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Tuesday
November 25, 2003
www.michigandaily.com
sports@michigandaily.com

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'M' women nail
down program's
* second-best finish
By Anne Ulble
Daily Sports Writer

unning do
a dream ..

The Michigan women's cross country team had
a lot to live up to after its 2002 season.
The Wolverines earned the Big Ten title, coach
Mike McGuire was named Big Ten Coach of the
Year and the team finished 15th at the NCAA
Championships.
But this year Michigan went above and
beyond.
The Wolverines ended their season yesterday
by finishing fourth overall at the NCAA Champi-
onships and became the second team in school
history to place within the top five.
"We went from being ranked 22nd in the
nation at the start of the season, to finishing
fourth overall," sophomore Rebecca Walter said.
"I'd say that we definitely achieved all of the
goals we set at the beginning of the season."
The Wolverines started off the 2003 season
with a rocky start at the Roy Griak Invitational,
where they placed 10th, but made a quick come-
back by finishing fourth at the NCAA Pre-
Nationals.
Last month the team was able to successfully
defend its Big Ten title, with Walter finishing
first in the race and being named Big Ten Athlete
of the Year.
McGuire was again named Coach of the Year.
The Wolverines accomplished more in this sea-
son than they have since 1994, when they fin-
ished second at the NCAA Championships.
Favorite Stanford stole the title from defending
champion Brigham Young by a small eight-point
margin. Providence finished in third place with
222 points, and Michigan followed with a score
of 232.
Walter and senior Jessie Allen-Young led the
See WOMEN, Page 8
the michigan daily

Brannen, Willis
land men a top-
10 spot as well
By Phil Kofahl
Daily Sports Writer
WATERLOO, Iowa - "It was rough, it was
tough."
Few words could explain the disappointment
felt by fifth-year senior captain Nick Stanko.
The Michigan men's cross country team wanted
more yesterday at the NCAA Cross Country
Championships, held at the Irv Warren Golf
course in Waterloo, Iowa.
The Wolverines arrived ranked fifth in the
nation, hoping for a top-four finish. But when
the dust settled, Michigan finished a very
respectable ninth place. A top-10 national finish
seems remarkable, but the expectations were so
much higher.
The weather didn't help much either. The tem-
perature in Waterloo right before racetime was
18 degrees, and the windchill dipped into the
single digits. The course had rolling hills and
was frozen solid. The Wolverines experienced
strong head and tail winds throughout the
course, making it difficult to control body tem-
peratures.
Junior Nate Brannen led Michigan across the
finish line in 17th place, his second All-Ameri-
can finish in as many years. Sophomore Nick
Willis was just eight-tenths of a second behind
in 18th place, also his second All-American
finish.
"The pace worked out perfect for us," Willis
said. "We sat right where we needed to, and we
just cruised in."
Unfortunately, everyone couldn't reach the
awards stage yesterday.
Senior Tom Greenless, who finished in 97th
place, left the race course drained and speech-
less, on the verge of tears. He came into the race
See MEN, Page 8

There's

to clean up in sports

PHOTOS BY DAVID TUMAN/Daily
Top: Sophomore Rebecca Walter led the Wolverines to
their best NCAA finish since 1994.
Bottom: Nate Brannen finished 17th, becoming an All-
American for the second straight year.

KYLE O'NEILL
The Daily Janitor
e"' football is over ... at
fgleast until Thanksgiving. So I
VTfigured this was as good of a
time as any to get away from that
whole pigskin thing and get back to
what I love: janitorial duties.
That's right, your Daily Janitor is
back, even though I'm pretty sure none
of you knew I was gone.
Either way, I'm here to clean up the
messes in this world that you have. But
until you send me your problems with
the sports world or University world,
I'm just going to clean up my own
piles of trash around me.
And with that ...
I. Anna Kournikova is planning
a comeback.
That's great, she's having her first
Michael Jordan before she reaches the
age of25.
But seriously, I'm happy for her
from an actual tennis perspective.
While all the attention has been on
her looks and how she is using Enrique
Englesias to make the NHL jealous,
there is that underlying fact that she is
a good tennis player.
She's called, "Zippy Chippy"
because she has never won a singles
title, and most consider her a model
before an actual tennis player. In reali-
ty, she was once eighth in the world,
has won multiple Grand Slam doubles-
titles and, if not for nagging ankle and
back injuries, she would still be on tour
with the Women's Tennis Association
drawing massive crowds of horny
males across the nation.
At this point I'm getting this weird
vibe that my female readers are ready
to call me a stereotypical male pig or

plenty of trash

something a little worse. But I, like a
few other columnists (even female
ones) around the nation, believe that
Anna-mania isn't as bad as feminists
would think.
She should actually be a role model
for little girls (I know she was once
one in Russia - hence the recent
increase of James Bond-girl look-a-
likes that have invaded the WTA). I
only say "role model" because, in
terms of sex appeal, Anna is the only
one actually living a healthy enough
lifestyle to be emulated by the young
female population of these United
States.
She isn't starving herself to look
thin. Comparing her to TV-beautiful
women is pointless, as she doesn't
even come close to the half of the
women on television. But, her sexuali-
ty was made by her own discipline to
hard work, something that any girl
should follow. Now I'm not saying
girls should emulate Anna entirely.
What makes her so appealing isn't the
way her face looks or what bra she is
modeling, but that she has taken care
of her body in such a natural way and
how she actually has muscle definition
instead of bone-sized arms and legs.
Athleticism is sexy, and so is the
prospect of an unranked-Kournikova
Wimbledon title in 2004.
2. Get off Neal Taylor's back.
Taylor is a high school football
coach at Southeast High in Spring-
field, Ill. He had a quarterback, Nate
Haasis, within striking distance of a
conference record for passing yards.
With Haasis' final game nearly over,
Taylor made an agreement with the
opposing team's coach that Haasis
would be allowed to complete the
record-setting pass. Within the week
after the game was completed, Haasis
petitioned the conference to take away
that passing record, as he felt it was
very unfair to the previous record set-
ter (an unbelievable noble act for
someone of Haasis' age).
But after the record was taken away,
See O'NEILL, Page 8

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