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'Wednesday, October 1, 1997

Pair of runners named
Athletes of the Month

From Staff Reports
Two Michigan runners have been named the men's and
women's Big Ten cross country athletes of the month for
September. Junior All-American John Mortimer and
junior Kate McGregor took the honors.
The defending Big Ten and NCAA District IV cham-
pion, Mortimer began the 1997 season with a win at the
prestigious Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., on
Sept. 13.
He won the 8,000-meter race in 25:19. He followed
that up with a second-place showing at the Illinois
Invitational on Sept. 27, completing the 10,000-meter
run in 30:15 in tandem with Michigan fifth-year senior
The Mortimer File
1997
Big Ten track and field championships:
1st in 3,000-meter, steeplechase and 10,000-meter run
NCAA championships
2nd in 5,000-meter, 3rd in 3,000-steeplechase

Kevin Sullivan.
"We are very, very good," men's coach Ron Warhurst
said. "We are six weeks ahead of conditioning from
where we were last year. Last year, Mortimer ran 30:36
on the same course at the district meet and that was in
November."
The 1995 Big Ten.Freshman of the Year, McGregor led
the Wolverines in two of their three meets in September,
winning both contests. She won the Spartan Invitational
on Sept. 20 with a time of 17:20.10, out-pacing the com-
petition by 20 seconds. She was also victorious at the
William & Mary Invitational on Sept. 27, winning by
eight seconds in 16:57.
The McGregor File
1997
Big Ten Track and Field Championships:
4th in 5,000-meter, 3rd in 3,000-meter and 1.500-meter
NCAA Championships
8th in 3000-meter

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Junior runner KatIe McGregor was named cross-country
Athlete of the Month by the Big Ten, yesterday ...

... so was Michigan compatriot John Mortimer.

Continued from Page9
Unity is an e sfential element of
success in this sport, and Labadie
said that the squad is a close-knit
group, poised for victory.
"We have had excellent team unity
off the bat, and it feels like we've
been together for years," she said.
"We are ready to meet the goals that
have been laid out."
Despite their early optimism, the
team will have to play the fall season
without senior Capt in Jeannette
Stawski, who is sidelined with back
problems. Rothstein said he hopes
that Stawski will be able to return
for the spring se'aon after she reha-
bilitates from surgery.
Continued from Page 9
H awkeyes are the team to beat this sea-
son.
"Going over to Columbus is not one
of the nicest things that can happen to
a football coach," Fry said. "We're
honored to have a chance to play Ohio
State, but to say we are real excited
would be overdoing it.
"We're smart enough to know that
Ohio State is the defending Rose Bowl
champion. We're going to have to step
it up a level to make the game interest-
ing."
Hmmm ... interesting might just be

Schedule

Recent player suspensions
cripple UCLA basketball team

Today
Voleyball vs. Nort hwestern,
Cliff Keen Arena, 7 p~m.
Thursday
Women's tennis at ITA Clay Court
Championships, all day
Friday
soccer at Minnesota, Minneapolis,
3 p.m.
Men's tpennis at Tar Heel Invitational,
Chapel Hill, N.C. all day
Women's tennis at Eck Classic, South
Bend, all day
Volleyball at Michigan State (Rock the
House), East Lansing, 7 p.m.

Saturday
Football at Indiana.Bloomington, 1230
p-m.
Hockey Blue/White game,
Yost Arena, 7 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. St. Louis, Ocker Field.'
12 p.m.
Men's tennis at Tar Heel Invitational,
Chapel Hill, N.C, all dlay
Women's tennis at Eck Classic, South
Bend, Ind., all day
Men's cross country at Montana
invitational, Missoula, Mont., 11 a.m.
Crew at Head of the Ohio,
Pittsburgh, all day

