88 - The Michigan Daily -- SPORTSMonday - February 17, 1997
EMU invite sets stage for Michigan track teams
By Chris Farah
Daily Sports Writer
Men are from Mars, women are from Venus.
This famous relationship cliche describes
Friday's Eastern Michigan Invitational quite nice-
ly for the Michigan men's and women's track
First of all, the meet was held on St. Valentine's
Second of all, considering the lack of many top
Wolverines at the meet, a lot of the men and
women could very well have been on vacation at
their respective planets of origin.
Both the men's and women's teams will partic-
ipate in the Big Ten championships next weekend,
which, besides NCAAs, is the most important
meet of Michigan's indoor season.
Many Wolverines did not want to sacrifice their
performances at Big Tens for the unscored
Invitational and instead chose to use this weekend
to rest or concentrate on training.
NCAA champion Neil Gardner, junior sprinter
Dwayne Fuqua and sophomore distance runner
John Mortimer are just some of the athletes who
didn't make the trip for the men's team. Gardner
has an added reason for his brief sabbatical from
competition - besides just conserving his ener-
gy, he is also recovering from an injury.
Many of the women's distance runners, includ-
ing freshman Julie Froud, sophomore Marcy
Akard and junior Katie McGregor, decided to
abstain from Friday's competition.
Two distance runners, freshmen Nell Shields
and Elizabeth Kampfe, traveled to Houston to
attempt to qualify for Team USA's junior cross
country team and the World Trials in Italy.
Kampfe managed to qualify by placing sixth in
the race, while Shields just missed the mark.
Despite all of the absences, Michigan still
received several quality performances.
Senior Damon Devasher placed first in the 60-
yard dash. Freshman Steve Jenkins, normally
right on Devasher's heels in the 60, finished sixth
with a time of 7.01 - a decent performance con-
sidering the conditions in which he was running.
"I felt pretty good about my race," Jenkins said.
"I didn't have spikes in my shoes, and I still felt
Friday's men's mile run had a slightly unusual
twist to it. Instead of being timed chronologically,
the race began with a countdown of 4:00 in order
to pace the runners on a Bowen Field House
record-setting sub-four-minute mile. Two runners
managed to break the barrier and the record,
while three Wolverines were right behind.
Redshirt sophomore Don McLaughlin, senior
Scott MacDonald and freshman Jay Cantin fin-
ished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Cantin said he didn't regret his decision to run,
but felt he could have done much better.
"I didn't do as well as I wanted to," Cantin said.
"If I could do it again, I would have run a lot
tougher. I wasn't intimidated by the paced race.
I'm capable of running with those guys - I can'
probably hit around 4:02. I just wanted to stay
with the guys in front."
"(The meet) was ajoke" Forrester said. "It was
too long and disorganized. Too many people
entered (the competition) and not many were very
Freshman Maria Brown, junior Tania Longe
and senior Katy Hollbacher all turned in impres-
sive performances. Brown finished first in the
200, breaking the school record with a time of
24.19 seconds: Longe and Hollbacher each fin-
ished second in their respective events, the long
jump and the 3,000.
Michigan got a scare when freshman Lisa
Ouellet tripped in the 800, preventing her from
Ouellet was cut off by two Eagles - one i
front of her and one behind her. Michigan an
Eastern have a history of bad blood this season,
but Ouellet didn't consider that a valid excuse for
"I was scratched up pretty bad, but I'll be all
right," Ouellet said. "It's really upsetting that my
personal best is so much faster than theirs, but
they'd try to win the race that way. This isn't foot-
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Most of the members of Michigan's men's and women's swimming teams may have had a chance to relax this weekend, but that will all end soon. The women's team
Cocks shines in comeback for 'M' tankers
By Fred Unk
Daily Sports Writer
For most collegiate swimmers, the
Michigan Open was an insignificant
event. Because it is a United States
Swimming event, not an NCAA
meet, the Michigan Open primarily
featured high school and club-level
With most of the Michigan men's
and women's swimming teams taking
the weekend off to prepare for the
upcoming Big Ten championship,
only a few Wolverines competed.
Among those competing was
Emily Cocks, who returned to com-
petition for the first time since suf-
fering a knee injury earlier this sea-
Last year at this time, she was
preparing to swim in the Big Ten and
NCAA championships. This year,
Cocks was swimming against club-
level swimmers. Even though she
isn't where she was last year, for
Cocks, this, was still an important
In October, Cocks had arthroscop-
ic surgery to remove a buildup of tis-
sue in her knee. Since then, the
sophomore breaststroker has been
rehabilitating the knee preparing to
In November, Cocks returned to
the pool. At first, she was only able
to do a couple of breaststroke kicks
at a time.
Gradually, the knee became
stronger and she could spend more
time in the water.
By late December, on the team's
training trip to California, Cocks was
able to resume a normal swimming
routine and was able to do the breast-
stroke with greater ease.
"We just took it one step at a
time," Michigan women's swimming
coach Jim Richardson said. "Being
able to resume training, being able to
do some breaststroke kick, then a lit-
tle more, and a little more.
"I'm real pleased with (her
Yesterday, Cocks returned to com-
pete in her first official race since
"It's been hard, really frustrating,
but I'm really motivated now that
I'm back breaststroking," Cocks
On Saturday, in her first race in
more than four months, Cocks swam
the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.21,
good enough for second place. In
yesterday's 200 breast, she took sec-
ond again with a time of 2:24.08.
Even though her times were con-
siderably slower than she was swim-
ming at this time last year, Cocks
was satisfied with her performance.
"My breaststroke is basically my
kick, so it's been really hard for me
to go fast because I don't have my
kick," Cocks said. "But it's coming
"For not having (in the) trained
breaststroke in a couple of months,
where I am right now, I think is pret-
Cocks hopes to have fully reco*
ered in time to compete for a spot at
the U.S. nationals later this year.
"She's got a goal this summer to
qualify for the U.S. nationals,"
Richardson said. "I think she can do
Other Wolverines competing at the
Michigan Open included Jay
Zawacki, John Stites and Scott
Zawacki won the 1,650 freestyl
with a time of 16:01.96, 17 secon
ahead of his closest competitor.
Meyer and Stites finished first and
second, respectively, in the 100
breast, the 200 breast, and the 100
Meyer also won the 200 individual
medley, and Stites took first place in
the 50 free.
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