" The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 26, 1996 - 8B
STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Airron Richardson Sport: Wrestling
Eligibility: Sophomore Year: Junior
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio High School: Roy C. Start H.S.
Why: On Wednesday, Richardson spoke to an African American
boys group called "Friends of the Black Phoenix" at Slauson
Middle School in celebration of Black History Month. Richardson
gave a message of academics before athletics to the 30
youngsters and will honor those stundents in the group who make
either the A or B honor rolls at the end of the semester.
Background: Going into the weekend, Richardson was the No. 7
heavyweight in the nation with a 34-6 record, 7-1 in the Big Ten ...
received a Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement award last
Richardson year ... qualified for the 1994-95 NCAA Championships ... enrolled
R a oin the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in
German and pre-medicine ... born Aug. 26, 1975.
, San Diego, Calif.
iment (March 1-4),
0be L ibigan Da&ilg
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Kevin Sullivan Sport: Men's Track
Eligibility: Junior Year: Junior
Hometown: Brantford, Ontario High School: North Park
Why: Sullivan blew away the field for the third consecutive year, running
away with the Big Ten Championship in the mile run. The All-American 4
set the pace by finishing the race at this weekend's Big Ten
Championships in an astounding time of 4:12:18. He was the only
Wolverine to win his event at the Championshios
Background: Canadian national 1,500-meter champion ... 1995 NCAA
mile, 1500-meter and distance medley champion... Best 1,500-meter
time of 3:35 ... All-American ... Academic All-Big Ten ... fifth North
American and second Canadian high schooler to break four minutes in Sullivan
the mile ... will attempt to qualify for 1996 Canadian Olympic squad.
JOHNS ment in her left knee against Kansas shown her desire to get even stronger.
State and missed the remainder of the Johns may even run track and field
Continued from Page 6B season. this season, after the conclusion of
volleyball team, Johns developed a That has been the turning point of this basketball season.
strong liking for the sport and played her young career. Johns said that teams had better
for her high school team, startingjun- Still being new to the game, this beware next year because she will
ior year. was a great opportunity for Johns to have a whole new arsenal of post-up
Besides Michigan, Johns looked at learn more about basketball just by moves.
many colleges from all over the coun- watching from the bench. She is tired of losing this much. She
try. She chose from Florida, Iowa, Her attitude was good, because is frustrated by the fact that Michigan
Illinois and Connecticut. both Michigan guard Jennifer Kiefer State fans outnumbered and out-
Johns remembers the first time she and forward Jennifer Brzezinski had cheered Michigan fans in the loss to
met Roberts. the same injury, and they gave Johns Michigan State Feb. 19. She can't
"It was very professional, but I was advice on how to cope with it. stand the feeling of losing. It's not in
kind of nervous," Johns said. "When At first, Johns was completely frus- her blood.
I thought (Roberts) would be real trated, but now that she has reflected But what has kept and will keep her
dressed up, she was wearing jeans on last year, she knows that the in- going is her long-term goal of com-
and sweats. jury, to some effect, helped her. peting in the 2000 Summer Olympics
"That's the reason I came here. She "I was just mad after injuring my in Sydney, either playing basketb
was so relaxed and down to earth." knee because I was ready to play or throwing the discus.
One would think that Johns would and I had got used to things," Johns But not for the United States, for
have decided to go to a women's bas- said. "Looking back, I'm not mad Jamaica.
ketball powerhouse, such as Iowa. that I did it. I look at it as a blessing "I know for a fact Jamaica doesn't
Why would someone with that much in disguise because I'm new to the have a discus thrower," Johns said.
potential go to a school that was 13- game and it gave me a chance to sit "It would be nice to be the first discus
68 overall and won only four times in and watch." thrower for my country. Whatever
51 chances in the conference in the Roberts, who also had an ACL in- sport, Ijust can't wait for the opening
past three years? jury when she played in college, agrees ceremonies."
