SportsTuesday - January 18, 2000 - The Michigan Daily - 7B
4\Ien trample Indiana
3y David Mosse
)ily Sports Writer
The "fearsome foursome" lived up to
.he billing this weekend in Bloomington
s the Michigan men's track and field
cam scored a victory over Indiana at the
-Indiana Quadrangular, its first and only
meet of the season.
The Wolverines were paced by their
,1-atrtet of talented distance runners, who
srpelled Michigan to an 85-78 triumph.
Sophomore Mike Wisniewski cap-
ded victories in the mile run and the
tOO-meter. In the 3000, the Wolverines
&o ninated, owning the top four spots.
ay Cantin came in second and was fol-
bed by Steve Lawrence and John
"It is amazing to watch those guys
", sophomore Brent Sheffer said.
or them to come out and dominate the
nEre meet like that is really special:'
The performance comes as no surprise
S'Michigan coach Ron Warhurst, who
Tas seen this group shine in practice
They are four real killers,' Warhurst
:aid "They are all in amazing shape and
we expect great things from them."
But the Wolverines didn't get by sole-
ly on their distance running. Michigan
took home nine of the 15 events, includ-
ing Jeremy Schneider's victory in the
In the sprints, the Wolverines got an
unexpected boost from junior Josh
Sellers, who placed first in the 400-meter
dash. Meanwhile, sophomore Ike
Okenwa contributed points with a pair of
runner-up finishes in the 60- and 200-
Michigan capped off an all-around
performance by achieving two major
victories in the field events. Senior
Patrick Johansson won the 35-pound
weight throw and Sheffer won the pole
Field events were the biggest question
marks facing this Wolverines as they
entered the season. The departure of
head coach Jack Harvey, a field events
specialist, caused some worry. But with
the help of new assistant coach Rick
Deligny, Michigan has flourished.
"Ricky has really been the difference,"
Sheffer said. "He has worked us real hard
Michigan owned the top four spots
in the 3000-meter race this past
weekend in Bloomington.
1. Mike Wisniewski (8:18.09)
2. Jay Cantin (8:18.31)
3. Steve Lawrence (8:21.16)
4. John Mortimer (8:22,42)
The Wolverines won nine of 15
events during the weekend.
since the first day of practice"
The meet was the Wolverines' first
against a Big Ten foe and provided evi-
dence that the Wolverines are ready to
challenge for the conference crown.
Saturday's victory only re-enforced
what most have suspected all along.
Michigan has the premier distance run-
ning corps in the Big Ten and will
outscore most teams in that department.
When the Wolverines get the necessary
contributions from other areas, they are a
tough team to beat.
"We are running terrifically" Steve
Lawrence said. "And we are only going
to get better."
Frs given clean bill, quits track
By David Mosse
he stage was set for a much awaited
comeback.-< Michigan running back
ustin as one of the most highly
toute obal recruits to land in Ann
Arbor in 1998, was scheduled to make
his return to ahletic competition this
past Saturday in Bloomington. Instead,
Farga ad ded another bizarre twist to his
On Wednesday night, Fargas quit the
track team, citing a need to rest up for
spring football practice. In the process,
Fargas left many perplexed and disa-
"It was something we were all excited
about," Michigan coach Ron Warhurst
said. "I'm sorry things didn't work out."
When Fargas arrived at Michigan, nat-
urally most of the ii)fare centered on his
football abilites. Fargas was the top run-
ning back in the nation according to vir-
tualy every publication, and was a USA
Today First Team All-American.
But Fargas was a legitimate two-sport
star who also shined in track and field.
The fastest 100-meter sprinter in the
state of California, all indications were
that Fargas planned to run track at
"As far as I know, if he had never got-
ten hurt, Justin would have run track the
last two years," Warhurst said.
But Fargas did get hurt, suffering a
devastating leg injury in November of
1998, during a carry in the late stages of
a win against Wisconsin. The injury
ended any hopes of his running track his
This season was to be different. After
missing the entire football campaign,
Fargas pinpointed track and field as one
of his goals. He rehabilitated diligently
for several months in hopes of regaining
the leg strength to run.
In mid-November, he began working
out with the track team and appeared on
his way to achieving his goal.
"He was looking better and better,"
assistant coach Fred LaPlante said. "He
was pretty close to 100 percent"
As the season approached, it became
clear Fargas would be a part of th4.fn.
Excitement began to grow and the
Wolverines' opening meet of the season,
drew an enormous crowd at the track
building. Fargas was held out of the ieet
but was scheduled to ruii in
Bloomington this past weekend ".t 'the
That's when things began to unravel.
On Wednesday, Fargas was given the go-
ahead by doctors to play football again.
That same night he informed Warhuist
he no longer intended to run track.l His
primary reason for running track 1%d
been to gain clearance from doctors and
once that bridge was crossed, he opted
"Obviously football is the sport lhe
came here to play" Warhurst said. "Sut'I
thought track could only help mak'e him
better." Warhurst cited the exampl-f
former Iowa sprinter Tim Dwight who
competed in track and field for the
Hawkeyes last year, despite playing foot-
ball for the Atlanta Falcons.
Hoosiers nab women's track, 84-77
TR NOTE BOW
10 DAYS ON LY
By Matthew Barbas
Daly Sports Writer
'Wben the Indiana women's track
team learned of its 84-77 victory over
Micligan on Saturday afternoon, they
paraded around the track, receiving a
c nampion's praise from the home
cro iJ. For the first time in nine years,
Hoosiers triumphed over Michigan
Waiindoor dual meet.
But the display caught the Wolverines
-I thought that it was a little prema-
tre," Michigan senior captain Maria
Brown said. "After all, it is only the sec-
ond wek of the season."
.Like any other meet, the Wolverines
-ame into the competition focused on a
victorv. And like any other loss, the
:was disappointed with the result.
But Michigan understood the purpose
of ihc meet - to prepare for the rest of
"After the meet, I reminded the team
that these competitions are small com-
pared , with the big picture," Michigan
coach James Henry explained. "We typ-
icaliy use January as a work month and
focus on our performances in February."
,,er y's goal for the competition was
f everyone to improve on her perfor-
v?! ce from the previous week. Henry
s especially pleased with the show-
ir.gs of Katie Clifford, Regine Caruthers
and Brandi Bentley. Clifford won both
the mile- and 300- meter runs.
"Michigan is typically known for its
strength in the 3000, though many of
our runners in that event are still suffer-
ing from injuries," Henry said. "I was
pleased that Katie gave us strong repre-
sentation in the event."
Caruthers won the 600-meter run
with a time of 1:33.51. Bentley's jump
of 5.95 meters gave her a first in the
Michigan secured four other first-
place finishes in the 15-event comt2eti-
tion. With a time of 2:10.69, senior All-
America Lisa Ouellet won the 800-
meter run. Sophomore Nicole
Denamur's jump of 1.64 meters was
enough to win the high jump. Freshman
Tasha Phillips prevailed in the triple
jump with a distance of 11.77 meters.
And the relay team of Maria Brown,
Carly Knazze, Caruthers and Erica
Murdock won the 1600-meter relay in
"The team is where I want them to be
at this point in the season;'F lenry
emphasized. "We are headed towards
our goal of a Big Ten championship."
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