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6A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 16, 1998

Sporadic 'M' golfers
prepare for Big Tens

Harris, Hinton exce

By Jon Zemke
For the Daily
The Michigan women's golf team
made another unexpected change in
its schedule last week with the post-
ponement of the Iowa Invitational.
The Wolverines competed in the
Tri-State invitational on Easter
' Sunday and canceled the postponed
tournament in Iowa.
"We were in a no-win situation
with all those small schools,"
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert
said.
The Tri-State tournament was
compromised of 17 smaller, lesser-
known schools, as well as the
Wolverines.
Nonetheless, Michigan still fin-
ished low in the standings. This low
placement can, however, be
explained rather easily - the
Wolverines only participated in the
first day of play in the two-day invi-
tational.
Captain Nicole Green finished
high in the standings and led the
Wolverines with a score of 76, just
three strokes behind the tourna-
ment's leader.
Sharon Park was second on the
Michigan squad, shooting a 78.
Rounding out the team was Laura
Hess (79), Jennifer Baumann with
an 80, Trish Watkins, who finished
with an 84, and Amy Talbot, with an
88.

"Sharon really had it going at the
beginning, but then slowed on the
backside," Teichert said. "She still
finished with a very respectable
five-under par.
"Amy Talbot was hitting the ball
well, but just wasn't scoring, and
Jennifer Baumann really improved
overall."
Baumann shot an 80 for the first
time this season.
The Wolverines are starting to
gain speed going into their next
invitational, the Big Ten
Championships, to be held May 4-
5.
Also, with the weather starting to
warm up, the golfers will likely be
able to practice outside more often
in coming weeks. But, this is
Michigan - and the weather has
more of a reputation for unexpected
change than does the women's golf
team.
Teichert noted the unpredictable
weather's effect on Michigan's prac-
tice schedule.
"Unfortunately, it can't be 80
degrees and sunny every day, but
that comes with the territory,"
Teichert said.
"We basically need to focus on
our personal games to improve. I'm
pleased with our progress so far,
and we are looking forward to
going into the Big Ten
Tournament."

By Kevin Rosenfield
Daily Sports Writr
Inconsistency and alack of depth still
continue to plague the Michigan men's
golf team in the midst of a frustrating
season. But, during a spring of disap-
pointment, the recent individual play of
Mike Harris and Keith Hinton has pro-
vided a hint of much-needed optimism
heading into the final few weeks of the
season.
Harris captured top honors in last
weekend's Marshall Invitational, while
Hinton continued his strong play of late
with a ninth-place finish. But still ham-
pered by a lack of depth, Michigan fin-
ished ninth overall in the 20-team field.
This weekend, in a 16-team tourna-
ment made up of predominantly mid-
western rivals, the Wolverines head to
Columbus for the Kepler
Intercollegiate.
Michigan finished 14th in its last
appearance in Columbus two years ago
but is expecting bigger things this time
around.
"This is a very demanding golf
course with difficult greens and thick
rough, Michigan coach Jim Carras
said. "A top-five finish, though, is cer-
tainly not out of the question."
Still struggling to find a steady five-
man lineup, Carras will again juggle his
rotation this weekend. Harris and
Hinton will lead a team in Columbus
that also includes Mike Affeldt and
Kevin Hinton-Keith's brother-who
both emerged out of a team qualifier
earlier this week to take the two spots.
The fifth spot has yet to be determined
for a Wolverine squad that has already

tried out nine different golfers this sea-
son in its five-man lineup. Mike
Emanuel, Kevin Harris, Kevin Vemick,
Scott Hayes, and Mike Reabe are all
possibilities.
"I'm still trying to find the five guys
that will give us the best chance at tie
Big Ten Championships," Carmas said.
"Because we are just too much of a long
shot to make it to regionals, our prin
ry focus right now is to prepare for C
conference championships.'
The lineup may remain ever-chang-
ing, but the rock of the team continues
to be Mike Harris. The team leader in
every spring tournament thus far, last
weekend's one-stroke victory was bis
first of the spring season and third of the
year. Harris posted a 208 (72-67-69)
that lowered his season-average to 72.3
strokes.
"This kid is one of a kind," Card
said. "He is having an outstanding year,
doing things no other Michigan golfer
has ever done. Who knows what more
he can do.
"If he continues to play the way he
has, he could get the lone district quali-
fying berth for an individual spot in the
NCAA Tournament."
Hinton's ninth-place finish lowered
his season average to 75.2 strokes,
the rest of the team continues to have*
difficulties. No other Michigan player
finished higher than 72nd place last
weekend.
"Keith played well and had his high-
est finish of the year, but we have to get
better play from the rest of the team:,
Carras said. "We've got a busy schedule
coming up but we need to be ready."

FILL
The next invitational for the Michigan women's golf team will be an imp
one - the Big Ten Championships on May 4 and 5.

Men's track goes west for relays
Elite invite features Carl Lewis, Mike Marsh ... and Kevin Sullivan

By Nick Koster
Daily Sports Writer
For the second time in three weeks,
members of the highly touted No. 18
Michigan men's track and field dis-
tance squad will follow the setting
sun west to California. A select
group of Wolverines, led by All-
American Kevin Sullivan, will com-
pete in the Mt. SAC Relays in
Walnut, Calif., this weekend.
Hosted by Mt. San Antonio
College, the meet boasts the most
prestigious collegiate and amateur
competition in the nation. Among
those participating in the invitational
division are Olympic gold medalists
Carl Lewis and Mike Marsh.
The Relays will also include an
open university division, which will
feature teams such as UCLA and
Mississippi.
For Sullivan, who will compete in
the invitational mile run, the world-
class competition is a long-awaited
challenge. After winning his first
three races of the outdoor season, the
senior captain is looking forward to
testing himself.
"I think I will do pretty well,"
Sullivan said. "I have been training
well, and I'm in great shape. I think I
am at the same caliber as the rest of

the field."
Assistant coach Ron Warhurst will
accompany the group of runners
which, along with Sullivan, consists
of Brian Theisen, Jay Cantin, Don
McLaughlin,
Todd Snyder
and All-
American John
Mortimer. Each .
of the e
Wolverines
have bright
prospects for
the weekend.
"Everyone
should fare Sullivan
very well,"
Sullivan said. "They all have had
good workouts, so it's all about being
in the right mindset and having the
right conditions"
Mindset does not figure to be a
problem for Michigan, which will
use the intense atmosphere of the
Relays to prepare for the champi-
onship meets at the end of the sea-
son. For the Wolverines, the Relays
mark the first of six straight weekend
meets leading up to the NCAA
Championships, to be held June 4-6.
"This meet is the closest thing to
the NCAAs that we'll see all season,"

Sullivan said. "It's a great atmos-
phere, very competitive and intense.
If you are into track and field, this is
the meet."
The rest of the team will go with
coach Jack Harvey to the Michigan
State Spartan Invitational on
Saturday in East Lansing.
The meet will feature only local
competition: Toledo, Western
Michigan and the Spartans. Although
the level of competition will be much
lower, the invitational will provide
Michigan's inexperienced sprinters
and field athletes a valuable opportu-
nity to gain experience.
"Local meets, like these, are fairly
low-key," Harvey said. "They are just
a good chance to get on the track and
run. They are not all that competi-
tive."
For the sprinters, getting on the
track is important, especially for
Steve Jenkins. The sophomore is the
Wolverines' best sprinter, but has
been plagued by injuries since the
indoor season.
"Jenkins is just now getting back
to form," Harvey said. "For him it's
just a matter of getting more races."
A healthy Jenkins should help bol-
ster a Michigan sprinting corps that
has struggled of late.

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