Monday, May 10, 1999 - The Michigan Day --15
Wolverines 'tune-up' at Phil Diamond
Men's track dominates invitational in preparation for Big Ten championships
By Chris Langrill
Daily Sports Writer
The Big Ten Championships are only two
short weeks away - that's what seems to be
on the collective mind of the Michigan
men's track and field team. When asked
how they felt about individual perfor-
mances and wins at yesterday's Phil
Diamond Quad at Michigan's Ferry Field,
coaches' and athletes' responses were short
and to the point.
"This was a good tune up.
"We're looking for our best results now."
"The guys are coming together."
Stock quotes? Yes. But in the case of this
year's Michigan team, they seem to hold
The Diamond meet, Michigan's first
home engagement after more than a month-
long road trip, saw the Wolverines defeat
squads from Ohio State, Penn State and
Michigan finished with 208 points, while
Penn State, the closest competitor at the
scored event, ended up with 175.
The results showed just how prepared the
Wolverines are for the upcoming Big Tens,
which will be held in West Lafayette, start-
ing May 21.
Junior distance runners Steve Lawrence
and Jay Cantin both won events and fin-
ished second in two others; Cantin took the
1,500-meter run (3:47.51) with Lawrence
finishing right behind him at 3:49.17.
Cantin placed second (1:51.23) in the 800
behind .1999's 800 indoor national champi-
on, Missouri star Derrik Peterson (1:48.46).
Lawrence then finished out the day with a
win in the 3,000 (8:21.08).
Did running against a national champion
in the 800 give Cantin any added incentive
"I just wanted to be close and finish
hard," Cantin said. "You never know what
can happen --it just depends on how a run-
ner feels on a given day."
Another hint that the Wolverines are
"coming together" at the right time can be
gleaned from the performances of its less
experienced runners. Freshmen Derek
Applewhite, Ike Okenwa and Oded Padan
all took home individual titles from the
Diamond meet. Applewhite won the 110-
meter high hurdles (14.60), Okenwa the 100
(10.60) and Padan the triple jump (14.98).
Additional victories came from junior
Patrik Johansson in the hammer throw
(59.36) and sophomore Charles DeWildt in
the pole vault (4.88).
The greatest example of Michigan's year-
long improvement may be the 400 relay
team. The relay team, made up of Steve
Jenkins, Okenwa, Kevin Bowman and Steve
Molnar, turned in its best performance of
the year with a winning time of 40.79. After
starting the outdoor campaign off slowly,
the relay teatn won at last week's Toledo
Invitational and then dominated the
"We know that we can run well now,"
Molnar said. "We have good chemistry, and
I think that's what does it for us."
The constantly-improving Wolverines
will play host again, this time at the Len
Paddock Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Steve Moffat and the Michigan men's track team dominated
competition yesterday, hosting the Phil Diamond Invitational.
'M' celebrates holiday with victory
Ryan C. Moloney
aiy Sports Writer
The Michigan women's track team
had a happy Mother's Day in more
than one respect Sunday.
The Wolverines defeated a tough
Penn State team 201.5-168 in their
first meet in front of the home faith-
ful of Ferry Field in thte outdoor sea-
Leading the way for the team was
Wtie McGregor. The senior captured
Xh the 1,500 and the 3,000-meter
Her victory in the 1,500 was quite
possibly the highlight of the meet. In
the last 100 meters, McGregor turned
on the burners -and caught Penn
State's Susanne Heyer with only a
few meters to go.
"That was a lifetime best for the
irl from Penn State, she really came
big," Michigan assistant coach
Mike McGuire said. "To be honest,
neither Katie nor I expected it. But
Katie responded to her and came on
strong in the last hundred meters."
The day was also highlighted by a
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scoreless the rest of the game.
But Indiana did not go quietly, as the
oosiers squeaked out a 2-1 victory in
The Hoosiers recorded their first and
only two hits of the game against
Wolverine starter Vince Pistilli in the
sixth inning and grabbed a 2-0 lead
which they would not relinquish.
"Vitnce pitched about as well as you
could today,' Cervenak said. "But we
just didn't get it done with the bats'
Michtigan now holds a slim two-
*s"e advantage user the Hoosiers with
still one more game to play. Today's
game "is an important game" Michigan
coach Geoff Zahn said. "If we win we're
in good shape, and if we lose, the series
against Pess State gets a lot big'.
gutty performance from Elizabeth
Kampfe in the 5,000 meters, The
junior ran most of the race alone and,
as she has all season, battled shin
splints throughout the race.
"My shins aren't doing too well,"
Kampfe said. "I need to take a lot of
time off, but I can't do it until Big
Tens are over'
McGuire was impressed with
Kampfe's ability to cope with the sit-
"In all honesty, we are just sand-
baggin' the levy right now," McGuire
said. "She's a tough kid and she has
performed well for the team.
"She's competed well and she's
made the most of the situation."
In the sprints, the Wolverines were
led by Maria Brown. Brown captured
second in both the 100 and 200
meters and was the only Wolverine to
finish in the top four in each event.
"I was a little bit disappointed but
not too much because I was coming
off injuries," Brown said. "I hope to
finish in the top two in the Big Tens
but I was out for five weeks - right
now I am just happy to be back
High-jumper Nicole Forrester led
the way for the Wolverines in the
field events. Forrester jumped 6-0,
besting her nearest competitor by
But Forrester was only mildly
pleased with her performance.
"I'll take it," Forrester said.
Forrester is recently coming off of
a strict training regimen consisting of
weight-lifting, speed workouts and
Now it's just a matter of putting it
"We're fine-tuning right now and
taking it a little easier," Forrester
said. "People will basically be clean-
ing out the bugs and getting ready for
the Big Tens in a couple of weeks."
Other first places for the
Wolverines included Julie
Presley(158-9) in the hammer throw,
Brandi Bentley in the long jump (20-
10 1/2), Candice Mullings in the pole
vault (10-6), Tiffany Hodge (14.61)
in the 100-meter hurdles and Shalina
Rankin (57.56) in the 400-meter run.
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