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.Men's track aims for
event titles at NCAAs

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 10, 1994 - 9

For many of the members of the
Michigan men's indoor track team,
the season ended two weeks ago at the
*Big Ten Championships.
They ended things triumphantly
by capturing the Big Ten title.
Forsome,however, this weekend in
Indianapolis presents an opportunity to
go even farther and capture something
even grander than aBig Ten champion-
ship - a national championship.
While a team national champion-
ship is a bit unrealistic - Arkansas is
favored to run away with that-NCAA
titles in some events are a possibilty.
The best shot for a championship
is in the distance medley relay where
earlier this year the squad of junior
Nick Karfonta, sophomores Trinity
Townsend and Scott MacDonald and
freshman Kevin Sullivan set a world
record with a time of 9:33.72.
"We've got a really good shot,"
MacDonald said. "But there's a lot of
good teams in there that haven't re-
ally shown their full potential."
Townsend's expectations for the
team are a little stronger.
"I expect to go in and blow the
competition away," he said. "I really
don't see us losing. In my mind it's
not really something that I entered as
a possibility."
Sullivan also qualified for the mile
run, and the Wolverines' success in
the relay will depend on how well
Sullivan recovers from the finals of
the mile, which will be held two hours
before the relay begins.
"The key (for the relay) is if Kevin
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(47.3) and have held their oppo-
nents to a league-leading 37.6 per-
cent shooting throughout this sea-
"It's going to be a tough weekend
for us," Roberts said.
"I just wish that the kids could at
least win one game."
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can come back and run another four-
minute mile after he runs the finals in
the mile," Wolverine assistant coach
Ron Warhurst said.
Warhurst also said that the
freshman's chances for a top-three
finish in the mile are excellent.
MacDonald also qualified for the
mile event, but a nagging achilles prob-
lem will prevent him from running it.
Without the achilles problem,
MacDonald could have, along with
Sullivan, been a top three finisher, but
the Michigan coaches decided to rest
him. The coaches hope that three fresh
runners will give Sullivan a big lead
when he gets the baton.
Joining the distance medley crew
at nationals will be freshman Neil
Gardner in the 55-meter hurdles and
sophomore high jumper Jon Royce.
Michigan coach Jack Harvey
thinks that the NCAA meet is not an
overall expression of team strength.
"With theNCAAmeetitonly shows
what you have in the way of quality and
real high quality," Harvey said. "One
year we finished fourth in the Big Ten
and we got sixth in the NCAA."
"I'dbereal happy ifwe got in the top
six, but even the top 10 would be OK."
Finally, Townsend sees this meet
as an opportunity for the Wolverines
to thrust themselves into the national
"We're all hyped for (the meet),"
Townsend said. "I just can't wait.
"This yearI figure we can go in, beat
everybody and have them take notice
that Michigan is there to stay and there
to win, and we're going to be the baddest
track team in the world."

Continued from page 5
carve out a 17-point Michigan lead,
making it 44-27 at halftime. Howard
finished with a game-high 21; Rose
followed with 20.
After former Wolverine and cur-
rent Golden State Warrior Chris
Webber left following his sopho-
more year, speculation began that
Rose and Howard might do the same
this year.
On senior night, however, neither
junior member of the Fab Five re-
cruiting class indicated he would en-
ter the next NBA draft.
"No, this is not my last game in
Crisler," Howard said.
His teammate was more ambigu-
"I'm not even thinking about it

right now," Rose said, indicating he
would concentrate his energies on
Michigan's upcoming game against
Northwestern and the NCAA tour-
Last night, the speculation took a
back seat to the certain departure of
Michigan's two seniors.
Moore was a walk-on in his first
and final year on the team. The Penn
State game marked the sixth in which
he saw action.
Bossard, Fisher's first recruit as
Michigan head coach, reflected on
the last four years. He said he felt
fortunate to have received a free edu-
cation due to his basketball scholar-
ship. Additionally, the senior leaves
Michigan with some nice Final Four
"On the athletic side, I got a couple
rings, which isn't all bad," Bossard

Continued from page 5
"He went out with a bang," Rose
"Tonight, I just tried to have fun,"
Bossard said, taking the newly-found
attention in stride. I couldn't ask for
anything more."
But Michigan fans could, as in
Emerson Moore.
For the last eight minutes or so of
play, the seldom-used senior walk-on
from Detroit enjoyed his seat on the
bench, as fans demanded Fisher to put
him in, screaming, "We want Moore,
we want Moore." Later, they substi-
tuted "Moore" for "Hail" in a spirited
round of "The Victors."
Jimmy King and Juwan Howard
even joined in on the fun, waving their
arms from the bench to get the fans to
support their teammate.

It worked, and he finally did get in
- with 2:13 to go - and came rim-
close to scoring on five different occa-
sions, including a pair of pressure free
"It was great for our seniors." Jack-
son said.
And it was great for the whole team.
Great to put the disappointment of
the Purdue loss behind them. Great to
relax, ifjust for a night. And most ofall,
great in preparation for the NCAA tour-
Whoever scheduled Penn State, and
Michigan's final game against North-
western Saturday, may be the true hero
in this scenario.
Saturday's game will more than
likely prove to be much like last night's,
and if it does, the Wolverines will coast
into the tournament right where they
want to be.
Relaxed, and ready.


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