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Harriers inch past Indiana, claim indoor title

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By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Editor
Heading into the final event of the women's
Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships,
Michigan's 1,600-meter relay team needed only
to finish in the top six to secure the title for the
"I knew that they would compete. I was more
concerned with keeping the baton in our hands
' around the track," Michigan coach James
Henry said.
The Wolverines followed those instructions,
finishing fourth with a time of 3:45. That was
enough to lift Michigan over rival Indiana by
the slimmest margin (116-114.5) in the 21-year
history of the meet.
Katie Jazwinski led the way for the Wolver-
ines, scoring 26 points in three events.
She won the mile run and placed second in

both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter, earning
her the distinction of Athlete of the Meet.
Despite nagging Achilles' heel problems,
Jazwinski would not be denied, starring
throughout her grueling trio of events, which
totaled close to six miles.
"Katie is a team person. She sacrificed her
individual performances for the team," Henry
said. "She easily could have competed in just
one or two events to qualify for nationals, but
she did what needed to be done for the team to
Jazwinski may have been selfless at the Big
Ten Championships, but she had her chance to
shine individually this weekend at the non-scor-
ing Alex Wilson Invitational.
By concentrating on her mile run, Jazwinski
was able to shave three seconds off of her per-
sonal best. Her time of 4:44.4 was the best at
the Invitational and the 11th best time in the

NCAA this year.
Although Jazwinski was the star at Big Tens,
it was by no means a one-woman show.
"We had a balanced squad," Henry said. "We
didn't have a lot a individual winners, but they
came together and earned the places we need-
After the first day, the Wolverines' spirits
were down. Henry said that only 60 percent of
the athletes that Michigan expected to place in
the finals were successful on the first day in
State College.
The women's meet also stopped briefly on
day two to recognize the tragic death of Penn
State pole-vaulter Kevin Dare the day before at
the men's championship, and Henry used that
as a motivating tool for his team.
"I try to use everything as a positive," Henry

s a i d.
"We had a number of
young ladies that didn't do well the first day.
They were really distraught and crying. I told
them 'at least you get to go home.' I think that a
put things in perspective for them."
Henry, who has been leading the Wolverines
for 18 years, was awarded the Big Ten Coach of
the Year honor for the third time in his career.
"This one makes me feel better than the rest
because more of my athletes contributed," he
Today, Michigan will find out which Wolver-
ines will be participating in the NCAA
Indoor Championships next weekend in
Fayetteville, Ark.





'M' outlasts State,
wins, CCHA title
By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer
KALAMAZOO - Tied 2-2 with Western Michigan after
two periods of Saturday night's game, the Michigan hockey
team could have played a very conservative third period.
Needing just a tie to clinch an outright CCHA regular sea-
son title, the Wolverines would have accomplished their goal
had the deadlock continued.
Instead, the Wolverines left no doubt that they were the
best team in the conference, dominating the Broncos in the
third period, just as they had in a 4-2 victory over Western
Michigan on Friday in Ann Arbor. Michigan forward John
Shouneyia scored with 15:38 remaining in the game, and the
Wolverines proceeded to pour on three more goals for a 6-2
victory and, more importantly, the program's seventh CCHA
regular season title.
"First place is what you ask for at the beginming of the
tyear," Michigan forward Mike Cammalleri said. "I don't
think too many people expected us to finish first at the start
of the year, but our team has really showed up. So many guys
have stepped up it's been unbelievable."
No. 8 Michigan had entered the final weekend of the regu-
lar season tied with Michigan State with 38 points, but the
Spartans were upset 3-2 by Ferris State on Friday night -
opening the door for the Wolverines on Saturday.
"It's anopportunity for us," said Cammalleri after Michi-
gan State's loss became a final on Friday. "But it doesn't
mean anything if we don't win (Saturday). We have to be
For a while in Saturday's game, it looked as if Western


Vaulter Dare
dies in action,
athletes reflect
By.Josh Holman
Daily Sports Writer
MINNEAPQLIS - On rare occasions, an event
occurs that reminds us all that sports are just that -
only sports.
Members of Michigan's men's track team were
reminded of that last week (Feb. 23-24) at the Indoor
Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis when Penn
State athlete Kevin Dare died after
falling in the pole vault.
On the first day of the meet at
approximately 2:40 p.m., Dare land-
ed on his head after one of his
attempts. Medical trainers and
EMT's immediately rushed to his
He was taken to the Hennepin
County Medical Center, where he
was pronounced dead as a result of Dare
fatal head trauma.
Many of the athletes on hand did not realize Dare
was dead as he was being taken from the Minnesota
Field House. It was not until later in the day that the
teams were alerted of the news.
"There was shock and disbelief," said Michigan
senior sprinter Ike Okenwa. "No one expects to go to
any track meet and see someone die."
Big Ten officials decided last Saturday night to.con-
tinue with the meet the following day with a memorial
being held for Dare at noon. The following morning,
though, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany announced
that the meet was canceled and would not be resched-
"I think when we slept on it, the discussions went
the other direction," Michigan coach Ron Warhurst
Many Michigan athletes had trouble knowing how
to react. After spending an entire season preparing for
one performance, that performance was suddenly
stripped from them because of the death of someone
they didn't know.
"On one hand you didn't know him and your life
will go on the same as if it didn't happen," junior
Jeremy Schneider said. "But on the other hand a mil-
lion thoughts are running through your head."
See DARE, Page 6B
collapse ends
cagers' hopes
By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer


