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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 14, 1982-Page 19
'M' OPENS BIG TEN MEET
lead women cksters

By RON POLLACK "Melanie Weaver is definitely the favorite for the good competition in the 1,500- and 800-meters an
While Michigan track coach Francie Goodridge 10,000 meters," said Goodridge. "And there's no one should place in the top three," said Goodridge
concedes that her squad will not be favored at the even close to Penny Neer in the discus." Neer set the "Joanna Bullard, who won the high jump in the i
outdoor Big Ten Championships to be held in Cham- Michigan outdoor record for the discus this season doors, is favored to also win in the outdoors. We ma
paign, Ill. today and tomorrow, she maintains that a with a toss of 183'4". She also set th'e Wolverine out- surprise some people in the heptathalon wher
number of her athletes are anything but out of the, door record this year in the shot put with a throw of Melody Middleton has been coming along."
running for individual titles. 47'4". Frederick's best times in the 1,500- and 800-meter
"Team-wise, Michigan State is still the favorite WEAVER WILL also be participating in the 5,000- this season have been 4:22.05 and 2:08.1, respectively
even though Wisconsin edged them in the indoors," meter run. Although Weaver had her difficulties at Her time in the 1,500-meters set a new Michigan ou
she said. "I still hope we can place them in the top 5,000-meters earlier in the year, Goodridge says the door record. Bullard's best jump of the season ha
three. junior is now running better at this distance. been 5'9 " while Middleton's highest point output i
"WE'LL PICK UP a few (individual) champion- "Melanie is coming back in the 5,000-meters and the heptathalon this year is 4,745.
ships, I don't doubt it. We've been real lucky this year she should do well as long as the 10,000-meters doesn't After the Big Ten meet, the Wolverines' onl
injury-wise. Everyone's healthy and I'm optimistic tire her out," said Goodridge. remaining competition will be the AAIW's to be hel
about this weekend." Other performers singled out as title contenders by May 26-29. Distance runner Lisa Larsen, Nee
Two of Michigan's best chances for first-place Goodridge include Sue Frederick, Joanna Bullard Weaver and Frederick have all already qualified fo
finishes will come in the 10,000 meters and the discus. and Melody Middleton. "Sue Frederick will have the AAIW's.
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