Page 16 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, May 23, 1986
Tracksters break to Big Ten tourney
By EMILY BRIDGHAM
After a bit of fun last weekend in the Wolver-
ines' alumni-filled Paddock Invitational, both
the men's and women's track teams will head
to the Big Ten Championships this weekend in
Madison, Wisc. Last minute injuries and
recoveries for both squads leaves the picture
unclear as to how either team will fare in the
highly competitive contest.
Distancer Chris Brewster has been red-
shirted after an attempt to recover from an in-
jury earlier this season. He will run a full
season next year, but leaves a gap in the
distance field for the men's team.
THE TEAM will turn to Jonn Scherer recor-
ded 14:24.75 in the 5000 meters and was never
too far off Brewster's tail. Schmidt likewise
clocked in respectable times in both the 3000
meters and the 3000-meter steeplechase, where
he leads the team. Schmidt earned his best
time of 9:01.9 last weekend while running
against former Wolverine Brian Deimer, who
took the event.
Over the hurdles for Michigan, there is little
doubt that Thomas Wilcher will not clean up in
the 110-meter high hurdles after winning the
NCAA 55-meter hurdles last March. The
Detroit runner, who doubles as a running back
on the football team, holds the school record at
The tandem of Todd Steverson and Omar
Davidson will run the 400-meter and 200-meter
events for the squad. Both earned All-
American honors last March in the 1600-meter
THE TWO JUMPERS on the squad, back for
the Big Tens after injuries just three weeks
ago, will each test out their form in Wisconsin
after not competing in any recent events.
Butch Starmack, the walk-on triple jumper
who has cranked out the footage, sprung 48-11
this year. Starmack, along with Scott
Crawford, will support the jumping events.
Distance is where it's at for the women's
squad, with all three 1984 and 1985 All-
Americans contained in this group.
SENIORS Sue Schroeder and Cathy Schmidt
ought to crank out some top finishes at Wiscon-
sin after placing high last year in their top
events. Schroeder collected a pair of top
finishes, taking second in the 5000 meters and
third in the 3000 meters. Schmidt also came
through to grab second in the 1500 meters.
Kelli Bert and Melissa Thompson, two other
distance contenders, have shown enormous
improvement over the past few years, accor-
ding to coach James Henry. Bert ran a 2:14.2
earlier this season in the 800 meters and Thom-
pson a 2:14.39 last weekend at Ferry Field.
Thompson holds All-American honors in this
Another hot contender in the 800 meters is
senior Joyce Wilson, who ran 2:11.42 in the 800
to lead the team. She captured the Big Ten
crown in the 400 in 1983 and is still proving her
versatility on the team today.
WILSON, together with teammates Debra
Bradley, Schroeder, and Schmidt, was part of
the world-record setting distance medley of
1985, which ran a 11:08.8. With this quartet of
upperclasswomen still hoofing it for the
Wolverines, coach Henry is optimistic about
"The success will lie with the performance of
our seniors," said Henry. "We learned the hard
way that everything, good or bad, must be
taken in a positive manner. We've got a win-
ning attitude; the pressure is off and we're
going to prove that determination and effort
can pay off."
Bradley, the only junior among the dynamic
relay team, will help fill the middle distances
for the Wolverines in Wisconsin.
Struggling golfers end up in the cellar
By PAUL DODD Ann Arbor native Pete Savarino, the weekend, where a tenth place finish
After entering their spring season second of the squad's three would have been the ultimate
with high aspirations, the men's golf graduating seniors. disaster.
team finished out a dismal schedule SAVARINO'S play seemed to
last weekend, tying for ninth at the mirror that of his teammates, as he COACH JIM Carras,. went through
Big Ten championships in East Lan- scored well in fall competition, but the season flustered and frustrated,
sing. had his game fall apart on him once as did his players. After a horrendous
The Wolverines concluded the the spring schedule started. showing at the Northern Inter-
three-day, 72-hole event at 1,227, At the Butler National Tournament collegiate Tournament in Columbus
leaving them in the basement with in Chicago last fall, the Wolverines two weeks ago, Carras promised to
Minnesota, 68 shots behind league were eighth in a strong field. They shake up the lineup before the Big
champion Ohio State. It was the fifth then took second at a Michigan State- Tens rolled around.
consecutive title for the Buckeyes, hosted event, and looked to be a force This shake-up came in the form of a
their tenth crown in the last 11 years. to be reckoned with in Big Ten play. re-qualifying tournament, even for
RANKED third after their fall tour- Inconsistency and a lack of con- players such as Savarino and West-
naments in a district that included the fidence set in, however, and the fall, who had played the entire season.
Big Ten and Mid-American conferen- Wolverine's bright outlook blew up Any player who was to compete at the ~
ces, as well as Notre Dame and like an explosion shot from a green- Big Tens had to earn his spot.
schools from Kentucky and Ten- side bunker. Senior John Codere was the -
nessee, the Wolverines looked to be UNLIKE THE TEAM, Savarino beneficiary of the intrasquad qualifier
possible contenders in spring com- came out of the gate well, finishing and was given the opportunity to play
petition. 12th individually at the South Florida his first varsity match at the Forest
Things started going bad early into Invitational and taking fifth at the Akers Golf Course at Michigan State
the spring season, though, as senior Purdue Invitational. That was where last weekend.
Chris Westfall, the team's top player, the success came to a screeching halt
was out of action for two meets with for the Pioneer High grad and the THE WOLVERINES' woes began at
an injured ankle. Michigan golfers. the Marshall Invitational in Hun-
"Losing Chris hurt us, but it was "No one really played bad this tington, W. Va., on the second
only for two tournaments and you spring; it was just that everyone weekend in April. Out of the six
have to live with those things," said struggled," Savarino said. "After Michigan players over the three days
Purdue, we lost our confidence and of the event, only two rounds under 80
couldn't seem to get it back." were posted, leaving the Wolverines
For the remainder of the spring well back in the pack.
tour, the Wolverines battled their Week after week the habit of high
games, individually and collectively, scores and low finishes repeated it-
b hut could place no better than tenth in self, culminating in East Lansing last -sports information
any of their matches, until last weekend. Although neither Savarino
nor Westfall played to their potential
for the better part of the schedule, An ankle injury to Michigan's Chris Westfall helped lead to the tea
college golf is a team sport and it downfall this spring.
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out of NCAA Tourney
Special to the Daily against Stanford's Dan Goldie, 7-6.
ATHENS, Ga. - Michigan fresh- But Goldie, the number-three player
man Dan Goldberg was forced out of on the nation's number-one team, took
the NCAA Tennis Championship the second set, 6-1.
yesterday because of an injured Goldberg won his opening-round
ankle. match Wednesday, defeating Ten-
In his second-round match yester- nessee's Shelby Cannon, 6-7,6-3,6-2.
day, Goldberg was up 1-0 in the third Goldberg, who was 9-1 in the Big
set before his ankle gave out. He was Ten as. Michigan's number-one
unable to continue. singles player, finished the year at 13-
Goldberg had won the first set 5.