The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 1, 2004 - 9B
Harriers conquer Big Ten
By Katie Niemeyer
Daily Sports Writer
Coming around the final turn at the Big Ten women's
cross country championships, Michigan freshman Aly-
son Kohlmeier and her senior teammate Andrea Parker
were running just behind Michigan State's Katie Kelly.
But with 400 meters to go, Kohlmeier made her move.
"With one kilometer left, I knew that I had to start
moving up," Kohlmeier said. "I knew Michigan State
was a good team that we needed to beat, and every spot
counts, so I was really focusing on beating (Kelly) over
the last kilometer."
Kohlmeier's move into seventh place towards the
end of the race was indicative of the team performance
as a whole. Junior Katie Erdman (who finished 11th)
passed five or six people in the last quarter-mile, and
senior Theresa Feldkamp (who finished 16th) passed
a few in the home stretch, as well, to pick up an extra
10-point cushion and help Michigan succeed in a sea-
son-long goal of a Big Ten three-peat. With 45 points,
Michigan finished first, 40 points ahead of Michigan
State and Illinois who tied for second.
By overtaking Kelly, Kohlmeier (21:19) stole the
final spot on the first-team All-Big Ten team, joining
junior teammate Rebecca Walter, who placed second
with a time of 20:53.
As the defending Big Ten Champion, Walter was
a little disappointed with a second-place finish. She
had faced the new Big Ten champion, Michigan State
freshman Dannette Doetzel, three times before and
had beaten her twice, but Doetzel came out on top
"I think I was ready for this race," Walter said. "It
started off according to plan, but Dannette just had a
lot in her today. She had a strong finish."
Walter held her ground for the majority of the race.
It was neck-and-neck for the first five kilometers, and,
between the fpurth and fifth kilometers, Walter tried
to put some distance between herself and Doetzel. But
Doetzel wouldn't quit. With about 800 meters to go in
the race, Doetzel made her final move and Walter just
couldn't hang on.
Three Wolverines finished in the top-10, including
Walter, Kohlmeier and fifth-year senior Andrea Parker
- who finished ninth in 21:30. Parker and Kohlmeier
finished 11 seconds apart after racing together for the
first five kilometers.
"Our strategy is always to run with a teammate as
much as possible," Kohlmeier said. "There are parts in
a race where you might lose your concentration, you're
not as mentally tough. But when your teammate's right
beside you working just as hard, it keeps you going.
That's what our team's strength is, the fact that we're
all so close together in talent."
Coach Mike McGuire was happy with the end result,
but there seemed to be something missing for the Wol-
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Senior Andrea Parker ran with freshman Alyson Kohimeler
most of the race and helped Michigan win the Big Ten.
"We were happy to defend our title," McGuire said.
"Big Ten Championships don't come easy, so we're
proud of what we've accomplished. I thought we com-
peted really well and hard, but I didn't think we looked
especially sharp. Everybody looked a little bit flat."
Walter agreed that the team lacked something at the
Big Ten Championship, but she believes that anything
missing came from being tired - there was no lack of
"Our team really stepped up and ran a gutsy race,"
Walter said. "We felt like we'd been training pretty
hard and didn't quite have our legs ready, but the effort
was definitely there - 100 percent."
Walter believes that, with continued training and
maintained focus, the Big Ten champions will be 100-
percent ready for the NCAA Championship in Terre
Haute, Ind., on"Nov. 22.
lHe's Getting the Job Done...
Parks & Environment
Injuries plague 'M' at Big Tens
By Jack Herman
Daily Sports Writer
After the beginning of the sea-
son, the Michigan men's cross coun-
try team had high hopes. But after
three of its top six runners suffered
injuries, the Wolverines can only
wonder what might have been.
No. 7 Michigan finished in a dis-
appointing fifth place out of 10 in
the Big Ten Championships at the
Ashton Cross Country Course in
Michigan finished with a total of
125 points, just one point behind Min-
nesota. No. 1 Wisconsin won the event
for the fifth time in a row, defeating
runner-up Indiana by 81 points.
"You're always really disappoint-
ed when you get fifth in a meet,"
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst said.
"But the sun is still going to rise
The injuries were a huge disap-
pointment for Michigan. Up until
junior Nick Willis injured his leg
last week, Michigan was predicted
to finish second overall. Willis had
run just once this year - finishing
third overall in NCAA Pre-Nationals
- because he was recovering from
his performance at the Olympics.
Michigan was also without fresh-
man Victor Gras and junior Andrew
Ellerton because of injuries. Both
only competed once this year for
the Wolverines. Warhurst was par-
ticularly disappointed to be with-
out Ellerton, who he described as
an "unknown quantity" because he
cracked the four-minute mile bar-
rier in track last spring.
