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Page 14-The Michigan Daily- Friday, March 12,1993

MacDonald only Michigan men's
harrier at NCAA championship

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by Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
And then there was one. One
outstanding person who was experi-
enced enough to qualify for the elite
meet, the NCAA national champi-
onships.
Freshman Scott MacDonald rep-
resents Michigan as the only partici-
pant in the NCAA National track
meet at Indianapolis today and to-
morrow in the mile run. In a sport
where most athletes hit their peak in
their late twenties, MacDonald, who
is the only freshman competing all
weekend, is proving he is a serious
national contender.
MacDonald posted the fastest
time in the Big Ten (4:02.03) and is
ranked sixth in the meet, but the
rank might be misleading. The top-
ranked runner in the field boasts a
time of 4:01, making the first
through sixth seeds a mere second
apart. The close margin transforms

the race into a tactical game.
Assistant coach Ron Warhurst
coaches the distance runners and
claims the NCAA has become a
meet of the elite because the NCAA
pays for all athletes' expenses.
Warhurst believes there will be no
outstanding person in the race.
"It's a big head game at this
level," Warhurst said. "No one is
going to run away with the pack, it'll
come down to the last two hundred
yards."
Both Warhurst and MacDonald
emphasize focus on the prelims as a
crucial factor.
"The main thing is to try and
make the finals," MacDonald said.
"Hopefully the (preliminary race)
pace will be fast and people will not
stay with it, then I stay in a good
position throughout the race and
qualify for the finals."
Warhurst will be concentrating
more on the mechanics of the race.

"The prelims will be mainly tac-
tical," Warhurst said. "Everyone will
hold back until the final two or three
laps then the runners will try to out-
kick each other. He's (MacDonald) a
smart racer, but he hasn't raced any
of these people, so we'll watch and
see how they run (tactically)."
MacDonald is not as inexperi-
enced as some may think. He has
participated in international meets as
a junior in Canada. This gave him
some well-needed exposure to high
caliber competition.
Although other teammates made
the provisional qualifying standard,
many were not asked to attend.
MacDonald states that it is strange
being the only one, since he ex-
pected provisional qualifiers to par-
ticipate and not spectate. MacDonald
said he still feels team moral support
is a great confidence booster.
"It will help with them there,"
MacDonald said.

Listed below are the
Michigan athletes scheduled
to participate in the NCAA
women's track
championships this weekend
in Indianapolis.
3,000 meters
(1st seed - 9:10.34):
Courtney Babcock
- sophomore
- 5th seed
* 9:19.19 qualifying time
Molly McClimon
- senior
" 6th seed
- 9:19.77 qualifying time
Mile
(1st seed - 4:39.24):
Karen Harvey
" sophomore
- 13th seed

Diving hopefuls
head to NCAA
regional meet

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by Brett Johnson
and Dave Kraft
Daily Sports Writers
For the past two weekends, the
Michigan swimming teams have
played the lead role as they at-
tempted to qualify for the NCAA
championships. This weekend, the
men and women divers step into the
spotlight for themselves at the
NCAA Zone C Diving meet at Can-
ham Natatorium. Both squads will
be attempting to qualify for their re-
spective national championships in
late March.
Divers choose to perform on two
of the three boards (1-meter and/or
3-meter springboard or the 10-meter
platform). They score points depend-
ing on their finish on each board,
and the divers with the highest
combined point totals qualify for
nationals. For the women, the top
six divers at the meet qualify for
NCAAs; for the men, the top seven
qualify.
The zone consists of schools
from across the midwest, but most
of the Wolverines' competition will
come from the Big Ten. Other
schools in the zone include Mid-
American Conference (MAC)
schools such as Ball State; northern
Illinois and Chicago schools such as
Illinois-Chicago; and independent
Notre Dame.
Diving coach Dick Kimball said
he thinks the familiarity of the com-
petitors makes for an interesting but
tough meet.
"It's a necessary evil," Kimball
said. "You have to do it to see who
gets to go to nationals, but no one
wants to be here. You're diving
against the same people as at the Big
Tens. If you didn't do as well (at Big
Tens), it's a chance to prove you can
do better. If you did well at the Big
Tens, you worry about 'whether I
can do it again'. But I think (the re-
sults) will come out similar to Big
Tens."
The men are looking to improve
on their individual performances
from Big Tens and qualify two
divers for the NCAAs. The divers

participating include Alex Bogaerts,
Jeff Jozwiak, Abel Sanchez, and
Eric Lesser.
"I'd like to see at least two of our
divers qualify for the NCAA compe-
tition," Lesser said. "We have a
great shot at top two (as a team at
NCAAs) if we can perform well in
springboard and platform, where it
counts (platform does not count at
the Big Ten championships). We can
possibly win (the national title).
Stanford doesn't have any
(competitive) divers. That's a lot of
points we can pick up."
Kimball said he believes the plat-
form diving will give the Wolverine
men an advantage that they did not
have at Big Tens.
"It's hard to predict (the out-
come)," Kimball said. "Based on the
Big Ten meet Eric (Lesser) has an
excellent chance. With tower scor-
ing, I think our guys have a better
chance (than at Big Tens)"
Five women divers - Jennifer
Rotundo, Margie Stoll, Martha
Wenzel, Cinnamon Woods, and Car-
rie Zarse - have all qualified for
the zone meet, and each is looking
for her first berth in the NCAA
championships. Kimball believes
that they may be able to qualify even
more divers than the men.
"Three girls have a chance, Car-
rie, Margie, and Cinnamon," Kim-
ball said. "It will be a close compe-
tition. It's tough to get (to NCAAs).
Only 30 people in the whole country
make it."
Woods agrees that the women
have a solid chance at qualifying
multiple divers for the NCAAs.
"All of us have a very good
chance," Woods said. "It just de-
pends on the type of day everybody
is having. Everybody looks really
strong and have been working out
very well."
"Miami is clearly the best men's
team," Kimball said. "The defending
champion in women's diving from
Stanford is back. If I can get the kids
there, however, we'll do alright at
nationals. We will do well on
tower."

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