n_ _ _ _ _ _Wednesday, May 17,1995 - The Michigan Daily,-1
Michigan prepares for Big Tens
j Monica Polakov Michigan will be fighting for a top ball player Tyrone Wheatley, who run
)aily Sports Writer spot along with favorite Wisconsin as the sprints and hurdles, to help their team
The Michigan men's track and field well as Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and attain a strong finish. "
eam is preparing for the Big Ten Chain- Ohio State. The Wolverines expect a Gardner looks to place in the top three
ionships, May 20-21 in Minneapolis. strong performance from their top dis- in the 110 and 400 hurdles and feels he is a
The Wolverines look to place some- tance runners Kevin Sullivan and Scott definite contender forfirstplace.This week
where in the top five. MacDonald. he is mentally preparing for the meet.
"It's going to be a very, very intense MacDonald, who had knee surgery "I'mjust trying to feelhow I did when
:ompetition," said junior Neil Gardner. this year, hopes to place in the top three I was last dominant,"Gardner said. "Icom-
'There is no clear-cut winner so it should after a strong performance last year. pete my best when I'm confident."
>e close." Sullivan is aiming for a double victory in The Wolverines are preparing for
i Coach Jack Harvey agrees, "If we the 1500-meter and 800. next weekend by keeping in shape and
save a perfect meet, we'll be there in first In addition, the Wolverines count on then giving themselves a rest. "We're
place." Neil Gardner and former Michigan foot- taking it easy this week," MacDonald
said. "We've been training hard all year
so we should have a strong showing."
The squad will also be living to-
gether, which should enable them to per-
form their best. The Big Ten Champion-
ship is the most important team event
and the last meet of the season for many
of the athletes, so the Wolverines are de-
termined to give their best effort.
&i "We need to score points in all of our
events - guys like Kevin (Sullivan)
Neil (Gardner), myself, Tyrone
(Wheatley) and Ian Forsyth,
MacDonald stressed that for the dif- +
ference between first place and a middle-
of-the-pack finish for the Wolverines
Swill be getting runners to score needed Fi PHOTO/De
points in seventh and eighth places. The Wolverines will have to overcome key injuries to win the Big Ten title.
Women's team hampered by injuries
By Monica Polakov Monika Black in the high jump. Tearza ful stuff," said Jayna Griener, who com
Daily Sports Writer Johnson looks to place high in the 200- petes in discus and shot put.
The Michigan women's track and meter and Karen Harvey could be in the "I hope everyone comes away happ
field team is optimistic. Despite the loss top three in the 800, 1500 and 3000. and has a good race," Harvey said.
of three of the team's significant athletes For Harvey, this meet is especially
to injury, the Wolverines are confident important because this is her last year.
they will place in the top three at the Big "It's going to be hard for me to win be-
Ten Championships in Minneapolis this cause (last year's) NCAA Champion is in ORK TO N
weekend. my race," Harvey said. "I definitely want a
Last year, Michigan won the Big Ten top two finish in the 1500 and 3000." GOLF CENTER
Championship in the indoor and outdoor Michigan needs top performances
events. because it faces tough competition from DRIVING RANGE
Courtney Babcock, Deanna and Illinois and Wisconsin. Henry is getting
Pauline Arnell, and Eileen Fleck will all the team mentally prepared and letting MIN4 GOLF
be unable to compete. them relax before this competition.
The loss of these four Wolverines "Coach Henry encourages us
will probably cost Michigan about 50 Longe said. "He does not pressure us. He * S 5 MINUTES
points. However, coach James Hetnry is motivates us ad is always positive." - OT
still confident in his team "IHty i (t e team) thatis is a meet to OF SO 9
; "We're still capable of scoring be- do personal bests," Henry said. "If the AT U.S. 23
1_0 ., sween 75 and 100 points," Benr said. tem does it's best, we should do well."
"That should put us in the top three." This w e theWolverines are practic- WILLIS RD.
_ _The Wolverines are expecting a ing lightly and relaxing forthe big meet.
FiE PHOTO/Daily strong performance from Tania Longe in "We're tapering and really working
Michigan's Kevin Sullivan will be looking for another Big Ten championship. the heptathlon and long jump and areas of technique-quickness and power- 429-3691
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