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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, June 7, 1983 - Page 15
Diemer wins steeplechase

By JEFF FAYE
It wasn't even close. The final of the
NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase went as
smoothly as possible for Michigan
senior Brian Diemer. According to
Wolverine assistant track coach Ron
Warhurst, Diemer just kept going
without looking back.
"After the last barrier, he just left
everyone else," Warhurst said. "He ran
away with it." Not only did Diemer win
going away, but he also set a Michigan
record for the event with a time of
8:26.95.
Diemer had finished second in his
qualifying heat with a clocking of
8:28.91, but Warhurst said it could have
been faster.
"He could have won the prelim, but
when he came over the water pit and
started to spring away from the pack, I
told him to slow down and save him-
self," Warhurst said. "He just jogged in
and let the other guy pass him.
"In the finals, he accelerated going
into the pit, came over it with the other
four (including defending champion
Gretzky
refuses
to forgive
Sm-ith

Richard Tunei) and sprinted away
from the pack. He accelerated very fast
and won it by two seconds."
Apparently, seeing Americans do
well inspired the crowd to cheer them
on, no matter where they went to
school. Diemer was cheered through
much of his upset victory. Warhurst ex-
plained, "The crowd loved it when the
Americans did well in the distance
races. They cheered for both Diemer
and Gerard Donakowski."
"Donakowski stayed with them
(Kenyans Shahanga and Bari of Texas-
El Paso) all the way, and after three-
and-a-half miles it was a three-man
race," said Warhurst. "They tried to
break him, but he kept coming back. He
lost it in the last two-and-a-half laps. He
just couldn'tadjust to the heat."
Donakowski's race was very similar
to that of Melanie Weaver of the
Michigan women's team. Weaver
finished the 10,000 meters in 33:06.70 to
earn third-place honors.
"She ran the best race of her life,"
said coach Francie Goodridge, "and
NEW YORK (AP) - Wayne Gretzky,
still haunted by Billy Smith's stick
swinging in the Stanley Cup finals, said
yesterday that although the National
Hockey League refuses to punish the
New York Islanders' goalie, "the good
Lord will take care of Mr. Smith."
Gretzky, whose Edmonton Oilers
were beaten in four games by the Islan-
ders, added, "Mr. Smith will get his one
day. The good Lord works in
mysterious ways."
OF SMITH'S stick swinging, Gretzky
said, "He's always done it, and he will
do it forever."
Gretzky did not argue with the un-
written rule that allows goalies to

took almost 50 seconds off her personal
record." In addition, Weaver set a new
Michigan record.
During the race itself, around the
midpoint three participants - in-
cluding Weaver - ran away from the

crowd. They switched leads many
times as they left the rest of the field
behind. Finally, with about 300 meters
to go, Weaver was out-kicked by Betty
Jo Springs of North Carolina State.
Shortly afterward, Lisa Larsen
crossed the line at the 33:38.70 mark,
good for sixth place. That time was the
second best in Wolverine history.
"Lisa was way back early on and
pulled up from the back with a good,
strong finish," said Goodridge.
Sue Frederick-Foster didn't do as
well as the Wolverines hoped, but
placed sixth in the 1,500 meters.
"She ran a tactically perfect race,"
explained Goodridge. "But the first 100
yards hurt her too much."
Other Wolverine results from the
Houston meet include Joyce Wilson's
12th-place finish in the 400 meters.
Joanna Bullard qualified for the finals
in the high jump but didn't clear the
opening height.
Diemer, Donakowski, Weaver, Lar-
sen and Frederick-Foster were named
All-America for finishing in the top six
in their respective events.
do that.' We should never have let that
happen. If we could go back to the
series, I think that's one thing we would
change."
Gretzky was the target of a stick
swing by Smith in the second game, and
after his protest to the officials, the
goalie was penalized.
Smith, commenting on Gretzky's
complaint, called the Oilers' center a
crybaby.
"I CONSIDER the source," Gret-
zky said Monday in reply.
Gretzky, who led the league with 71
goals during the 1982-83 season, failed
to score a goal in the final series in
which Smith held the Oilers to six goals
in four games.

