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8 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 27, 1995

Michigan women settle for third
at Big Ten Indoor Championships

By Eugene Bowen
Daily Sports Writer
"The outlook wasn't easy for the
Mudville Nine that day ..." begins
the well-known poem "Casey At Bat."
The day wasn't too hot for the
Michigan women track and fielders,
either. This weekend's Big Ten Cham-
pionships, held at the Tennis and Track
Building Saturday and Sunday, were
as unfriendly to the Wolverines as the
night's snow which proceeded the
event was to everyone else.
Saturday's schedule was dedicated
almost solely to trial and semifinal
runs. But, four scored events also
took place that day, and Michigan
won none of them. Wisconsin's
Katherine Butler and Angela Kujak
won first (9:40.92) and second
(9:43.18) places, respectively, in the
3000-meter run. Both runners were
NCAA provisional qualifiers. Illinois'
Carmel Corbett dominated her two
events of the day winning both the
pentathlon (4,131 points) and the long
jump (6.01 meters). Wolverine fresh-
man, TaniaLonge, took second in the
long jump with a distance of 5.96
meters. As a final Saturday insult, the
Michigan women came in third place
in the distance medley relay
(11:49.91), over ten seconds behind

the NCAA provisional qualifying time
of Badgers Jennifer Metz, Jennifer
Paynter, Nathalie Cote and Julie Cot6
(11:39.38). Purdue won second place
with a time of 11:43.29.
At the end of the day, Michigan,
with a total of 21 points, was in third
place. The Wolverines never dropped
below third - they never rose above
it either.
Sunday's final runs were little
more victorious for the Wolverines.
The only Michigan runner to win an
event was junior Tearza Johnson who
won a fairly tight, fairly fast 200-
meter dash with an NCAA provi-
sional qualifying time of 24.28. The
times of the next three finishers, Illi-
nois' Benita Kelley (24.32), Tonya
Williams (24.37) and Iowa's Yalanda
Hobbs (24.42), were also NCAA pro-
visional qualifying.
Unfortunately, Johnson's 55 meter
dash attempts weren't nearly as suc-
cessful. She came in seventh place
with a time of 7.07, actually her best
time of the season. Hobbes (6:83) and
Fighting Illini Benita Kelly (6.84)
won first and second in the event with
their NCAA provisional qualifying
times.
Tri-captain Tanya Clay's sixth
place, 1.35.18 performance in the 600

meter run did not help the faltering
Michigan team much, and Wolver-
ines Katy Hollbacher and Kelly Chard
didn't bring any hope to the team with
their times in the 5,000 meter run of
17:18.05 (sixth place) and 17:54.10
(12th place) respectively. First-place
finisher, Katherine Butler (Wiscon-
sin), and the second-place finisher,
Spartan Stephanie Dueringer won
with NCAA provisional qualifying
times of 16:50.96 and 16:54.65, re-
specti vely.
But, perhaps no other event exem-
plified the heartbreaking mixture of
Wolverine success and failure at the
Big Tens than the high jump compe-
tition and the 4 x 400 meter relay, the
last event of the day.
Michigan's Monika Black, who
has won every high-jump competi-
tion she's competed in this season,
had one dream for the Big Tens: to
repeat her first ever six-foot jump.
This dream turned into a miniature
nightmare. Although Black did re-
peat her provisional qualifying
height of 6 feet, she was unable to
propel herself past Boilermaker
Corissa Yasen's NCAA automatic
qualifying height of 6' 1-1/4". Yasen
was the only automatic qualifyer of
the meet.
Evenless joyous times awaited
the Wolverine relay runners in
their flip-flop performance
See TRACK, Page 10

Junior Monika Black clears the high jump at six feet on her third attempt at this weekend's Big Ten meet.

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everyone else to do real well."
Humphrey's victories in the
100 and 200-yard backstroke high-
lighted the meet. In the 100 back,
Michigan achieved an unprec-
edented 1-2-3-4 finish with
Humphrey, junior Beth Jackson,
senior co-captain Jennifer
Almeida and freshman Linda

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Riker solidifying the top four spots
respectively. For Humphrey
(54.53), the win marked her fourth
consecutive Big Ten champion-
ship in the 100 back and she just
missed breaking her own confer-
ence record time by .03 seconds.
"After the race I turned to Linda
(Riker) and said 'we're passing
you a legacy and that we expect
you to keep it going for the next
four years'. I know that when
Jenny (Almeida) and I graduate,
dominance in the backstroke won't
just end there."
As if that wasn't good enough,
Michigan bettered that occurrence
by controlling the top five spots
in the 200 back. This time
Humphrey was followed by
Almeida, Jackson, Riker and
Stone.
For Humphrey, the win im-
proved upon her own Big Ten
record (1:54.71) and established
her league dominance for the last
time. In all four years of confer-
ence competition, Humphrey went
undefeated in both backstroke
events.
"Alecia's feat was remark-
able," said Michigan coach Jim
Richardson, who was named Big
Ten Coach of the Year. "There's
only one athlete I can remember
who has done anything like that,

and that's Janelle Bosse of Ohio
State. That puts (Alecia) in an
elite class of swimmers."
Gustin won two-of-three races
at the meet, only losing the 200-
yard breaststroke (2:14.09) to fel-
low teammate, sophomore Jodi
Navta (2:14.02) . Her two indi-
vidual titles, runner-up finish and
two relay victories, placed her
ahead of Humphrey for the indi-
vidual high point total (67 to 65).
Bendel, sophomores Melissa
Stone and Navta all garnered con-
ference titles in "their respective
events. Bendef won both the 200-
yard free (1:48.73) and the 200-
yard butterfly (2:00.60), Stone the
50-yard free (23.08) and Navta
the 200 breast.
In the relays, the Wolverines
appeared unstoppable as well.
Michigan took four of five relays,
finishing second to Northwestern
in the 400-yard free relay. In each
relay, the Wolverines swam
NCAA qualifying or NCAA con-
sideration times.
The Buckeye's Jocelyn Jay,
Northwestern's Chrisy Wicke,
Minnesota's Kim Wilson and Penn
State's Deni Rudy were the only
swimmers able to oust the Wol-
verines from the winner's circle
at the meet; but they needed Big
Ten record times to do so. Jay,

awarded 1995 Big Ten swimmer
of the Year, captured both the 500-
yard freestyle (4:46.54) and 400-
yard individual medley (4:17.00)
titles. Wicke posted a 54:42 in the
100-yard butterfly to knock off
Humphrey and Jackson in the
event. The freshman, Wilson
scored a 16:14.67 in the 1654
yard free, some nine seconds bet-
ter than Jay; and Rudy (50.19)
outstroked Gillam (50.71) in the
100-yard free.
In the one-meter diving cons-
petition, Wolverine diver atd
January's Big Ten Female Atl
lete of the Month, Carrie Zarse,
suffered a disappointing loss
Bloomfield Hills native Jennifer
Dixon from Indiana. Zarse squai-
dered a 40 point lead with fiv
dives to go and finished second to
Dixon by a score of 450.70 to
455.25.
Zarse, who earned Diver of the
Year honors, had gone undefeated
over the Big Ten regular season
After the one-meter, Zarse poste
another close second in the three-
meter to Ohio State's Karen
Dalton.
"I was really upset the first
night because I was diving real
well and then I blew it," Zarse
said: "After that, I just wanted to
dive well and I think I did that."

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