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Monday, May 14,2001 - The Michigan Daily - 13

Five first-place
inishes for 'M'
Shawn Kemp
sily Sports Writer
Michigan men's track coach Ron Warhurst wasn't
st happy that Michigan junior Ike Okenwa won the
)0- and 200-meter dashes at this weekend's Len Pad-
& Invitational. He was pleased with how Okenwa
acted after the races.
Warhurst enjoyed seeing his athlete break his season
sts in both events, winning the 100 in 10.49 and the
O in 21.08. But his praise went further.
"The best part about it is after a 200 like that, he's
ually on the ground," Warhurst said. "But he was on
s feet looking around, and pleased with his race."
With just one week before the Big Ten Champi-
aships, the Wolverines racked up five other first-
ace finishes in addition to Okenwa's.
Senior co-captains Andy Derr and Josh Sellers each
their respective events putting up season highs.
tossed 209-0 in the javelin, while Sellers clocked
.44 in the 400 hurdles.
Michigan's Andrew Ochs finished fourth behind
fllers in the 400 hurdles, running 53.31, his best of
e season,
Freshmen Ryan Hesselink and David Sage took the
rst two spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, run-
ng 9:12.69 and 9:21.14, both season bests. But per-
ips the best performance out of a freshman came
Mason Ward, who ran 3:47.07 for third place in
1js1j S and Bickett

CCHA tourney expands;
new goalie may not come

MARJORIE MOOSHALL/ Daily
Junior sprinter Ike Okenwa (left), won his race during the
Len Paddock invitational track meet on Saturday.
the 1,500 meters behind world-class runner Tim Broe
and Eastern Michigan's Neil Kirk.
Also performing well for Michigan were Kevin
Rogan and Brian Turner, who finished fourth and fifth
in the 800 meters, running 1:52.37 and 1:52.62,
respectively.
Off the track, Bob Arnold jumped 6-8 in the high
jump and Nick Rogers tossed 166-6 in the discus, each
good for fourth-place finishes.
star in home imvite

By Joe Smith
Daily Sports XWriter
In an already busy summer for col-
lege hockey, CCHA coaches and athlet-
ic directors felt it was time for even
more change in a recent six-day conven-
tion held in Naples, Fla.
No longer will CCHA teams be fight-
ing for their playoff lives at the end of the
28-game conference schedule. The com-
mittee approved a move from the current
10-team tournament field to allow all 12
teams to qualify for postseason play, start-
ing in the 2001-02 season.
But while there were a few naysayers
among the coaches, most notably Michi-
gan coach Red Berenson, it was agreed
upon that the implementation will
increase excitement to a league battling
with parity.
"The excitement at the end of the year
will still exist because teams are fighting
for home ice, better seed and some are
battling for RPI and NCAA positions,"
Ferris State coach Bob Daniels said.
Daniels cited a unanimous reason for
the change - "the Tuesday play-in game
was becoming inoperable logistically-
speaking."
In the former format, the No. 4 and
No. 5 seeds had to play a game on Tues-
day H order to advance to Joe Louis that
Friday, causing travel problems for many
teams.
Although the move gives the top
two teams an even bigger advantage
- playing the two lowest seeds and
then receiving a bye in the second
round - there will now be six teams
hosting a first round game, and six
advancing to Joe Louis Arena, making
it much more of a league event instead
of the usual Michigan-Michigan State
showdown.
"I like the idea of each year having six

teams host," said Daniels. "With a lot of
great teams in this league, to have only
four teams host is kind of a shame."
SEEIN' GREEN: While not in favor of
the playoff change, Berenson was very
much in favor of the newly set rivalry-
parings to be implemented in the 2002-03
season. Michigan will have a rivalry pair-
ing with Michigan State allowing them to
face off at least four times a season for
five years. The Wolverines were 1-4
against Michigan State this past season
and both advanced to the Frozen Four.
"Both (Michigan State coach Ron)
Mason and I agreed it would be better for
the league and the fans to put ourselves
on the line more often," Berenson said.
"At least we're playing our archrivals four
times. It will be good for us, the fans and
the league."
The two legendary coaches have also
been tinkering with the idea of having
one of the games being played in Spartan
Stadium next season, a thought that still
needs to be mulled over before a decision
is made.
PIPE DREAMS: Jason Bacashishua,
Michigan's highly-heralded goalie recruit
and heir-apparent to Josh Blackburn, may
not be donning the maize and blue as
planned this coming Fall. Although
Bacashishua, 18, wants to be a Wolverine,
he may be academically ineligible, which
won't be discovered until his final grades
and test scores are posted in late June.
The Plymouth Whalers star and Dear-
born Heights native could decide to play
another year ofjunior hockey and forego
his college eligibility by jumping to
major juniors and enter the NHL Entry
Draft.
But Berenson said he feels
Bacashishua still wants to come to Michi-
gan, barring any grade problems, and is
the type of kid attitude wise that he wants
in a Wolverine uniform.

Shawn Kemp
ity Sports Nriter
Women's track coach James
nry coined this past weekend's
n Paddock Invitational "the calm
fore the storm" of the Big Ten
sampionships, but two Michigan
es created some thunder of
ir own.
Sophomore April Phillips and
shman Melissa Bickett lit up the
y with their individual perform-
ces.
These two have been a consistent
rce in the thrlws this season for
ichigan, and this past weekend
:ved such.
.ilips, who normally pushes.
ckett in the hammer throw and
shot put, did so by winning the
mmer in 183-6 and finishing
rd in the shot put in 47-4 1/2.
Bickett finished sixth in the shot

put with a toss of 44-1 1/4, but led
the pair in the discus, tossing 154-
6, good for second. Phillips fin-
ished fourth in the event with an
effort of 144-7.
Adding to the force on the field
were Nicole Denamur, who fin-
ished runner-up in the high jump in
5-5 3/4, Anna Fisher, whose jump
of 11-5 in the pole vault was good
for fourth and Janelle Jaha, who
finished sixth in the javelin with a
toss of 123-4.
On the track, the 400-meter relay
team of Adrena Williams, Regine
Caruthers, Tamika Craig and Carly
Knazze broke their previous sea-
son's best time by .06 seconds,
running 45.92 to finish first.
Knazze and Caruthers also fin-
ished second and third in the 100-
meter dash, each running 11.90,
respectively. Williams added a
fourth place finish in the 200

meters, clocking 25.53.
In the hurdles, Tasha Phillips
won the 100 hurdles in 14.24,
while Vera Simms was third in the
400 hurdles in 61.48.
Adrienne Hunter and Lisa Ouel-
let led the distance races for the
Wolverines, as Hunter took fifth in
the 800 meters in 2:11.92, and
Ouellet finished fourth in a talent-
stacked 1,500 meters, running
4:36.31.

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Michigan women's track team landed on both feet, when they hosted the
Paddock invitational this weekend.

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