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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 9, 1998 - 3

Women's track runs to victory at Meyo

By Josh Borkin
and Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writers
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -The Michigan
women's track team entered Saturday's
Meyo Invitational undefeated in three
competitions.
The Wolverines left Notre Dame still
unscathed.
That's the beauty of unscored meets.
"Michigan was able to capture 10 events
en route to a successful afternoon.
No letdown was in sight after the
Wolverines ravaged a five-team field last
weekend at the Michigan Intercollegiate.
The squad's veterans continued to deliver
strong performances, while the freshmen
also made contributions.
A unusually large 400-meter track
meant fewer curves to run than the offi-
cial 200-meter indoor track. That meant
longer straightaways and faster times.
Victory in the 200 belonged to
Michigan sophomore Maria Brown, with
a time of 24.52. Brown has become a top
sprinter this year, earning first- or sec-
ond-place points in at least one event in
every meet this season.
Despite not winning the 400,
Michigan was able to slide three finishers
under 57 seconds. Tamika Craig, Brandy
Taylor and Regine Caruthers all finished
under the mark.
Sarah Hamilton led the mid-distance
crew by taking first place in the 800 with
a time of 2:09.
Michigan also dominated the mile run,
taking the top four spots. The Wolverines
were led by Katie McGregor, who quali-

fied provisionally for the NCAA
Championships with a scorching time of
4:44.
From the start, McGregor established a
dominant lead. Her nearest competitor,
Lisa Oullet, trailed by nearly 70 meters
halfway through the race.
"It would have been nice to have some-
one to run with," McGregor said. "But I
was really happy with my performance
and the crowd really helped me in."
McGregor said she was satisfied with
her team's performance and the overall
depth of the team.
"Our ultimate goal is to win Big Tens,"
McGregor said. "I really don't see any
reason why we won't be able to do that"
Ouellet, Michelle Slater and Elizabeth
Kampfe all ran impressive mile times
and finished in the top six.
First-place finishes in relays have been
a constant for the Wolverines as of late. It
was no different at the Meyo, as
Michigan grabbed wins in both the dis-
tance medley relay and the 1,600 relay.
Field events proved to be Michigan's
secret weapon. Nikki Keith topped last
week's performance in the shot put,
throwing 46-feet-8 and earning herself
first place. Keith has been virtually
unstoppable this season, heading up a tal-
ented crew in the field events.
It was another week, another victory
for Nicole Forrester in the high jump. She
has won in three straight meets after her
successful jump of 5-11 1/4 on Saturday.
Forrester was not completely satisfied
with her performance, though.
"I don't think I've been successful

FILE PHOTO
The Michigan women's track team wasn't a polite guest at the Meyo Invitational.
The Wolverines took 10 first-place finishes at the unscored meet.

yet," Forrester said. "I feel like I should
be jumping 6-3, 6-4 at this point."
Bentley enjoyed a solid day with her
victory in the long jump, reaching 19-0.
It was an important win and another step
on her road toward a provisional qualifi-
cation at 19-8.
The Wolverines continued to run the

table in the field events. Ndu
Okwumabua stole the show in the triple
jump, leaping 38-2 1/4 for first place.
Olive Ikeh reinforced Michigan's strong
showing with her win in the pentathalon
pulling 3497 points. Ikeh has earned a
reputation as a top multi-event performer
for the Wolverines.

