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Michigan men seize Big
en title on home turf

second Big
Ten crown
By Josh Borkin
Daily Sports Writer
For most cross country runners, a
first-place finish is a career achieve-
ment. But for Michigan's Katie
McGregor, it is a weekly event.
Yesterday afternoon, McGregor cap-
tured her second consecutive Big Ten
championship, with a time of 17:16.
McGregor has finished first in
every race this season, excluding last
week's warmup for the Big Tens.
Yesterday she dominated from the
McGregor has a distinct style on
the course. She runs with the pack for
800 meters and accelerates after that
mark to establish a sizable lead.
"People think that I don't pace
myself," McGregor said. "I just start
off really fast and try to establish a
lead. I usually don't vary much with
The Michigan course is uncom-
promising to runners who lose energy
early. The first leg of the course has a
large hill at the start.
"Some people have a hard time
starting out fast on the hill,"
McGregor said. "I knew that the hill
would tire a lot of runners out, but
you have to be prepared for it, espe-
cially at Big Tens."
McGregor had a clear-cut strategy
as she reached the final 1,000 meters.
"At the 1,000-meter mark I pretty
KIND/Daily much have two options," McGregor
said. "If I feel that there is someone
close enough to challenge, I will take
the off with 1,000 left. But if I feel that I
have a large enough cushion, I can
usually continue at the same pace."
To add to the pressure and compe-
tition, McGregor experienced stom-
ach pain during the race.
"Katie had some stomach troubles
during and after the race," coach
Mike McGuire said.
"Today, she literally ran her guts out.
See McGREGOR, Page 3B

By Raphael Goodstein
Deily Sports Writer
The Wolverines celebrated coach Ron
Warhurst's 25th anniversary the same way they
celebrated his first - with a Big Ten champi-
onship. Michigan fulfilled the first of their
son's goal's yesterday thanks to a team
"Collectively we wanted to win this for
coach's 25th anniversary," said senior All-
America John Mortimer. "This has been our
focus all year."
The No. 7 Wolverines finished with 50
points, beating No. 10 Michigan State by 14
points. Third-place Wisconsin, ranked 13th,
finished with 70 points and No. 18 Minnesota
finished with 83 points.
Wisconsin's Matt Downin won the event
a 24:06 time.
Michigan State's Ryan Taylor finished sec-
ond in 24:23, edging Michigan's John
Mortimer, who finished third.
Mortimer finished second last year, but he
was hobbled this season with a knee problem.
Mortimer did not run at full strength and was
able to run just twice this past week.
"I was a little bit flat out there," Mortimer
said. "I wasn't happy to finish in third, but I
r better than I thought a few days ago."
VAore than 3,000 fans came out to watch the
Wolverines win the Big Ten.
"It's really nice to have everyone out here,"

senior All-America Todd Snyder said. "It helps
to have everyone cheering for you."
Snyder finished second for the Wolverines
and fifth overall with a time of 24:34.
But as important as Mortimer and Snyder
were, Michigan's pack was the key to the
championship. Michigan's Steve Lawrence fin-
ished in 1Ith place, clocking a time of 25:08.
"We train to run a tight pack. We train
together and we are very strong one through
seven," said sophomore Mike Wisniewski.
Junior Jay Cantin finished in I1th place,
passing two Michigan State runners and a
Wisconsin runner in the final 1,000 meters.
Without Cantin's late-meet heroics, Michigan
might not have repeated as Big Ten champion.
The last scorer for the Wolverines was senior
Don McLaughlin, who finished in 19th place
with a time of 25:27. McLaughlin was also a
key reason the Wolverines won because he put
15 places between himself and Michigan
State's fifth runner. He also beat Wisconsin's
fifth runner by 13 places, saving the team key
Even the non-scorers for Michigan came up
big down the stretch.
Michigan's sixth-place runner, Mike
Wisniewski, beat Michigan State's fifth place
runner and, in the process, caused Michigan
State to lose points.
"Nobody ran super, but our four, five and
See CHAMPS, Page 3B

Photos by DAVID ROCH
Above: Senior Katie McGregor finished out her career at home yesterday, outpacing the field to e
Big Ten title in a time of 17:16. Upper left: Senior John Mortimer battles it out with two rivals.

Running home
Katie McGregor,
Michelle Sater
Lisa Ouellet
Elizabeth Kampfe
Sarah Hamilton
Katie Clifford
Julie Froud
Marcy Akard
Allison Noe

Michigan's runners used the familiar home course to their advantage -
women finished second, and the men won the conference crown.



