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Cross country teams finish among nation's best
Women take home second
Men race to seventh place
By DAN McKENZIE
Daily Sports Writer
At first glance, the Michigan women
harriers' finish in the NCAA Cross
Country Championships at Arkansas
might appear to be a disappointment.
The Wolverines were just one spot
*away from being crowned the top team
in the country.
However, if you had told team
members at the end of last season
that they would be without the ser-
vices of senior All-American
Courtney Babcock or that their top
two runners would be freshmen, they
probably would not have been too
optimistic about improving on last
year's sixth-place finish.
But Michigan overcame the odds
and a No.4ranking going into the final
meet to barely scrape past Arkansas on
its way to claiming the No. 2 position
out of 22 teams.
Villanova won the championship
by placing three runners in the top 15,
including the No.1 and No.3 individu-
als. The Wildcats' low score of 75 gave
them a convincing victory over the
*Wolverines, who scored 108.
Villanova appeared to have an ad-
vantage over many other teams in the
field due to its experience at Arkansas.
Wildcat Jennifer Rhines, the over-
all champion, conceded, "It helped to
have seen this course before."
"This is the toughest course I've
been on this year," said Providence
runner Amy Rudolph, who placed sec-
gan for the sixth time this season. Her
time of 17:19.3 placed her 10th among
the 152 final scorers. She was followed
by her twin sister, Pauline (17:32.9,
16th). Seniors Karen Harvey (17:45.4)
and Jessica Kluge (17:46) placed 22nd
and 24th, respectively. Freshman Eileen
Fleck's (17:57.5) 36thplacefinishmade
her the final Wolverine to affect the
However, even though sophomore
Jennifer Barber's (18:10.7)48th place
finish and junior Katy Hollbacher's
(18:22.8) 65th place finish were not
factored into thefinal score, their strong
showings helped the Wolverines by
displacing scores from other teams.
Michigan wasn't quite sure what to
expect going into the meet. Earlier in
the season, Colorado easily beat the
Wolverines in the Rocky Mountain
Shootout. At the time Michigan coach
Mike McGuire blamed Colorado's high
altitude for his team's worst perfor-
mance of the season.
"We'll be racing them again at a
lower altitude in the National Champi-
onships," McGuire said after the race.
His optimism was confirmed by the
Wolverines' 18-point edge over the
Michigan also reaffirmed its top
position in the Big Ten for the third
time in less than a month.
After winning the Big Ten in late
October and then beating most of the
conference teams again in the district
championships two weeks later, the
Wolverines beat their two biggest con-
ference foes. Wisconsin placed eighth,
125 points behind Michigan, and Penn
State placed ninth.
By DOUG STEVENS
Daily Sports Writer
Two factors can heavily influence
the outcome of a cross country compe-
tition in a major way - the weather
and fieldconditions. Atthe 1994NCAA
Cross Country Championships, rain
and ahilly course played tricks with the
runners, as many teams finished in
The Wolverines fulfilled pre-meet
expectations by placing seventh at
yesterday's race in Fayetteville, Ark.,
with a score of 222. Other ranked teams
weren't as fortunate as Michigan.
Arkansas, Georgetown and
Dartmouth, all of which came into the
meet seeded higher than Michigan,
placed 10th, 13th and 15th, respec-
Northern Arizona was a major sur-
prise, finishing fourth. Big Ten and
District IV champion Wisconsin fin-
All of these team's performances
fell short of Iowa State, which was
able to overcome the sloppy condi-
tions to win the national title. The
Cyclones' finishers placed eighth,
11th, 12th, 15th and 19th for a vic-
torious score of 65.
"Our goal was to have five All-
Americans, and we had five of the top
21 so we accomplished that. We ran as
well as could be expected," Cyclone
coach Bill Bergen said.
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst
stressed the fact that the rain and the
hilly Arkansas course influenced the
final results. However, he was happy
with his team's performance.
"I was hoping for a closer finish,
but we had a great season and the kids
worked real hard," Warhurst said.
On an individual basis, Kevin
Sullivan - who was victorious at both
the Big Ten Championships and last
week's District IV Championships -
finished in third place with a time of
30:22.4 on the 10 kilometer course.
