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NFL (6) N. CAROLINA 82, (21) PURDUE 96.
Oakland at USC 65 Chaminade 78
DENVER. inc (7) CONNECTICUT 79, (22) MARYLAND 104,
Massachusetts 65 F. Dickinson 45
BASKETBALL Florda Atlanti 79
(2) MICHIGAN ST. 78' BR6D inois 72,
Toledo 33 BALY6
T5 d 33ORI 6(18) TENNESSEE 95,
(5) FLORIDA 60, Elon 56
Utah State 58 ln5
0fWomken pleased a
with 15th place
By Arun Gopal Brigham Young coach Patrick Shane
Wily Sports Writer said. "We just wanted to run our kind of
BLOOMINGTON - For the top 35 race, but I'm a little surprised Arkansas
women's cross-country teams in the and Stanford weren't closer than they
nation, the season came to a rousing cli- were."
max at the NCAA cross country chain- Continuing the upset theme,
pionships, held .yesterday at the Indiana Wisconsin's Erica Palmer, who finished
Golf Course. second to Michigan's Katie McGregor in
The meet was won, somewha, surpris- last year's Big Ten Championships, ran
ingly, by Brigham Young, which taled away with the individual national title.
66 points. What was surprising wasn't The sophomore crossed the finish line
that the second-ranked Cougars tri- in a time of 16:39.50, besting Arkansas
umphed, but that they did it so convinc- senior all-American Amy Yoder and fel-
*ngly. The next team, No. 3 Arkansas, low Razorback Larissa Kleinman in the
finished 54 points behind Brigham process.
Young, with a team score of 125. "I took the lead after 4 kilometers, and
Pre-race No. I Stanford was third I just held on," Palmer said. "It was a
with 127 points, followed by fourth- predetermined strategy for me to break
ranked Wisconsin, with a score of 185. at that point. I just had to have confi-
"I wasn't sure we'd win going in, but I dence in my finishing kick."
definitely thought we had a chance." See WOMEN, Page 12
~s far as Michigan freshmen like Gavin Groninger are concerned, Dick Vitale is an
ESPN college basketball analyst - not the former coach of the Detroit Titans.
renewed ~

By Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
On March 26, 1977, the Michigan
ckey team was playing in its first
CAA Championship game since tak-
ing the honor in 1963. The team had a
decent record that year, going 22-14 in
the regular season.
But when it came down to playing for
all the marbles, Michigan was defeated
by the one nemesis it hadn't been able to
overcome all year. KIMITSU YOGACHI/Daily
Wisconsin came away with the crown This weekend, Dave Huntzicker and the
by defeating Michigan 6-5 in overtime. Michigan hockey team will try to rebound
The Badgers' dominance over the from two tough losses to Cake Superior.
olverines that year also garnered the
Badgers a regular-season series sweep ing at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
and the WCHA crown. On Saturday, the visiting teams will
For many years, Michigan, Michigan switch when Wisconsin heads to Ann
State, Wisconsin and Minnesota - four Arbor and Minnesota treks east.
of the Big Ten and college hockey's most There are still tickets remaining for
dominant teams - squared off regularly both games at Yost. Faceoff will be at
when they all played in the same confer- 7:05 p.m. on Friday and 7:35 p.m. on
ence. Saturday.
After Michigan joined the CCHA in "I don't think (people) recognize the
J981, that trend ended suddenly. After tradition and the longevity of the rivalry
several years, the coaches began to miss between these schools," Michigan. coach
the rivalries that brewed between these Red Berenson said. "There's a long
storied programs made for great hockey. hockey rivalry between Michigan and
Ap a result, in 1992, the College Minnesota. Wisconsin got on the scene
Hockey Showcase was created to reunite much later, but they made their mark
these four teams every Thanksgiving quickly."
weekend. While not as famous as the Berenson said that when he was a
nl . - :t n .tri 1 Thnn ivirina neer "Minnesoti was a real good team.

