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The Michigan Daiy-Tuesday, April 20, 1993- Page 15

N'deti
wins
BOSTON (AP) - A Kenyan won
theBostonMarathon. Itwasnotlbrahin
Hussein, thetwo-timedefending chan-
pion and three-time winner.
It was little-known Cosmas N'deti,
a 23-year-old running only his second
marathon. He swept into the lead about
two miles from the finish and beat Kim
Jae-Yong, the first elite Korean in the
race in 43 years, by about 70 yards
yesterday, in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 33
seconds.
N'deti, 11th at the halfway point of
the 26-mile, 385-yard race, made his
big move over the second half of the
race.
"In Kenya, I was training in very
high mountains,," N'deti said. "So I
was feeling nice when I was climbing
the hills here."
N'deti, who made his marathon de-
but in December, finishing second at
Honolulu, alsosaidhe was not bothered
by the heat.
In the women's field, OlgaMarkova
of Russia won for the second year in a
row, in 2:25:27, the fastest in the world
this year.
Markova became the first women's
repeat winner since Rosa Mota of Por-
tugal won in 1987-88.
After winning Boston last year in
2:23:43, the fastest in the world for
1992,Markovawas notgivenaplaceon
the Unified Team for the Olympics,
because she skipped the team's quali-
fier at Los Angeles and elected to run at
Boston.
"Iwantedtomakeapoint,"1Markova
said,after beatingOlympicgoldmedal-
ist Valentina Egorova of Russia.

Women have best-ever showing
Gymnasts take ninth overall in first trip to NCAA finals

by Thom Holden
Daily Sports Writer
It has been a season to remember.
The Michigan women's gymnastics
team competed in the first NCAA na-,
tionalchampionshipmeetin the school's
history. The Wolverines, ranked 11th,
finished ninth overall, with a score of'
193.125, in an exceptionally talented
field featuring the top 12 teams in the
country. Thenationalchampionshipwas
won by Georgia.
"'That Georgia team is one of the
most amazing teams I have ever seen"
MichigancoachBevPlockisaid. "Ibetif
they took on the U.S. national team, they
would beat them."
While the Wolverines were not able
to win the title, their coach said she was
very pleased with the team's effort.
"I am really proud of this team" Plocki
said. "To be able to compete that well (in
our first NCAAmeet and to havebeaten
(perennial powers)Florida, ArizonaState
and Penn State was a tremendous expe-
rience."
Penn State finished 4th in the nation
last year.
The Wolverines, the only team in the
field to have never competed in the na-
tional championship meet, said they felt.
they had something to prove to the vet-
eran teams.
"Since we were the only team there
who has never been there before, we
wanted to prove we belonged" rookie
Diana Ranelli said.
Individually, theWolverines areknee-
deep in accolades. Seven All-American
titles were earned, all by underclassmen,
lending hope for the future.
Leading the way for Michigan was
sophomore Beth Wymer. Wymerearned
first-team All-American honors for the
second year in a row in the all-around,
placing 8th with a score of39.15. Adding
toa mantle full ofawards isaco-national
championship on the uneven bars, on
which Wymer scored a perfect 10.
Earning second-team All-American
standing were sophomore Kelly Carfora
and freshman Wendy Marshall on the
vault, freshman Diana Ranelli on the
floor exercise, Tina Miranda on the un-
even bars and Wymer on the balance
beam.
Ranelli scored well for the Wolver-

ines on the vault with a 9.8. On the
uneven bars, high scores wereftumed in
by Debbie Berman (9.75) and Li Li
Leung (9.725). Thefloorexerciseproved
My team has learned a
great deal from the
experience. Very likely,
we'll end up in the
super six next year.
- Bev Plocki
Women's gymnastics
coach
to be a very strong, consistent event for
Michigan. The balance beam, however,
was a problem.
For the third straight meet, the Wol-
verines led off with the beam. The team
could muster only two scores over a9.4.
"The first round was judged very
tightly" Plocki said. "I though we did a
pretty godd job, even if the scores don't
reflect that."
"On the first event, you try to gain
momentum, and the beam is a tough
place to do that," Ranelli said.
The gymnastics team met all of the
goals it had set for itself, including its

Big Ten title and earning a bid to the
NCAA championships. The Wolver-
ines said they already have their sights
set on next year.
"My team has learned a great deal
from the experience" Plocki said. "We
made an impression on everyone there,
and next year they'll be expecting great
things from us. Very likely, we'llend up
in the super six next year."
The following are
Michigan's All-Americans
in women's gymnastics:
First team:
" Beth Wymer, all-around
Second team:
- Kelly Carfora, vault
" Wendy Marshall, vault
" Diana Ranelli, floor
" Tina Miranda, bars
* Beth Wymer, beam

MOLLY STEVENS/Daily
Wendy Wilkinson and the Michigan women's gymnastics team achieved
their highest NCAA finish ever, coming in 9th overall.

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BOSTON (AP) - John Dopson
pitched a three-hitter for his first career
shutout yesterday as the Boston Red
Sox stayed hot with a 6-0 victory over
theChicagoWhiteSoxin the traditional
Patriots' Day game..
Chicago has managed just one run
in three straightlosses after winning the

opener of the four-game series Friday.
The Red Sox lead the AL East at 10-3,
their best start since 1952.
After being held to two hits by Alex
Fernandez (2-1) for five innings, the
Red Sox got all six runs in the sixth off
fourChicagopitchers."The damage came

on a one-out walk to Jeff Richardson
and seven consecutive hits--by Billy
Hatcher, Mike Greenwell, Andre
Dawson,MoVaughn, Carlos Quintana,
Scott Cooper and Tony Pena.
Dopson (1-1) struck out eight and
walked three.

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