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Hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Volleyball
at Indiana
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Bloomington

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, November 24, 1992

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NCAAs

Smith leads men to fifth

Women finish eighth

by Tom Bausano
Daily Sports Writer
The men's cross country team
continued the tradition of Michi-
gan excellence in distance running
with its fifth-place finish at the
NCAA championship meet in
Bloomington yesterday. It was the
best finish ever at nationals for a
Michigan team.
Arkansas dominated the meet
scoring 46 points, followed by
Wisconsin, Providence and Vil-
lanova.

line, placing 16th in 31:28.
This fifth-place finish estab-
lishes this 1992 team as one of the
best Wolverine teamns ever.
Michigan has finished sixth at the
national meet twice - last year
and in 1982.
Coach Ron Warhurst now has
coached 12 all-Americans since
taking over the head coaching job
in 1972, with the addition of two
individual runners earning honors
this year.
Although the Wolverines will
lose the leadership and perfor-
mance of Smith, the rest of the
squad will return next fall.
Freshman Theo Molla was the
third Michigan runner to break the
tape, placing 76th in 32:36. Soph-
more Ian Forsyth (32:48) was the
next Wolverine finisher, placing
88th. Junior Shawn Mackay
(33:04) was fifth in 108th place.
Senior Chris Childs and sophmore
Jim Finlayson finished 129th and
137th, respectively.
Tornadoes touched down
throughout Indiana late Sunday
night, and brought the severe
weather that Warhurst and the rest
of the Wolverines wanted. Al-
though the cold 40-degree weather
did not hamper Arkansas, it
seemed to slow down the other
schools from warmer climates.
Arizona, ranked fourth prior to the
race, finished a distant 18th out of
the field of 22 teams.
Notre Dame, which finished
sixth, and Eastern Michigan,
which finished 17th, were at al-
most every meet that Michigan
competed at this season. The
Wolverines will have a year to sa-
vor this final victory over both ri-
vals.
Coach Warhurst said that the
key to performing well at nation-
als would be strong individual
performances. The national meet
has so many runners that it makes
it imposible to run as a team.

by Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
Going into the NCAA champi-
onship meet yesterday in Bloom-
ington, the Michigan women cross
country was optimistic about the
outcome.
Wary of three-time defending
champion Villanova and Big Ten
rivals Wisconsin and Penn State,
the Wolverines finished strong to
claim eighth place in the team
standings.
Two-time all-American Molly
McClimon paced Michigan with a
personal-best 17th-place (17:49.9)
individual finish. Despite missing
last year because of a knee injury,
McClimon battled back from four
knee operations to return to the
lineup this season.
Sophomore and first time all-
American Karen Harvey (17:53.5)
was the Wolverines' second fin-
isher, placing 21st overall.
All-American honors are based
on finish times. All foreigners are
banned from contention. The re-
maining times are listed and the
first fifteen finishers of the field
receive all-American honors.
Villanova, which was expected
to run away from the field, won
the meet by just seven points over

Arkansas, finishing with 123
points to the Razorbacks' 130.
Georgetown finished a close third
with 131.
Carol Zajac (17:01.9) claimed
top honors for Villanova by plac-
ing first individually.
Traditional powerhouses Cor-
nell (167) and Providence (172)
finished out the top five. Big Ten
rivals Wisconsin and Penn State
(179) tied for sixth ahead of
Michigan (179.) Northern Arizona
(267) and Brigham Young Uni-
versity (285) closed out the 9th
and 10th positions.
For Michigan, the eighth-place
finish was the second-best in
school history at the NCAA meet.
The Wolverines took seventh in
1988 and tied for eighth in 1982.
The Michigan women's cross
country team missed last year's
all-American runner Amy Bu-
cholz. Bucholz went down with a
knee injury the week preceeding
the Oct. 31 Big Ten championship
meet.
It was later discovered that Bu-
cholz's injury was more severe
than expected. She was still unable
to return to the team two weeks
later for the District meet, and was
unable to compete yesterday.

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Forward Chris Webber slams down two of his team-high 28 points. He had
four blocks in Michigan's 122-121 loss to Ragnone Attorney AAU last night.
Ragnone AAU clips

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Smith
Michigan had a strong perfor-
mance scoring 214 points to finish
ahead of season-long rivals Notre
Dame and Eastern Michigan.
Bob Kennedy of Indiana re-
peated as national champion, cov-
ering the 10,000-meter course in
30:15.
Senior Matt Smith and fresh-
man Scott McDonald both earned
all-American honors for Michigan.
Smith fufilled his quest for all-
American honors by placing 10th
overall with the time of 31:17.
McDonald, who was the Big Ten
freshman of the year, was the sec-
ond freshman to cross the finish

Place Name

Time PaceName& Tim

10th
16th
76th
88th
108th
129th
137th

Matt Smith* 31:17
Scott McDonald*31:28
Theo Molla 32:36
Ian Forsyth 32:48
Shawn Mackay 33:04
Chris Childs 33:24
Jim Finlayson 33:38

