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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 14,_1994 - 11

Indoor track teams stay close to home

Women host Michigan Relays

Men travel to Eastern Michigan

Last Saturday, the Michigan
women's track and field team proved
to itself what it was capable of by
performing well in an intrasquad meet.
Tomorrow, the Wolverines will
have their first opportunity to show
their opponents just how much they
have improved as they compete in
the Michigan Relays in the Indoor
Track and Tennis Building.
The Wolverines will be coming
into this meet with a team that has
experience in the distance and sprint-
ing events, as well as in the field events.
Michigan coach James Henry
hopes that the Wolverines will "step
up from the intrasquad meet" and
defeat a couple of intrastate rivals
such as Michigan State and Eastern
Michigan has a distance corps led
by Molly McClimon and Courtney
Babcock, both of whom achieved All-
American status this fall in cross coun-
try and won the 3000 meters and mile
races, respectively, in the intrasquad
Another group of runners who
expect to be weapons in the Michigan
Relays will be the sprinters.
Richelle Webb, who was last
year's runner-up in both the 100 and
200 meters at the Big Ten Champi-
onships, is coming off victories in.
both the 400 meters and mile relay
in the intrasquad meet.

Tearza Johnson, who coach Henry
describes as "an up and coming
sprinter," also is coming off two wins
last Saturday.
In the field events, high jumper
Monica Black hopes to further improve
on her performance last Saturday.
Black said that she is "as ready as
ever to handle the competition." Shot
putter Rhonda Meyers, considered one
of the better throwers in the Big Ten,
also figures to do well this weekend.
After his team's impressive perfor-

The early season provides many
coaches with an opportunity to see
exactly what kind of team they have
and then tinker with the lineups be-
fore the real season starts.
Michigan men's indoor track coach
Jack Harvey is presented with just such
an occasion as the team travels to
Ypsilanti today to participate in the
Eastern Michigan Invitational. With the
first scoring meet looming on the hori-
zon one week from tomorrow at Michi-
gan State,.Harvey is keeping today's
meet in perspective.
"This meet is kind of a tune up,"
Harvey said. "It's another opportu-
nity to run, and it gives us a chance to
run some guys in some different events
to give us an idea of what we got."
In today's meet, the Wolverines
will, however, be posed with a situa-
tion they definitely did not anticipate
going into the season and hope does
not repeat itself again. Today will
witness the distance runners, the true
strength of the team, unusually short-
handed. Distance runners Kevin
Sullivan and Scott MacDonald will
both be attending an invitational meet
in their native country of Canada,
leaving them unavailable for the
Sullivan is coming off of an All-
American performance during this
year's cross country season, as well as
a winning time of 1:50 in the 800 meters

during last week's intrasquad meet.
MacDonald was last year's Indoor
Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten.
The distance squad will also be
without Senior Matt Schroeder who
has been slowed by an arch problem.
Today will mark the first appear-
ance of the season for sprinter Felman
Malveaux. He quit the football team
this fall and is now placing his full
concentration on track. He has been
slowed by about with the flu but should
be at full strength today.
'It's another
opportunity to run, and
it gives us a chance to
run some guys in some
different events to give
us an idea of what we
- Jack Harvey
Men's Track Coach
Today's meet could also be a
coming out party for freshman Neil
Gardner. At last week's intrasquad
meet, Gardner was one of the stars,
in winning both the 55-meter sprint
and the 55-meter hurdles. However,
today marks Gardner's debut in the
long and triple jumps, the events
that he will be counted on to score
well in for the Wolverines.

