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14A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday October 8, 1998

Run ng for victories

Men's cross country
runs to Maine to
retain championship

McGregor, women's
cross country travel
to Kalamazoo

By Raphael Goodoeln
For the Daily
The sixth-ranked Michigan men's
cross country team will head east
this weekend to run in the Murray
Keatinge Invitational in Orono,
Maine.
The Wolverines are out to keep the
title for themselves after winning the
tournament last season.
This time around, the Wolverines
will have a tougher time, because of
the strong 26-team field headed by
nationally ranked Alabama and
Arizona.
Last year, led by individual cham-
pion and course record holder senior
John Mortimer, the Wolverines won
the Invitational.
The Wolverines may be worried
because of Mortimer's disappointing
finish last weekend.
Mortimer had one of his worst per-
formances, taking fourth place at the
Paul Short Run, with a time of
23:50.96 in the 8,000-meter race. If
the Wolverines are to win this week-
end, they will need Mortimer to run
a title-contending time.
Along with Mortimer, the
Wolverines will rely on the leader-
ship of fellow senior Todd Snyder.
Last Saturday, the Wolverines tied
No. 9 Michigan State and Snyder set
a course record to win the individual
title at the tournament with a time of
23:44.42.
Helping the Wolverines' chances
this weekend *will be the return of
senior Don McLaughlin.

McLaughlin did not run last week-
end in Lehigh's Paul Short Run
because of an academic problem
with a test he needed to take for a
class.
His return to the lineup should
help the Wolverines chances of
retaining the title.
The Wolverines will also need
sophomore Mike Wisniewski and
freshman Mark Pilja to contribute.
"Mike Wisniewski made some
great strides over the summer thanks
to a lot of hard work," former nation-
al champion and current assistant
coach Kevin Sullivan said. "Mark
Pilja is coming along, and has
improved every time he has run."
Michigan has already seen the No.
5 Arizona team.
The two teams faced each other at
the Mountain West Classic two
weeks ago in Montana, with Arizona
getting the upper hand and winning
the tournament.
Arizona finished with a total of 59
points. Michigan finished a distant
second with 85 points.
"We look at ourselves as the
favorites every time we run,"
Sullivan said. "We're a Top 10 team
and the last time we ran against them
it was a close race. I expect another
close race this weekend."
Sullivan hopes the team can dupli-
cate last weekend's performance.
"We put in the work," Sullivan
said. "There isn't that much more
that we can do now except go out
there and run."

By Evan Braunstein
Daily Sports Writer
One month into the women's cross
country season, Katie McGregor has
yet to lose. Her stellar performances in
the first three meets led to first-place
finishes for both herself and the
Wolverines. After she shattered the
course record by 17 seconds at the
Sundodger Invitational Sept. 26,
Michigan jumped three spots in the poll
to a No. 2 national ranking.
There is really only one way to
explain such performances - it must
be the shoes.
Tomorrow, McGregor and the
Wolverines travel to Kalamazoo to
compete in the Michigan
,Intercollegiate, where signs suggest
they will most likely continue their
unbeaten streak. The meet features
teams from the state of Michigan,
including Western Michigan, Eastern
Michigan, Michigan State and Detroit.
While the competition may not be
very stiff, intrastate bragging rights are
at stake and according to Michigan
coach Mike McGuire, his team uses
every meet as a stepping stone toward a
Big Ten championship.
"I like to see improvement from
everybody, but there are specific things
we want to work on;'he said. "I'm hop-
ing to see better performances in our
four-seven slots. That is where we need
the most work. I'm pretty confident in
our top three runners."
Along with McGregor, those top
three include Elizabeth Kampfe and
Katy Radkewich. Kampfe, whose per-

formance has been ov ersh adowed by
McGregor, is having a supebc season as
well, with two second-place and one
third-place finish, The duo gives the
Wolverines an intimidating one-t wo
punch and will nost likely dominate
the competition tomorrow.
Not far behind Kampfe, one C
usually find Radkewich, a redshirr
freshman who McGuire says is rapidly
improving.
But the Wolverines will be without
her services tomorrow, and probably a
while longer. She recently suffered a
leg injury and, depending on the sever-
ity, may be out for the season.
"I feel terrible for Katy because she
was really making progress," McGuir
said. "She had an injury last year
well, and for it to happen again is
awful.:
Even without Radkewich, tomor-
row's meet should pose few obstacles
for the Wolverines. L ast year, the team
finished in four of the top five spots,
with McGregor and Kampfe placing
first and second, respectively.
Radkewich's absence will hamper
the Wolverines' bid for a Big Ten title,
however, and it heightens the need f(
some of the other runners to pick up thy
slack. Michelle Slater is the leading
candidate to fill this void, and her per-
formance tomorrow, along with those
of Katie ClifflOrd and Katie Ryan, will
be an indicator of t'te Wolverines'
chances this season.
"It has been four years since our last
Big Ten title,' McGuire, "We want to
put an end to that drought."

