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12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 30, 1997

Harriers set to upend
old nemesis Wisconsin
By Chris Duprey October will be crucial to the success of the
For the Daily Wolverines. Right now, Warhurst has the squad
Michigan cross country fans all over are running hard in preparation for the end of the

'M' star
joins her
team atop

S

advised to mark Nov.
That's the day yoi
could see Johi
Mortimer, Kevir
Sullivan and the res
of the Michigan men'
cross country tean
hoisting the Big Ter
championship trophy
in the air.
This year the
Wolverines have at
excellent chance of
taking the crown it
this year's Big Ter
championship meet.
But Michigan must be
wary of the return c
Wisconsin.

1, on their calendars.

season.

"I'm encouraged by
the team's chances ...
we have probably the
best to p-six in team
history. "
- John Mortimer
Michigan cross country runner

A few weeks before
the Big Tens, the run-
ners will taper, cutting
down their mileage to
rest for the all-impor-
tant meet that lies
ahead.
"I'm encouraged by
the team's chances,"
Mortimer said, "We
have probably the best
top-six in team history."
The Wolverines have
respect for the success-
ful Wisconsin tradition,
but think they have the

COFerence
From Staff Reports
Michigan sophomore Amber
Berendowsky was named Big Ten
Player of the Week yesterday after
breaking single-season team scoring,
assist and point records this past week-
end.
The forward scored her seventh and
eighth goals of the season Friday, in a 6-
0 thrashing of Wisconsin and added a
goal and two assists Sunday in
Michigan's 5-3 victory over
Northwestern. Berendowsky now has0
nine goals and nine assists for 27 points
on the season.
Her offensive performances have pro-
pelled the Wolverines to their best start
ever. Michigan (4-0 Big Ten, 9-1 over-
all) is currently sitting atop the confer-
ence along with Penn State and
Minnesota, who the Wolverines will
face next weekend for first place.
Michigan has won seven matches in a
row, also a team record.
Berendowsky was tied for 14th in the
nation and leading the Big Ten in indi-
vidual scoring coming into last week-
end. The team catalyst has at least one
point in nine of Michigan's ten games.
"Amber is one of the best forwards in
the Big Ten" Michigan coach Debbie
Belkin said. "She's a scorer with a nose
for the goal and a good passing touch."

a familiar enemy -

The Badgers have dominated the Big Ten in
this era, winning 14 of the past 16 titles, dating
back to 1981.
Illinois stole the 1984 crown, edging out
both Michigan and Wisconsin by four and six
points, respectively. In 1993, the title returned
to Ann Arbor, as Sullivan led the Wolverines to
a 16-point victory.
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst is very opti-
mistic about his team's chances of winning the
title.
The meet will be held in Columbus on Ohio
State's home course.
"It's a flat eight-kilometer course," Warhurst
said. "It's going to be perfect for us."

winning edge.T
"They (Wisconsin) don't have the top two
runners in the country," Michigan freshman
Sam Dorri said.
Nevertheless, Warhurst admits there are
some issues to address before the Wolverines
battle the Badgers.
"We need to get our 1-5 (pack time) under a
minute," Warhurst said.
The Wolverines have been impressive so far.
After capturing first place at the Jayhawk
Invitational, they repeated the feat at the
Illinois Invitational.
The Badgers don't disappear after the Big Ten
meet, however. The Wolverines will see them at
the district meet, leading up to the NCAA
championships in South Carolina on Nov. 24.

Michigan's Amber Berendowsky won enough chases to the ball last week to receive Big Ten Player of
the Week honors. The forward broke team records in goals, assists and points last weekend.

Spartans ready 'to get right back into it' according to Saban

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
Michigan State coach Nick Saban
didn't try to keep his 3-0 team at peak
intensity during its bye week last
week.
He even let himself kick back a lit-
tle, taking time out to rent a couple of
movies and watch them with his wife,
Terry.
But by yesterday, Saban was ready
to get his team focused on Saturday's
game with Minnesota and the opening.
of the Big Ten season.
"Terry made me watch 'The
English Patient' two nights in a row,"
Saban said with a groan during his
weekly news conference. "I was ready
to watch (game) film and get back to
it.'

Saban doesn't think the undefeated
Spartans have lost any of their inten-
sity despite having a week off after
their Sept. 20 win over Notre Dame.
During practice Saturday, "our
focus was fine," he said. "The players
were good and seemed to get right
back into it."
Saban expects Minnesota (2-2)
could pose a tough challenge, even
though the Golden Gophers lost a
home game to Houston last week, 45-
43.
"They are first in our league in spe-
cial teams," he said. "They are run-
ning the football effectively, throwing
it ... with the ability to score a lot of
points.
"They are a dangerous team."

