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88 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - February 10, 1997

Women's track fires like Canon

By Chris Farah
Daily Sports Writer
Explosives are extremely dangerous
if they aren't handled with care. A
short fuse is all it takes for a helpful
tool to be transformed into a deadly
mistake.
If the Michigan women's track team
were a time bomb, then Saturday's
Canon Classic in Indianapolis proved
that the Wolverines are destined to go
off at just the right time - ideally at
the Big Ten and NCAA champi-
onships.
Michigan is a relatively young team
which is still exploring the potential
of its talent.
The Canon Classic was the
Wolverines' first exposure to compe-
tition of national renown and their first
chance to see how they would respond
to opponents they will face in the Big
Tens and NCAAs.
Competition included national pow-
erhouses such as Stanford and Cornell,
as well as Wisconsin and Illinois, the
Big Ten's two most dominant teams.
"A significant number of the young
ladies continued to step up and
improve," Michigan coach James
Henry said. "They passed with flying
colors. We are only two or three steps
away from where we need to be. The

steps we need to take include having a
relaxed weekend followed by some
hard workouts, which will put us, as a
team, where we want to be in two
weeks."
The level of the competition meant
that, even though many Wolverines
recorded personal bests, few won their
actual events.
Junior Tania Longue was a portrait
of consistency, placing second in both
the 60-meter hurdles and the long
jump, as well as third in the triple
jump.
Sophomore Marcy Akard finished
fourth in the 5,000 but recorded an
almost-unheard-of improvement of 42
seconds on her personal best with a
time of 16:45.
Henry attributed much of the team's
positive attitude to Akard's inspiring
performance.
"Her run really lit up some eyes on
our team," Henry said. "She helped
provide some added motivation."
Akard's fellow distance runner,
freshman Lisa Ouellet, contributed
her own outstanding performance.
Ouellet qualified for the NCAAs with
a time of 2:09.47 in the 800.
Her seventh-place finish is indica-
tive of the kind of athletes - against
whom she was racing - competition

which she feels pushed her to make
the NCAAs.
"It definitely helped me," Ouellet
said. "With them running, I knew I
could hit the time. I was very excited.
I don't think it was intimidating for
anyone on the team. Our results were
really amazing considering the com-
petition. I think because we're young,
we're definitely going to surprise
some people."
Michigan did record at least one
victory, however. Sophomore high
jumper Nicole Forrester extended her
unbeaten streak to four meets with a
winning height of 5-foot-11 3/4.
Forrester's performance and mentality
seemed indicative of the entire team.
"When she is on, she is more
relaxed and jubilant," Henry said. "I
forced her to start at a lower height in
order to build her confidence." -
The meet seemed to have served as
a confidence builder for the
Wolverines, and Henry expects it to
show when the big competitions come
around.
"To me, this was a mini-NCAA
championship," Henry said. "We
were right in the mix, so we were
pleased. If my squad is on, they can
be one of the top two teams (in the
Big Ten)."

The Michigan
men's track team
fell short of a
first-place finis
yat this week-
end's Central
Collegiate
Championships.
The Wolverines
finished second
with 139 points,
9.5 points behind
first-place
Eastern
Michigan.
JEANNIE SERVAAS/

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Men's track falls short of first

dise

By Kim Hart
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - Michigan
men's track coach Jack Harvey doesn't
look like a scientist, but one must won-
der how he came up with his experi-
mental lineup for the Central Collegiate
Championships.
He took a portion of the team, added
a high jumper, sent one runner through
an obstacle course, and came up one vic-
tory short of first place.
Michigan finished second at the meet
with a total of 139 points, as points
behind first-place Eastern Michigan
with 148.5 points.
"We knew it was going to be close
coming in," Harvey said. "The guys
came back, and they ran hard. We had
some second places where we should
have had some first places, like Neil in
the hurdles, but we ran him in the 55
dash and the hurdles as an experiment,
and it didn't work."
Gardner competed in four events, run-
ning a total of eight times in the two-day
period. He finished second in the 55-
meter hurdles with a time of 7.41 sec-
onds and 12th in the 55 (6.64). He ran
on two relay teams.

The distance and middle distance run-
ners were a key component of the
Wolverines' success this weekend.
Don McLaughlin had the only indi-
vidual first-place finish for the team in
the 800 with a time of 1:54.45. He was
followed by Jay Cantin, who finished
sixth (1:57.39), and Jeff Beuche, who
finished seventh (1:57.52).
The Wolverines grabbed second-,
third-, fourth- and 10th-places in the
mile run. McLaughlin finished in
4:132.71, Scott MacDonald in 4:13.07,
Jay Cantin in 4:15.80 and Steve
Lawrence in 4:18.20.
McLaughlin, Cantin, MacDonald and
Gardner also comprised the first-place
distance medley relay team, which fin-
ished with a NCAA provisional qualify-
ing time of 9:48.95.
"I was really happy with the 800,"
McLaughlin said. "The mile went out
real slow and would have been better if
it had come out quicker. Overall, we had
some real good performances, and now
we really want to do well at Big Tens."
Lawrence and MacDonald also ran in
the 3,000. Lawrence placed second with
a time of 8:35.63, and MacDonald third
at 3:39.15.

Dave Barnett also came through for
the Wolverines with a second-place fin-
ish in the 5,000 (14:45.92).
Damon Devasher finished second in
the high jump after clearing 6-feet-9.
Don Stenger finished second in t*
pole vault (15-feet-3 3/4). Brian
Wildfong finished second in the shot
put (52-feet-9 1/2). And Martin
Bowman placed seventh in the long
jump (22-feet-1).
Taiwo Okusanya jumped a distance
of 44-feet-10 1/4 in the triple jump, and
Alex Lengemann finished ninth in the
long jump (21-feet-3 1/4) and eighth in
the pole vault (14-feet-4).
Michigan had strong performances
the sprints as well. The Devasher-Steve
Jenkins duo in the 55 finished third and
sixth, respectively, with times of 6.44
and 6.56 seconds.
Jenkins, along with Edzra Gibson and
Brian Theisen, had strong performances
in the 200. Gibson finished fourth com-
ing in at 22.10 seconds, Jenkins was fifth
at 22.15, and Theisen took seventh place
at 22.43.
Dwayne Fuqua finished in seco
place in the 600-meter run with a time 4
1:20.15.

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