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12 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, June 7, 2004

SPORTS

2004 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
DRAFT PREVIEW
Starting at I p.m today, 30 baseball general managers
will put down their lunch and pick up the phone to join
the 2004 baseball draft conference call. Michigan
expects to have sophomore pitcher Derek Feldkamp
and senior pitcher Jim Brauer picked while incoming-
freshman Doug Pickens and senior Kyle Bohm are alsc
being considered by teams.
DEREK FELDKAMP
RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER
Feldkamp made great strides this sea-
son, but because of his progress he
could actually be hurt in this year's
draft. He added about seven miles per
hour to his fastball while showing
versatility as a starter and a reliever.
Some scouts believe that he will con-
tinue on the same pace of rapid
improvement, pushing him into
the top round of the 2005 draft.
Because he could go higher
next year, teams may shy away
from the Wolverine hurler for fear
that he will be a tough guy to sign.
JIM BRAUER
RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER
After going to the Rockies in the sev-
enth round last year, Brauer struggled
with consistency all season after miss-
ing a large chunk of 2003 with an arm
injury. Scouts lined The Fish's blea ch-
ers to see if he still had the stuff.
While Brauer was good, making the
All-Big Ten team as a pitcher,
he wagn't spectacular. With
another season of eligibility,
don't be surprised if he does.
n't jump any higher than the
fifteenth round.
KYLE BOHM DOUG PICKENS
FIRST BASEMAN CATCHER
Bohm has a huge bat and Pickens lacks the size to
is capable of changing a garner much big league
game with one swing, but attention. His bat, how-
his intentions are unclear. ever, could draw a pick.

M WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Last chance: Stephenson eyes NCAA Title'

By Seth Gordon
Daily Sports Editor
When graduate student Lindsey
Stephenson was given a second chance
she didn't know that it would bring her to
Michigan.
At this time last year Stephenson was
graduating from Colum-
bia University and
would have been com-
peting for a second con-
secutive trip to the
NCAA championships
if a knee injury hadn't 5
forced her to sit out her
entire senior season.
This week she will be in =
Austin, Texas, compet-
ing in the javelin for Stephenson
Michigan at the NCAA
championships that she was unable to par-
ticipate in just last year.
Stephenson was accomplished on and
off the field, making the Academic Alt-Ivy
League and First-Team All-Ivy League
teams in both her sophomore and junior
seasons. After graduating, she could have
left track and field behind. But she didn't
- there was something missing: a team
championship.
Because of her injury, Stephenson was
able to get a medical redshirt, giving her
another year of eligibility.
Stephenson had several options, but
after competing in the Ivy League and
with a degree in her pocket, she was look-
ing for an opportunity so win.
"I was looking for a school that had
good sports and good academics,"
Stephenson said. "(Michigan) had a one-
year masters program in education and its
track team was going to win the Big Ten.
Coming from a team like Columbia, we
didn't win anything. It was so individual. I
thought it would be cool to win a Big Ten

championship."
And Stephenson did just that, earning
the gold medal at the Big Ten champi-
onships with a personal-best throw of
165'9", which helped Michigan capture its
third consecutive Big Ten team title.
In fact, Stephenson has been on a roll of
late. She won the last four events she
entered. Last week she had a throw of
162'00" which was good enough for first
place at the NCAA Mideast Regional.
Now, Stephenson will focus on the
NCAA championships, which has been
her ultimate goal all along.
"I want to make the finals, which would
make me an All-American," Stephenson
said. "All year I've been practicing for just
one event."
With her final career meet coming this
week, and the completion of her master's
degree later this month, Stephenson says
that despite her short stay in Ann Arbor,
the town and school have made a big
impression on her.
"I actually don't want to leave now,"
Stephenson said. "It was tough when I
first got here because you don't know any-
one. But with the team, I got to know a lot

of people, and I like it a lot now."
Stephenson has competed in sports all
of her life and was a three-year letter win-
ner in track and field, basketball, soccer
and softball at Hamburg High School in
New York.
This past summer Stephenson cap-
tained the United States Under 23 Rugby I
team as well.
Stephenson is also a sports fan, and the
large amount of spectator-sports at the
University helped her get acclimated and
gave her an experience she didn't have at
Columbia."
"I'm a big sports fan in general,"
Stephenson said. "Football season was
awesome."
After finishing her political science
degree at Columbia, Stephenson enrolled
in a one-year masters program in the
School of Education. The specialized pro- 1
gram centers on curriculum development.
After an athletic and academic career
that has brought her to two NCAA cham-
pionships and earned her two degrees, the
end of Stephenson's journey has brought
her somewhere she never could have
imagined going.

FIVE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD MEMBERS
QUALIFY FOR THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Along with Lindsey Stephenson, four other members of the Michigan women's track and
field team will compete at this week's 2004 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.
Melissa Bickett: The senior quad-captain will make her third consecutive trip to the
NCAA Championships, competing in the discus.
Eliabeth Boyle: Boyle will be the first Wolverine ever to compete in the pole-vault at
the NCAA Championships.
Lindsey Gallo: The senior ran a 4:11.27 in the 1,500-meter race to win the Mideast
Regional, just 0.06 seconds shy of a Michigan record.
Carly Knazze: The quad-captain finished fifth in the 200 meters at Regionals, good enough
to quialify for her first individual competition at the NCAA Championships.

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