The Spartans will have to continue
to limit turnovers and dominate the
line of scrimmage on both offense
and defense if they are to remain
undefeated, Saban said.
Minnesota has the biggest front
seven the team has faced to date, and
quarterback Cory Sauter is more
effective than ever, he said.
Minnesota coach Glen Mason "has
their players playing very hard, physi-
cal," Saban said. "They just seem to
have a lot of enthusiasm right now."
Michigan State beat Minnesota 27-
9 last year at Minnesota. The Spartans
lead the series record 22-11, includ-
ing a 12-4 mark in games played in
Spartan Stadium. Minnesota has lost
the last 16 games with Michigan

State.
The Spartans remain in 12th place
in this week's Associated Press poll,
while Penn State is second, Michigan
sixth, Ohio State seventh and Iowa
I 1 th.
"I would say there are five really
good football teams in the Big Ten,"
Saban said, looking over future oppo-
nents and the ratings. He called
Purdue the league's "surprise team"
and said the eventual Rose Bowl con-
tender may be the one that suffers
only one Big Ten loss.
"All that sets up kind of a challeng-
ing, exciting Big Ten race," he said.
The Spartans hope to have corner-
back Amp Campbell back Saturday.
Saban said the 6-foot, 185-pound

junior has been practicing with the
team and that, if he doesn't reinjure
the left hamstring he pulled in the
Notre Dame game, he should be ready
to play.
If Campbell can't play, freshman
Richard Newson will take his place.
Sophomore linebacker Mike Austin
has fully recovered from arthroscopic
surgery on his left knee Sept. 10 and
is expected to play.
The coach also announced that
junior linebacker Dwayne Hawkins is
out for the year because of tendon
surgery in his knee. Defensive tackle
Pete Govens is scheduled for surgery
Oct. 9 on the right knee he injured
against Notre Dame and may be out
for the rest of the season.

Today
No events scheduled

r

l

I

Wednesday
Volleyball vs. Northwestern, Cliff Keen Arena, 7 p.m.
Thursday
Women's tennis at iTA Clay Court Championships, all day.
Friday
Soccer vs. Minnesota, Minneapolis. 3 p.m.
Women's tennis at Eck Classic, South Bend, Ind, all day.
Men's tennis at Tar Heel Invitational, Chapel Hit. N.C. all day.
Volleyball at Michigan St. (Rock the House), East Lansing, 7 p.m.
Saturday
Footbal at Indiana, Bloomington, 12:30 p.m.
Hockey Blue/White game, Yost Arena, 7 p.m.
Fekd Hockey vs. St, Louis. Ocker Field, 12 p.m
Men's tennis at Tar Heel Invitational, Chapel Hill, N.C, all day.
Women's tennis at Eck Classic, South Bend, Ind, all day.
Men's cross country at Montana invitational. Missoula. Mt., 11 a.m.
Crew at Head of the Ohio, Pittsburgh, all day.

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FILE PHOTOw
Michigan State's Todd Schultz hopes
he's left standing against Minnesota
CARR
Continued from Page 10
This decision was made by a computer
that creates the schedules taking into
account rivalries that cannot be avoided
like Michigan-Ohio State, Wisconsin-
Minnesota, and Michigan-MichiganO
State.
In addition, among the five Big
Ten teams ranked in the top 12 of the
Associated Press poll, Michigan is
the only team to play the other four
this season.
"I know I'm going to be accused
of complaining," Carr said. "But I'm
not complaining. I'm just stating a
fact and it's pretty easy to see."
To remedy the situation, Carr pro-
poses a two-division format with a
conference championship game,
once the conference expands, simi-
lar to that of the Big 12,
Southeastern and Western Athletic
conferences.
"Hopefully, at some point we're
going to get where we have two divi-
sions and have a playoff," Carr said.
INJURY UPDATE: Michigan almost
escaped last weekend unscathed asie
far as injuries go. The lone excep-
tion was backup linebacker Grady
Brooks, who injured his shoulder on
a kickoff.
"It's a loss for us because Grady
was starting to come on," Carr said.
"We got him enough confidence to
where he was gaining some confi-
dence."
Brooks should miss between two
to three weeks, meaning that his
return could be in Michigan's next
huge matchup, a home tilt with
eighth-ranked Iowa on Oct. 18.
PRACTICE
Continued from Page 10
the new players to the system. That
said, Berenson and his coaching staff
have their work cut out for them.
"We'll be teaching more than weO
probably taught last year," Berenson
said. "To us it's a lot of the same old
things, but to them it's new materi--
al."
Still, it's early and the Wolverines
realizenthis. Although their first
opponent - Minnesota - is a mere
11 days away, the Wolverines have

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