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Page 6-The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday -April 15, 1991
-I-- O'M' track weathers State

by Chris Carr
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's track team's
meet against Michigan State
Saturday was more of a battle
against the weather than the
Spartans for the Wolverines.
Although the times were a little
slower due to the cold, windy, and
rainy weather, the Wolverines pre-
vailed against the Spartans, 93-57, at
Ferry Field.
"It was a decent meet,"
Michigan coach Jack Harvey said.
"The weather was pretty bad, but it
was good to race. We needed a solid
workout."
In the running events, sophomore
Bob Czahorski and senior Andy
Diller finished first and second, re-
spectively in the 400-meter hurdles.
Czachorski got the edge in a photo
finish after they both posted times
of 54.2 seconds. Sophomore Brian
Bozo took second place in the 400
meters with a time of 49.8 seconds.
With sprinter Michael
Eccleston out of competion with
the flu, sophomore Stan Sharik
caught Harvey's eye with a strong
performance in the 200 meters.
Sharik placed second with a time of
23.1 seconds. Junior Jerry Douglas
won the 110-meter high hurdles,

posting a time of 14.4 seconds.
"I ran well enough to wink"
Douglas said. "With weather like
this, though, you have to be careful
because it is easy to pull a muscle."
In the distance races, senior Jeff
Barnett won the 3,000-meter
steeplechase, covering the distance
in 9:12.7. After running the 10,000
meters Thursday night at the
Dogwood Classic in Knoxville,
Tenn., senior Brad Barquist came
back to finish second in the 3,000
meters with a time of 8:24. Senior
Joe Mckown placed second in the
1,500 meters, posting a time of
3:55.4.
Senior Neal Newman captured
first place in the 800 meters, run-
ning a time of 1:52.9. Newman also
ran the second leg on the winning 4
x 400 meter relay team which in-
cluded Bozo, Douglas and Van
Cowan.r
"In weather like this, I came out
here to win, stay loose and not get
hurt," Newman said. "I am starting
to feel a lot better about my racing,
and I am getting into a good outdoor
groove.
Once again, Michigan scored
well in the field events with its

tremendous depth. The Wolverines
shut out the Spartans in the javelin
with seniors Alex Sarafian, Warde
Manuel and junior Mike Hennessey
placing first, second, and third, re-
spectively. Hennessey won the shot
put with a throw of 50' 2", and
sophomore Jerry Hannifin finished"
second with a toss of 49' 7 1/2".
Senior Jarrod Bunch and Hennessey
placed second and third, respec-
tively, in the discus.
Due to the rain, the high jump,
long jump, triple jump, and pole
vault were moved indoors. Harvey
felt the move helped some of the
competitors and was impressed
with sophomore Toby Van Pelt's
performance in the pole vault. Van
Pelt finished second and cleared his
previous personal best by six inches
with a vault of 17' 3/4". Junior Brad
Darr cleared 17' 4 1/4" to win the
event, and junior Mike Carson took
third place to round out the sweep
against the Spartans.
Sophomore Lukeland Gentles
won the triple jump with a jump of
41' 5". Senior Brad Holwerda cap-
tured first place in the high jump,
clearing 6' 10", and sophomore Dan
Reddan placed second.

Michigan runners Brad Barquist (center) and Chris Childs (left) compete in the 3,000-meter run against
Michigan State Saturday. Barquist finished second and Childs fourth.

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Women's track goes to the

by Jeff Williams
Daily Sports Writer
Injuries to the Michigan
women's track team have begun to
take their toll. The Wolverines'
performance at the Dogwood Relays
bares out that fact.
"I told them they needed to
make a substantial improvement
over last weekend (at the Crimson
Classic)," Michigan coach James
Henry said. "Some of them did, but
more of them didn't, and the injuries
are a big part of that."
Although some personal bests
were set, none of the Wolverines
placed in the top three in any event.
"Our sprinters did not do as
well as we had wanted them to do,"
Henry said. "And our distance team
also had a lot of people out with in-
juries, that hurt us a lot."
Michigan's top finisher was
sophomore Julie Victor whose dis-
cus throw of 154'7" earned her
fourth place.
Rookie Laura Jerman set two

personal collegiate bests. She ran
the 100-meter hurdles in 15.39 sec-
onds and the 400 hurdles in 63.52.
"She was definitely our best
overall performer," Henry said.
"We are really pleased with how
she has been running."
Michigan's 4 x 100 relay team
has continued to improve despite in-
juries to two of its members. Both
Richelle Webb and Suzi Thweatt
competed despite suffering from leg
injuries.
The relay team ran a season best
time of 47.77, but were only able to
finish tenth. Last year at the
Dogwoods, the 4 x 100 relay team
ran a time of 47.7 and finished
fourth.
"The competition there was way
out of our league," Henry said. "The
teams were much better than last
year. We happen to be down right
now, and the rest of the teams are
up. We just were not able to com-
pete with the schools there."
The biggest factor in the

Wolverines' performance th
son has been their health. Th

Dogwoods
is sea- comes a factor both physically and
e team mentally when you start to worry
about being injured."
The Wolverines' next major
meet should be the Penn Relays,
April 25-27. However, because of
the team's injury problems, the
Wolverines may not make the trip.,
"My coaching staff and I are go-
ing to have to sit down and reevalu-
ate our plans for the rest of the sear
son," Henry said. "We're not ready
to go to a top-notch event like that
right now. We would have to be
perfectly healthy to be even close to
competing at the Penn Relays."
Instead, the Wolverines will
probably go to the Hillsdale
Invitational. The lighter competi-
!sically tion there will allow Michigan to
etition; compete in more events and regroup
women for the Big Ten Championships in
May.
ve have "Our goal is to back off and re=
ating," lax, and start competing in con-
ting to ducive conditions for Big Tens,"
. It be- Henry said.

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