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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 21, 1994 - 13

Men's cross country
set to race in Ypsilanti
Reserves will see action in unscored meet

Eastern Michigan run
awaits 'M' women

By CHAIM HYMAN
For the Daily
After a solid second-place finish at
the Wolverine Interregional Sunday,
theMichigan men's cross country team
heads to Ypsilanti today to participate
in the 8,000-meter Eastern Michigan
Open, its fifth meet of the season.
Absent from this unscored meet
will be the Wolverines' top seven run-
ners. Taking their place will be
Michigan's second seven runners, com-
*ting for the first time this season
without their fellow teammates.
Aside from giving his top runners a
much-needed rest, Michigan head
coach Ron Warhurst also plans to see
what some of his other athletes can do
before heading to the Big Ten Champi-
onships next week.
"I want to run my second seven
to let them have an opportunity to
*mpete," Warhurst said. "This also
gives me a chance to see who will be
among the nine men running in Big
Tens."
Since the Eastern Michigan Open
is an open meet, anyone can run regard-
less of team affiliation. Warhurst hopes
that some of his runners who aren't
competing will keep this in mind.
"I would assume that many of the
runners who can't come with the team
11 find a way to be there," Warhurst
said.
Jeff Beuche, one of the seven

runners chosen to run for the Wol-
verines, looks forward to the up-
coming meet.
"This meet will give meachanceto
gain experience in running races," he
said. "I think this will be a good com-
petition for me."
'I want to run my
second seven to let
them have an
opportunity to
compete.'
Ron Warhurst
Michigan cross country
coach
Walk-on Eric Ellis is also look-
ing forward to this event. He doesn't
feel that the absence of top runners
like captain Ian Forsyth and All-
Americans Kevin Sullivan and Scott
MacDonald will detract from the
Wolverines' chances of winning the
meet.
"We're strong all the way down,
and nobody on this team has let up on
training," he said. "I think we will be
just as strong as we usually are."
Warhurst agrees.
"Overall, I'm very confident," he
said.

By DANIELLE RUMORE
For the Daily
Development and growth are
learning experiences, like a baby
crawling closer and closer to its first
steps. Many of the younger runners
of the women's cross country team
are using today's event as a step-
ping stone for greater race develop-
ment.
The Wolverines will take the course
at the Eastern Michigan University
Classic at 4p.m. for what is expected to
be a low-key meet.
Coach Mike McGuire feels
today's contest is a perfect opportu-
nity for the younger runners to gain
greater race experience and to reap
some benefits for their hard work in
practice.
He said that a large portion of the
team has raced enough up until this
point in the season. Those runners will
be given the day off to rest and concen-
trate on the upcoming Big Ten tourna-
ment.
"We want to groom the others to
step up when their time is called,"
McGuire said. "We want to let them
run."
The Eastern Michigan Classic is an
open meet. The race will not be scored
and is open to both collegiate and post-
collegiate runners.
The results of the run will nei-
ther be tabulated nor considered for
national rankings. Many other teams
around the country have the week
off or are participating in similar

events.
Though this event does not fea-
ture as much high-caliber talent as
previous Wolverine races, McGuire
'said he expects his runners to put
forth maximum effort. He contin-
ues to stress team strategies, con-
centration and hard work.
"I'm expecting to see big stuff
from them. I want them to be the
very best they can be," McGuire
said. "If you compete, that's the
most important thing. They have to
go out hard. If they compete hard,
the times will come."
McGuire is excited over the re-
turn of Mayrie Richards, who has
been sidelined for most of the past
two seasons with an Achilles' ten- x
don injury.
At last week's Wolverine Interre-
gional meet, Richards raced for the
first time in two years.
"She did a nice job," McGuire .
said. "Considering she hasn't raced,
her performance was commend-
able."
Michigan's win at the Wolverine
Interregional propelled it from No.8 to
No. 6 in the national poll. However,
McGuire is not overly concerned with
the team's ranking.
According to McGuire, the polls
are merely conversational topics
until after the Big Ten tournament
is done.
"Our focus is first and foremost on
the Big Ten," said McGuire. "If we can
win, we'll move up."

MOLLY STEVENS/Daily
The Michigan men's cross country team is off to nearby Ypsilanti to
compete in the Eastern Michigan Open at 4 p.m. today.

HOCKEY
Continued from page 12
son), and defenseman Kent Fearns
(11-19-30), a second team All-
WCHA pick.
In his first season as the Tigers'
coach last year, coach Don Lucia led a
team that was 6-26-0 before his arrival
to its first regular season WCHA cham-
pionship in 37 years.
Lucia said that facing Michigan
in Yost Ice Arenashould provide
Colorado College with a very diffi-
cult, yet ultimately beneficial open-
ing contest.
"(Scheduling this game) seemed
like a good idea last spring, but now
you start having second thoughts,"
Lucia said. "(Playing Michigan) is
good for us though because at the
end of the year it will help our
strength of schedule, because I'm

'(Scheduling this
game) seemed like a
good idea last spring,
but now you start
having second
thoughts.'
- Bob Lucia
Colorado College
hockey coach
sure Michigan will win 30 games
again this year.
"Secondly, as a player I used to
love to play at Michigan,eand I think
it's a great experience for our play-
ers. We'll be able to throw our play-
ers into an environment that will be
as difficult as they'll see all season
long."

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