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Check out the Michigan men's golf team on
Thanksgiving Day. That is, if you're in Hilo, Hawaifor
the Mauna Kea Collegiate Invitational.
November 23, 1999 1

Leaders of the pack
How the Wolverines fared at the NCAA cross-country championships yesterday in
Bloomington. (Official team scoring in parentheses - subtracting independent scorers)

Men finish fifth
at wild NCAAs

41 Katie Clifford

Jay Cantin*

87 Elizabeth Kampfe 32 Mike Wisniewski

103 Marcy Akard
129 Lisa ouellet
178 Julie Froud
223 Katie Ryan
228 Jeanne Spink

57 Mark Pilja


Steve Lawrence

172 John Butsic
1801om Caughian
191 David Cook

By Jon Schwartz
)aly Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON - In a lot of
ways, yesterday's NCAA cross country
championships didn't play out as
While the predicted winner,
Arkansas, handily defeated its nearest
foe by 127 points, it seemed that some-
thing had gone awry with the rest of the
teams in the race.
How else could it be explained that a
person who had only been running
competitive cross-country for eight
months could be the individual champi-
flow else could the No. 3 team in the
country, Colorado, finish seventh?
How could Chan Pons. a runner from
North Carolina State, lose his shoe
around the four kilometer mark, run the

final 6,000 meters with one shoe and
still finish 18th?
Clearly, yesterday was a day when
the little things that happened translated
into success for the lucky teams.
And 'the Wolverines ended up sur-
prisingly successful as a result.
Jay Cantin's last cross-country race
for Michioan was much like his races
all season. He ran with the top pack for
most of the run and ended up fiiiishing
15th overall (13th in team score, where
the individual runners from schools not
represented at the meet are deleted) and
first for the Wolverines.
Cantin's time was 47 seconds off the
leader, David Kimani of South
Alabama. The Jaguars failed to qualify
for the meet, thereby making the win-
ner an independent.
See MEN, Page 12

* Cantin's finish earned him a spot on the All-America team.

resumes Vitale's rivalry
By Chris Duprey through the media. He was starting to put together a solid
Daily Sports Editor program in Detroit, and the fact that Orr was denying him a
Before ESPN, before he ever called someone a PTP-er or game made him livid.
a Diaper Dandy, he was simply Coach Vitale. "Mr. Vitale has never personally written or asked me to
And back in the '70s, the name Dick Vitale carried quite a play him," Orr once told The Daily, an implication that
bit of weight in the city of Detroit. That guy with the check- Vitale's attempted communication with Orr via the media
ered pants and the million-decibel voice had anointed him- was not good enough.
self the savior of Detroit Titans basketball. Finally, in 1977, Vitale had Orr right where he wanted
The city would never be the same. him. Both Detroit and the Wolverines won their respective
The boisterous Vitale took the reins as coach of Detroit in first-round matchups in the NCAA Tournament, and the col-
1973, and almost as if to show the people of the Motor City lective finger of the state of Michigan traced the bracket to
that he was for real, he knocked off Michigan in his first sea- find Detroit and Michigan butting head-to-head in the sec-
son. ond round.
Mighty Michigan had taken a fall. And if you know Vitale, The war had begun.
that victor ywasn't handled with respectful humility - to Unfortunately for Vitale, his Titans came up just short, los-
say the least. ing 86-81, and he was forced to pipe down his rivalry talk. It
Down the road in Ann Arbor, the always-stoic Michigan was a defeat from which he did not recover - it turned out
coach, Johnny Orr, boiled over the loss - and simmered to be his last game as the head coach of Detroit.
over how Vitale had become the media's favorite, spreading All Vitale wanted was a chance to play Michigan. He
the news anywhere he would be heard that tiny Detroit had finally got his wish.
pulled off the impossible. Current Detroit coach Perry Watson has had six chances
On- and the Wolverines didn't take Vitale's reaction very to play the Wolverines - and six times he has lost.
well. After all, Michigan had won every meeting dating back The former Michigan assistant has had chances. Even last
to 1963, a streak of five victories, and all of those wins had season, when Michigan limped out to an 0-2 start en route to
been handled "The Michigan Way" - no bragging allowed. a 12-19 season, Watson and his NCAA Tournament-bound
"Orr said that after we beat them in '73 that we had a full- Titans still couldn't win.
color brochure on the game,"Vitale said later. "But we never Watson, who coached next to Steve Fisher during the Fab
did that, never" Five's two seasons, from 1991 to 1993, is as hungry for a win
All of a sudden, Detroit was purged from Michigan's over Big Blue as Vitale was.
schedule, an absence that would last until 1979, Orr's last Tonight, Detroit will enter Crisler Arena once more, trying
season at Michigan and long after Vitale had departed to get Watson that first win against Mighty Michigan. It's too
Detroit. bad ESPN won't give Vitale the night off so he could enjoy
Vitale took this injustice and went public, making his plea the rivalry he grew. After all, it belongs to him.
Stickers reflect on
magical NCAA run

