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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 7, 2002

Blue expands horizon in Indiana

By Nazeema Alli
For the Daily

The performance of the Michigan
women's cross country team this pass
weekend was good, but in coach
Mike McGuire's mind, it wasn't quite
good enough.
"We got some things accom-
plished. It's not as good as we did in
Seattle, but we are headed in the right
direction," McGuire said.
The 22nd-ranked Wolverines
placed second out of 20 teams after
running the 6,000-meter LaVern Gib-
son Championship Course at the Indi-
ana State Invitational. The
second-place finish ended their streak
of three consecutive victories.
Although their first three meets
of the season predominantly con-
sisted of teams from the Great
Lakes region, the Indiana Invitation-
al was made up of a more diverse
representation of schools from

around the country.
"We were trying to beat some
teams," McGuire Said. "We beat (No.
19) Villanova and (No. 24) Colorado
State. It was good to beat some peo-
ple outside of Great Lakes teams."
Junior Lindsey Gallo led the
Wolverines, finishing in eighth place
overall with her personal best time of
21:42.1 for a 6,000-meter race. She
also led the team in their previous
meet in Seattle with a sixth-place
finish. Other strong performances
came from senior Jane Martineau,
who finished 11th in 21:46, and
freshman Rebecca Walter, who
placed 12th in 21:47.
The Wolverines totaled 74 points,
which put them behind No. 14
Arkansas, which won the invitational
with 45 points.
McGuire admits that there is some
work that can be done, considering
that the Wolverines finished first at
the Sundodger Invitational in Wash-

ington with 45 points a few weeks
earlier. Both Lindsey Gallo and junior
Andrea Parker represented Michigan
as top-10 finalists in that race. This
week, Parker finished 19th in
"To improve, we have to impact the
front of the race better. We need to
get started earlier in scoring relative
to the top three or four racers."
McGuire plans to let more younger
team members run in the upcoming
Michigan Intercollegiate, giving them
a chance to experience competitive
"We are in a tough conference and
we have to keep getting better,"
McGuire said. "We have to come
with our 'A' game."
With the 2002 NCAA pre-nation-
als and the Big Ten Championships
lurking in the near future, this is the
time for the Wolverines to start run-
ning on all cylinders to ensure that
they are competitive.

Brady, Patriots
dr ptw om a row ..r
MIAMI (AP) - Zach Thomas busted his chin strap
tackling Kevin Faulk, one in a series of jarring hits that
helped the Miami Dolphins knock the New England
Patriots out of first place. The Dolphins sacked former
Michigan quarterback Tom Brady three times, pressured
him into mistakes, pounded the middle with Ricky
Williams and handed the Patriots their second loss in a
row yesterday, 26-13.
The victory left Miami (4-1) alone atop the AFC East,
while the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots (3-
2) fell a game back.
"They have something we want," Dolphins corner-
back Patrick Surtain said. "We want to get where they
were last year."
Surtain led a resurgent defense that rebounded from a
48-30 loss at Kansas City a week ago. Miami took a 16-
0 lead in the first half, when New England totaled just AP PH(
26 yards and committed two turnovers, and the Dol- Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady had a rough day
phins finished with a 20-minute advantage in time of against Miami's defense, taking three sacks.
possession. pened," Miami coach Dave Wannstedt said. "To see o
Williams lost a fumble for the second week in a row team bounce back in every phase was rewarding."
but topped 100 yards rushing for the fourth time in five The Patriots fell to 0-13 in Miami in September an
games. He gained 105 tough yards on 36 carries, a team October. They can take some consolation that yeste
regular-season record. day's loss was similar to a 30-10 drubbing in Miami
Jay Fiedler threw for two touchdowns and ran for year ago, when Brady threw for just 86 yards. The Patr
another, all on third down. ots recovered from that defeat and went on to win ti
"We were embarrassed last week with what hap- Super Bowl
Golfers poised for first victory



