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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 2, 1995 - 11

TRACK NOTEBOOK
Women 's track loses
Longe to knee injury

Gymnasts lobbied for
varsity status, coach says

By Dan Stillnan
For the Daily
Despite a convincing victory at
the Michigan Intercollegiates last
weekend, injuries caused the Michi-
gan women's track and field team to
falter in the sprints and short distance
running events.
Freshman multi-eventer Tania
Longe twisted her knee going over a
hurdle in warm-upsjust before the meet.
She might not be ready to run Saturday
in the Meyo Invitational at South Bend,
Ind.
"(Longe) said her knee felt funny
and we thought it would be best if we
kept her out," Michigan coach James
Henry said. "Right now, she's ques-
tionable for this weekend."
Nevertheless, the Wolverines an-
*nihilated the rest of the field with a
final score of 151.5. Eastern Michi-
gan took second with 89 points.
Senior distance runner Karen
Harvey led the way, finishing first in
the 800-meter run and third in the one-
mile.
"I'm doing a more specialized
weight-training program that I didn't
do last year," Harvey said. "It's helped
my strength and speed a lot."
0 Freshmen distancerunnersPauline
and Deanna Arnill took first and sec-
ond, respectively, in the one-mile run.
Michigan also locked up the top three
spots in the 5000-meter.
"The middle distance and dis-
tance runners were a little behind in
progress, but they showed signifi-
cant improvement last weekend,"

Henry said.
The sprinters and short distance
runners did not fare as well. Sprinters
Brandy Taylor and Lamika Harper
finished third and fourth in the 400-
meter dash. Junior sprinter Tearza
Johnson finished second in the 55-
meter dash and the Wolverines placed
a dismal seventh in the 200-meter.
"Our sprinters and quarter-milers
leveled off last weekend," Henry said.
"This isn't a time to level off."
In the field events, junior Monika
Black won the high jump and senior
Jayna Greiner took first in the
shotput.
FLYING THE COOP: After starting
the season with four straight home
meets, Michigan will be on the road for
its next three, until coming home to
host the conference championships.
"We're finally leaving the nest of
home," Henry said. "I'm concerned
with how our athletes will respond."
TWIN KILLING: Not only do twins
Deanna andPaulineArnill appear first
and second alphabetically on the ros-
ter, but they've also been finishing first
or second in most of their races.
"Having my sister on the team
has been a positive influence,"
Deanna said. "We're both proud of
each other when we do well and
we're working with each other to do
better and better."
"The Arnill twins continue to show
veteran performances -in rookie bod-
ies," Henry said. "If they continue,
they're going to be riding into the
record books."

By Jennifer Ivanelli
For the Daily
After being dropped as a varsity
sport before last season, the Michigan
men's gymnastics team did its best to
prove it deserved that status back.
Yesterday at the Michigan League,
coach Bob Darden led aquestion-and-
answer session to publicize the team's
accomplishment of competing at that
level once again.
"We were the first and only pro-
gram to be reinstated because of suc-
cessful lobbying to the Board of Re-
gents," he said.
In order to keep its varsity status,
the team studied other college athletic
teams that had been dropped from that
level. They decided to take a different
route by reaching out for support from
individuals and clubs that were not
necessarily involved with men's gym-
nastics, Darden explained.
Two members of the team, Royce
Toni and Evan Feldman, put together a
video to convince the regents to re-
think their decision. The video illus-
trated the hard work and dedication

that went into their training and showed
how much pride they had in the results
of their meets.
"The video showed President
Duderstadt and the regents what they
would be missing -the excitement of
men's gymnastics," Darden said.
The Wolverines are very well-re-
ceived when they compete at Cliff Keen
Arena. Darden estimated that there were
600 to 700 spectators supporting the
team at the last competition.
The high turnout isn't very surpris-
ing because of the continual success them
team has been having. Last season,
Michigan finished seventh in the na.
tion. This year, the Wolverines rank
second.
One problem facing the team in the
future is funding for scholarships. As
of now, there will be no new scholar-
ships given, which will definitely
cause a problem in getting new mem-
bers for the team.
"There will most likely be adip
down next year, but hopefully we will
be back up again very soon," Darden
said.

TONkA BROAD/Daily
reshmmn Tamla Longo may not run at this weekend's mneet at South Bend.

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