Michigan vs. Detroit
Crisler Arena
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
The Latest: Detroit defeated Western
Michigan in its only game so far, 80-66
A closer look at the last three Michiga-
Detroit matchups:
Nov. 19, 1998, in Ann Arbor:
Michigan 62, Detroit 55. Smarting after
an 0-2 start, Michigan puts it all togeth-
er to scrap out a seven-point victory.
Nov. 30, 1997, in Detroit:
Michigan 54, Detroit 53. Maceo Baston's
dunk with one-tenth of a second left was
the difference. Detroit had taken a one-
point lead with 20 seconds to go to apply
the pressure to the Wolverines.
Dec. 5, 1996, in Ann Arbor:
Michigan 75, Detroit 59. The
Wolverines outscored Detroit 41-23in
the second half to seize the blowout


By David Roth
Daily Sports Writer
Next weekend will be the first time
since August that the Michigan field
hockey team will not prepare for its
next foe. The Thanksgiving holiday
will give the Wolverines a time to
reflect upon their incredible tourna-
ment run.
Michigan's first NCAA Tournament
appearance was no surprise to the
players and coaches. Even after
Michigan lost two games in a row to
Penn State, 4-2, and Iowa, 1-0,
Pankratz felt her team had been play-
ing well.
After beating No. 1I Ohio State to
snap the losing streak, Pankratz
emphasized her team's high level of
"We played really well against
Iowa," Pankratz said. "We played real-
ly well against Penn State and didn't
win. The team, even though we were
playing well, felt a little tentative about
our success. It was really important for
them to get reinforced that we are
playing really well."
Little did she know that the defeat
over the Buckeyes would be the first of
a seven-game winning streak.
Michigan would go on to beat No. I1
Duke, No. 4 Penn State, No. 3 Wake
Forest, No. 3 Iowa, and No. 2
Beating four of the top five showed
that Michigan definitely earned its
spot as the second best team in the
country. The game against No. 1
Maryland was the real test to see how
arnot a ti-.m the 1099 mWnvoine roa-

Against Maryland, the Wolverines
seemed to be controlled by the
Terrapins and couldn't get their game
rolling. Michigan players who had
been executing all season seemed to
struggle when the ball was played in
their direction. Maryland coach Missy
Meharg was happy to see her team
shut down the fast-paced Michigan
"I think Maryland came out with the
intensity and flavor of hockey that
we've played all season," Meharg said.
"We played very attacking hockey. I
thought we played our brand.
Michigan is an exceedingly athletic
team and they play fast-forward, but I
thought our defense was magnificent."
Though the Terrapins won this time
around, Michigan's squad is young.
"The freshmen only know of going
to the Final Four and that's a great
foundation for our program to keep
building on."
Though the Wolverines lose four
seniors, the team does not look to back
down. Maryland also has a young
squad, so a rematch of this year's
championship is a future possibility.
"I would love to see (Maryland)
again next year if we could be lucky
enough to get back to the tournament
and play as well as we did this year,"
Pankratz said. "We have two of the
best programs in the country."
Although senior captain Ashley
Reichenbach won't be playing next
year, she hopes to find a way to still
contribute to the team. Reichenbach is
unsure of her future endeavors.

Freshman Jessica Rose and the rest of the Michigan field hockey team have the
young talent to make It back to the NCAA finals next year.
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