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14 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 21, 2001
Michigan track takes fourth in Big Ten Championships

By Shawn Kemp
Daily Sports Writer
Three's company for the Michigan women's track
The trio of Katie Jazwinski, Rachel Sturtz and
Nicole Denamur led the Wolverines with three first-
place finishes, helping Michigan to a fourth-place
finish overall at this weekend's Big Ten Champi-
onships in Bloomington. Michigan's 99 1/4 points
trailed Indiana (140), Purdue (122 1/5) and Min-
nesota (101 1/4).
Jazwinski defended her title as Big Ten 3,000-
meter champion from last year, making her the first

Michigan athlete to win consecutive conference
titles in the event. Clocking a time of 9:35.43,
Jazwinski finished over nine seconds ahead of her
nearest competitor.
Just a sophomore, Rachel Sturtz ran a blistering
2:07.76 to win the 800-meter dash. Her time broke
the previous existing Big Ten record set by Wiscon-
sin's Laurie Rabideau in 1987 by over five seconds,
and was 1.08 seconds faster than the next competitor.
Michigan assistant coach Mike McGuire, who
works with the distance runners on a daily basis,
labeled Sturtz and Jazwinski as "the kind of people
who have been leading the parade all year long, and
it's no different here."

On the field, Denamur's effort of 5-8 1/2 in the
high jump tied those of Penn State's Jen Aylward
and Iowa's Kacey Childs, but Denamur, also a soph-
omore, prevailed as champion as she had the least
amount of misses.
In addition to three first-place finishes, the
Wolverines had enough depth in other events to fin-
ish in the top half of the Big Ten.
"The goal is to beat bodies," Michigan coach
James Henry said. "The more bodies we beat, the
more points we get."
An efficient way to score more points is to place
in the top eight of more than one event. Michigan
had three athletes score in double events to advance

in the team score.
Sophomore Carly Knazze finished fourth in b
the 400-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, ru
ning 53.46 and 23.47, respectively, while soph
more April Phillips tossed 174-0 to finish fourth
the hammer throw, and finished third in the shot
with an effort of 50-4. Jazwinski also finished rn
ner-up in the 1,500-meter run.
Also performing well for the Wolverines w
Tasha Phillips, who finished third in the heptl'
with 4,807 points, Teyonna Simpson, who fire
third in the triple jump with a leap of 41-01 1/4, a
Melissa Bickett, who's toss of 171-03 in the disc
was good for third olace.

