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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 30, 1998 - 15

Blue women's cross country
not resting on No. 5 ranking

Ryan C. Moloney
For the Daily
Touting an undefeated record, an
impressive performance in last
weekend's Sundodger Invitational
and a No. 5 ranking in the
FinishLynx women's cross country
poll, it would seem easy for the dom-
inant Wolverines to sit back and
coast towards the Big Ten champi-
onship on Nov. 1.
The talented and experienced
team, however, understands the
importance of the next few weeks in
preparation for the important year-
end meets.
"We're using each meet as a
building block," Michigan senior co-
captain Michelle Slater said. "We're
really focusing on the Oct. 18
(Michigan Interregional) meet, so
the next two weeks we'll do our hard
training."
Many cross country coaches rely
on the method of building a distance

base in the summer and early weeks
of a season through high mileage
workouts, then tapering down with
shorter - and faster - distances as,
the season progresses.
Coach Mike McGuire's training
program practices this philosophy.
"We're starting to do faster stuff,"
McGuire said, adding that right now
they are doing what he calls "sus-
tained-hard effort" workouts. "The
biggest thing is we have everybody
healthy."
On Oct. 9, the Wolverines will
travel to the Michigan Intercollegiate
in Kalamazoo, Michigan in a meet
that will determine the Michigan
state champion for this season.
Though the Wolverines practically
own the meet every year, the team is
careful to the competition in per-

we've come to expect so far,"
McGuire said.
Although McGuire could have
taken the team to a more competitive
meet out cast, he said he considers
"Michigan to be the flagship school
in this state," and it is therefore
important to be there.
"Michigan State and Eastern
Michigan have a couple of good kids
so we'll have goals relative to their
people," McGuire said.
In describing the meet's distinctly
local atmosphere, Slater called the
Intercollegiate "almost like a family
reunion" and said "it's fun to com-
pete" with old high school rivals and
in front of family.
Overall, the season is progressing
as well as the team had anticipated.
"We have a lot of fun with this
group," Slater said. "But we all work
hard.
"We're good about pushing each
other."

The talented
Michigan
women's cross
country team is
careful to put the
season thus far in
perspective and
look ahead to
tougher competi-
tion.
WARREN ZINN/Daily

spective.
"We get up for any
pete against people,"
"It's not the level

chance to com-
Slater said.
of competition

layoffs open; Yanks, Sox, Padres win

NEW YORK (AP) - David Wells delivered
a perfect postseason start for the New York
Yankees.
Playing their most important game in nearly
six months, the Yankees looked every bit like
the winningest team in AL history, beating the
Texas Rangers 2-0, last night in Game 1 of
heir division series. Wells pitched eight strong
nings as the Yankees, who won their final
seven games to finish with 114 victories,
picked up exactly where they left off.
"Right on the top, get in this situation, play-
offs, ain't nothing better, I want the ball," Wells
said. "Tonight we had the opportunity to win,
that's one for us."

SAN DIEGO 2, HOUSTON 1
The marquee matchup between Randy
Johnson and Kevin Brown lived up to expecta-
tions - close, tense and full of strikeouts.
The kicker, though, was that Brown did an
awesome imitation of Johnson, showing up the
Big Unit in the Astrodome as the San Diego
Padres beat the Houston Astros 2-1 yesterday
in the opening game of their NL division
series.
Brown struck out 16 and allowed just two
hits in eight innings in a brilliant performance
as the Padres stole home-field advantage.
BOSTON I1, CLEVELAND 3
The last Boston Red Sox first baseman to

make such a splash in the postseason did so by
letting a ball roll through his legs.
Mo Vaughn's only connection with Bill
Buckner is that they both play the same posi-
tion. What separated the two yesterday was
something Boston fans have been waiting 12
tortuous years to see - a postseason win by
the Red Sox.
Vaughn homered twice and tied a record
with seven RBIs as Boston halted a 13-game
postseason losing streak that began with
Buckner's infamous error, beating Cleveland
11-3 in their AL playoff opener.
Nomar Garciaparra hit a three-run homer
and Pedro Martinez pitched seven innings.

I

CHICAGO (89-73)
NL Wild Card

1998 BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

..

BOSTON (92-70)

AL Wild Card

ATLANTA (106-56)
NL East.
N
HOUSTON (102-60)
NL Central
SAN DIEGO (984)
NL West

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CLEVELAND (89-73)
AL Central

ATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
NEw YORK (114-48)

{ .;

AL East

TEXAS (87-74)
AL West

AP PHOTO
Craig Bigglo and the Houston Astros dropped their first game in the National League Division series to
the San Diego Padres.

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