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The Michigan Daily - SportsTuesday - January 16, 2001 - 3B

Women's track answers challenge
Bulletin board material by Indiana coach doesn't show up in meet

DAVID
DEN HERDER

By Rhonda Gilmer
Daily Sports Writer
Last week, Indiana women's tratk
coach Randy Heisler told the
Indiana Daily Student that he antici-
pated an easy victory over
Michigan.
"I don't expect us to have a close
meet all year," Heisler said.
But the Wolverines proved him
wrong. Michigan was anything but
second best, tying the Hoosiers 81-
81.
The dual meet at Michigan's
indoor track building went down to
the wire. With the triple jump as the
day's final event, Michigan trailed
by five points. Indiana needed a top-
two finish to clinch the victory. But
the Wolverines came in first and sec-
ond, just what they needed for the
tie.
Sophomore Teyonna Simpson
won the triple jump with a distance
of 39-feet, 3.75-inches. Junior Tahsa
Phillips locked up the tie by placing
second.
Michigan could have tried for the
victory had they used some of their
runners in more than one event. But
Michigan coach James Henry decid-
ed not to overuse them this early in
the season.
"If we absolutely, positively had
to win the meet, we could have dou-
bled runners up," Henry said. "I'm
slowly finding out that what I want
is a balance between the field
events, sprints, middle-distance and
distance events." ,
Throughout the head-to-head
meet, Michigan showed its strengths
in the middle-distance and distance
events. Sophomore Jane Martineau
won the one-mile run with a time of
5:01.4. Running at a steady pace,
Martineau had a strong kick in her
running style throughout the race.
Freshman Lindsey Gallo took third
place in the mile at 5:08.
The quick-paced 600-meter dash
gave the Wolverines a chance to
sweep the event, as Indiana is a little
weaker in the mid-distance runs.
Senior Regine Caruthers set the pace
for the race with a time of 1:33.2.
Senior Adrienne Hunter came in
second at 1:35.30 and senior Tameka
Craig finished up the Michigan one-

two-three finish with 1:35.70.
For the 800-meter event, sopho-
more Rachel Sturtz ran 2:13.4 for
first place.
"That was a real good time for
Rachel, particularly this early in the
season," assistant coach Mike
McGuire said. "She just went a little
over a second too fast that first lap.
But similar to taking a deposit out of
the bank, she had to pay it back with
interest on the last lap."
Senior Katie Jazwinski came
through for her teammates Saturday.
Despite a back injury, she decided to
run in the dual, which had the poten-
tial to make or break the meet for
Michigan. Out during the past week
due to injury, Jazwinski did not get a
chance to prepare until Thursday's
practice. The rustiness didn't ham-
per Jazwinski, as she won the 3-kilo-
meter with a time of 10:07.46, giv-
ing the Wolverines some extra points
on the board.
"They told me they wanted me to
run, and I just had to make up my
mind that I was going to do it and
not think negatively about the back
injury," Jazwinski said.
From the start, of the race, fresh-
man Katie Easton came out strong,
setting the pace. After about five
laps, Easton dropped behind
Jazwinski and Indiana's Erin
Womble. Coming in third, Easton
showed a good finish with a time of
10:23.20.
Indiana showed most of its
strengths during the sprints. The 60-
meter hurdles were won by Indiana's
Danielle Carruthers with a time of
8:47. Indiana also won the 60-meter
and 200-meter with senior Lorraine
Dunlop running in both of these'
events.
One Indiana runner in particular
stood out among the rest - junior
Tia Trent. With her strong biceps
and incredible size, she brought her
teammates out of an unbelievable
deficit during the four-by-four relay.
After the third baton pass, Michigan
was strides ahead of Indiana. '
At the switch to anchor, Michigan
was still in the lead, but Trent fought
hard to catch up. Then came the
final lap where Trent closed up a
large gap to give her team the first-
place finish.

