The Michigan Daily- Monday, May 22, 0 - 5
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While the Michigan women's track
im spent most of the weekend mean-
ring in the middle of the pack at the
g len Championship in Iowa City,
fior Katie Clifford provided the team
th a clear bright spot.
Clifford triumphed in the 3000 meter
with a time of 9:21.92, beating
0 cross country champion Erica
lmer of Wisconsin by almost eight
Clifford's time was good enough to
visionally qualify her for the NCAA
)n the flip side, long jumper Brandi
stley, who was the defending Big
champion in the event, stumbled to
lfth place on a jump of 18-8.5. Her
tp was nearly a foot and a half shy of
mpion Tisha Ponder of Illinois.
utstanding athlete of the meet
t tOhio State's Donica Merriman,
won the 100 meter high hurdles in
me of 12.89 seconds.
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ten's track places
ighth in conference
T Michigan men's track and field
t perenced a modicum of success
s weekend at the Big Ten
tampionship in Iowa City.
Although the Wolverines could only
aster an eighth place finish, they can
ast several conference champions.
Junior Mike Wisniewski claimed the
000 meter title in a time of 29:59.93.
'isniew ,ki was joined on the victory
dium by pole vaulter Ctarles
eWildt, who had a winning height of
I dition. seniorJay Cantin finished
cond in the I,500i meter run, losing by
st .31 seconds to Ohio State's Rob
Michigan also received a strong
owing from sophomore Ike Okenwa,
ho came in third in the 200 meter dash.
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By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Editor
It appears that the Michigan hockey
team will have all of its pieces in place
for a run at next year's national title.
Michigan's top defenseman, junior
Jeff Jillson, announced he will be
returning to the Wolverines next sea-
son. As a sophomore last year, he tal-
lied eight goals and 26 assists as
Michigan advanced to the NCAA quar-
Jillson, the fourteenth pick in the
first round by San Jose in the 1999
NHL draft, said he felt his college
career would be incomplete without
another year at Michigan.
"I still honestly feel I have a lot to
prove on the college level," Jillson said.
"Staying one more year definitely can't
hurt me, and we have a really close
team and a really skilled team coming
Jillson places winning a national
championship at the center of his goals
for the next year. He should have his
best shot at a title yet in 2000-2001,
with the return of five starters, includ-
ing Jillson and fellow first-team all-
CCHA selection Mike Comrie.
Jillson joined Michigan the year
after its 1998 national championship
"When I came in as a freshmen, the
theme that goes along with playing at
Michigan is that if you don't win a
national championship, it's not a suc-
cessful season," Jillson said.
On the individual level, Jillson said
he was advised by Michigan coach Red
Berensen and others that another year
of growth before entering professional
hockey would probably be beneficial.
"Coach Berensen was really great
about the whole thing," Jillson said.
"He just said that when you make the
decision to jump, you have to be pre-
pared mentally and physically because
the NHL is a really big jump."
The San Jose franchise was also
accepting of Jillson's decision. Sharks
general manager Dean Lombardi
stressed in a press release that they
would support their prospect over the
next year, but they expected him to
continue to make progress as a hockey
"We are not disappointed,"
Lombardi said. "It was his decision to
make, and Michigan is a great hockey
program for him to continue his devel-
opment. We expect him to be back
there with a purpose and be a leader for
that team next season."
The Sharks did not say whether or
not they expected Jillson to join the
organization next year, following his
junior season. Jillson said that he is not
currently worried about that impending
"I haven't even thought about next
year," Jillson said. "I promised myself
that when I made the decision to come
back, I wouldn't start worrying about a
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