WARREN ZINN/Daily
The Michigan women's cross country team will travel to Kalamazoo this weekend
to compete In the Michigan Intercollegiate. The team Is ranked No. 2 in the
nation.

'M' soccer hopes to thwart Hoosier charge

By Geoff Gagnon
For the Dady
After dropping its first home contest
of the season last Sunday, the Michigan
women's soccer team will be back in
action tomorrow to host Indiana.
Perhaps the hottest team in the Big
Ten right now, Indiana enters tomorrow's
contest with a 7-3 mark (3-1 Big Ten).
Despite their current fourth-place stand-
ing in the Big Ten, the Hoosiers, in one
weekend, successfully staked their claim
as the team to beat in the conference
with back-to-back wins over Big Ten
leaders Northwestern and Wisconsin.
Michigan, on the heels of a disap-
pointing 1-0 loss to Minnesota on Sunday,
hopes to thwart the Hoosiers' effort to
extend their Big Ten record to 4-1.
"Indiana will certainly be a tough
game," Michigan coach Debbie Belkin
said. 'They are playing really well right
now with their wins last weekend.
They're a good team."
Nonetheless, Belkin said she feels
that Indiana is a team with which her
squad can compete.
"They're a tough team, but if we play
our game and do the things that we are
capable of doing, we can certainly beat
them," Belkin said.
One of the biggest hurdles standing
in the way of a Michigan win could be
Indiana's Big Ten player of the week,
Tracy Grose, who already has 10 goals
this season.

"Tracy Grose is certainly one of the
top players in the Big Ten," Belkin said.
"She does a lot of things well for Indiana
and will play great for them."
Grose came up big for the Hoosiers
last weekend - she scored the game-
winner in overtime against Northwestern
and also scored twice in Indiana's 4-0
rout of Wisconsin.
Despite the ease with which Indiana
was able to down Wisconsin, winning 4-
0 last Friday, Belkin isn't overly afraid of
being the next victim of Indiana's sudden
surge.
"Indiana is good, but they aren't
dominant,' Belkin said. "They may have
beaten Wisconsin, but I understand that
Wisconsin played an absolutely terrible
game, which happens."
This sort of inconsistency, according
to senior defender Vanessa Lewis, has
plagued the Big Ten all season long, and
will be just what the Wolverines will
need to capitalize on if they intend to
find themselves back in the conference
hunt.
"Things are so up and down right
now in the Big Ten that it is amazing,"
Lewis said. "There a has been inconsis-
tency all throughout the conference that
shows that any team is capable of beating
just about any team. We just need to do
what we know we can do to get a win."
A win tomorrow is exactly what the
defending Big Ten champions will need
if they hope to give themselves a shot at
competing in this season's conference
tournament.
"We know that a win tomorrow is
big," senior standout Jessica Limauro
said. "Indiana is tough, they're a physical
team and we're going to have to be

DANA LINNANE/Daily
The Michigan soccer team faces perhaps the hottest team in the Big Ten right
now, Indiana, tommorrow. The game will take place at the Michigan Soccer Field.

focused to do well against them."
And while Limauro's squad looks to
be focused on Indiana, a great deal of
attention will likely be focused on
Limauro. In her senior season, the Troy
native, leads the team in every offensive
category and needs just three more shots
to find the back of the net in order to
claim Michigan's all-time career goals
lead.
But individual honors and career
records aren't what Limauro and her
teammates are concerned with at this
point.
"We have to worry about what we
need to do to win each game. We can't
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Limauro said, "We need to worry about
ourselves and about winning."
Regardless of what may hap%
tomorrow with Indiana, Michigan is set
to face Illinois on Sunday. After closing
a three-game home stand, the Wolverines
travel to Champaign to face an Illini
team with a whole new look,
"Illinois will be very different than
we are used to," Belkin said. "They have
a lot of freshmen, so that should be an
indication of how young they are and
how they've changed since last year.
just need to play them like every other
team and hopefully come home with a
win:'
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