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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 12, 1998

Defending team title easy as
one-two-three for Wolverines


Despite finishing
20 seconds
behind last
year's winning
time at the
Murray Keatinge
Michigan's John
Mortimer finished
first at the meet
with 24:01.

By Chris Langrill
For the Daily
Running in a light drizzle all day
and on a muddy course, the Michigan
men's cross country team managed to
successfully defend its 1997 team
title at this year's Murray Keatinge
Invitational in Orono, Maine this past
The sixth-ranked Wolverines, run-
ning on Maine's course, finished with
27 points to second-place Iowa's 64.
In addition to taking the team title for
the second straight year, a Wolverine
took the individual title at the event
for the fourth consecutive year.
Senior John Mortimer successfully
defended his '97 crown, running the
8,000-meter course in 24:01.
Actually, the Wolverines finished
one-two-three in the race.
Behind Mortimer, who was about
20 seconds off his record-setting
course time from '97 (23:42), were
fellow senior Todd Snyder (24:09)
and junior Steve Lawrence (24:15).
Close behind the front three was
V' still rolls
No stranger to big-meet competition,
McGuire realizes the importance of the
remainder of the season.
"Our meet next week will really give
us an idea of where we're at going into
'the playoffs,' as we call them: The last
three meets of the season," McGuire
"We know it will be our sternest test
to date and I think we'll respond to
But the Wolverines are already look-
ing forward to Saturday's meet if, for no
other reason, for location.
"I'm glad we're not traveling any-
where so that we won't have to worry
about getting there," McGuire said.

senior Don McLaughlin, who fin-
ished in fifth place with a time of
24:45. Rounding out Michigan's scor-
ing was sophomore fifth man Mike
Wisniewski, who finished 15th with a
time of 25:05.
Although All-America Mortimer
was off his record-setting time of last
year, coach Ron Warhurst noted how
most times were about a half-minute
slower this year, thanks to muddy
conditions. Warhurst wasn't that wor-
ried about the times his runners post-
ed. After all, they won.
For the Wolverines, winning wasn't
the only important part of this trip to
the East Coast, though.
"A trip like this gives the kids a
chance to see different parts of the
country ... to not be cooped up in the
same area all year," Warhurst said.
He added that the most important
aspect of a meet such as this one is
that it provides a "good tune-up" for
the rest of the season - especially for
this week's Wolverine Invitational (at
the Michigan Golf Course) and the

upcoming Big Ten Championships.
The meet was also a perfect event
to rest any runners who have been
nursing injuries, with no other top-25
schools running against the top-14
squad. That's why senior Jay Cantin
was left at home with some sore mus-
"We want to be healthy for Big
Tens and nationals," Warhurst said.
But Warhurst was quick to note that
having no Top 25 teams in the field
didn't mean an "automatic" win. He
mentioned how, in many instances,
pollsters have to make educated.
guesses as to how good certain teams
are. In many cases, some teams' best
runners sit certain meets out, which
affects where they finish and their
subsequent rankings.
"Rankings don't mean that much,"
Warhurst said.
The Wolverines will take their No.
6 ranking.into this week's home invi-
tationat. Michigan hosts a solid field,
with No. 22 James Madison among
the opponents.

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for her plight then for ours because this
is tough for her. We want to do every-
thing we can to get her back and healthy
so she can run at the level we all know
she is capable of."
Two runners performing especially
well in Radkewich's absence were
Marcy Akard - who missed last season
because of an injury - and Lisa
"That was by far Marcy Akard's best
race of the year;" McGuire said. "She's
really starting to catch fire. She's just
gotta continue to train and race and it

will come around for her."
After the announcement of the final
results, the Wolverines turned their
attention toward the Michigan
Interregional. The meet, which features
many of the country's top teams will be
held at the Michigan Golf Course -the
Wolverines' home course - this
"It's time to step it up a notch because
it's coming down to crunch time," Slater
said. "It's a different atmosphere than
this and people get a bit more nervous."
"Mentally, we'll have to prepare on
our own because there is going to be a
lot better competition than this week,"
Noe said.

For the first time all season, Katie McGregor didn't run away from everyone, but
her team did - the Wolverines won the Michigan Intercollegiate in Kalamazoo.



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