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the understatement of the year.
Here's a possible scenario: An Iowa
win this weekend sends the Buckeyes
with one loss to play No. 2 Penn State
in Happy Valley next week. If Ohio
State wins that one, you are looking at
Iowa as the early front runner for the
Rose Bowl. But bear in mind that the
week following the Ohio State-Penn
State matchup, Iowa rolls into
Michigan Stadium, where the
Wolverines have a shot at being unde-
feated after playing Indiana and
Northwestern.
Whatever happens that weekend
remains to be seen, but it is possible
that by the third week in October,

every Big Ten team, with the possible
exception of Michigan State, may have
at least one loss.
Now that's interesting.
So in a matter of three weeks, the
run for the Roses may hit a few
detours. Although his team is not con-
tending for the Rose Bowl or any bowl
at this point, Indiana coach Cam
Cameron said it best, "Competing in
this league is the No. 1 challenge,
especially in a league that's young and
may be as good as any league in the
country. This league poses its own
problems."
- Danielle Runiore can be reached
via e-mail at drunore ยง4umich.edu.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The way
things are going, UCLA might not have
enough players to field a team when the
basketball season begins in two months.
And, this was a team hoping to con-
tend for a national championship.
It still might, but not if swingman Kris
Johnson and center Jelani McCoy aren't
a part of it. Johnson and McCoy, who
helped the Bruins reach the Midwest
Regional finals in March, were suspend-
ed indefinitely Monday for violation of
athletic department policies.
The suspensions were announced 10
days after the family of freshman Schea
Cotton learned that the NCAA's
Eligibility Clearinghouse had invalidated
the SAT score he earned in June to estab-
lish his eligibility.
Cotton figured to have a lot of playing
time in the upcoming season.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram
reported Tuesday that Johnson and
McCoy have tested positive for marijua-
na usage "on more than one occasion"
during their stints at the school which, at
least in part, led to the suspensions.
Student-athletes at NCAA member
institutions are subject to random drug
testing throughout the school year.

The Press-Telegram also quoted
sources as saying there had been concern
in the UCLA athletic department over
Johnson's involvement in a few fights in
his three years at the school, the most
recent being with UCLA freshman point
guard Earl Watson during the summer.
It was not known what role, if any, that
had in his suspension. UCLA said in a
statement issued Monday, there is a pos-
sibility that Johnson and McCoy might
be reinstated later, and it also said univer-
sity policy precludes discussion of details
regarding the suspension.
UCLA sports information director
Marc Dellins refused comment on the
Press-Telegram story.
"We won't comment on any specula-
tion in any of the media;" Dellins said.
"The two young men have a right to their
privacy, and it's unfortunate that people
feel the need to speculate on the reasons
for the suspension."
Dellins also wouldn't speculate as to
whether the two players might be rein-
stated or when such a development might
take place.
Johnson, a 6-foot-4 senior, played in
31 games last season despite being both-
ered by a nagging ankle injury. He aver-

aged 10.3 points and led the Pac-10 in
free-throw percentage at 83.5.
McCoy, a 6-9 1/2 junior, set a Pac-10
record by making 75.6 percent of his
field-goal attempts. He averaged 10.
points and 6.5 rebounds while blocking
61 shots.
Without Johnson and McCoy, UCLA
has only two players with extensive expe-
rience on their roster - seniors Toby
Bailey and J.R. Henderson. Also return-
ing from last year's team is guard
Brandon Lloyd, who played in 30 games
as a reserve, and Sean Farnham, who
played in just nine games.
Incoming scholarship freshmen a
point guards Baron Davis and Watson,
shooting guard Rico Hines, swingman
Bill Knight and forward Travis Reed.
Also, the Bruins will have transfer
Kevin Daley, a forward who sat out last
year after playing at Nevada for one sea-
son.
The Bruins were 24-8 last season,
Steve Lavin's first as a head coach on any
level, and won their third straight Pac-10
championship. Had they beatec
Minnesota in the Midwest Regionai
final, they would have reached the Final
Four, but they lost 80-72.

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