Sullivan's performance earned him All-
America status for the second time in
his career. He placed fourth at last
Sullivan, a sophomore, was hoping
to attain his first national title as a
collegian. However, Arizona's Martin
Keino, who had defeated Sullivan ear-
lierin the season atthe Wolverine Inter-
regional, took top honors with a time of
Adam Goucher of Texas passed
Sullivan on the flats with about 2,000
meters remaining to lock up second
"The race was a little slower than I
thought it would be. Other than that, it
unfolded about like I expected,"
Scott MacDonald achieved All-
America status for the Wolverines as
he followed up a fourth place finish at
the District IV meet by finishing 17th
Captain Ian Forsyth, running in the
final cross country meet of his Michi-
gan career, ran a 31:27.4, good for 34th.
Other finishers for the Wolverines
were Theo Molla (67th place, 32:10.0),
Ryan Burt (101st, 32:39.1), David
Barnett (121st, 33:21.7) and Kris Eggle
Theo Molla and his Michigan teammates grabbed seventh place at NCAAs.
Women cagers snack on Danish, 58-52
By RODERICK BEARD
and RAVI GOPAL
Daily Basketball Writers
The Michigan women's basketball
team is already drawing comparisons
to its male counterpart. It's not because
the women have gone to two NCAA
championship games in three years,
but because ofatop recruiting class this
season and a new trend - winning.
The Wolverines opened their sea-
son with a 58-52 exhibition victory
over Denmark's Horsholm Club team
last night at Crisler Arena.
"There's a lot of things we need to
work on," Michigan assistant coach
Sandy Thomas said. "They did exactly
what the coaches told them to do."
Thomas and assistants Kathy Miles
and Carol Owens coached the Wolver-
ines. Head coach Trish Roberts served
aone-game suspension for questioning
a referee's call during a game last year.
Sophomore forward Amy Johnson
led Michigan with 16 points, and was
three of five from beyond the arc. Fresh-
man guard Akisha Franklin chipped in
The Wolverines started the game in
much the way they finished last season
-cold -as the Denmark team began
with an 8-0 run. Michigan finally got
on the board when Catherine
DiGiacinto hit a layup four minutes
into the game.
"The first part of the game, it didn't
seem like everyone was in the game,"
Johnson said. "We definitely needed
The Wolverines roared back be-
hind a pair of threes from Johnson and
tooka 12-11 lead on aspinninglayin by
freshman forward Tiffany Willard with
10:05 remaining in the first half.
After Thomas put in Franklin and
another freshman, Pollyanna Johns,
Catherine DiGiacinto and Michigan held on to beat the Horsholm team.
Michigan went on an 11-4 spurt. Keyed
by Johns' two blocks, a Franklin steal
and stifling defense, Michigan took a
26-23 lead. Denmark closed with an-
other 8-0 run, for a31-26 halftime lead.
Michigan went to its low-post game
to open the second half, and exploited
its size advantage. Willard, DiGiacinto
and Silver Shellman helped the Wol-
verines to a 15-5 explosion, putting
them in front for good.
Thomas said that Michigan's front-
line performed well, but needs to im-
prove heading into conference play.
FO FT REB
MN M-A M-A O.T A FPTS
Henningsen 10 0-1 0-0 0.0 0 1 0 ;
Thorus 36 3-10 3.6 0-6 1 4 9
Heegaard 11 0-1 0-0 0-1 03 0
Shea 40 13-18 7-7 3-7 1 3 34
Caroe 30 2-8 0-0 1-4 01 4
Kronquist 29 2-9 0-0 2-2 1 2 4
Daigaard 20 0-9 0-0 1-2 1 1 0
Antvortskov 17 0-3 1-2 3-9 0 2 1
Gildulm 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 20.5911-15 10-31 419 52
FG%:.339. FT%: .733. Three-point goals: 1-20,
.050 (Shea 1-5, Dalgaard 0-7, Kronquist 0-5,
Thorius 0-2, caroe 0-1). Blocks: 4 (Caroe 3,
Heegaard). Turnovers: 29 (Thorius 7, Caroe 6,
Daigaard 6, Shea 5, Antvortskov 2, Heegaard 2,
Forsberg). Steals: 17 (Shea 8, Antvortskov 2,
Thorius 2, Caroe, Daigaard, Heegaard,
Henningsen, Kronquist). Technical Fouls: none.