Why go to a losing program? Be- with Johns' assessment. Johns can imagine it now. Walking
cause Johns wanted to be the piece "I think she probably learned more around the track in Sydney, waving
that could turn the Wolverines around. by watching," Roberts said. "I think the crowd as a member of the Jama -
"I knew that Michigan was a strug- she kind of visualized in her mind that can Olympic team, with her family
gling team," Johns said. "I wanted to 'next year I come in I have to make watching.
go somewhere where I would get play- sure I do that.' I think she learned a lot "I would be so proud of her to see
ing time. I wanted to be part of trans- by watching." her in the opening ceremonies of the
ferring the program and helping Johns worked out over the summer Olympics," Sadie Johns said. "That
Michigan get better." with Michigan trainer Robin Moore. wouldbe great. That would be No. 1."
Johns didn't get off to a good start, Johns stayed in the weight room and Time for Johns to flip through a
however. ran on the track every day. new basketball course. With her speed
In only her ninth game of the sea- The sophomore center has fully at learning the sport, she could be-
son,she toreher anterior cruciate liga- healed from her knee injury and has come a scholar in no time.
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Invitational, 7 p.m. (PST), Corvalis, Ore.
er Classic, all day, San Diego, Calif.
rston Invitational, noon.
Iverston Invitational, noon.
S. Olympic Trials (March 6-12), all day, Indianapolis, Ind.
n, 8 p.m., Evanston.
vitational (March 7-10), all day, Tucson, Ariz.
ung, 7 p.m., Provo, Utah.
y hosts CCHA quarterfinals, 7 p.m., Yost Arena (if necessary).
RELAYS Entry Deadline: Tues 2/27 4:30pm IMSB Main Office
MEET Entry Fee: $22.00 per team
Events: 2-Mile, 880 (1/2-mile), 1320 (3/4-mile), Mile
Meet Date: Wednesday Feb. 28 at Track & Tennis Bldg
VOLLEYBALL Instant Scheduling: Weds 2/28 11am - 5:30pm IMSB
(Reg Season) Entry Fee: $59.00 per team
Manager's Meeting (Mandatory): Weds 2/28 6pm/9pm
Play Begins: Mon 3/11 at IMSB Main Gym
The University of Michigan
Department of Recreational Sports
Instant Scheduling: Tues 3/12 11am - 5:30pm IMSB
Entry Fee: $59.00 per team
Manager's Meeting (Mandatory): Tues 3/12 6pm IMSB
Play Begins: Thurs 3/14 at Sports Coliseum (Hill& Fifth Streets)
[Due at day,
date and time
one' CCA ^l3
Men's -- C (Single game and Doubleheader leagues)
Men's -- D (Single game leagues only)
CoRec -- C (Single game leagues only)
Women's -- C/D (Single game leagues only)
[NOTE: Women's league will be formed only if six or more teams register/enter]
MANDATORY FOR ALL TEAMS - Returning and New!
Tuesday March 5, 1996 6:00 p.m.
U of M Intramural Sports Building -- IMSB (606 E. Hoover Street)
Tuesday March 5, 1996 -- Following Mandatory Manager's Meeting
All Teams ---- Returning -- approximately 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
New -- approximately 8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
[NOTE: In order for a team to be registered, that team must be represented at the Mandatory Mgr's Mtg]
Single Game Leagues ---- $495.00 per team
[NOTE: 10 Round Robin League games and I Playoff game]
Doubleheader Leagues ---- $990.00 per team
[NOTE: 20 Round Robin League games and 1 Playoff game]
No Individual Player Fees! Game balls provided! Uniforms not required!
ENTRY FEES DUE AT DAY/DATE/TIME OF REGISTRATION/ENTRY!
Monday May 13, 1996 [NOTE: Ends approximately August 1, 1996]
[NOTE: Practice Days/Dates: Monday May 6- Friday May 10. Sign-ups at Manager's Meeting]