"We were basically missing three
out of our top six runners," Warhurst
said. "But that's the nature of the
sport. That was 30 or 32 points right
there. We would have been second
- where were predicted to be."
Senior Nate Brannen - runner-
up in the event last year - led the
team, finishing fifth overall with a
time of 24:16. Brannen, who was
running in the last Big Ten Champi-
onship of his career, was not satis-
fied with his performance.
"I'm a little disappointed," Brannen
said. "It's my senior year,-and I really
wanted to come out with the win,"
Freshman Michael Woods was
the next Michigan runner to score,
placing 23rd overall with a time of
24:54. Senior Jonathan Kieliszak
(30th place with a time of 25:05),
senior Matt Mulvaney (31st place
running the race in 25:06) and
sophomore Andrew Bauer (36th
place with a time of 25:11) rounded
out the top five finishers for the
Although Warhurst was impressed
with the performances of Mulvaney
and Bauer - who earned his spot
on Michigan's Big Ten Champion-
ship team last week with a first-
place finish in the EMU Classic
- he felt no runner really stood out
of the pack.
"Our top five runners ran ade-
quate," Warhurst said. "Nobody
was a superstar, that's for sure."
The next race for the Wolver-
ines will be the NCAA Great Lakes
regional in Ypsilanti on Nov. 13.
Warhurst believes the team will
have to be in the top six or seven
overall if it hopes to advance to
the NCAA Championships in Terre
Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22.
Warhurst is unsure how he
expects the team to finish in the
regional, and if it qualifies, the
"We had high expectations earli-
er in the year," Warhurst said. "We
still have expectations now, but I'm
not sure how high they are."
Ann Arbor's parks are the jewels in our quality of life. In
recognition of his advocacy and support, Mayor Hieftje was
voted 2004 local Elected Official of the Year by the
Michigan Parks and Recreation Association.
Mayor Hieftje was the winner of the Greater Detroit Audubon
Society's 2004 Conservation Leadership Award.
Ann Arbor was named the Sixth Best City To Live In by
Cities Ranked and Rated, a comprehensive study of more
than 400 North American cities.
John led the effort to reduce the city bureaucracy by nearly
20% for a savings of $8.5 million per year. This enabled
the city to continue investing in critical infrastructure projects
like the Broadway bridges, despite drastic cuts in state
revenue sharing and soaring health care costs.
"John has been a strong and effective leader for our city.
Hie is tough-minded and has brought greater efficiency
and cost consciousness to city government to ensure our
tax dollars are used wisely. I look forward to John' s continued.
enlightened, progressive and responsible leadership of
B B. Joseph White, Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute'
and former Dean, University of Michigan Business School
Open Space & Transportation
Mayor ieftje's leadership of the Greenbelt ballot initiative was
an environmental milestone. He fought the developers to push
this through. This program will preserve open space and
enable farming to survive in Washtenaw County.
"John has done great things for the environment, parks and
open space. His transportation policies are the best in the
state. He has put in motion an aggressive plan to reduce
automotive pollution and congestion and to position Ann Arbor
as a national leader in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure."
M Mike Garfield, Environmental Activist and Chair of the
Greenbelt Advisory Commission
Freshman Mike Woods placed 23rd
overall at the Big Ten Championships.
Michigan finished a disappointing fifth.
M MEN'S GOLF
Blue's best good for just 10th
By Chastity Rolling
Daily Sports Writer
Although the Michigan men's golf team shot a sea-
son-best score of 879, it was still not good enough.
The Wolverines finished 10th out of 12 at the Landfall
Tradition at the Country Club of Landfall, in Wilm-
ington, N.C. Despite the low ranking, coach Andrew
Sapp feels that was a great way to finish off the fall
"It is exciting to see (the team place a season-best
score)," Sapp said. "But it is also frustrating to see
how well we are capable of playing. We gave a lot
b of shots away on the final two holes ... a lot strokes.
a real hard time getting used to and reading the greens.
I lipped out so many putts throughout the weekend. But
I knew it would come sooner or later, and it did in the
Sapp feels that Vozza has improved both on and. off
the course during this fall season.
"(Vozza) has really stepped up his game," Sapp said.
"He is so willing to work on his game, and this fall
has helped in his confidence. He would be the first to
admit that there have been times he could have played
better, but he still continues to lead us."
Michigan's fifth-year senior Rob Tighe, sophomore
Kevin Dore and freshman Brian Ottenweller finished
with scores of 221, 222 and 226, respectively.