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MAJOR LEAGUE Baltimore 9,

Boston 9,
Atlanta 1
San Francisco 4,
N.Y. Yankees 8,

Florida 10,
Pittsburgh 5
San Diego 4,
Cincinnati 5,

Minnesota 7,
Chicago Cubs 3,
Carolina 2 (OT)
RBnton 2

Washington 2,


September 25, 1997


travel east
fir invite
Wolverines to face
ranked opponents
Skta Srivastava
DailySports Writer
After dominating the course in
- jLansing last weekend, the
Nigan women's cross country
team 'Iravels to the William & Mary
Invifational this Saturday in
Williamsburg; Va.
Joining th Wolverines will be
Anerican, Ohio, Old Dominion,
No'rolk State, North Carolina,
Radford, Richmond, Virginia
Com monwealth, Hampton and host
William & Mary.
Te. hardest competition for the
A .'3 Wolverines should be No. 14
a i'I.am & Mary, 23rd-ranked North
Catolina and Ohio.
"North Carolina is' definitely
under-ranked," said Michigan coach
Mik'e McGuire. "Ohio University
beaf us last year in districts, so we
knowv they are looking to do that
Michigan will feature the same
Iir1%tp used in the Spartan
lI tational
Laiding the pack will probably be
juni6- Katie McGregor, sophomore
Elizabeth' Kampfe and freshman
JuI 'Frond, who placed first, sec-
ond and third, respectively, last
Alsb running are Eileen Fleck,
Lisa' 'Ouilet, Erin White, Katie
Cli'ffrd, 'Tiffin Goodman, Sarah
Hainilton, Lena VanHaren and
cy Akard.
concern for the Wolverines is
the time margin between their first
five finishers.
"Both William & Mary and North
Ciafo61na pak their first five better
than we do," McGuire said. "They
have a small time margin, and we
need to get that rectified on Saturday
-+ our girls have to run better."
I'm building off of previous races,
a* I hope to be running up there
with McGregor soon," Kampfe said.
It helps to havp Katie and Julie in
fr6nt of me, because it gives me
something to work for."
Michigan's focus isn't just the
improvement of the first five run-
ners but the team as a whole.
.The team is running together
nicely," Kampfe said. "We use each
oter in practice to push one anoth-
I njured runners are gradually get-

NCAA preview
awaitsy M' cross
country in Illinois

By Chad Kujala
Daily Sports Writer
The dreaded Organic Chemistry
exam is a whole two months away
and you haven't started to study.
Who cares?
How soon before a final exam
does the average student begin
studying anyways? Maybe a week, a
few days - some possibly a couple
of hours. Few would dream of start-
ing to study two months in advance.
That's about how much prepara-
tion the Michigan men's cross coun-
try team is allowing for its "final
The Michigan men's cross country
team will face its toughest competi-
tion of the season at NCAA champi-
onships. This meet is nearly two
months away, but it's never too early
to prepare.
The Wolverines travel to
Champaign this Saturday to get an
early start at this year's NCAAs. The
meet at Illinois this weekend is a
10,000-meter race, a length usually
run by the Wolverines later on in the
This season, however, coach Ron
Warhurst wants his fifth-ranked
Wolverines to be ready come nationals.
"I want our team to be better pre-
pared this year for the NCAA champi-
onship," Warhurst said. "We usually
don't run a 10K this early in the sea-
son, but I feel it will better prepare the
team for national competition."
The Wolverines were disappointed
with last year's 14th-place showing
at NCAA championships and want to
improve on that mark this season.
Does that mean the conference
meets are being overlooked? Of
course not.
Entering his 24th season as
Michigan's head coach, Warhurst
realizes the importance of a success-
ful Big Ten season and the difficulty
of achieving a Big Ten champi-
"We are by no means overlooking
Big Tens or NCAA districts,"
Warhurst said. "We have the talent to
be successful at both of these meets."
Michigan's opponents at this
weekend's race include the likes of
Illinois, Iowa, Northern Iowa and
Missouri. Those teams do not have

"We are by no
overlooking Big
Tens or NCAA
districts. We have
the talent to be
successful at
both of these
- Ron Warhurst
Michigan men's cross country
the depth and firepower to compete
with Michigan, but the race itself
will give the Wolverines experience
for NCAAs.
Although the team will be mostly
competing with itself, it does have
goals and a strategy. Warhurst wants
the team to run together for the first
5K. After that point, senior Kevin
Sullivan and junior John Mortimer
will break away and race to the finish.
And who better than these two to
lead the way.
Sullivan, a three-time All-
American, is healthy after last sea-
son's foot injury. Mortimer, 1996's
Big Ten Athlete of the Year, has been
cruising in the team's first two
meets, breaking a course record at
the Jayhawk Invitational.
As for the next four or five
Wolverines, their job is to finish
ahead of the other team's No. 1 run-
ners. The depth of this year's cross
country team is what will determine
its success later in the season.
Warhurst is hoping that this strate-
gy will improve the Wolverine's
chances at NCAAs this year. If it
works, don't expect the success to
set any parallel trends.
Studying habits, on the other hand,
probably won't be influenced by
their success.
Study two months before a final
exam? Not likely.

The Michigan women's cross country team heads to Williamsburg, Va., for the William & Mary Invitational this weekend. The
course should be familiar to the Wolverines - it resembles the Michigan State course they ran at last weekend.

ting stronger through training.
Michelle Slater, who was injured all
last season, is now returning to prac-
"We really need Slater to start
stepping up," McGuire said.
"She's training well, and we need
her to get up to bat and start swing-
ing for the fences instead of just hit-
ting singles.
"Fleck is also improving - the
future is now with her, as she's
returning to the form she had a few
years ago when she was running her

Michigan will be at an advantage
in Virginia because the 5,000-meter
course is similar to the one they ran
last weekend at Michigan State. The
Wolverines breezed through the
Spartan Invitational, while
McGregor set a new course record.
The secret to the Wolverines' suc-
cess? The courses at Michigan State
and Virginia aren't as hilly as the
Michigan golf course, where the
Wolverines conduct practices.
Teamwise, there is a formula that

the Wolverines need to follow in
order to qualify for nationals.
Michigan must beat teams like
North Carolina and William & Mary
- teams outside Michigan's region
- in order to qualify for NCAA
championship wild-card slots.
"Beating William & Mary and
North Carolina would make a world
of difference for us," McGuire said.
"We're going to have to run much
better this week.
"If we don't, we are going to get
our hats handed to us."


The Michigan field hockey team faces Iowa this weekend - a team the
verines haven't had success against. Michigan hasn't beaten Iowa In 31
Stickers have minds set
Qn conference nemesis

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