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12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 26, 1996

Michigan cross country coach Warhurst has
seen plenty of talent in his 23-year tenure

SARA STILLMAN/Daily
Sara Cyganiak (above) and Sora Moon will represent Michigan at the ITA National
Clay Court Championships in Baltimore this weekend.
CyganiakMoon lready
for Clay Court tourney

By Jacob Wheeler
For the Daily
Michigan men's cross-country
coach Ron Warhurst is beginning his
23rd year at the helm, long enough to
see plenty of talented stars come and
go. But that doesn't mean his best
days are behind him.
"The boys are young, and they
keep me feeling (young)," Warhurst
said. "They will tell you I still like
the loud boisterous jokes during
practice."
It's ironic that anyone who runs 10
miles a day, beginning at 4 a.m, for
an easy practice can call themselves
young. But these are some remark-
able athletes that come through
Warhurst's program.
In his 23-year tenure in the
Michigan cross-country and track
and field programs, some 48 All-
America certificates have been hand-
ed out to athletes who have run under
his tutelage.
"Of those All-Americans, the most
talented is definitely Kevin
(Sullivan)," Warhurst said. "But he
isn't the one with the most awards,
yet."
That honor goes to former
Wolverine Brian Diemer, who hailed
from Grand Rapids. Diemer made
the 1984, '88, and '92 U.S. Olympic
teams. He was the United States'
team captain in Barcelona in 1992.
Warhurst's runners have been fre-
quent visitors to Olympic cities over
the years.
In the trials for Atlanta this past
summer, a couple of Michigan run-
ners almost ran for Canada.
Freshman Steve Lawrence placed
6th in the trials. Sullivan could have
medaled in the games, but he went
down with an injury to his bursila
last spring.
Lawrence, Sullivan and freshman

Jay Cantin will probably be running
for the Canadians in Sydney in four
years. Sophomore John Mortimer
has a chance to make the American
team.
Warhurst has seen stranger cross-
country occurences, however, than
his pupils wearing their country's
colors. He has seen one remarkable
person in John Scherer.
Scherer, who graduated in 1992,
was a walk-on who won 11 Big Ten
championships. He was an All-
American 10 times.
"Because of John, I don't cut
walk-ons," Warhurst said. "I let them
decide if they can handle Big Ten
cross-country."
But walk-ons who run to stardom
are few and far between.
"If they want to stick, they've got
to be able to run seven miles at a
6:30 (per mile) pace," Warhurst
said.
"Even if they can handle that, we
go hard every other day for periods
of 10 days. They've got to have
endurance."
Michigan has been doing plenty of
those kinds of workouts lately. The
Wolverines are in the midst of a two-
week layoff, without a meet.
"It's nice to have a lull in the mid-
dle of the season," Warhurst said.
"We can have real hard practices and
use that to our advantage."
The Wolverines will need any
advantage they can get this year in
the hunt for the Big Ten title.
Wisconsin has won it the past two
years and owns 11 out of the last 14
championships.
"I think we've got as good a shot
this year as we've had in a while,"
Warhurst said.
"We've been fortunate this year,
not having any big injuries (other
than Sullivan in the preseason)."

By Brooke McGahey
For the Daily
Senior Sarah Cyganiak and junior
Sora Moon are the only members of the
Michigan women's tennis team to par-
ticipate in the Intercollegiate Tennis
Association National Clay Court
Championships. The tournament, host-
ed by the Suburban Club of Baltimore
County, is the first leg of the ITA Grand
Slam Event and goes through Sunday.
Moon and Cyganiak play today in the
main draw of the doubles competition.
Their opponents will be determined by
the results of the qualifying rounds
played yesterday.
Due to their No. 28 ranking in the
Rolex Collegiate Tennis Rankings for
women's doubles, Cyganiak and Moon
are the top Midwestern duo in the main
draw.
"This is a national event with the
best players," Michigan coach Bitsy
Ritt said. "It is an accomplishment to
play, especially being selected into the
main draw."
All participants in this tournament
were determined by invitation or quali-
fication only.
Competition is expected to be strong
going into the tournament, but Moon
feels that she and Cyganiak have the