Emotions high for Blue captain
Buckeyefans share their love with the Wolverines through a song
By Jim Weber coach Geoff Zahn. On Thursday Team for their contributions to Michi-
Daily Sports Writer night, Tousa hit a homerun in both the gan's success in the tournament.
seventh and eighth inning of Michi- Thirdbaseman Brock Koman and
COLOMBUS - Senior Scott gan's 10-2 victory over Purdue to pitcher Bobby Korecky were named
Tousa left everything out on the field double his homerun output on the second team All-Big Ten players for
in his final game for Michigan. His season. the regular season earlier in the week.
all-out effort against Minnesota was Tousa totaled three hits, three runs, GOOD Woon: Michigan pitcher
captured in a ninth-inning moment as and four RBIs in five at bats against Bobby Wood struck out a career-high
he almost fell over while desperately the Boilermakers. 10 batters against Purdue, including
trying to beat out a throw to first base WITH HONORS: Secondbaseman all three batters he faced in the first
in the final frame of the game. After- Scott Tousa, catcher Jake Fox and inning. "That first inning - it just
wards, Tousa was visibly emotional in pitcher Bobby Wood were all selected seems like it set the tone," Wood said.
the dugout, hugging teammates and to the 2001 Big Ten All-Tournament He credited his teammates with part
of his success after they posted 10
runs in support.
"It's good having runs," he said. "It
makes it a lot easier to pitch - takes
ANN&off the pressure."
FEEL THE HATE: Like last week's
sx series against Ohio State, the Wolver-
/ ,, ' , ,ines were heckled by Buckeye fans in
their 8-4 loss on Thursday. Although
they focused much of their heckling
on coach Geoff Zahn, he barely even
noticed them. "I couldn't tell you
what they are saying because I lock in
on the game, lock in on my guys,"
Zahn said. The Buckeye fans were
y. a aquiet when Michigan tied the game 4-
4 but were re-energized by Ohio
State's 8-4 victory, singing a rendition
of "We Don't Give a Damn About the
Whole State of Michigan" after the
series against Ohio State two week-
ends ago and the Big Ten Tournament
starting on Thursday, Michigan spent
MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daiy 10 out of the last 11 days in Colum-
Michigan's senior secondbaseman and tri-captain, Scott Tousa, played in his last bus. The inclement weather heavily
game for the Wolverines yesterday against Minnesota. delayed the tournament and left
Michigan with the day off on Friday
* and Saturday.
*I"We just basically hung out at
s hotels, went to the mall a little bit,
played some cards. Just tried to do
whatever we could to pass the time,"
New At Bell's: Tousa said.
Milkshakes $3.25 Everyday special of
Vanilla, - u --
Strawberry, Two Medium Cheese Pizzas $1099
Chocoiate, Extra Items $1.20 each per Pizza Recehy
Chocolate Chip, nwo
Coffee, B7.99 Monday thru Thursday Special
nt r'OneLarge Pizza with
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and Banana Extra Items $1 30 Eachl

The bar was a bit higher this weekend for the Michigan men's track team. The
Wolverines finished in a tie for eighth at the Big Ten Championships.
Okenwa, Wisniews

pace 'M' at
By Shawn Kemp
Daily Sports Writer
When Michigan junior Mike Wis-
niewski came out of his season's slump
to win the 10,000-meter run at the Big
Ten Championships this past weekend in
Bloomington, many people wondered
what helped him to a conference win.
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst had the
"I threatened him, plain and simple;'
Warhurst joked.
Wisniewski's win was the sole first-
place finish for the Wolverines, who fin-
ished tied for eighth with Michigan State
in the championships with 43 points.
Wisconsin defended its title from last
year with 135 points.
Although Wisniewski didn't qualify
for nationals, his race was one of the
most exciting of the meet. His time of
29:49.65 was just .01 seconds faster than
the next competitor as he edged out Pur-
due's Donnie Fellows for the win.
we $25 for a one-time,
o-and-a-half hour session.
Volunteers should he UM students
between ages 18 and 29.

Big Tens
"There was no point in trying to
fy for nationals,"Warhurst said.
"It's a much better situation for him
repeat as Big Ten champion than
would be to get third or fourth in a ra
and goto the nationals to be unheard o
Wisniewski also became the thi
Wolverine to win consecutive titles in I
event, following in the tracks of Jo
Scherer (1988-89) and John Mortir
Another junior who made a
showing in the meet was Ike Okens
Okenwa scored for the Wolverines int
events, running 10.52 to finish fourth
the 100-meter dash and he finished fi
in the 200 meters with a time of21.07.
Okenwa's times were an accurate rt
resentation of his season so far, as he
within hundredths of a second of his st
sonal best in each event.
Said Okenwa: "Every race I just go
there thinking that it is the Big T
meet" That mentality helped himt
actual meet.
Also scoring for the Wolverines w
Oded Padan, who finished third in
triple jump with a leap of 49-07 a
Andy Derr, who's toss of 204-08 led h
to a fifth-place finish in the javel.
Brain Turner, the only freshman to sce
for the Wolverines in the championshi
ran 3:51.08 to finish fourth in the 1,5
meter run, while Phil Stead ran
eighth-place finish in the 800-meter s
clocking 1:52.07. Brent Sheffer roun
out the scoring for the Wolverines, jur
ing 16-04 3/4 to finish seventh in
pole vault.

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