17th
21st
55th
63rd
82nd
99th
106th

Molly McClimon*
Karen Harvey*
Kelly Chard
Molly Lori
Chris Szabo
Jessica Kluge

17:49.4
17:53.5
18:16.9
18:20.3
18:29.0
18:36.9

Courtney Babcock 18.44.2

denotes all-American

by Ken Sugiura
Daily Basketball Writer
Whoever wrote this script is in
for a pretty hefty raise. Check that. If
someone could have possibly
thought of this storyline, he or she is
in dire need of psychiatric help.
If a jeri-curled guard named Spi-
der weren't enough, then add the
fact that he led all scorers with 29
points. Chris Webber missed four
straight crunch time free throws. A
blown 15-point halftime lead.
Whatever you want to call it -
strange, unusual, or just really weird
- the Michigan basketball team was
the brunt of it. Last night at Crisler
Arena, in its second and final exhibi-
tion warmup game of the season, the
Wolverines fell to Ragnone Attorney
AAU in overtime, 122-121. The
three-time defending national AAU
champions came from 19 points
back, led by Lamar "Spider" Ed-
ward's 29 crowd-pleasing points.
"When they smelled an oppor-
tunity to get close, they made big-
time baskets," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "We allowed them to get
close by not playing very well, and
not playing very smart."
In the extra period, former De-
troit Piston John Long nailed a 15-
foot jumper over Michael Talley
with six seconds remaining for the
game-winner. A halfcourt despera-
tion effort from Jimmy King fell
short at the buzzer.
The Wolverines came back from
a six-point overtime deficit to take a
one-point lead, 119-118, on two Tal-
ley free throws with 39.6 seconds
left. Edwards responded by sticking
a jumper in the lane over Talley,
which was followed by a short bank
shot from Webber to set up the fi-
nale.
Following the game, the Wolver-

ines were perhaps embarassed but
unconcerned.
"We just had fun out there,"
Webber said. "It was no indication
of how we'll play in the regular
season."
In the Wolverines' defense,
Juwan Howard sat out the exhibition
with a cut finger suffered Sunday at
practice.
"Hopefully, this'll be something
that a month from now, we'll say it
was a good thing that it happened,"
Fisher said.
But for the time being, there are a
handful of factors that don't seem
very good. In his 13 minutes, Rose
totaled four points, three assists and
four fouls. Further, in overtime, the
Wolverines shot 8-for-15 (53 per-
cent) from the line.
RAGNONE ATTORNEY AAU (122)
F4 FT Reb.
Min. MA MA O-T A F Pts.
Hubbard 20 2-5 3-4 2-4 1 3 7
Keiser G. 30 3-6 6-11 1-2 2 4 12
Cureton 26 4.12 010 79 1 5
Keiser R. 22 5-11 0-0 0-0 3 0 13
Long 35 9-20 4-4 2-7 5 2 26
Wiliams 14 1-3 0-0 0-4 2 5 2
Duerod 12 2-9 0-0 1-2 3 1 5
Giles 9 0-3 1.2 1-3 0 3 1
Edwards 23 11-16 3-3 1-3 5 0 29
Ragland 26 5.13 2-2 0-4 1 0 17
Davidek 7 1-1 0-2 2-3 0 3 2
Johnson 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 43-100 19-28 21-47 23 26 122
FG%- .430. FT%- .679. Three-point goals:
17-33,.515 (Ragland 58 Long 4-10, Edward-4-
5, R. Keiser 3-5, Deurod 1-4, Cureton 0-1). Team
rebounds: 6. Blocks: 4 (G. Keiser 3. Long).
Turnovers: 9. Steals: 11.
MICHIGAN (121)
FO FT Reb.
Min. M-A M-A 0-T A F Pts. .
Jackson 23 4-9 00 2-6 5 2 10
Voskuil 23 5-8 3-3 4-7 4 2 13
Riley 28 6-8 2-5 6-17 2 1 14
King 26 2-7 3-4 1.4 8 4 8
Pelinka 22 9-14 2-2 3-6 0 3 22
Fife 20 1-4 0-0 1-1 1 3 2-
Bossard 9 1-5 1-2 1-3 2 0 4
Derricks 14 3-5 0-0 3-7 1 0 6
Talley 19 3-5 3-3 0-3 2 3 10
Webber 28 11-18 5-11 0-3 3 1 28
Rose 13 0-3 4-4 0.3 3 3 4
Totals 45-8623-3421-6 3122 121
FGI& .523. FT% .676. Three-point goals: 8-
23. .348 (Jackson 2-2, Pelinka 2-4, King 1-3,
Talley 1-3. Webber 1-3, Bossard 1-4. Voskuil 0-2,
Fife 0-2). Team rebounds: 1. Blocks: 7 (Webber 4,
Riley 3). Turnovers: 23. Steals: 5.
Ragnone AAU.....42 62 18 - 122
Mchigan.. 57 47 17 - 121
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