ability to do well.
"There have been times when
Cyganiak is playing well, and I'm miss-
ing shots and vice-versa," Moon said.
"When both of us are on our game at
the same time, we're pretty tough."
The pair finished fourth in the Flight
A Doubles at the William & Mary
Invitational, upsetting the fourth-seed-
ed team.
Cyganiak went to the tournament
with the hopes of making it to the main
draw of the singles competition, but
lost in the qualifying match to top-seed-
ed Olga Novikova of Penn State (6-0,6-
3).
Cyganiak won her pre-qualifying
round against Luanne Spadea of Duke
(6-1,2-6,6-3) on Tuesday, giving her the
seventh seed.
"In this tournament, so much has to
do with who you play," Ritt said. "It is
an excellent opportunity for the girls."
In last year's ITA Clay Court
Championship tournament, Cyganiak
played in the main draw of the singles
competition. She fell in the first round
of competition to Southern
Mississippi's Kati Koncsis (6-0,6-1).
She then lost in the consolation round
to Suzanna Rodriguez of Louisiana
State (7-6,6-7,7-5).

FLE 'HO/Da"y
The Michigan mens cross-country team has produced 48 All-Americans during Ron
Warhurst's 23-year coaching tenure.

Ohio State and Notre Dame prepare for showdown *

The Associated Press
With No. 4 Ohio State at No. 5
Notre Dame on Saturday, the Big
Game Factor should be considered
- Irish coach Lou Holtz usually
wins them, Buckeyes coach John
Cooper usually loses them.
in his ninth season at Ohio State,
Cooper is a commendable 67-28-5,
but 1-6-1 against Big Ten rival

Michigan. Although the Buckeyes
beat the Irish last season, they lost
their perfect season and national
title shot with a 31-23 loss to the
Wolverines.
The Irish, meanwhile, are 9-3-1 in
South Bend against Top 10 teams in
Holtz's 11 seasons, with two of those
losses in 1986.
There have been wins against No.
1 teams - Florida State in 1993 and

Miami in 1988.
This is just the fourth meeting
between the teams, with the
Buckeyes winning 45-26 last season
in Columbus and the Irish winning
in 1935 and 1936.
Why only three games for these
storied programs, located about 200
miles from each other?
Woody Hayes, who coached the
Buckeyes from 1951-78, used to say

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Dame to Columbus because half the
crowd would root for the Irish.
Cooper was asked if he'd like to
continue the Notre Dame series;
which ends after Saturday's game. M
"I think it'd be great to play theni
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said. "Let that next coach play them:
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as bad as he wants to play me."
The Buckeyes (2-0) rolled up 142
points in beating Rice and
Pittsburgh, scoring on 20 of 26 pos-
sessions. The Irish (3-0) had a tough
time against Vanderbilt and needed a
last-second field goal to beat Texas
27-24 last week.
"They've been tested and we
haven't been," Cooper said. "Maybr
that gives them an edge, I do
know. I'm anxious to find out how
we'll respond."
Some Irish players believe a win
over the Buckeyes will put them on
the road to a big season.
"We had a big win last week, but
this week will pretty much sum up
our entire season," Ohio State defen-
sive end Melvin Dansby said.
"We win this one football game
and it's almost smooth sailing for t
rest of the way into the bowl game.
Led by linebacker Lyron Collins,
the Irish defense allows just 60
yards per game. Tailback Autry
Denson is the leading rusher with
283 yards and three touchdowns. He
also has four catches for 70 yards
and a touchdown. Quarterback Rob
Powlus is 5 1-of-88 for 581 yards and
two touchdowns.
Ohio State leads the nation wit4
71-point scoring average, with Peps
Pearson running for 222 yards andl
six touchdowns. Stanley Jackson
and backup Joe Germaine have com-
bined to hit 26-of-37 passes for 548
yards and eight touchdowns.
On defense, the Buckeyes are see-
ond nationally at 3.5 points per
game.
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