Freshmen learn ropes from Stanford

By Jake Rosenwasser
For the Daily

The Michigan men's cross country team learned that
by sticking together, it can accomplish more. Out of
21 teams at the Notre Dame invitational on Friday,
Michigan finished second, failing to beat only top-
ranked Stanford.
Michigan placed two runners in the top 10 spots of
the 8,000-meter race. Sophomore Nate Brannen led
the No. 25 Wolverines with a seventh-place finish, and
newcomer Nick Willis crossed the line shortly after-
wards, finishing in the 10th slot.
"We ran really well as a team," Willis said. "We ran
together in a pack for the first half of the race, and
that is one of the reasons the team finished in second
The Cardinal took the top two spots in the race.
Ryan Hall and Donald Sage finished first and second,
with times of 24:10 and 24:20, respectively, to lead

Stanford to an easy team victory. Michigan captain
Nick Stanko finished 19th with Michigan runners Tarn
Leach and Brian Turner close behind in 21st and 23rd.
"It was exciting to race against the runners of Stan-
ford even though I knew we would have to run really
well to beat them. All of this is new to me." Willis
Even though the team lost to Stanford, Michigan
finished ahead of the 23rd-ranked Fighting Irish.
"We beat Notre Dame by more than 40 points, and
they were ranked higher than us," Willis said. "Hope-
fully we will move up in the rankings."
After Stanford and Michigan grabbed the top spots,
Notre Dame placed third with Utah State and Wash-
ington rounding out the top five in team competition.
This was Michigan's first loss, but it was also Michi-
gan's stiffist competition to date.
The team's next meet will be held on Friday, when
the Wolverines travel to Milford to compete in the
Michigan Intercollegiate.

By Michael Nisson
For the Daily
The Michigan women's golf team is
chomping at the bit to defend its title
in the Women's Collegiate Shootout
this week. After failing to defend their
titles in the Wolverine Invitational and
the Lady Northern in the past few
weeks, the Wolverines desperately
want to win a tournament and estab-
lish themselves as true defending
After finishing fourth last week at
the Lady Northern Invitational, Michi-
gan seems poised to continue its
strong play.
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert was
optimistic when asked about Michi-
gan's chances at the tournament.
"We won a lot of tournaments last
year," Teichert said. "Last year, we

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were the only undefeated team in the
country. We haven't won anything this
year, but the shootout has a great field.
Each tournament presents its own
uniqueness because each golf course is
a little bit different."
Teichert also noted that of the six
players going to the event, four have
never seen the golf course before and
that will hurt the team.
"Each person will have to look at
the golf course new for the first time,"
Teichert said. "They are going to have
to make some adjustments in their
own game to set up a good game plan
for themselves after their practice
The action will take place at the
Legends Golf Course. The course is
shorter than Michigan's, playing this
week as a par 72 with a distance 5;874
yards, Teichert thinks that this will
help the Wolverines.
"The golf course will set up very
good to our game," she said. "I think it
is a little bit easier than our golf course
here. It's a little bit flatter. It's a fairly
new golf course, so the trees aren't as
mature. We're going to look to hit our
shots down the fairway and make
some putts this week."
Teichert also commented on the
teams general attitude this year.
"We are looking to compete at the
highest level," Teichert said. "We
would like to win. If we don't win the

Who: Michigan at Women's Collegiate
When: 8 a.m today, 8 a.m. tomorrow
Latest: Kim Benedict, Laura Olin and Sarah
Kruer all finished in the top 15 of the Lady
Northern Invitational last weekend. Michigan
finished fourth overall.
tournament, then we would like to fin-
ish in the top three. That's one of our
goals for this whole year, to place in
the top three of our tournaments and
be as competitive as we possibly can.
"But with bringing four new players
to this golf course, we are looking at.
trying to set up our own game plans
and play within our game plans and do
the best we can."
The Wolverines are taking the same
six players who competed in the Lady
Northern. Kim Benedict, Laura Olin
and Sarah Kruer spots were secured
because of their play last week, while
Amy Schmucker, Stephanie Stasik and
Courtney Goebel all had strong show-
ings in qualifying to maintain their
places in the line-up and will round
out the line-up.
The field for the Shootout featured
16 teams, including Big Ten foes Illi-
nois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North-
western and Wisconsin. The.event will
be over 54 holes with 36 being played
today and 18 tomorrow.


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