Every time you lose a race it is four and five spots, they proved they-
disappointing," Smith said. "That is have enough power to get it done."
the first time in four years that "Eastern came ready to run on
EMU has beaten us." Friday," Smith said. "They were
Several individual runners made gunning for everybody in order to
tactical mistakes in the race. prove that they were worthy of
Freshman Scott MacDonald chased their national ranking."
"a rabbit" too early in the race and Smith feels the Wolverines need
ended up running a 4:36 for the first to get some of that same hunger and
mile. That kind of pace was too drive in order to perform better
quick for this early in the season. against the better teams. With a lit-
After falling apart in the middle tle more time and race experience
three miles, MacDonald ran hard in this team should be able to perform'
the end to finish as Michigan's No. 3 much better than it did on Friday.
man in a time of 25:30. "We did not perform," War-
Ian Forsyth finished as the No. 2 hurst said. "This loss should shov
man, in tenth place, with the time of the team how much work there is
25:05. left to be done. We will be okay,
"It was a good meet with a lot though, we can run with anyone."
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Women runners sweep
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
After capturing the top four indi-
vidual positions at the Notre Dame
Invitational over the weekend, the
Michigan women's cross country
team took the team honors, trounc-
ing runner-up and host squad Notre
The Wolverines, who finished
with 16 points, 36 under the Irish,
were led by super-soph Karen
Harvey, who crossed the finish line
Ahead of all other runners in 17 min-
ttes, 41.8 seconds, three seconds
ahead of senior teammate Amy
Buchholz. Junior Chris Szabo fin-
ished third, in 17:45.9, while redshirt
freshman Courtney Babcock
rounded out the top four in 17:50.6.
"We had a really good meet, and
everyone ran solid races," Michigan
head coach Mike McGuire said.
"Harvey, Courtney Babcock, and
Chris Szabo each ran lifetime bests.
Szabo was especially impressive
during the last part of the race."
Fourth-year junior Molly Mc-
Climon, sophomore Kelly Chard,
and rookie Amy Hollbacher com-
pleted Michigan's travel squad over
the weekend, placing sixth, 10th and
12th, respectively. Chard, who in
McGuire's opinion ran her finest
race of the young season, was
pleased with her performance.
"My season started off slowly,
because I had a leg injury from last
year's track season which began act-
ing up," Chard said. "I sat out the
first meet and some of the practices,
but, this last week I just started to
get in some good workouts. This
meet was a good uplifting and confi-
dence builder for me, because I ran
After three quarters of a mile,
Michigan's top four finishers had
established themselves in those par-
ticular positions and carried their
momentum for the remainder of the
3.1 mile course. McClimon battled
consistently for the fifth position,
however was out-kicked at the finish
by Fighting Irish sophomore Sarah
"Although the conditions did not
really allow for fast running, I
thought we did run well," McGuire
added. "It was a hot and windy day,
and with the flat course, the wind
was more of a factor than usual.
"I think we can determine how
well we can do at other meets based
on this performance. There weren't
any other Big Ten teams at this
meet, but we beat a much improved
Notre Dame team which has the po-
tential to be a nationals' qualifier.
The competition wasn't the same as
at Indiana a week ago, but I am very
pleased with our performance this
Next up for Michigan is the State
Intercollegiate Championship, in
which all college teams from around
the state will clash this weekend.
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