Diemer

protect the area immediately in front of
the net.
"But once you get ouside that crease
and swing a stick, call an automatic
five minute penalty," he said.
THE OILERS' high-scoring star
traced his team's loss in the finals to an
incident in the first game when Smith
swung a stick at Glenn Anderson at the
side of the Islanders' goal.
Smith was assessed a two-minute
penalty, but Gretky said that was in-
sufficient, and should have triggered
immediate retaliation by the Oilers.
"Instead of talking about it in the
newspapers, we should have done it on-
the ice," he said.
HE SAID of Smith's tactic, "That
gave their bench a feeling that 'We can

Michigan Baseball Statistics

Hitting
AB R H 2B-3B-HR SB BB RBI AVG.

Name, Pos.
Chris Sabo, 3b .................
Rich Bair, c ...................
Barry Larkin, ss ...............
Jeff Jacobson, 2b ..............
Dan Disher, of-p ...............
Fred Erdmann, If ..............
Ken Hayward, Ib-p ............
Mike Watters, rf ...............
Chuck Froning, if-of ...........
Dale Sklar, cf..................
Casey Close, p-of ..............
C. J. Beshke,if .......
Jeff Minick, of ..........
Kurt Zimmerman, if-of ........
Dave Kopf, pidh ...............
Eric Sanders, C ................
Dan sygar, of ..................
Tim Karazim, p ...............
Scott Kamieniecki, p ...........
Mark Dadabbo. c ..............
MICHIGAN ...................
Opponents...................
Name
Jamie Piper ...................
Gary Wayne ...................
Ken Hayward .................
Scott Kamieniecki .............
Tim Karazim ..................
DaveKopf.....................
RichStoll......................
Casey Close ...................
Bill Shuta .....................
Dan Disher ....................
Dan Sygar .....................
MICHIGAN ...
Opponents .....................

G
56
54
54
56
38
46
56
52
47
49
43
33
19
18
22
18
45
20
13
8
56
56
G
9
14
5
12
20
13
15
13
10
5
S1
56

196 56
153 26
180 50
185 38
60 14
116 22
172 37
124 36
97 17
112 31
76 9
49 11
19 1
10 6
21 2
24 4
19 22
3 0
2 0
1 2
1644 406
1518 180

74
57
65
65
21
40
57
41
30
31
21
13
8
4
8
7
5
0
0
0
549
327

15-4-16
10-5-3
7-2-5
10-0-10
3-1-1
8-0-49
10-1-5
9-4-0
1-"-0
7-1-3
3-2-1
5-0-0
0-0-0
1-0-0
1-1-1
1-0-0
2-0-0
0-0-0
0-0-0
0-"-0
93-21-49
48-10-21

18
2
13
7
8
5
7
12
2
5
3
0
0
3
0
1
9
0
0
0
100
58

25 55 .378
9 35 .373
23 36 .361
21 60 .351
3 4 .350
25 29 .345
32 49 .331
33 26 .331
15 16 .309
9 13 .277
7 13 .276
8 9 .265
1 4 .421
5 2 .400
3 3 .381
3 2 .292
5 3 .263
0 0 .000
0 0 .000
0 0 .000
232 559 .344
241 162 .215

Pitching
SAV W-L IP H
1 3-0 17.3 7
1 7-2 68.3 54
0 2-0 8.7 5
0 5-0 48.3 54
7 4-1 46.0 40
2 9-0 68.7 61
1 11-2 78.3 76
0 5-1 50.3 35
0 3-0 21.0 12
0 0-1 6.7 8
0 0-0 0.0 1
12 49-7 415.0 327
3 7-49 394.3 549

R/E
3/3
25/14
2/2
17/14
23/16
33/25
35/30
23/20
13/12
5/5
1/0
186/142
406/327

BB
15
28
3
34
19
37
23
47
233
9
3
241
233

So
49
4
41
29
39
40
31
16
6
0
263
16

ERA
1.56
1.84
2.07
2.61
3.13
3.28
3.45
3.58
5.14
6.72
00
3.09
7.46

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