JOHN
LEROI
Out of Bounds
Toprecrftbig class doesn YI
neccessardy equal Roses
t has been just more than a month since Michigan ended its five-year Rose
Bowl draught and already people are talking about going back. It took the
Wolverines 49 years to win their second national championship, and it could
be 49 more until they do it again - but don't tell that to the folks in State Street
Barber Shop.
Friday, the hair-snipping emporium felt more like a travel agency. Customers
and barbers alike were making plans for January 1999. One optimistic soul even
admitted he had checked on airfare to Pasadena, Calif., and - who knows? -
New Orleans. And if, for some reason, the Wolverines weren't going to be a-
splash in 1998, certainly Michigan would be back in Pasadena on the first day of
the year 2000.
Such bold predictions - which were just imaginative dreams in years past'-
seemed reasonable after Michigan coach Lloyd Carr landed the nation's top
recruiting class on Wednesday, beating out perennial top dogs Notre Dame and
Florida State. Carr filled some giant holes - especially at wide receiver - and:
landed some of the nation's best talent with no fewer than five USA Today All-
Americas.
At least a dozen of Michigan's 19-member recruiting class will get a chance at
playing their freshman year and quarterback Drew Henson, running back Justin
Fargas and receivers David Terrell and Marquise Walker have fans clamoring about
Rose Bowls already. And although it seems reasonable to expect big things from
this group next year, it is way too early to label any of these kids stars quite yet.
"The truth is, we are not going to know for some time about the quality of this
recruiting class," Carr said. "You have to remember, a couple of years ago,
Northwestern won the Big Ten championship after they had never been ranked
anywhere near the top in recruiting. Getting the players is easy - getting them tp
play together is the hard part. Things like chemistry and attitude are going to
have a far greater impact on the success of this class than any rankings."
After all, what is a No. I ranking? Ron Powlus was supposed to win three
Heisman Trophies before he left Notre Dame, according to some scouting pun-
dits. Players like Powlus and Peyton Manning can certainly sympathize with
Henson, the nation's No. 2 prep quarterback. Henson, who lives in Brighton,j st
a 15-minute car ride up US-23, might be feeling the most pressure. He signed
with the Wolverines before his junior year with the agreement that Carr would
recruit no other quarterbacks in 1997 or 1998.
He has a cannon for an arm that has professional football and baseball scouts
drooling. The kid throws a 90-plus mph fastball and set the state home-run
record last spring as a junior. And while he's sure to be a first-round pick in the
Major League Baseball draft this year, his spot on Michigan's depth chart isn't
quite as definite.
With the departure of Brian Griese, many fans are already pegging Hensotras
next year's starter, and there are inside rumors that Henson is already ahead of
sophomore Jason Kapsner on the depth chart and behind last year's backup,
junior Tom Brady. And while that kind of pressure has ruined other quarterbacks,
Henson is asking for more. He played a large part in luring Walker and Terrell t
Michigan.
Think he might have learned a thing or two from his father Dan, who is the
offensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan?
"What I really want is a chance to be successful, that's all" Henson said.
"That's why I'm happy to have this great recruiting class. It doesn't assure us of
anything, but if I'm in a position where I can win, I know that I will."
Henson, for one, isn't making any Rose Bowl plans anytime soon, but if he has
anything to say about it, it won't be 49 years until Michigan wins its next na1,ion-
al championship.
- John Leroi can be reached via e-mail at jrleroi@umicltedu.
-

Sprinters, Michigan men's track outdistance
opponents in individual-only Meyo Invite

By Josh Borkin
Daily Sports \Vriter
SOUTH BEND, Ind.- Notre Dame
hosted the Meyo Invitational this past
Saturday, but it was Kevin Sullivan and
the Michigan men's track team that stole
the show.
For the past few weeks, the sprint
squad had been lagging in production,
compared to the country's premier dis-
tance team. On Saturday, Sullivan once
again shocked the track world and the
sprint team recorded numerous personal
bests.
"I think that this meet proved what we
could do," Michigan coach Jack Harvey
said. "Our distance team is outstanding,
and our sprinters are really improving."
Michigan only captured two first-
place finishes in the non-scored meet,
but the Meyo mile was stocked with
Michigan's top distance runners.
Coach Harvey placed the "Big Three"
of Sullivan, Mortimer and Cantin in the
race, along with Don McLaughlin. They
captured four of the top seven spots.
Sullivan, the Canadian champion in
the mile and eight time All-American,
ran the fastest indoor mile this year
(3:56.08). Sullivan had to run unat-
tached, but his mile time was the seventh
best in NCAA history. Then again, he
already owns the third-best time.
"I am really pleased with my perfor-
mance," Sullivan said. "I felt very
strong, but I don't think I am race-sharp.
We have not had a lot of speed workouts
that we will have later in the season."
Harvey said that Sullivan "could

improve on his time, I have no doubts
that he can."
Jay Cantin finished third, recording a
personal best of 4:02.47. Cantin started
off slowly through his first 800, but was
able to earn a provisional bid to NCAAs.
"I am really excited with my time, and
how I did today," Cantin said. "When
you finish third behind the Canadian and
American champion, you've got to be
pleased."
Mortimer finished fourth (4:02.56) in
the mile and earned a provisional bid.
"This isn't really John's event,"
Harvey said. "John has a lot of strength
and endurance - and a mile is too quick
a pace for him."
In recent weeks, the sprint team has
blamed its poor times and lack of top
finishes on long and hard workouts. On
Saturday, the intense workouts provided
the sprint squad with its best times of the
year.
Co-captain and sprinter Brian Theisen
bounced back from last week's false-
start disqualification and sub-par races
with a career-best 48.89 - good for a
second-place finish in the 400.
Co-captain Dwayne Fuqua, who has
also been overlooked this year, improved
on his performances as well. Fuqua fin-
ished second in the 500 (1:03.97).
"We're improving each week, and cut-
ting down on workouts," Fuqua said.
"We were disappointed with our perfor-
mances earlier in the year, but with the
addition of coach LePlant and our drive
to do well in the Big Tens, we are really
starting to show how fast we are."

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LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Kevin Sullivan and the Michigan men's distance runners fared well at Saturday's
Meyo invitational, hosted by Notre Dame.

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