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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 13, 1995 - 3B

Sullivan wins, but men don't
get automatic NCAA berth

Ryan White
White on Target
nothbzgfor Bob
Cli apuis
u find in sports that there are
interesting stories, and then
there are those that are
Bob Chappuis' story is one of the
exceptional ones.
Chappuis came to Ann Arbor in
1941 when freshman weren't allowed
to play varsity football.
He spent a year on the Wolverines'
freshman team, and in 1942 he earned
his first varsity letter as an all-purpose
But it would be four years until
Chappuis would earn his second.
Duty and his country called, so
Chappuis put college and his football
career on hold and left for World War
II in Europe.
"I really didn't mind it," Chappuis
said. "Back then we were in a real
shootout and everybody was leaving.
"Practically everybody was going
into the service, so it wasn't a traumatic
Chappuis became an aerial gunner
and safely completed 20 missions.
On the 2 1st, however, Chappuis was
shot down behind enemy lines.
No run he would ever make for the
Wolverines could be bigger than the
ones he would make over the next three
Chappuis and his crewmates were
picked up by the Italian Underground
and moved around to various locations.
"The last place we stayed was just
two doors away from the German
headquarters in the town we were in,"
Chappuis said. "We stayed there for
about two-and-a-half months alto-
"It was kind of spooky."
Chappuis got out when the war
ended. He returned to his base and then
to Ann Arbor.
And, believe it or not, he picked up
right where he left off.
In 1946 Chappuis led the Wolverines
in not only rushing, but in passing as
He completed 44 of 79 passes, threw
for seven touchdowns and eight
interceptions. Chappuis ran for 531
Chappuis' next season would be the
best of his career. It would also be one
of the finest in Michigan history.
He again led the Wolverines in
passing in 1947, completing 62 of 110
attempts. He also threw six more
touchdown passes and two fewer
interceptions than the year before.
As for Michigan, it finished the
season 10-0 and shut five teams out.
' The final blanking came on New
Year's Day, a 49-0 thrashing of
f Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl.
Chappuis set school records for both
total offense and pass completions in
that game. He completed 14 passes for
188 yards and piled up 279 all-purpose
Chappuis led Michigan to the
"ational championship, the last one the
Wolverines claimed.
"We didn't really have any great
players, just a lot of good ones,"
Chappuis said of the 1947 team. "We
had a total team effort."

Chappuis speaks of that team the
same way a father talks about a son
-who just threw the winning touchdown
, pass.
You can see the pride in his eyes as
he talks about that national champion-
The members of that team still meet
every five years, and they are planning
something special for their 50-year
reunion in 1997.
"We talked at our 45th anniversary
that we would go back to the Rose
Bowl for the 50th," Chappuis said.
"Someone said 'What if Michigan isn't
in it?' and we said we'd go anyway."
Today, Chappuis is taking it easy. He
is retired and lives in Ft. Wayne, Ind.,
but comes back to Ann Arbor for most
'of the Wolverines' home games.
Aside from keeping in touch with his
old teammates, he is still in contact
with the members of the Italian
Underground who helped him so many

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Men's cross-country coach Ron Warhurst expected
two events to occur at the NCAA District IV Cross
Country Championships this weekend; only one of
them did.
As expected, junior All-American Kevin Sullivan
dominated the Midwest district while cruising to a
first-place finish. Sullivan's time of 31:10 bettered the
second place finisher, Ohio State's Robert Gary, by an
astounding seven seconds. Sullivan has won the indi-
vidual district title three years in a row.
Sullivan advances to the nationals next Monday
wherehe will attempt to become the national champion
in the 10,000-meter race. He was coming off a strong
performance at the Big Ten Championships where he
was named Big Ten Runner of the Year.
His All-American status depends on how well he
runs at the national meet at Iowa State.
In his previous two years he has finished fourth and
third. He remains one of the favorites to capture the
individual title.
The other expectation wasnot as successful. Therest
of the team, despite a strong eight- place finish from
freshman John Mortimer, did not achieve its goal.
Despite its fourt- place finish, the squad did not earn an
automatic berth to the championships.
Although NCAA rules dictate that the top three
teams advance to the Championships in Ames, Iowa
next Monday, Michigan may still be alive for a berth as
a team. The team will find out this afternoon officially,
but it appears that they will be qualifying as a wild card.
"It shouldn't be a problem getting in," Sullivan said.
All indications from the season so far had Michigan
pegged as one ofthe top teams in the nation, but that all
changes now. Michigan's 105 points placed them six
points behind third-place finisher Michigan State.
The logjam at the top of the meet standings resulted
in tight competition. But after Michigan, the team
scores tailed off.

