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Elbows, tumbles, 'rope-a-
dope' make your basic track

By Josh Boridn
Daily sports writer
Track and Field Championships were
filled with women getting pushed off the
track, champions playing "rope-a-dope"
and some simple advice from a high school
While Kevin Sullivan and Katie
McGregor thrilled everyone once again
with their stellar performances, it was
some of the other stars, for some reason or
another that, just couldn't rise to the occa-
Katie McGregor runs in the front pack.
.--.-.--..---.. Saturday night, in
Track McGregor's victo-
ry in the 3,000
Notebook m e t e r s,
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sophomore Autumn Fogg and Providence
senior Maria McCambridge ran into some
trouble. Seventeen girls lined up for the
3,000, but only 15 remained on their feet
the entire time. Both Fogg and
McCambridge, running toward the back of
the pack, got caught up in the tight curve of
the elevated track and took a big tumble.
While Fogg took a brutal fall on the inside
lane, McCambridge was knocked off the
track. Both managed to finish the race.
style has always been aggressive. She starts
off fast and establishes a lead. The early
lead often turns into a first-place finish as
she crosses the line.
Saturday, McGregor 'switched to south-
paw' and established a new strategy. She
began the race much like Kevin Sullivan
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does, remaining in the middle of the pack
and running an even pace.
Near the 2,000-meter mark, McGregor
began to show her speed. She took the lead
and it looked as though it would stay that
way. But then she began to slowly fall
behind. By the final lap, the crowd looked
dejected and it seemed that McGregor was
not ready for the competitive level of
NCAA competition. But her 'rope-a-dope'
strategy was now in full swing.
McGregor's opponents feared that she
would take a large lead and finish first, as
she had all year. So they sped up and took
the first four spots in the pack. During the
final lap, McGregor had retained enough
leg strength to take the lead on an all-out
sprint. Her opponents were so tired from
trying to take an early lead, that they did
not have enough energy to counteract
McGregor's late push and the junior who
won the race.
THANKS, cOAcH: Earlier this year,
Sullivan ran a 3:56 mile in Notre Dame
against competition including American
mile champion Paul McMullen. Sullivan
won by nearly two seconds. Three weeks
ago, Sullivan won at Big Ten
Championships with a four-minute mile.
Sullivan even said, "to win the mile at
NCAAs I will need to run at least a 3:57."
But this was not the case Saturday night.
"I was in shape to run a record race but
that went out after the first lap," Sullivan
said. "It was just too slow."
Sullivan seemed focused and relaxed the
entire race while running along in the front
pack. The mile was slow as mile races go,
but it was probably the most exciting race
that weekend.
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Sullivan ran the final lap even with
Arkansas rival Seneca Lassiter. The finish
was not decided by leg speed, nor
endurance, but rather buy a lean. About
two meters from the finish, Sullivan leaned
over and lunged through the finish line.
When asked about the finish, he said "I
just did what high school coaches always
tell you to do. They always tell you to run
right through the line, and if the race is
really close just lean over. That's what I did,
and I am pretty sure it was worth it."
AIN'T No ROSE BOwL: "We were one
of the teams to beat," Michigan distance
medley runner Jay Cantin said. Well, on
Friday night, the Washington State
Cougars and Arkansas Razorbacks took
the pleasure of beating Michigan's promi-
nent relay team. After Jay Cantin's disap-
pointing 1,200-meter leg, the Wolverines
were at least six seconds behind the
Cougars and Razorbacks Dwayne Fuqua,
Don McLauglin and Sullivan could not
make up the lost time.
"The rest of the guys did not lose or gain
any time on the teams in front of us,"
Cantin said. "We said before the race that if
we were far behind the leader, that Kevin
would not try for first, but rather maintain
second or third place."
The relay team qualified in Ann Arbor
one month ago with the second-best time
in the nation this year. Cantin's perfor-
mances in the mile and 1,200 this season
have been inconsistent - as have been his
excuses. Some weeks it will be a foot
injury, other weeks it will be the fault of
the teammate who paced the race incor-
rectly. This week he said he simply didn't
run the race he wanted to.

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By Josh Borkin rocky and inconsistent cross country accomplished.
Daily Sports Writer season, was a solid performer on the "It is so remarkable. Anything
INDIANAPOLIS - Deja vu, all indoor circuit. She ran the first leg, this would just be a bonus. Some
over again, but this time the rewards 1,200 meters, flawlessly. Throughout ners wait four years to run in the na
were even greater on Friday night, the the year she consistently competed with al championships - I am grate
Michigan women's distance medley Kampfe and McGregor. so much has happened in soch
returned to Indianapolis - just one Freshman Adrienne Hunter, the most amount of time."
month after qualifying for the NCAA vocal member of the relay team, ran a The NCAA Championship re
Championships there. 55- second 400 leg. will stand for at least another year,
The women's relay recorded a "This is my first year in track, and so then, a new team may come alon
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