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6$,- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - January 27, 1997

Women's track
grounded by Eagles

Men's track settles
for 2nd-place finish


B, Feed Uink
DailySports Writer-
EAST LANSING - Located only a
few miles from Ann Arbor, Eastern
Michigan has often been overshadowed
bysthe University of Michigan.
Saturday, at the Michigan
Intercollegiate Championships, the
Eages- had their chance to prove that
they deserve respect.
-The-Eastern Michigan women's track
team did just that, taking first place, and
edging out second-place Michigan,
143-l35. Also competing were
Michigan State (67 points), Western
Michigan (65), Central Michigan (48)
and Detroit-Mercy (five).
*We didn't want (Eastern) to win,
because we know they'll rub it in our
fasae' Michigan high-jumper Nicole
Forx ster said. "I think they have more
of a rivalry with us than we do with
them. In the past, they've rubbed it in
our face, so we wanted to keep that
Underclassmen paced the
Wotvrines, accounting for all four of
theirdndividual event victories.
lreshman Elizabeth Kampfe gave
Michigan its first individual victory of
the day, edging out teammate Marcy
Akarf for first place in the 5,000-meter
run; Michigan's Eileen Fleck finished

third, giving Michigan an impressive 1-
2-3 finish in the 5,000 and an early lead
in the team competition.
The lead was short lived, however, as
Eastern Michigan victories in the 55
hurdles, the 400 dash and the triple
jump put the Eagles up 19 with six
events remaining.
The 55 dash featured the two fastest
times run in the nation this season. The
Eagles' Jenelle Ali posted a Michigan
Intercollegiate record time of 6.73 sec-
onds in the qualifying heat, only to have
it broken in the final by Michigan State's
Sevatheda Fynes' 6.71 seconds. Despite
finishing second, Ali's performance gave
the Eagles a 102-78 lead.
Michigan's comeback began with the
high jump as Forrester continued her
recent dominance. Her leap of 5-foot-9,
3/4 inches was good enough for her
third first-place finish in as many
Eastern Michigan's lead was cut to
12 with three events remaining after
sophomore Sarah Hamilton finished
first in the 800, setting the stage for the
day's most dramatic finish.
Needing a victory in the 200 to have
any chance of winning the team compe-
tition, Michigan freshman Maria Brown
came through. In only her third indoor
meet, the Jamaican native came from

By Kim Hart
Daily Sports Writer
YPSILANTI - Numbers aren't
always a reflection of the truth. When
someone purchases an item in the store,
the price paid sometimes reveals little
about the quality of the good.
Some will say the higher the price the
better the quality, but the smarter shop-
per - the better shopper - can find an
item of equal or even better quality at a
much lower price.
Simply put, the total on the screen
does not tell the whole story behind
Friday's Intercollegiate Meet at Bowen
Field House.
The Michigan men's track team fin-
ished the day in second place with 126
points, 38 points behind Eastern
Michigan and 36 points ahead of third-
place Michigan State.
Senior Damon DeVasher was a key
competitor for the Wolverines, by taking
first place in two events. He cleared the
high jump bar at 7-feet and finished the
55-meter dash in 6.40 seconds.
"I did very well in the high jump, con-
sidering it wasn't my best day as in tech-
nique, DeVasher said. "I was very men-
tally prepared today for both things."
It was another great day for Neil
Gardner, who broke a meet record he set
in 1996, by winning the 55 hurdles in a
time of 7.32 seconds. Gardner was also

the runner up in the 400 with a time of
48.94 seconds.
Alex Lengemann had a strong pefor-
mance throughout, finishing second in
the heptathalon.
Behind the seniors, a solid group of
underclassmen also faired well.
Steve Jenkins came in second plac
the 55, just one hundredth of a second
behind DeVasher. The distance medley
relay team of senior Jeff Beuche and
freshmen Ravi Smith, Jay Cantin and
Steve Lawrence took top honors with a
time of 10:05.5. Travis Townsend 41o
gave a solid performance by finishing
first in his heat and eighth overall in he
The most exciting event of the day
was the mile run. In the final coupleW
laps, there were many lead changes
before Eastern's Ben Reese pulled ahead
to finish first in 4:07.54 seconds. He
edged out Michigan's Don McLaughl iin
and Scott MacDonald, mho finished
third and fourth, respectively.
There was a lot of anticipation amnqng
the spectators as the meet came to its
final event - the 1,600 relay. Those
looking forward to the battle betw
Eastern Michigan and Michigan we
disappointed because the Wolverines
pulled their relay teams from the event.
Michigan coach Jack Harvey cited
fatigue and sickness in the decision.

The Michigan women's track team finished behind its Ypsilanti rival on Saturday.

behind to edge out Michigan State's
Chandra Burns by a mere 0.11 seconds.
"Probably the most (impressive per-
formance) was Maria Brown,"
Michigan head coach James Henry said.
"She NCAA qualified at 24.41. That's a
career best for her and the second-
fastest time for a Michigan athlete."

Brown's performance cut the Eagles'
lead to eight, but the Wolverines could
not get any closer. Henry was pleased
with his team's effort, if not the result.
"This was the meet in which we did
maximize our effort," he said. "But the
results weren't what we were looking
for team-wise."

