The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 29, 1993- Page 13
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By Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
Is it the time for indoor track and
field season or is it time for spring
Because of the plethora of foot-
ball players that have recently joined
the Michigan men's track team,
practices have looked a little bit
The Wolverines will travel to
Columbus to face host Ohio State;
Michigan State, Kentucky and Penn
State will also participate in the
* competition. This will be the men's
first scoring meet of the season.
Ohio State is another school
which has football players a plenty
out for track. Some of the runners
participating could be teammates at
the 1996 Olympics, but at the same
time the possibility of becoming
picks in the NFL draft also exists.
Michigan coach Jack Harvey and
9 Ohio State coach Russ Rogers are
approaching the meet from slightly
Harvey is using this meet as the
Women runners leave home
by Tom Bausano
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's track team travels down
Washtenaw Ave. to Eastern Michigan to compete in the
Eastern Michigan Open tomorrow.
The Wolverines have been hosting meets at the Track
and Tennis Building for the past three weekends and are
looking forward to getting onto a new track.
Michigan head coach James Henry concentrated his
coaching efforts for January on a campaign he called
"Do you believe month."
"Confidence is building, but let's wait and see how
they do in a different environment," Henry said. "We
will know better how strong we are after our road trips."
So far the Wolverines have had fine performances
that have demonstrated that they are better than in years
"We are doing a real good job competing," distance
coach Mike McGuire said. "Several athletes P.R.'d
(personal record) last week, and the freshman distance
runners have run especially well.
"They are overshadowed by Molly McClimon, Court-
ney Babcock and Karen Harvey, who are our provisional
national qualifiers. Relative to maturity level, everyone
is doing a real good job."
First-year runners Molly Lori, Amy Parker and Katty
Hollbacher, along with the rest of the longer distance
runners, are stepping down in length, running the mile, in
order to get some speed work.
"We hope to run together as a group to improve our
times," the freshman trio chimed in unison.
Mayrie Richards will also be dropping from her usual
distance of 3000 meters to run the mile.
"It's a pretty laid back meet," Richards said. "I'm
looking to relax and run competitively."
Jessica Kluge, Babcock, McClimmon and Harvey
will be doubling up when the foursome participates in
both the 800 meters and the 4 x 800-meter relay.
"We hope to provisionally qualify for nationals in the
4 x 800," Kluge said. "I want to get a good 800 in. Next
week, we travel to Notre Dame, and I am focusing more
on the open 800 there."
Richelle Webb has had a great season thus far posting
a time of 7.1 seconds in the 55-meter dash and a 25.7 in
"I am looking forward to seeing new competition on
Saturday," Webb said. "I am looking forward to Notre
Dame to better my times."
High jumper Monika Black looks to continue her un-
beaten season in tomorrow's meet. Black has been close
to the national qualifying height several times this year.
Tomorrow will be the first time that Laura Jerman,
Lisa Adams, Debbie Mans and Tonya Broad will be
scored in the pentathlon.
"It's not a real pentathlon because the events are not
run in order," Jerman said. "It will give us a good idea
what it feels like to do all five events in one day. We all
have been working very hard."
The women's track team heads to Ypsilanti tomorrow to compete in the
Eastern Michigan Open. The Wolverines will use this meet as a tuneup for
next weekend's clash at Notre Dame.
Men spikers try to put team together
Put your heart on the line or
by Jeremy Strachan
Some new faces will accompany
the Michigan men's volleyball team
on its road trip to Purdue Saturday.
The team held open tryouts Thurs-
day night for anyone who thought
they could make a contribution.
Michigan was hoping to recruit three
defensive specialists and a practice
Injuries and player commitments
to university activities have left the
team short-handed for every game
The Wolverines (2-3) held a team
meeting Monday night to refocus
their goals this season.hIt was at this
meeting that the decision to hold
tryouts was made.
"Some of the team members
were working real hard and put vol-
leyball first. Others were not as ded-
icated," sophomore Todd Coffey
commented. "We decided to work
towards a varsity program (at the
meeting). We want to play to win."
One face that will not be joining
the team in the tri-match against
Wisconsin and Purdue is starting
middle Soren Juul. Because of a
nagging foot injury, the powerful
hitter will be missing from the
Although the middle will not be
the same, the outside will be rejuve-
nated with the return of starting hit-
ters Andy Spitser and Gun Unluer.
The pair sat out in the two losses
suffered by the Wolverines last
Michigan faces Wisconsin in the
first game of the tri-match this
weekend. The Badgers lost their
starting middle from last year to.
Michigan State's recruiting.
"(Wisconsin) is not a very strong
team," Michigan co-coach Pam
Griffin said. "I don't expect them to
be very tough. I've talked with other
coaches who have said that they
weren't very good."
The Wolverines will take on Pur-
due in the nightcap Saturday. Mich-
The Wolverines are still trying to
mesh their youth with experience
this season. The team has had five
different starting line-ups thus far
and has been disappointed with its
play in its first five games. So what
is it going to take for Michigan to
beat Purdue and Wisconsin?
"If we pull our blocking and de-
'Some of the team members were working real
hard and put volleyball first. Others were not
as dedicated. We decided to work towards a
varsity program (at the meeting). We want to
play to win.'
- Todd Coffey
Michigan volleyball player
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first true test for his team. He is
hoping to keep the score close while
at the same time looking for contin-
ued improvement from the team.
Rogers has said that he is con-
cerned more with the Buckeyes'
long term outlook, desiring to work
on items, such as technique, that
could help later in the year at the Big
Harvey feels that Ohio State is a
quality team and along with Penn
State may provide tough competition
for the Wolverines. However, Har-
vey is looking for individual ac-
complishments, as well.
"The premium will be on quality
performances," he said.
Only the top four finishers score,
leaving little. room for error. Ohio
State dominates the sprints with
Butler By'not'e and Erin Payne,
both posting times of 6.29 seconds
in the 55-meter dash.
Michigan hopes to keep close in
the short sprints with Tyrone
Wheatley and Felman Malveaux
running the 55-meter dash, Andy
Scheolch in the 200 and Trinity
Townsend in the 400. Wheatley and
Malveaux have posted times of 6.30
and 6.40, respectively.
If they can hold off Penn State,
the place where the Wolverines will
be able to score is in the distance
events and the remaining field
A bright spot for the Wolverines
in the distance events is freshman
Scott MacDonald, who finished sec-
ond last week in the 3,000 with a
time of 8:12.60. He was able to de-
feat Olympic caliber runners Brian
Diemer and Paul Aufdemberg.
Toby VanPelt is expected to lead
the pole vaulters, while Dan Reddan
and Jon Royce ought to dominate the
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igan has had problems defeating the
Boilermakers the past two seasons.
All of the Purdue starters return
from a team that knocked the Wol-
verines out of every major tour-
nament in which they met last year.
"Purdue has a good outside at-
tack," sophomore Chad Engel said.
"Our game plan is to hit over their
short setter. We have to stop their
strong side hitters and their middle. I
think we will go to five games
Some of the team members saw
the Boilermakers in action at a pre-
season tournament this year and felt
they looked very good.
"Purdue is very strong," Griffin
said. "They have one good hitter,
and good blocking and defense.
"They're not great but there is
something about the way they play
(that gives us trouble)."
Put your heart on the line or
two or three...
fense together and our outside hit-
ting, then it will all come together,"
"We need to work a lot on get-
ting into the game mentally,"
Coffey, who will be starting in place
of Juul, said. "We need to play well.
We're not (playing) up to our poten-
tial this season."
Griffin hopes things will begin to
turn around this weekend.
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