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F ORE!
Michigan legend Bo Schembechler will host the
fourth annual Millie Schembechler Memorial Golf
Classic at the University Golf Course Monday. The
celebrity-laden event will raise money for research
into adrenal cancer, which took Millie's life in 1992.

SPORTS

Wednesday 13
July 3, 1996 i

Wolverine Gardner set to
run for Jamaica in Atlanta

By Will McCahill
Daily Sports Editor
Neil Gardner"s Olympic dreams were
almost tripped up by a hurdle.
Competing in the final round of the
Jamaican Olympic Trials last week, the
Michigan senior stumbled on the final
obstacle of the 400-meter hurdles.
"I almost fell," Gardner said, "but I
was able to hang on and finish third.'
In doing so, the Kingston native
grabbed a berth on the Jamaican
Olympic squad, and will represent his
country at the 1996 Summer fames,
which begin July 19 in Atlanta.
His qualifying time of 50.07 seconds
in the final heat was almost a second
slower than his personal best, and
Gardner said he has his work cut out for
him if he is to earn a place among the
world's elite.

'To win a medal, I'll have to be faster
than :48.1," Gardner said.
Gardner's personal-besttime current-
ly is :49.2.
"I should be ready (to run in the low
48-second range)." he said, "and if the
conditions are right.. probably even
faster."
Gardner, howmever, said tie's not so
sure if the elements will cooperate as ie
goes for the gold. With both the tem-
perature and humidity expected to
reach close to triple digits, things may
get sticky.
"I don't really like running in the
heat," Gardner said. "l'm not used to
working in that kind of climate."
Although the team is leaving
Saturdayto tramin m North Carolina,
where conditions will be akin to those
expected in Atlanta, Gardner said the

weather in his homeland hasn't helped
simulate the mugg G eorgia summer.
"Unfortunately, it's been relatively
cool here," he said, with temperatures in
the high 70s.
The hype for the Games in Jamaica
isn't quite sihat it is in the United
States., Gardner said, but a music video
is counted among the national efforts
supporting the teami.
Gardner himself, however, missed
out on being in the video because ie
was in Ann Arbor at the time.
Ie said t e is looking forward
immensely to marching in the Opening
Ceremonies with the Jamaican team.
"It's going to be unbelievable,
Gardner said.
I 'm buynmg a ness camera so I can
capture is much of the whole experi-
ence as possible

SPORT.S :- NF -.MAION PHOTO
Michigan senior Neil Gardner (left) will compete for his native country of Jamaica
I the 400-meter hurdles at this month's Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

NHL teams grab rights to 3 'M' pucksters in draft

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Edtor
You might have thought the icitg on
the cake for the 1995-96 Michinat
hockey team was winning the NCAA
championship in March.
* Well, add another laser of icing for
three Wolverines.
In the NHL Entry Draft ot June 22, a
trio of Michigan youngsters were select-

cd. capping off a dreiam-like season.
Defenseman Bubba Berenzweig was
picked in the fifth round (109th overall)
by the Ness York Islanders.
Right ving Sean Ritchlin was drafted
by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth
round (145th overall).
And in the ninth round (240th over-
all), right wing Justin Clark was select-
ed by the Stanley Cup champion

Colorado Avalanche.
All three players will ibe cntering their
sophomore seasons.
Berenzweig (6-loot, 195 poiuds)
scored four goals and added eight assists
playing in 42 of the Wolverines' 43
games last season, including all seven
playoff games. He said lie was frustrated
by not being picked earlier, but when he
displayed the Islander colors with team

representatives, it was a special
moment.
"It was a great feelinig wlen I put oi
that jersey," Berenzweig said. "I have
the jersey in my room right now."
Ritchlin (f-foot, 202 pounds) had
seven goals and seven assists in 27
games before he was sidelined for the
season with compartment syndrome in
his right thigh. He sustained the injury

in a Feb. 3 game against Ohio State.
"After the fourth round went by, I was
getting a little nervous," Ritchlin said.
"But it was great when I was picked
because not too many people have the
opportunity to play for a NIL train."
Clark (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) on]ly
played ini lI games for Michigan last
season. He scored a goal and had two
assists.

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