FO FT REB
MIN WiA hi-A O-T A F MY
Shellman 23 3-12 0-0 4-7 3 2 6
DiGlacinto 22 2-9 0-2 2-8 0 1 4
Brzezinski 16 2-4 1-5 1-4 1 4 5
Johnson 35 5-10 3-4 0-5 1 0 16
Murray 26 2-9 0-0 36 21 4
Willard 36 3-5 1-3 3-5 0 3 7
Elverton 20 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 3 4
Franklin 16 2-4 6-8 1-2 3 0 10
Johns 6 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 2
Totals 200 22460 1122 15.39 1114 58
FGk .366. FT%: .500. Three-po nt goals: 3-10,
.300 (Johnson 3-5, Shellman 0-2, Elverton 0-1,
Famklin 0.1, Murray 0.1). Blocks: 4 (Johns 2,
Brzezinski, Johnson). Turnovers: 26 (Murray 8,
Johnson 4, DiGiacinto 3, Franklin 3, Shellman 3,
Johns 2, Willard 2, Elverton). Steals: 10
(Brzezinski 2, Murray 2, DiGiacinto, Elverton,
Franklin, Johnson, Shellman, Willard). Technical
Horsholm. 31 21 - 52
Michigan.. :2632 - 58
At Crisler; A: 371
"We need to work on boxing out
and toughening up in the post," Tho-
But Denmark would not fold. The
visitors closed to within two points but
never regained the lead. Franklin's six
free throws in the last 37.4 seconds
sealed the victory for the Wolverines.
Eileen Shealed the Denmark squad
with 34 points, seven rebounds and
eight steals. Shea, who played the en-
tire game, has played for Horsholm
professional team since graduating from
Michigan State in 1991.
Wrestlers feeling confident after Md
By DANIELLE RUM
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestli
used this weekend's Michi
in East Lansing in the s
tourists use vacations -
*the surrounding sights an
Coach Dale Bahr said
verines used this meet as
garner match experience a
a look at other teams to
Michigan stacks up again
and national competition.
"We did pretty good,"
"There were 300 to 350 wres
'We did pretty go
There were 300 t
wrestlers In the
tournament and s
just get a lot of
matches In. You g
see a lot of peopl
[ORE tournament and so you just get a lot of
matches in. You get to see a lot of
ing team people."
igan Open The Michigan Open is a non-scor-
ame way ing tournament. It offers individual
to take in scoring by weight class, but does not
d sounds. offer an overall team score, and each
the Wol- weight class contains a consolation
a way to bracket.
nd to take Bahr said the format of the tourna-
see how ment is ideal to see where his wrestlers
st Big Ten stand physically at this early point of
the season - especially considering
Bahr said. the plethora of past injuries and the
stlers in the addition of young wrestlers.
"It's a good developmental tour-
od. nament and shows us what kind of
to 350 strengths we have," Bahr said.
"There were probably 10 or 12 All-
Americans (in the tournament) and
it showed us where our depth was."
.o you Junior Jesse Rawls, Jr. is finally
rid of the knee injury he battled for
et to most of the 1993-94 season. Despite
the problem, he mustered up 20 match
e.' wins last season and earned All-
e Bahr America status. After having his knee
scoped for torn cartilage recently, he
estling was cleared to wrestle approximately
coach a week ago.
Rawls finished second and made
it to the finals of the 177-pound
weight class at the tournament, be-
fore succumbing in the last second
to Rohn Gardner of Northwestern,
Freshman Brandon Howe (1261bs.)
wrestled for the first time in 10 months
after injuring an anterior cruciate liga-
ment last January. He was cleared to
wrestle only a week and a half ago,
yet managed to win six out of eight
matches in his weight class and con-
He finished fifth in the 126-pound
class, losing only to Kent State's Joe
Boardwine - first 3-0 and then 3-2 in
"He's one of the best guys on our
team," junior Jake Young said. "He
showed a lot of heart."
"I was proud of him and really
impressed," Bahr said. " He did real
well. I was really pleased."
Redshirt freshman Jeff Catrabone
(158 lbs.) placed third in his weight
class, after losing 6-5 to Brent Shiver
of Northwestern and 5-1 in the conso-
lation match. Redshirt freshman
Airron Richardson placed fourth in
the heavyweight division before los-
ing in sudden-death overtime, 7-6, to
Jeremy Tate of Ohio State.
Other results included a third place
finish by Young (150 lbs.) and a sec-
ond place finish by senior Chad
Biggert (167 lbs.).
"I'm happy, but I'm never satis-
fied," Young said of his performance.
"Until we all take first place, we
shouldn't be satisfied."
Bahr said he is impressed over-
all by the weight classes above 150
"That's the strength of our lineup,
considering what they proved this
weekend," Bahr said. "We need to
work at 118, 134, and 142 (weight
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