Michigan wrestlers escape Wildcats' claw


By I'An Braunstein
Dail Sports Writer
With its three captains as the only
uppervlassmen starters, the Michigan
wrestling team has looked to Bill
Larure, Jeff Catrabone and Airron
Ridharson to come though in the clutch
all Season.
*aturday was no different.
This time it was Richarson's turn in
the; spotlight as the Wolverines pulled
out a thrilling one-point victory over
Noithwestern at Cliff Keen Arena.
tdchigan trailed by five with only the
hedvyweight match remaining, meaning
ontyi a six-point pin would give
Miptigan a much-needed conference
Richardson handled the pressure like
a v;ewran, locking up Brian Laughlin in
a crss-face cradle 2:35 into the bout to
seduce the win for his team.
,lknew if I didn't pin this guy, we
wcp4In't win,' Richardson said. "I did-
n't:ant to experience that."
A1Xfor the pressure, Richardson said
hewAas nervous at first but calmed down
owca4he match began.
2 ad to really settle myself down,"
hC id. "(Laughlin) was running from
ng|pd I knew I couldn't let the whole
f' riod go by without me taking him
dg because that would just put more
pesre on me. After I took him down,
tlhtTvhen my nerves calmed down."
"higan coach Dale Bahr had noth--
in"lyt praise for his heavyweight.
||ron knew what he had to do, and
hg~g it. He's a great competitor" he


said. "I wish some of the other guys
would learn from him."
The 19-18 victory brings the
Wolverines' record to 5-3 overall, 1-1 in
the Big Ten.
Michigan began the match on a good
note as I18-pounder Chris Viola deci-
sioned his opponent for a 3-0 lead. The
team faltered after that, losing three
straight matches by two points or less.
"I was really expecting to win three
out of those first four (matches)," Bahr
said. "And when you lose three out of
the four, that puts pressure on everybody
Tri-captain Lacure did what a captain
is expected to do, bringing the
Wolverines back into the match with a
5-1 decision over Drew Pariano.
Freshman Otto Olson followed Lacure's
lead with a 12-8 victory over Kurt
Hudson before Catrabone put his team
ahead, 13-9, with a four-point major
decision over Chris Roberts.
If at any point in a wrestling match a
wrestler is up by 15 points, the match is
called and the team receives five points.
Catrabone won his match, 17-3, only
one point away from a technical fall.
"Before I went in, we realized it was
going to come down to a close match,"
Catrabone said. "Coach Bahr told me to
try and get as many points on the board
as possible. I knew I was dominating the
match, and I was hoping to get the pin
(for six points)."
This strategy backfired for the
Wolverines as Catrabone was unable to
pin his opponent and received only four

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team points.
The Wolverines dug themselves a
hole as they lost the next two matches.
Freshman Joe DeGain was major deci-
sioned by Joel Goeden, and 190-
pounder Frank Lodeserto gave up a

8iacy Sandler
DlSports Writer
2Nng into the final match of
Smmday's meet against the
N'whwestern Wildcats, the struggling
4M gan wrestling team trailed 18-
1!.Tie Wolverines' only hope was for
j rik heavyweight Airron Richardson
tJZii Northwestern's Brian Laughlin.
a = did just that, allowing the
=prines to escape with a 19-18 vic-
tq4This performance was nothing
new-for Richardson. Throughout his
cew, he has grappled his way to a
1 =ecord when the match is on the
""yu're expecting Airron to do
sM Mthing like that," Michigan coach
E=l-Bahr said. "Sometimes, it's kind
oggyd to get a pin, though, when the
ottre guy's out there just not to get
Ming into the match, the biggest
f'" or the Wolverines was the tough
aineuvering they were expecting
fi rLaughlin.
. was afraid that (Laughlin) was
to go out there, move around and

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keep from getting pinned," Bahr said.
"It's hard to score on a kid like that,
but Airron knew what he had to do."
Earlier in the week, Richardson said
that he wanted to pin his opponent in
this meet.
"I was in the same situation (last
weekend) against Oklahoma, and I just
didn't have the energy, plus the guy
weighed about 275, and I couldn't pin
him," Richardson said. "So, it was a
great feeling to be able to do it for my
team. Everyone was expecting me to
pin him. He is a freshman, and I would
have been upset with anything else."
Without any prodding, Richardson
was aware of his match's importance.
"I went back and said right before,
and he knew it anyway, because he's
real bright, 'Hey, we need a pin to win
it,"' Bahr said. "He said, 'Yeah, I know
While many people would crack
under that kind of pressure,
Richardson used it as a source of moti-
"(I was thinking that) if I don't pin
this guy, we don't win, Richardson

said. "I didn't want to experience that.
Even if I (technical falled) him, we
still wouldn't win. We would only tie
it. I knew I had to get him on his back."
When the match first began,
Richardson experienced some nerves,
but those were disspelled once
Richardson got a takedown in the first
period. Once he got into a groove, he
had enough confidence to win, pin-
ning Laughlin in the same period.
As a tri-captain and veteran
wrestler, Richardson is able to set an
example for the team's seven starting
freshman and sophomores.
"Those kids got to learn what it
takes to win, and Airron kind of shows
them, but they've got to pick up on
that," Bahr said. "He's a keeper. He's
been a keeper since day one. It was
nice to have him in the end. It's like
money in the bank. Airron's like
money in the bank."

technical fall to the Wildcats' top
This brought the score to 18-13 in
favor of Northwestern. The outcome
looked bleak for Michigan until
Richardson stepped onto the mat.
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