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Men's track tunes up
with intrasquad meet

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BASKEIBALL NOTEBOOK

By DOUG STEVENS
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's track &
field team experienced its first taste
of competition Saturday. Although
it was only an intrasquad meet, the
Wolverines were able to perform in
a more formal setting than during
practice.
"We want to make sure every-
one is ready to go for (next week's
dual meet with Indiana)," coach Jack
Harvey said. "We hoped to see where
we are and who is ready to go. This
meet is unique because it is more of
a 'see where you are' type of meet.
It is more of a test."
The distance runners showed that
they haven't lost a step in making
the annual transition from the cross-
country season. The cross country
team is coming off a second-place
Big Ten finish and a seventh-place
finish in the NCAA Championships.
Ian Forsyth ran a solid 8:18.66 in
winning the 3,000meters. DaveBarnett
finished a close second at 8:22.86.
In the miles Theo Molla narrowly
defeated Jeff Beuche. Molla and
Beuche ran a 4:20.87 and 4:21.18,
respectively.
"My performance was pretty
good," Molla said. "My time wasn't
very fast but it was a good run for the
start of the season."
Cross-country All-Americas
Kevin Sullivan and Scott
MacDonald both did not race Satur-
day. Sullivan took the meet off to
rest after a demanding cross coun-
try season. According to Harvey,

MacDonald could be out for the
entire indoor season recovering from
a knee operation.
In the 800 meters, Nick Karfonta
ran a time of 1:55.67 for first place.
Freshman Cory Brown came in second
with a time of 1:57.80. Todd Burnham
won the 600 meters in 1:20.66.
Trinity Townsend kicked off his
season with a victory in the 400
meters in 49.7. Jeff Wood won the
200 meters with a time of 22.9.
Felman Malveaux, formerly a
wide receiver on the Michigan foot-
ball team, won the 55 meter sprint
with a 6.42 mark. He was followed
by Damon DeVasher (6.56) and Neil
Gardner (6.62). Gardner also ran
well in the 55-meter hurdles by win-
ning in 7.54.
The Wolverines' finest perfor-
mance of the afternoon came in the
high jump. Jon Royce jumped an
impressive 7 feet, 4 inches to win
the event. In addition, Ben Ludka
jumped 7 feet and DeVasher 6 feet
10 inches.
"Jon Royce jumping 7-4 is defi-
nitely good," Harvey said.
Michigan is coming off a long holi-
day and is due to face Big Ten rival
Indiana next week. Because of this
fact, the meet played arole in giving the
Wolverines much needed race expo-
sure.
"The meet was more just for ex-
perience," Karfonta said. "The
younger guys approached it more as
a real meet and they strived to im-
press the coaches. They took it more
serious."

'M' women set numerous
marks in weekend wins0
By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend will be one to remember for the Michigan women's basketball
team.
When coach Trish Roberts' team walked off the court Sunday with a 74-55
victory over Northwestern, it ended a weekend filled with milestones.
Friday's 80-75 victory over Michigan State was:
" The Wolverines' first after losing 21 straight conference games;
" The Wolverines' second conference victory in three years;
* The Wolverines' first conference victory of the season;
* The Wolverines' seventh win in 39 career games against the Spartans;
* Roberts' first conference win at Crisler in her three years as Michigan coach.
Sunday's win over the Wildcats was:
* The first time the Wolverines won back-to-back conference games since the
1991-92 season;
* The seventh of the Wolverines' season, equaling their victory total in 1991-

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port.
"I will go out and prove them
wrong," Law said. "I believe I'm the
best defensive back in the country."
The trip to Hawaii will cut into
Law's class time at Michigan, but he
remains firm in his
stance about even-
tuallyearningadi-f
ploma.
"I will come
back and get my
degree at Michi-
gan," he said. "I
want to be one of
the first in my fam-
ily to get a college Jenkins
degree."
Law's departure 1---ves a gaping
hole in the secondary-already heavily
criticized for giving up big plays in
1994 - heading into next season. De-
fensive coordinator Lloyd Carr may
switch one of the Wolverines' safeties
to cornerback or take the newcomer
route instead.
"I think that we have a couple of
outstanding freshman coming in who'll

have a chance to play," Carr said.
Michigan's roster began to shrink
Friday when Jenkins announced that
he would not return to the Wolver-
ines next season. A fourth-year jun-
ior, Jenkins will graduate in April
with a degree in Political Literary
Theory.
"It's time for me to move on,"
Jenkins said. "I met some of my goals.
I had planned on being in college for
four years."
Jenkins said that he had first thought
aboutforgoing his final yearofeligibil-
ity following Michigan's loss to Ohio
State, then seriously pondered the move
after the Wolverines' Holiday Bowl
victory over Colorado State.
After receiving "a positive" re-
sponse from the NFL's junior advi-
sory committee, Jenkins sees him-
self as a second- or third-round draft
pick.

92;
*The latest the Wolverines had been.500 since the 1990-91 season, when they
were 9-9 after defeating Minnesota on the road, 65-51;
* The Wolverines' sixth victory in 30 attempts against the Wildcats.
Michigan looks to continue its record-breaking success against highly-ranked
Penn State this weekend.
A POINT GUARD AT LAST: The weekend marked the first time freshman guard
Akisha Franklin was in the starting lineup. Franklin performed well at the one
spot, totaling 26 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds, four steals and eight turnovers
over the two games. She didn't seem to experience any trouble moving into a
starting role.
"I feel comfortable," Franklin said of her new position. "I tried to play as hard
as I could."
Franklin's slot in the starting lineup was formerly held by freshman Molly
Murray. Both are trying to make up for the loss to injury of sophomore Jennifer
Kiefer, last year's starting point guard. Kiefer was redshirted after she tore her
anterior cruciate ligament over the summer.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Junior Jennifer Brzezinski notched her fifth and sixth
double-doubles of the season over the weekend.
Against Michigan State, she tallied 21 points and 14 boards. Sunday,
Brzezinski had totals of 11 points and 14 rebounds.
"I've gained more confidence, being the oldest player on the team," she said.
"Being out of my knee brace has helped."
The 6-foot-I forward sustained a knee injury in practice two years ago, which
ended her freshman campaign. Last year, Brzezinski was forced into wearing the
brace, limiting her mobility.
SLOWING DOwN?: Last year, Wolverine sophomore Amy Johnson led the
team in scoring throughout the season, netting top honors in 11 of Michigan's 27
games. This year, she has led the team injust four of its first 14 games. Her scoring
average is also down this year, from 15.6 to 13.
"Right now, my role is to put points on the board," Johnson said. "It's very
important that we win, but afterwards, I look to see what I did and I don't feel like
I'm contributing. I don't know what the problem is."
BIG GUNS?: In the Wolverines' four conference games, they have held the
opposition's top scorers in check.
Wisconsin's Barb Franke, who averaged 19.2 points per game last season,
managed only seven in a Badger victory December 28. Iowa senior guard Tia
Jackson (16.8 ppg) tallied just seven points as well in a 53-36 Hawkeye victory
two days later.
This weekend, the Spartans' Kisha Kelley, who entered the game averaging
21.3 a contest, pumped in 17. But she shot 8-for-21, and fouled out with less than
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