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88 The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 18, 1996

Continued from Page 3D
Michigan. Under coach John
Cooper, the Buckeyes are just 1-6-1
against the Wolverines. To many in
Columbus, Rose Bowl or no Rose
Bowl, the season is a failure if Ohio
State does't beat Michigan.
"It's something every quarterback
is judged by," said Bobby Hoying,
former Ohio State quarterback, now
with the Philadelphia Eagles. "It is
the game."
And who could forget last season?
The Buckeyes came into Ann
Arbor with an undefeated season on
the line, just like in 1969.
In another one of the great victo-
ries in school history, the Wolverines
stunned Ohio State - just like they
had some 26 years earlier - this
time by the score of 31-23.
"When will I get over that game?"
Cooper has asked many times after
the fact. "Never, absolutely never."
Such is the consequence of a loss
in one of the greatest college foot-
ball rivalries of all time.
- Barry Sollenberger can be
reached over e-mail at

Men's cross country places third
at regionls; next stop NCAAs

By Jacob Wheeler
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's cross country
team is going back to the NCAA cham-
pionships after placing third Saturday at
the District V Championship in
The Wolverines finished behind Notre
Dame and Wisconsin.
"We're happy with our finish even
though we didn't win it," Michigan
senior Scott MacDonald said. "We went
there to make it to nationals, and we did
Notre Dame provided the surprise of
the day. The Fighting Irish weren't
expected to beat Wisconsin or Michigan.
"Notre Dame had by far their best race
of the year," MacDonald said. "Their top
four (runners) just wouldn't drop.'
Even though Michigan's John
Mortimer won the race, the Irish domi-
nated the field, placed four runners in the
top 10.
In winning the race Saturday,
Mortimer kept his streak of four consec-
utive victories alive. The sophomore has
lost only once this season, at the Notre
Dame Invitational.
A couple factors contributed to

Michigan's third-place finish last week-
"It was extremely windy on a flat
course," MacDonald, who placed sixth,
said. "So when I got out in front early in
the race, I expended too much energy."
The senior co-captain has been jump-
ing off to early leads all season.
"I used this race to test myself,"
MacDonald said. "I wanted to prepare
myself for nationals."
With four of Wisconsin's runners stay-
ing in a pack in the early teens,
MacDonald made his way back to the
top toward the end of the race.
"I was having a little trouble at the six
kilometer mark," MacDonald said.
"John began moving up to the top when
I started to falter, so I followed him and
finished strong."
Michigan's next three runners may
have been hurt more by the race's
expanded distance.
Instead of the standard eight kilometer
race, the district championship was 10
While Mortimer and MacDonald
overcame the extra distance well, Steve
Lawrence, Jay Cantin and Todd Snyder
may have suffered as a result of it.

Having never run the 10K before,
freshman Cantin and Lawrence finished
in the early 20s.
Todd Snyder, who finished fifth for
Michigan and 32nd overall, had only one
previous 10K under his belt.
"He had a good race" MacDonald
said. "But it would have taken an ideal
day for him to place in the top 20."
This trip to the NCAA championships
will be especially sweet for MacDonald
- but not because it's his senior season.
"I was injured the whole cross country
season last year due to a stress fracture in
my femur," MacDonald said. "It's been a
long, hard recovery since then."
Still, after finishing strong this year,
MacDonald feels this is the best shape
he's ever been in.
MacDonald had plenty of success in
the NCAA championship early in his
college career. He placed 16th as a fresh-
man and 20th as a junior before the
"I definitely think it's realistic for us to
finish in the top ten at nationals."he said.
Mortimer placed 37th last year as a
The championships will be held next
Monday in Tucson, Ariz.

The Michigan men's cross country team finished third at regionais this weekend,
earning them a trip to the NCAA championships next week.

Women harriers narrowly miss trip to championships


By Chris Farah
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's cross
country team saw its postseason
hopes take a major fall during the
first minute of the district invitation-
al in Champaign on Saturday.
An opponent's inadvertent shove
and a crowded, physical field of run-
ners were all it took to send fresh-
man Elizabeth Kampfe plummeting
to the ground and the Wolverines'
chance of an NCAA championship
berth along with her.
Michigan needed to finish in the
top two at districts to make it to
nationals but ended up placing
fourth with a score of 148 - just
nine points behind second-place
Eastern Michigan (139 points), a
spread Michigan would have proba-
bly covered had not the incident
occurred. Wisconsin finished first,
dominating the field with a total of
54 points.
"It was ' a pretty physical race,
which was something completely

new for me," Kampfe said. "There
was a lot of pushing and shoving
going on, trying to get position.
That's when I was pushed.
"It was going to happen (to some-
one), but it just happened to be me."
Kampfe, who is usually' at the
head of Michigan's front pack of
runners, still managed to finish fifth
among the Wolverines, and 55th
overall. Redshirt freshman Marcy
Akard finished eighth overall, which
may be good enough for her to qual-
ify individually for nationals.
Sophomore Katie McGregor, senior
captain Jen Barber and freshman
Nell Shields rounded out Michigan's
top four.
Besides Kampfe's fall, the
Wolverines also had to deal with the
injury of redshirt freshman Allison
Noe. Noe, one of Michigan's top
runners, was sidelined with a pulled
hamstring. Considering all the
adversity they faced, Michigan
coach Mike McGuire was proud of
his team's performance.
"We actually ran pretty well,"

McGuire said. "Despite everything,
we were in the hurt, so I'm not dis-
appointed in the effort we put forth
today. We had some season-best
races out of
a couple
people. .r
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we had some bad

because we've gone through so
much this season.
"Overall, we weren't happy about*
it, but we came away knowing that
we gave the most
that we had on that
day, and that's real-
we ly all that you can
ask for."
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took the loss the
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S ff to use her fall as an
Vt/E excuse, she said
Jen Barber her performance
ien'S CroSS had not lived up to
her personal stan-
ntry runner dards.
"I'm not taking
the blame for us
not making it, but I think that I could
have had a better race," Kampfe
said. "The fact that I fell was just.
part of the race and something I had
to deal with, and I did come back.
from that, which was good.
"But for me it still didn't meet the
desires or hopes that I had for
This type of competitive spirit in
the younger members of the team is
one of the reasons why McGuire
feels he will have more success to
look forward to in future seasons.
"Our lineup was two seniors, one
sophomore and four freshmen, so we
were pretty young," McGuire saidO
"That's what we're looking forward
to, and in the meantime, we have
some indoor and outdoor track run-
ning to do to get us ready for next
fall, and we'll come back hungrier
than ever."


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Barber, whose running career at
Michigan ended with the district
meet, said that although she was dis-
appointed, she wasn't leaving with
the feeling that the team could have
done more to prolong its season.
"We had a good meeting the night
before and said if we did make it
with the people we had, it would be
one of the biggest things we'd done
in the past two years of cross coun-
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