Senior distance runner Molly McClimon leads the pack during last
weekend's Michigan intrasquad meet. The Wolverines face intrastate rivals

Eastem Michigan and Michigan State
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the country, you always do a little bit
better than you think you can."
Sharp has been reinstated to swim
in this weekend's meet after being un-
able to compete at UCLA or USC last
9weekend for academic reasons.
Urbanchek said that Sharp is currently
eligible for only home meets and that
his status is up to periodic reviews.
Sharp is above the NCAA academic
standard of a 1.6 GPA, but is below the
Michigan standard of a 2.0.
Stanford's squad includes a who's
who of the 1993 NCAA champion-
ship. The Cardinal returns 100-yard
breaststroke champion Tyler Mayfield,
100 backstroke champion Derek
Weatherford and 200 butterfly cham-
pion Ray Carey.
All-Americans Bill Schell, Joe
Hudepohl, Trip Zedlitz, Dan Kanner,
J.J. Freitag, Kurt Grote and Ed Parenti
all return from last year's national cham-
pionship squad.
In addition, All-American Brian
Retterer is returning from a redshirt
season to give Stanford depth in indi-
vidual events as well as relays. This
depth can be matched by few schools,
if any.
"We think we can repeat as NCAA
champs," Carey said. "The good thing
about Stanford is that we have a lot of
talent, and this year (Stanford) has good
depth. I think the combination of those
two things is what's going to help us
1Out at NCAAs."
Stanford coach Skip Kenney feels
that Retterer's return gives this year's
team a stronger lineup.
"We get Brian Retterer back so I
think that makes us just a little better
than we were last year," Kenney said.
"We can put Brian in more places so
we're a little more versatile."
Despite the obvious talent level of
the Cardinal, Michigan expects to give
*them strong competition. Gustavo
Borges, Tom Hay, Rodney VanTassell,
Marcel Wouda and Sharp are All-
Americans returning from last season's
swimming squad.
In addition, the highly touted fresh-
men Tom Dolan, Chris Rumley and
John Michael Piersma have started to
show just why they were the top re-
cruiting class of last season.
0 "This is going to be a tough meet,"
Dolan said. "They are by far the best
team in the country. I think it will be a
good meet and all of the races will be

among other teams tomorrow.

close. You never know which way it is
going to go."
The one area that the Wolverine
squad is stronger, and gives them a
chance of pulling off the upset, is the,
diving team.
The Wolverines have two All-
Americans - Eric Lesser and Abel
Sanchez. Along with sophomore Alex
Bogaerts, they give the team a solid
one-two-three combination. In last
season's dual meet, the divers kept
Michigan close before Stanford pulled
out the victory (129-114) during the
last relay.
"Diving is oneof those things where
you have to do it at thetime," diving
coach Dick Kimball said. "They're
good enough to beat us if we don't
come out and perform well."
Although the overall matchup is
the main focus of the weekend, there
should be some outstanding head-to-
head competition as well. Sharp will
face off against Weatherford, and
Borges and Hudepohl will dual each
other in the sprint freestyles, just as
they did at last year's NCAA champi-
"I'm excited to swim against
Hudepohl but am more excited to swim
against Stanford as a whole," Borges
said. "They're No. I and this is where
we should swim our best times and see
where we are at."
- Daily Sports Writer Charlie
Breitrose contributed to this story.


mance last Saturday, Coach Henry is
excited and confident about this sea-
"I want to get in there and start
competing against some otherschools,"
he said.

hndiana QB Dreisbach
verbally commits to Blue

terback Scott Dreisbach, who led Penn
High School to the state's No. 1 rank-
ing the past two years, plans to sign
with Michigan.
The NCAA football signing pe-
riod begins Feb. 2.
"I've committed, and I don't plan
on changing my mind unless some-
thing drastic comes up. But I don't
see that happening," Dreisbach said.
"I fit their offense and style. I think
they were looking for someone who can
make the reads and check off the defense,
someone who can find the open man.
Michigan wants a quarterback who is a
coach on the field," he said.
Dreisbach helped Penn to a 10-1

record last season. He was 68-of-113
passing for 1,240 yards and 17 touch-
downs in the regular season and was
intercepted only four times.
"Scott made all the throws, the
deep, the touch, the hard ones," Penn
coach Chris Geesman said. "He takes
charge. He runs the show."
Dreisbach helped Penn extend its
regular-season winning streak to a
state-record 67 games. He was named
to the honorable-mention Class 5A All-
State Team.
Another high school quarterback,
Payton Manning, son of former New
Orleans Saint star Archie Manning, is
also considering Michigan, but has not
officially selected a school.

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