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finish 1-2 in region
By Josh Borkin
Daily Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON - The Michigan women's cross coun-
try team fought through bitter temperatures and muddy con-
ditions in Bloomington on Saturday to earn a bid to next
week's national championship in Greenville, S.C.
The temperature did not make it out of the low 30s during
Saturday's District IV regional championships, and a blister-
ing wind-chill created a hostile environment. The Wolverines
ran with "monster spikes," according to fifth-place finisher
Julie Froud, to compensate for the saturated ground.
Michigan finished second with 56 points, 12 behind
Wisconsin. Michigan's Elizabeth Kampfe captured first
place with a time of 17:45. Teammate Katie McGregor fin-
ished a close second in 17:47.
McGregor was concerned about the course before the race,
but said, "In the beginning the course was a little slippery, but
See REGIONAL, Page 713
lead 'M' to title
By Chris Duprey
I aiyd Sports Writer
Michigan freshman Josh Asselin battles for a loose ball.
gif to shaky sta rt
By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
On Thursday, Robert Traylor proclaimed Michigan would be
a "Final Four team."
By the end of the evening Saturday, the AlamoDome in San
Antonio - the site of this season's Final Four - seemed light
A second-half collapse against Western Michigan left the
Wolverines 0-1 for the first time since they lost to Arizona to
the 1989-90 season.
'e 12,237 in attendance at Crisler watched the Wolverines
let an 11-point second-half lead disappear and turn into a 68-63
Western Michigan (1-0) victory.
"Definitely not the way you want to start," Michigan interim
and first-year coach Brian Ellerbe said.
While the Wolverines collapsed down the stretch, Broncos
swingman Saddi Washington capped off a brilliant night with
14 points in the final 12 minutes and finished the game with 33
points, including six 3-pointers.
- Washington is one of four seniors on a veteran squad with
j pne true freshman. Rashod Johnson, also a senior, was the
Scncos' second-leading scorer with 20 points.
"Once you get over the fact that you're playing against the
University of Michigan, you're playing at Crisler Arena - all
it is, is a regular basketball game," Washington said. "Down the
stretch, we just stayed mentally focused, making plays when we
Just when it appeared the Wolverines were about to pull away
for good, everything came out from under them - including
the ball. With 10:28 left in the game, Louis Bullockcapped off
a 15-6 Michigan run with a fall-away jumper, his only field goal
qe night, giving the Wolverines a 53-42 lead - their biggest
"That one stretch in the second half-I wasn't sure we were
See BASKETBALL, Page 68
BLOOMINGTON - It had all the ingredients of an upset.
Muddy, sloppy weather conditions; the dropping out of one of
Michigan cross country's most consistent runners, and
Wisconsin, the longtime nemesis of the Wolverines, trying
hard to snatch victory out of Michigan's hands.
But it was not to be. As a matter of fact, it wasn't even close.
The Wolverines used a combination of stunning individual
performances and a devastating 30-second pack time to crush
the Badgers and the rest of the field at the NCAA District IV
championships. The finish earns Michigan a team spot in next
Monday's NCAA national championships.
"Today was the best performance by a Michigan cross coun-
try team in my 24 years of coaching," Michigan coach Ron
The district championship was Warhurst's first as coach of
See CHAMPS, Page 78
Michigan harriers clinched an NCAA berth at regionals.
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One for Blue
M ADISON - As Lloyd Carr
made his way from the bar-
rage of television cameras
-aand headed for the lockerroom of
Camp Randall Stadium, he and rookie
defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann
another. The two
ly and congratu-
in front of the
as Michigan had ALAN
just clinched a
share of its first GOLDENBACH
Big Ten title The Bronx
since 1992. Bomber
For a program
that many thought would continue a
downward spiral that had begun with
'.# its first of four straight four-loss sea-
sons the year after that last Rose Bowl
appearance, Michigan's stunning
charge to the top of the national polls
is all the more incredible. Carr and
Herrmann deserve to pat each other
on the back. It is simply a marvelous
effort on their parts and because of it,
they should be considered top candi-
dates for Coach of the Year and the
Broyles Award (the nation's top assis-
Quarterback Brian Griese said that
winning a share of the title is "what
Michigan needed." The Wolverines
needed a label like this to tangibly
restore their confidence.