Michigan forwards Charlie Henderson and Michael Woodford celebrate after Henderson's goal Saturday night.

Michigan might ruin that opportunity, as the Broncos took a
2-1 lead after one period. But Michigan responded 4:24 into
the second period, tying the game as Eric Nystrom re-direct-
ed a Jay Vancik shot from the point past Reynaert, setting the
stage for the explosive third period.
"We had to play together, we had to play smart," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "We know how to play in close
games, we know what it takes. We became more of a team in
the third period -we had our best period."

Said Michigan defenseman Andy Burnes: "We knew that
our whole season came down to the third period - every-
thing we had worked for all year came down to what we went
out there and did. We responded and came out on top."
After Shouneyia gave Michigan the lead back at 3-2, the
Wolverines proceeded to dominate the third period, outshoot-
ing the Broncos 12-3 in the final 20 minutes.
Junior Mike Cammalleri - playing in his first game since
See BRONCOS, Page 4B

..to rock bottom
Blue suffers sixth consecutive loss.

By David Horn
Daily Sports Editor
Saturday was senior night at Crisler Arena, where
Michigan's six departing upperclassmen were hon-
ored before the game. But it was Ohio State's sen-
iors, forward Boban
Savovic and guard Brian OHIO STATE 84
Brown, who led the Buck-
eyes (11-5 Big Ten, 20-7 MICHIGAN 75
overall) to an 84-75 win
over the Wolverines (5-11, 10-17). With the victory,
Ohio State claimed its share of the Big Ten regular
i season title. The Buckeyes end the season tied atop
the conference with Indiana; Illinois and Wiscon-
Saturday was the second straight game in which
Michigan's opponent was able to claim a share of
the conference title with a win over the struggling
Wolverines. Last Wednesday in Madison, the Bad-
gers beat Michigan by 20 to claim their piece of
the prize.
Michigan's 5-11 conference record puts it in a
three-way tie for eighth with Purdue and Iowa. But
due to its head-to-head record with those teams,
Michigan will be the 10th seed in next weekend's
Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Wolver-
ines play seventh-seeded Northwestern Thursday
afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Savovic and Brown each dropped in
19 points, but it was the timeliness rather than the

multiple occasions the two Buckeyes were able to
keep the persistent Wolverines at bay, as the home
team managed a number of rallies throughout the
game to keep things close.
There were a "couple of key points in the game
where we could have come back and won it, but it
seemed like every time we were right there a big
play happened with them," Michigan guard Bernard
Robinson said.
The energy level was high for the Wolverines,
and for the Crisler Arena crowd. Both were invigor-
ated by the emotion of senior night, but also by the
play of Robinson and freshman Dommanic Inger-
son. On a night when the seniors were honored for
the work they have done in the past, Michigan's
young blood showed some promise for the future.
Ingerson played arguably the best game of his
career, scoring 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from
the field, including 4-of-8 shooting from behind the
3-point line. Robinson contributed 20 points, and
senior Chris Young, playing in the final home game
of his career, scored 17.
It was an extremely emotional night for Young in
particular, as he suited up in maize and blue for
the 115th consecutive time. He is recognized by
coaches around the conference and nation as one
of the smartest and hardest-working big men in the
Big Ten, and has been the most reliable presence
on the court for a Michigan team that has been
rebuilding for what has seemed like his entire four
year career.

INDIANAPOLIS - An up-and-down season for the
Michigan women's basketball team had a new high and a
new low at the Big Ten Tournament.
The high was a 20-point victory over Illinois in the first
round and an eight-point lead
over Purdue with four-and-a- MICHIGAN 67
half minutes left in the Wolver-
ines' second-round game. Then PURDUE 74
came the low, as Michigan
unraveled once and for all in a 74-67 overtime loss to No.
7 Purdue, the Big Ten regular season champion.
The loss most likely leaves Michigan (6-10 Big Ten, 17-
12 overall) bound for the WNIT because of a ninth-place
finish in the conference.
Purdue, which had 14 second-chance points in the first

DANNYCsYLOd'OK/ha ILns ily
Michigan senior Chris Young couldn't help but show his emotions



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