Former M' starsfind
a sure thing i*n ABA

ETROIT -There are few
good things that come from
spending dreary Ann Arbor
afternoons lying on my couch and
waiting for the Snackster sandwich
maker to finish my grilled cheese.
But every so often -just when it
seems like soap operas and Michael
Jackson marathons are ruling digital
cable - Comedy Central will play
an obscure, phenomenal '80s
comedy.
Luckily, I was mulling around for
one of the best ones. "The Sure
Thing," starring John Cusack and
Daphne Zuniga might be my
favorite of the genre. It's funny,
romantic, and like every '80s come-
dy has a sappy,
happy moral.
But this movie's'o
simple lesson stuck Ed O'I
with me past the was at J
closing credits, after
my grilled cheese Arena, i
and through a cold to 'Who
evening in downtown Dogs O
Detroit.
There's no such every sa
thing as a sure thing.
Anybody that is a
sports fan will tell you that. But
nowhere did it ring truer than the
floor of Joe Louis Arena Thursday
night as the Detroit Dogs played
host to the L.A. Stars of the ABA
2000.
Of course, "The Sure Thing" is
not a flawless sports metaphor.
The movie opens with a young
Cusack away at college, having
recently developed a crush on a
beautiful young brunette, played by
Zuniga. The story gets interesting
when a friend from L.A. (Anthony
Edwards) calls Cusack with news
that - should he make it across the
country in several days - a Barbie-
doll blonde will be waiting for him,
happy to relinquish her virginity
before traveling abroad for the
semester.
It is, Cusack's friend assures him,
a sure thing.
Now, the ABA 2000 is not a flaw-
less production. In fact, the Dogs
usually play at Cobo Arena, but
were forced to relocate on account
of the Detroit Auto Show Thursday
- sending at least one journalist on
a frantic search for the ballgame.
But once courtside, things were
incredibly familiar.
The Dogs roster includes former
Michigan players Sean Higgins,
Travis Conlan and Willie Mitchell.
The L.A. roster boasts UCLA stars
Ed O'Bannon, Toby Bailey and
JaRon Rush - as well as former
Michigan forward Jerod Ward.
If the date were no factor, you
might go so far as to call this game
a star-studded affair. In their days
playing NCAA basketball, hype was
high for these players - Willie
Mitchell was a part of the "second
coming" of the Fab Five, Sean
Higgins was busy hitting buzzer-

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gut

beaters in the Final Four and Jerod
Ward was tabbed by some recruiting
analysts as the best player ever to
come out of high school in 1994.
Ed O'Bannon led UCLA to the
NCAA title as a junior in 1995. The
same year, he forwent the remainder
of his college eligibility and
declared himself eligible for the
NBA Draft, where he was a sure lot-
tery pick.
O'Bannon was supposed to be a
sure thing for some NBA team.-
Yet somehow here he was at Joe
Louis, listening to "Who Let The
Dogs Out" after every Detroit slam
dunk.
And somehow, I didn't sense any
despair.
As the plot flies by
low in "The Sure Thing,"
innon reluctant travel part-
e Louis ners Cusack and
Zuniga end up falling
stening into puppy love by the
et The time they reach L.A.
t' after - though they refuse
n to say so amidst their
i dunk+ adventures on the
road. At the climax -
without each others'
knowledge - Zuniga dumps her
boyfriend and Cusack, unexpectedly,
dumps his chance with the sure.
thing.
In true '80s fashion, of course,
the two return to school in the '
autumn and finally admit their love.
But it wasn't until an evening
with the Detroit Dogs that I realized
I may have misinterpreted the moral
of the story all along. Because per-
haps this Barbie-doll blonde, the
sure thing, the motivation for the
entire plot wasn't the real sure thing
after all.
Maybe the movie's title referred
to the fact that, despite all the con-
flicts, Cusack and Zuniga would be
together in the end.
I used to think there was no such
thing as a sure thing in sports.
The players of' the ABA 2000
probably didn't expect their story-
lines to twist through minor league
basketball.
But growing up everyday loving
basketball - dreaming basketball
dreams - maybe the sure thingwas
that somehow, they would end up
living basketball lives.
Higgins is the first to admit that
this "isn't the NBA, isn't the Final
Four."
But he said he likes playing bas-
ketball and really likes playing with
friends.
I might argue that he loves it.
"It's always fun to play in front of
the people you grew up with and
your family," said Conlan in the
bowels of Joe Louis Arena.
"I feel real fortunate that they
started this league. It's been a great
opportunity for all the guys sitting
in this room."
- David Den Herder ca he
reached at dden@umich. du.