Saturday evening was a moment
when Carr and Herrmann rightfully
stopped what they were doing and rel-
ished the moment.
"I simply say that these guys, it's
tough when you're down and when
you have all the critics who tell you
you're mediocre, that you don't have
it anymqre, you can't coach, you can't
play," Carr said. "All those things
make it tough for guys to continue to
Because of that, Carr should be
MARGARET MYERS/Daily lauded not just for his talent with x's
r Wisconsin. See BOMBER Page 48
Bubba Berenzweig threw his weight around yesterday.
iers take three
goints from Ferris
By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
GRAND RAPIDS - No one can say that Michigan hock-
ey games aren't exciting this season.
In two overtime games this weekend, the Wolverines (4-2-1
CCHA, 7-3-1 overall) came away with a -2 home victory on
Friday night, but gave up a three-goal lead and had to settle for
a 3-3 tie in yesterday's game against Fer-is State (3-4-2, 3-7-2)
in Grand Rapids. In the victory, Bill Muckalt scored the game-
winning goal, but no such heroics came forth in yesterday's
The Wolverines experienced both sides of the coin in Van
Andel Arena. After storming out to a 3=0 lead thanks to two
goals from Bobby Hayes and another by Muckalt, it looked as
if victory for Michigan was assured. But after a Ferris State
three-goal flurry in the second period, the Wolverines were in
serious danger of losing yesterday's game.
Midway through the disastrous second, two Bulldogs -
Kenzie Homer and Joel Irwin - scored goals in a span of 20
seconds. Shortly thereafter, Brent Wishart added a third to tie
the score. Wishart's goal came after Michigan's Sean Ritchlin
eived a five-minute major penalty for slashing.
"I thought it was just a sloppy period, and obviously the
penalty did not help," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"Ferris came out and played a good second period"
A scoreless third period forced overtime. At 1:47 into the
extra period, Michigan's Mark Kosick was whistled for slash-
ing. Although they were out-shot in the period, 6-0, the
Wolverines managed to kill off the penalty and avoid defeat.
Friday night's game at Yost was just as exciting, if not more
Michigan fullback Chris Floyd (left) and running back Anthony Thomas celebrate the Wolverines' 26-16 victory ove
Dream season ends in first round
By Jacob R. Wheeler
Daily Sports Writer
Even the best dreams come to an
end sooner or later.
But the Michigan soccer team's 5-
1 first-round NCAA tournament loss
to Nebraska yesterday did little to
diminish Michigan's dream season.
Backed by the momentum of a
team-record 15 regular-season victo-
ries and a Big Ten tournament cham-
pionship, the No. 15 Wolverines
marched into Nebraska and hung
with the Cornhuskers for almost a
But Nebraska used a potent offen-
3.89 goals per game this season and
they haven't lost at home in more
than two years.
"We played with them in the first
half, though Nebraska certainly had
some more dangerous shots,"
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin said.
"But towards the end they dominat-
ed. We didn't come out looking very
sparked in the second half."
The seventh-ranked Huskers came
out in the second stanza and proved
what tournament experience can
mean for a young program. Nebraska
scored three more goals and nailed
down Michigan's coffin in the
The Huskers and Wolverines both
began their programs four years ago.
Both teams had phenomenal seasons
and finished second in their respec-
tive conferences. Each team boasts
one of the best scorers in the nation.
But when it came time for the
tournament, the Huskers held a big
advantage. They gained experience
last year, beating Minnesota, 3-2 in
double overtime, and Duke, 3-0 in
last year's national tournament,
whereas this is Michigan's first trip
to the season finale.
Nebraska played a higher level of
soccer yesterday and breathed life