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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Friday, November 13, 1992

Men
by Antoine Pit
Daily Sports Write

runners stride toward District finals

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Normally, a cross country team
does not run the same course two
weeks in a row.
However, the Michigan men's
cross country team will be trying to
earn the opportunity to do just that
in the NCAA District IV Champ-
ionship in Bloomington this week-
end. A finish in the top three would
allow the Wolverines to return to
Bloomington a week later for the
NCAA National Championships.
It will not be easy for Michigan.

The Wolverines will be competing
against three teams that they have
struggled against all season: Wis-
consin, Notre Dame, and Eastern
Michigan.
Earlier this season in the Notre
Dame Invitational, Michigan fin-
ished well behind Notre Dame in
third place. Three weeks ago at the
Eastern Michigan Classic, the
Wolverines finished behind Eastern
Michigan and at the Big Ten Cham-
pionships two weeks ago, Michigan
finished in second place, 31 points
behind Wisconsin.

Michigan coach Ron Warhurst
will go with his top six runners
from the Big Ten Championships,
and he is adding senior Shawn Sweat
to the lineup. Sweat will race along
with senior Matt Smith, junior
Shawn Mackay, sophomores Jim
Finlayson and Ian Forsyth, and
freshmen Theo Molla, and Scott
MacDonald.
After being a top runner for most
of the year, Sweat was kept out of
the lineup two weeks ago for some
time to rest.

"He's more of a plodder, a long
distance runner," Warhurst said.
"Hopefully he'll give us a solid per-
formance to turn us around."
Along with the top three teams,
the top 20 individual finishers ad-
vance to next week's national cham-
pionship.
If Michigan finishes fourth, it
still might have a chance to advance.
There are also a few at-large bids for
nationals. Such a bid would depend
on how Michigan compares to the
other fourth-place finishers.

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4. Indiana at Ohio State
5. Minnesota at Wisconsin
6.Oregon State at Washington
7. Temple at Miami (Fla.4
8. Alabama at Mississippi State
9. Tulane at Florida State
10. Syracuse at Boston College
11. Notre Dame at Penn State
12. Nebraska at Iowa State
13. Colorado at Kansas
14. Duke at North Carolina
15. Georgia at Auburn
16. Arizona at Southern Cal
17. Washington State at Stanford
18. Hawaii at San Diego State
19. Eastern Michigan at Toledo
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Still savoring its first Big Ten
Championship since the program
started, the Michigan women's cross
country team gears up for the '
District contest in Indiana this week-
end. The Wolverines must place in
the top two as a team to automati-
cally qualify for Nationals, which
will be held at the same course next
week.
Districts allow seven team mem-
bers to run compared to the nine that
competed at Big Tens. The team,
which consists of Courtney Bab-
cock, Molly McClimnon, Keily
Chard, Karen Harvey, Molly Lori,
Amy Parker, and Chris Szabo, will
be looking to qualify.
All-American Amy Bucholz is
noticeably abscent from the lineup.
The senior is still suffering from a
knee injury. She may return for
Nationals if the team qualifies.

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If the Wolverines finish below
second, they still have a chance kg
qualify. The top six teams that do
not qualify around the country will
be chosen on the basis of theii
records in outside competition:
However, Michigan coach Mik
McGuire wants to leave the meet
knowing that his team will return the
following week for Nationals.
"It's an excellent cross country
course, challenging but not ex+
tremely hilly," McGuire said. "We
already ran the course once earlier
this year (Sept. 19) and that will be
to our benefit."
Running against Wisconsin, last
year's Big Ten champs, Michiga
will need to get out and establish its
position early. Fortunately for the
Wolverines, they will have one less
worry at the meet. Penn State, which
also competes in the Big Ten, has
been assigned to another District for
tomorrow.

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FOOTBALL
Continued from page 1
tiors, leading in both of the Illini's
last triumphs.
One factor that may hinder Ver-
duzco from directing his squad to
victory against Michigan is an in-
jury to his main target, flanker
John Wright. Wright leads Illinois
with 28 receptions on the year for
333 yards and two touchdowns. But
an ankle injury leaves the senior
questionable for the weekend.
Senior fullback Darren Boyer and
tight end David Olson will likely
be Verduzco's other options.
Michigan, on the other hand,
doesn't need to worry about a lack
of offensive options. After only an
average performance against Purdue;
Wolverine tailback Tyrone Wheat-
ley returned to excellence last week-
end versus Northwestern, racking
up 143 yards.
In addition to the running game,
the receiving combination of Elvis
Grbac to Derrick Alexander has be-
come a consistent staple in the
Wolverines' offensive diet.
"With that many weapons, we
have to be careful, because if we de-
cide to blitz then we're very vulner-
able to big-play receivers," Illinois
coach Lou Tepper said. "But if it's
third-and-long and you put two de-
fensive backs to take away each
wideout, that's when they run the
trap, the draw, and the tailback runs
off 25 yards. We have to get to the
point where we execute well
enough to play them with our base
defense."
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