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daiy
Jane Martineau won the mile in Saturday's tie over Big Ten power Indiana.
Michigan hosts the Red Simmons Invitational next weekend.

Hoosiers return favor against men's track

By Kareem Copeland
Daily Sports Writer
Saturday, the Indiana track team came to Ann
Arbor looking to exact some revenge. In last year's
dual meet, the Wolverines traveled to
Bloomington and defeated the Hoosiers on their
own turf, 85-78. Judging by the way it performed,
Indiana had not forgotten.
After trailing most of the day, the squad don-
ning the red and white came out with an 85-77
victory.
The Wolverines were strong with wins in the
4x400 relay, the triple jump, and the 200-meter.
But a few injuries and lackluster events allowed
for the match tQ slip away.
"A couple key people weren't here," Michigan
coach Ron Warhurst said. "We just wanted to
compete as best we could."
Without senior Josh Sellers and junior Derek
Applewhite, some were forced to compete out of
their normal positions. Shorthanded, the team
would rely on strong performances from the dis-

tance runners. Although the Wolverines took both
second and third in the mile and 3000-meter, the
results were still disappointing.
"Our distance runners turned out flat," Warhurst
said. Mike Wisneiwski - who usually leads the
pack - had a tough outing, taking third in the
3000 meters and lost the mile by a minuscule 0.58
seconds.
Carrying the team on their shoulders, Ike
Okenwa and Jeremy Schneider gave huge perfor-
mances for the Wolverines. Okenwa easily blew
away the competition in both the 60 and 200-
meter races. After having troubles with back
spasms Wednesday, Okenwa was surprised to run
so fast.
"I'm not used to being that far ahead," said
Okenwa. "I was just trying to put points on the
board."
Okenwa blazed out of the gate to finish the 60-
meter in 6.86 and the 200-meter in 21.64 seconds.
The latter was enough to beat Indiana's Ash by over
a second.
Schneider - who ran the 600-meter and the

anchor of the relay - was pitted against rival
Ryan Huber in both races. As two of the top 600-
meter runners in the Big Ten, they have faced each
other repeatedly throughout the years.
"He's the only guy to beat me since freshman
year," said Schneider. "I just thought about how I
would beat myself"
Both races were about as close as could be.
Schneider's time of 1:19.78 barely edged out
Huber's mark of 1:20.00. The two were pitted
against each other again as the anchors of the
4x400 relay. The final and most exciting race of
the day came down to the wire with Schneider out
kicking Huber to the finish line. Official times of
the race had Michigan winning in 3:18.92 com-
pared to Indiana's 3:19.07.
Other Wolverines also fared well. Nick
Rodger's placed second in the shot put and a third
in the weight throw. Kevin Rogan and Terrance
Rindler placed 1-2 in the 800-meter with times of
1:55.41 and 1:55.64, respectively. Oded Padan
took first place in the triple jump with a leap of
49'02.25".

Randle El, Anderson stay in school

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two years
ago, Antwaan Randle El was pleading
with Adewale Ogunleye to play his senior
season at Indiana. Ogunleye, a junior
defensive end then, was projected as a
high draft pick. He graduated and
thought his stock could only rise.
But in the sixth game of the season,
Ogunleye suffered a season-ending knee
#jury. So when Randle El found himself
pondering the same decision, he couldn't
help but think back to that awful image
from two years ago.
Randle El knows exactly what risks
and payoffs an extra year of college foot-
ball can provide, but still decided to take
the chance and run Indiana's offense for
another season.
"Injury has been a big concern. But I
eel like being conditioned and lifting
"'eights will help, so I didn't focus a
whole lot on injuries," Randle El said.
"But I am taking out an insurance policy:'
ANDERSON TO STAY: Anyone surprised
by Damien Anderson's decision to stay at
Northwestern for his senior year doesn't
know the running back very well.

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