Me,'s 8,0OO4mtsr
John Mortimer
Todd Snyder
Steve Lawrence
Jay Cantin
Don McLaughlin
Mike Wisniewski
Chris Bunt
Mark Pi ja
Tom Caughlan



Blue wins ugly again,
beats Minnesota, 15-10
Key safety helps down pesky Gophers

Daily Sports Editor
MINNEAPOLIS - If there is one attribute
of last season's title team that Lloyd Carr did-
n't want to emulate, it had to be the reliance on
the defense to win games.
rtunately for him, this defense still is that
And in front of 41,310 fans in the
Halloween-themed Metrodome on Saturday, it
was Michigan's 'D' that defeated Minnesota.
James Hall's sack of Minnesota quarterback
Billy Cockerham in
the end zone with Mg Id- 1
10:42 left squeezed
Michigan into its Minnesota 10
first lead since the
first quarter.
,ter, Jay Feely added a field goal, but the
s , and the stingy Michigan defense,
proved to be an effective Ziploc.
"It's a big play," said Hall, who had six tack-
les' in the victory. "The defense hadn't scored
in a long time."
While safeties are becoming commonplace
for the Michigan defense - the three thus far
tie'the 1976 team for the most in a season -
the unwillingness to yield is becoming a hall-
mark of the Jim Herrmann regime.
tde from the initial familiarity stage
ch allowed a Minnesota field goal early, the
Michigan defense - ranked No. 1 in Big Ten
games - held to form.
Herrmann's outfit kept Minnesota scoreless
the rest of the way, ending with late intercep-
tions by William Peterson and James Whitley.
The stat sheet contradicts such a theory.


with just nine tackles, and in the first half
Michigan's bend-but-don't-break defense was
in full force. The game just reinforced the
power of the concept of team defense and not
one individual.
"The thing that we have is kids who are
smart and are able to adjust," Herrmann said.
"There were adjustments in there that helped
us shut them down. That's the key thing."
Numbers place Brady as the bionic man,
throwing long and longer, eventually compil-
ing an impressive 282-yard performance. But
Brady took four sacks, and the ground game
was nonexistent, losing 23 yards on the day.
But from the beginning, Michigan planned
to attack through the air- and that game plan
was executed perfectly via Tai Streets.
Etching his name into the record books as he
went, Streets grabbed only six balls but totaled
a Michigan road record 192 yards through the
air - the highest total by a Wolverine any-
where since 1966. On the first play of
Michigan's second drive, Brady went with
what worked last week -the bomb to Streets.
And, just as he did against Indiana, Streets
reached for a beautiful ball, maintaining his
balance before sprinting into the end zone to
stun the opposition. This time, the pass went
for 76 yards and, on one play, established
Michigan's air attack -and Brady's arm.
Can's assertion has been that Michigan
passes just to keep defenses honest. Unable to
move the ball the rest of the first half on the
ground-Anthony Thomas led Michigan with
just 24 yards on the ground - the air attack
was the only source of pride for the

Stickers fail to
gamn share of4
Big Ten title
By Dui Digsoan
Daiy Sports Writer
The Big Ten regular season title for field hockey wasn't
decided until the final day.
Michigan and Penn State entered yesterday tied atop the
conference at 7-2. Both teams were facing ranked opponents,
at home, on Senior Day. Both teams felt they needed to win to
have a chance at the title.
One team succeeded, and one failed.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, they lost, and Penn State
Michigan knew that it was going to face a tough challenge
in an Iowa team that had been on fire recently. Iowa had won
three of four games, including wins against ranked foes Penn
State and Ohio State.
The Hawkeyes were looking to regain some of the pride
that they had lost in recent seasons. After defeating the
Wolverines 31 straight times, they had since lost three straight
to Michigan, including a 2-0 loss earlier this season in Iowa
Ironically, Senior Day lived up to its name, as the Iowa
seniors were able to take over the game.
Iowa dominated the Wolverines yesterday at Ocker Field,
winning 3-0. The game was highlighted by thestrong play of
Iowa goalkeeper Lisa Cellucci. The senior made save after save
to deny the Wolverines any chance to stay in the game.
The Hawkeyes' offense was lead by senior forwards Quan
Nim and Kerry Lessard. Nim scored the first goal of the game
with 19:07 left in the first half, providing all of the scoring that
the Hawkeyes would need.
Nim also assisted on the second goal of the game, scored
by freshman Gina Carr. The score that sealed the game was
netted with only 2:28 left to play by Lessard, assisted by
Natalie Dawson and Alycyn Freet.
Michigan's seniors came out to play yesterday, but they just
couldn't get it done. Seniors Amy Philbrook, Loveita
Wilkinson and Lindsay Babbitt all had decent scoring chances

Sam Sword and the Wolverines kept possession of the Uttle Brown Jug with a 15.0 win.

after a 13-yard gain was negated by a Jeff
Backus face mask penalty, Brady threw a ball
only Streets could catch.
Thirty-nine yards later, Streets secured the
toss and Michigan was marching again.
Overcoming their rushing deficiencies
proved to be the most difficult task for the
Wolverines. The drive continued as Thomas
struggled to gain two and three yards on each

So Brady went back to Old Reliable,
Streets, who hauled in a 23-yard pass to bring
Michigan within a breath of the end zone at
the four yard line. But what would a Michigan
offense be without mistakes near the goal
Last week's halfback pass by Walter Cross
became this week's Brady fumble on the one,
but fortunately for the Wolverines, they cov-

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