Michigan hockey star Brendan
Morrison, softball pitcher Kelly
Holmes and swimmer Ann
Kampfe were named Michigan
athletes of the year Monday.
June 11, 199713
'M' football scarred by departure of Bowens
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
Last Friday, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr told The
OP etroit News that star defensive end David Bowens
will not return to the Michigan football team.
The newspaper also reported Sunday that
Bowens will not return to the University in the fall.
Carr was unavailable for comment.
In just two years at Michigan, Bowens left an
indelible impression on opposing quarterbacks.
Last season, he totaled a team-record 12 sacks
while starting every game except against Indiana.
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established Bowens as one of Michigan's premiere
defensive players. In the
Outback Bowl on New Year's
Day, Bowens secured the
record with a sack just before,
Bowens, a 6-foot-3, 236-
pound linebacker, made 68
tackles to place among the
team leaders - as a sopho-
The remarkable achieve-
ments of this breakthrough Bowens
season were primarily due to a position change.
Former defensive coordinator Greg Mattison,
now an assistant at Notre Dame, moved Bowens to
defensive end from linebacker.
He did not participate in spring practice or the
spring game for disciplinary reasons.
His junior season was loaded with potential -
potential that will gone unfulfilled.
The next step for Bowens is unclear. He cannot
apply for the NFL Fraft until next spring, so the
most likely option will be for Bowens to enroll at
another school and sit out a season under current
Bowens is presently weighing his options.
"Nothing has been confirmed," Bowens' mother
said. "That's still a private matter at this point."
As for Bowens himself, he could not be reached
After tallying three sacks against Minnesota last
fall, Bowens was optimistic about what the future
held for him.
"I'm no veteran," he said at the time. "I'm still a
He has hardly aged in the past seven months.
Unfortunately for Michigan, his youth will be
exhibited somewhere other than Ann Arbor.
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cut at U.S.
By Sharat RaJu
Daily Sports Editor
* During the basketball season,
Michigan guard Stacey Thomas invoked
fear in the hearts of the opposition.
As a freshman last season, her quick
hands and tenacious defense helped her
lead the Wolverines in steals and rank
second in both scoring and rebounding.
Her innate ath-
leticism earned her
the 1997 Big Ten
freshman of the
ear award, nation-
- and an opportu-
nity to tryout for
the 1997 United
junior national bas-
ketball team. Thomas
Thomas was not selected from the field
of 29 who tried out over the weekend.
*Twelve players were selected to compete
for the team that travels around the
world in various tournaments, but the
Michigan guard wasn't one of them.
"I definitely feel fortunate that I got
opportunity to try out," Thomas said.
The 5-foot-10 guard was at a slight
disadvantage because 11 of last year's
12 members were returning players. But
Thomas, selected as an alternate,
"The experience will help tremen-
dously in the future," Thomas said. "I'm
glad I got the chance to play against top
The Flint native was a big part of the
Wolverines in her freshman year. She
helped drive Michigan to its best season
in recent memory -sixth in the confer-
ence (7-9, 15-10).
'It's quite an honor just to be invited,'
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "She
is against the best kids in the country, and
*he can see where she fits in.
"It's good for our program that we
have a caliber player like that at
Michigan. She's a future pro."
1997 NCAA Championships,
Bloomington, June 47
Sullivan takes 2nd while Gardner fails to re
By Chris Farah
Daily Sports Editor
Kevin Sullivan's injury could have
done many things.
The bursitis behind his achilles could
have put an end to the career of the
Michigan distance runner - the latest
in a string of injuries, his bad luck would
have been enough to frustrate Gandhi.
It also could have simply slowed the
redshirt junior down. Injury can ruin the
best athlete, detracting not only from
physical prowess but from confidence in
one's abilities as well.
Sullivan allowed his injury to accom-
plish none of these things.
Instead, Sullivan did the accomplish-
ing - finishing second in the 1,500-
meter run at the NCAA championship
meet, which took place June 4-7 in
Sullivan clocked a time of 3:40.70, a
season-best time for the 1995 NCAA
1,500 champion. He lost to Arkansas'
Seneca Lassiter by only .48 seconds -
a feat all the more impressive consider-
ing his post-injury training amounted to
"When Seneca moved on me with 50
meters to go, I tried to respond,"
Sullivan said. "After a few meters my
legs gave out on me, and I stumbled and
just tried to get across the line. With
three more weeks of training, I will be
really hard to beat."
The other Michigan men's standout
performance came from sophomore
John Mortimer. Mortimer, who was
seeded ninth going into the national
meet, finished third in the 3,000 steeple-
"I was definitely happy with it,"
Mortimer said. "I was ranked ninth, so
to come in third overall was an accom-
plishment. (Being ranked ninth) maybe
took some pressure off, as far not being
one of the top guys that everyone looked
to, so I snuck in there."
A week and a half earlier, Mortimer
easily won the steeplechase at the Big
Ten championships. That was without
facing Wisconsin's Pascal Dobert, how-
ever. Dobert, who chose not to compete
in the steeplechase at Big Tens, won the
NCAA championship with a time of
8:31.68 - exactly six seconds better
Unfortunately it was here, where it cost
- the team points?'
The NCAAs also marked a
time of mixed success for the
Michigan women's team.
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>rtimer's NCAA forced to
f 8:37.68, a;represent the Michigan distance
best for r -.M crew alone, as teammate Marcy
r. f Akard sat out at NCAAs due to
the 2a stress fracture of her left fibu-
la. McGregor came through in
weren't strong fashion -especially con-
e n t i r e 1 y sidering that she ran her event,
ul for the the 5,000, for only the third
n men's team. time this year. McGregor fin-
r Neil Gardner, ished eighth with a time of
tding national 4./' 16:16.05, beating her previous
)n in the 400-S/J career-best time by more than 13
curdles, man- seconds.
nly a sixth After no-heighting in last year's
n this year's outdoor NCAAs, sophomore Nicole
:les with a time v:?Forrester finally lived up to her own
i - slower than his expectations, placing fourth with a
Il time of 48.18, which height of 6-foot 1/2.
ave tied him for third in "I'm satisfied," Forrester said.
s. Gardner also competed "The last time at nationals I didn't do
10 hurdles but failed to anything even close to what I
or the final heat. could've done?'
It good before the race," UCLA's Amy Acuff took second
said. "My game plan was to place with a jump of 6-2 3/4 - a
an after the seventh hurdle. a # height Forrester reached at the Penn
e eight hurdle, I knew I did- Relays earlier this season. Forrester
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