The difference between Michigan and fifth-plac,
Illinois was a whopping 123 points.
This qualifying meet is the chance for teams to
ready themselves for the Championships. Michigan
entered seven runners, withjuniorKris Eggle taking
freshman Todd Snyder's place in the lineup.
With a steady lead pack, the Wolverines were
poised for victory.
"Our first three runners ran well," Sullivan said.
The team placed a disappointing fourth, falling to
Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Michigan State yester-
day. Warhurst had been expecting a second place
finish, with the chance of competing with Wiscon-
sin to the end, but it just wasn't Michigan's day.
Sullivan was impressed by the effort the other
teams put forth.
"(Michigan State) ran great, better than expected,"
he said.
Individually, the runners had varying levels of
success. All-Big Ten performer Theo Molla did not
run as fast as at the Big Ten meet, but still placed a
respectable 14th overall in atime of31:38. Moritmer
completed his fast finish in a time of'31:30.
Warhurst expected his team to give Wisconsin a
good battle. After leading much of the Big Ten race
two weeks ago, the team tapered off heading into
yesterday's districts. Warhurst believed this was the
best training strategy.
The horrible conditions were once again a factor.
The storm that hit the Midwest also played havocain
West Lafayette. on the Purdue campus. The race,
originally scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m., was
postponed to yesterday due to poor weather condi-
"It was better running (on Sunday,)" Sullivan
said, "but there was still ice and snow on-the
The 31-team field needed to wait another day to
show their stuff and unfortunately for the Wolvcr-
ines, the day did not go as they hoped.

The Michigan men's cross country team faltered at the NCAA District IV Championships in West
Lafayette, finishing fourth. The Wolverines did not receive an automatic bid to the NCAA
Championships, but could get a wild-card selection today.

Women upset No. 8 Wisconsin for district title
Arnill, McGregor propel 12th-ranked Wolverines to third consecutive crown at Purdue

By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
Last week, Michigan cross country
coach Mike McGuire said that he
would be disappointed if his team
didn't improve on its performance
against Wisconsin at the Big Ten meet
two weeks ago.
McGuire was not the person that
was disgruntled yesterday at the
NCAA District IV Championship in
West Lafayette.
Wisconsin was the disappointed
party as Michigan upset its confer-
ence rivals by five points.
In probably the closest meet of the
year, the 12th-ranked Wolverines
snatched their third consecutive District
title out of No. 8 Wisconsin's hands by
scoring 44 points. The closest competitor
to Michigan and Wisconsin was Bowling
Green who came in third with 76 points.
Just as Michigan's victory was un-
expected, so were the circumstances
that it came under. The meet was
postponed due to the inclement
weather that hit much of the Midwest.
"It was snowing, windy and the
visibility was very bad," Kelly Chard
said. "(Sunday)it wasn't snowing or
windy but it was cold, icy and the
traction wasn't good."
Michigan would have to wait an
extra day to avenge its Big Ten loss
and defend its district title. The extra
day would prove to help, rather than
hinder, the Wolverines.
Even though the field was com-
posed of more than 30 teams, the race
was between Michigan and Wiscon-
sin from the very start on the Purdue
North Golf Course. The first five run-
ners from each team all finished in the
top 20.
Michigan was lucky to have one of
those runners, sophomore Pauline
Arnill, back in the nick of time. Arnill
came back from a month-long layoff
to place second overall. Michigan's
top finisher was clocked at 17:37 on
the 5,000 meter course, just 17 sec-
onds behind champion Kathy Butler
of Wisconsin.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year Katie
McGregor finished third in 17:47.

Her time was a personal best by four
Wisconsin's Jenifer Howard
crossed the line four seconds after
McGregor. When the top two runners
from each team were finished the score
was dead even at five. Once
Michigan's third runner, freshman
Michelle Slater, finished eighth, the
Wolverines obtained a slight lead.
Senior Kelly Chard kept Michigan
ahead as she finished one place ahead
of Wisconsin's fourth runner. Chard's
14th place helped to extend
Michigan's lead to four points.
Despite the small lead, the Wolver-
ines weren't sure how they were far-
ing in the race.
"We got out really slow; it didn't
look good from the beginning," Chard
The meet came down to the fifth
and deciding runner for each team.

"( (Sunday) wasn't snowing or windy, but it was cold, icy
and the traction wasn't good.
- Kelly Chard
Michigan cross country runner

Senior Courtney Babcock would be
in the same position as she was at Big
Ten meet.
Babcock came through once again,
finishing 18th, just hundredths of a
second ahead of Wisconsin's Jeni
The last two Michigan runners did
not factor into the score but had impres-
sive showings. Senior Katy Hollbacher
andjunior Jennifer Barber finished 20th
and 29th respectively.
Heading into the meet, Michigan
was looking to just qualify for the
NCAA Championships in Ames,

"We just needed to get through it to
qualify," Chard said.
The Wolverines won't have to worry
about obtaining a bid because they au-
tomatically qualify for Nationals.
Now that Michigan has little doubt
about whether it can beat Wisconsin,
the Wolverines are more confident in
their outlook next week.
"Everyone has an equal shot at the
NCAA title. This is a good 'stepping-
stone for next week," Chard said.

Top Wolverine

2. Pauline Arnill
3.Kathryn McGregor
8. Michelle Slater
14. Kelly Chard
17. Courtey Babcock
20. Katy Holleacher
23. Shosuanna Kroeger
29. Jennifer Barber


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