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8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Two remaining seniors lead the way for Blue

By Joel Hirsh be easy for.factions to develop, and for the competi-
For the Daily tion of spots in the lineup to cause some heated
moments. Fortunately for this year's team, that does-
When Chris Shaya is asked if he feels old, his n't seem to be a problem.
answer is simple. "This is the first year it's not cliquey. Everyone
"Yes. Yes I do," Shaya said, who will soon turn 23. really works as a team," Shaya said.
There are only two seniors on the And he is not the only one to think so.
young Wolverine's squad and two jun- 1h "We have nine good guys that have been
iors with limited action. After that, CHATTANOOGA, TENN. working very hard and are very close
there are five underclassmen. Who: Michigan in the ITA together," Michigan coach Mark Mees said.
While the captains have yet to be All-American Championships "I'm very excited about it."
named, Shaya and fellow senior Chris When: Thursday through Right now the Wolverines are in the early
Rolf have clearly stepped forward as Sunday weeks of the fall season. Players are work-
leading candidates. Latest: The Wolverines try ing on their individual games as they try to
"Chris and I take it upon (ourselves) to build on a foundation that earn spots in this year's lineup. But Shaya
to be leaders and to push the guys," ' 'them win 13-of.16 sin- was quick to note that despite the intense
Rolf said. ges matches in their first competition within the team during the fall
Shaya added that being the elder tournament. season, it is all about peaking at the right
statesmen of the team is a large part of why he feels time to help the team.
the need to be a vocal leader. "This is for the Big Ten!" and "This is for Illinois!"
With the lack of experience on this team, it would are common reminders Shaya and Rolf pass on to the

team during the more difficult portions of practice.
Anthony Jackson, Michael Rubin and David Anving
will be representing the team this weekend at the ITA
All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
While all three have been entered into the pre-qualify-
ing tournament - meaning they will have to survive
two tournaments just to make it to the main draw -
Mees is confident that they can do it.
The Wolverines will be competing against from
schools across the country, including Florida, Flori-
da State and their Big Ten rivals Michigan State,
Illinois and Ohio State. While the team is hoping to
have a successful run through the tournament, the
results can only add to an extremely exciting time
for this young team.
"Any of the guys right now have a chance to step
up and be a big part of the team." Mees said. "Antho-
ny will definitely be one we're counting on."
Shaya agrees with his coach.
"We lost big contributors," Shaya said. But "every-
one's moving up in the lineup."

Senior Chris Shaya has been a vocal leader for Michigan, which is heavy on
underclassmen and low on experience.

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Hot songs
help cool
By Megan Kolodgy
For the Daily
On any given afternoon, one might
see packs of short-shorted women run-
ning around the streets of Ann Arbor
talking, laughing and overall, looking
pretty entertained.
A bystander might wonder why
these girls look so happy. After all, the

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athletes on
women 's
cross coun-
try team
rack up any-
where from
45 to 65
miles per
week, a feat
that would

Who: Michigan in the Indi-
ana State Invitational
When: 10:30 a.m.
Latest: Coach Mike
McGuire, in his 11th sea-
son with the Wolverines,
looks to guide the team to
a fourth straight first-place
finish this season.


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render normal human beings sore foot-
ed and cranky. What exactly are these
girls doing that keeps them so upbeat?
The women's cross country team
copes with this challenge by finding
comfort and distraction in each other's
"It helps having the team around.
We tell jokes and gossip, which really
helps us not to focus on how much our
feet hurt, or how far we still have left
to go," junior Andrea Parker said.
Due to the fact that the team
spends so much time practicing and
traveling together, each runner is well
versed in the details of the lives of
her teammates.
"We all know anything and every-
thing about everyone's personal lives,"
senior Jeanne Spink said. "You can't
keep a secret even if you try because,
eventually, you run out of other stuff to
talk about."
Another method of diversion is
singing. Often there is no specific
song list for practices or meets, but
the tune of choice is usually up-
tempo. If one of the runners has a
particularly annoying melody in her
head, she usually chooses to share it
with the rest of the pack, so they can
all bear the burden.
"At our meet in Seattle, we sang 'A
Moment Like This' from American
Idol and that got us pumped up for the
race," Parker said.
"Rachel Sturtz's favorite song is
'Hot in Herre,"' Spink chimed in.
"She sings it all the time!"
While music can make the time pass
more quickly, the Wolverines are not
below traveling back to the days of
their youth, and reliving childhood
"We sometimes play 'Going on a
Picnic,"' Parker admitted.
Despite their affinity for activities
of a juvenile nature, the runners are
serious college athletes.
"Running for a university is some-
thing people dream about," Parker
said. "And we are really making a
name for ourselves."
And the Wolverines are doing this
all over the country.
"Running is a great way to see the
nooks and crannies of different cities,"
Spink said. "You cover much more
ground than you would if you were
just walking around."
This weekend, Michigan will head
to the Indiana State Invitational to test
its camaraderie against top ranked
teams such as Boston College and
"Other teams should watch out for
us because people don't think we'll do
anything spectacular," Spink said.
"And we like being the underdog, and
we are surprising a lot of people."
Continued from Page 7
wins have come against three rela-
tively poor teams: Louisiana-


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