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8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 7, 1994

Split squad heads to Austin*

By TOM SEELEY
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
After a close call with a natural
disaster on its last trip down south, the
Michigan men's track team is hoping
for a much smoother reception this
weekend at the Texas Relays held
tomorrow and Saturday in Austin.
Two weeks ago, the team was in
Tuscaloosa, Ala., for its first outdoor
meet of the season. While in Alabama,
the Wolverines came in close contact
with a tornado that killed several people
as it swept through the state.
The dangerous conditions caused
by the tornado permitted only half of
the meet to take place.
The experience has made the move
from the indoor to the outdoor season
more difficult than usual for the team.
"(The transition) hasn't been real
good this year," Michigan coach Jack
Harvey said. "We need a couple of
meets where we have everybody run-
ning.,
This week, however, the coaches
are sending a small Wolverine squad to
the meet. The competition features
traditionally strong southern teams as
well as squads from the Big Ten.
One Wolverine making the trip is
Stan Johanning. Thejavelin thrower is
attempting to get back intocompetitive
shape after November elbow surgery.
He said that he is heading into

tomorrow's meet differently from
the way he went into the one in
Alabama.
"I was very hyped up (for Ala-
bama) and I was very distracted by all
of the delays that we had," the junior
said."Iwasn'tintoitatall.I'mgoingto
go down there (to Texas) and relax and
try to have fun."
Others making the trip include high
jumpers Jon Royce and Ben Ludka,
pole vaulter Toby Van Pelt and Matt
Schroeder, who runs the steeplechase.
One team member who will not be

making the trip is sprinter Felman
Malveaux. The junior recently broke
his foot.
The fracture was not a clean break,
but it will keep him in a cast for three
weeks. This puts his chances of com-
peting this season injeopardy.
Malveaux's injury weakens an al-
ready thin sprinting core.
"It hurts our (4 x 100) relay, and I
think that he could have been more
effective outdoors than he was indoors
running the 100 and 200 (meters),"
Harvey said.

Crew teams ready for
challenge of Wisconsin

JOE WESTRATE/ Daily

High jumper Jon Royce and four of his teammates will be traveling to Austin for the Texas relays this weekend. The
Wolverines will face schools from the south as well as the Big Ten.

I

By HEATHER WINDT
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Michigan has a long history of suc-
cess in the Big Ten. This weekend the
crew team hopes to join that tradition.
Eagle Creek Reservoir in India-
napolis hosts the Merrill Lynch Col-
legiate Invitational for the Big Ten
Saturday. All of the schools in the
conference are sending boats except
Penn State and Illinois.
This rowing championship is the
first in the history of the Big Ten. Only
recently have many oftheconference's
teams been able to field several boats.
Both varsity crews will be send-
in( a four- and an eight-person boat
while the novice crews will each send
a four-person boat.
The team to heat is Wisconsin. a
traditional rowing powerhouse, and the
only funded Big Ten crew team. Only
the team's second boats will be attend-
ing as its first boats are going to the
prestigious San Diego Crew Classic.
"This is our first real test,"varsity

women's coach Mark Rothstein said.
"We can find out how fast we are this
weekend. Wisconsin has one of the
better programs in the country. Any-
time we race them its an obvious
challenge, sort of like a David and
Goliath matchup."
Varsity men's coach Gregg
Hartstuff sees Ohio State and Purdue
as other strong crews but is also focus-
ing a lot of attention on Wisconsin.
The Novice boats have more to fear
than just the Badgers. Women's novice
coach Amy Gregg is concerned about
the new elements that their second race
will introduce.
"Our first match was a dual one so
there was only one boat against an
other," Gregg said. "This weekend isa
higher caliber event with traffic and
more distractions."
With the success againrest Cincinnati
last weekend, hopes are running high.
"We are ready to win and establish
ourselves in the Midwest." Michigan's
Matt Beelen said.

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