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And the Glove goes to ...
California first basemen U.T. Snow was the only first-time winner as the
American League announced its annual Gold Glove awards yesterday.
Toronto outfielder Devon White and Angel pitcher Mark Langston each
won his seventh award; Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. won his sixth
consecutive. The other winners were Toronto's Roberto Alomar (fifth
straight), Texas' Ivan Rodriguez (fourth straight), Cleveland's Omar
Vizquel and Kenny Lofton (third straight for both), and the New York
Yankees' Wade Boggs (second straight). National League winners will
be announcedtoday.

Page 9
Tuesday,
November 21, 1995

Cross country runs at NCAA championships:

rn ill's effort keys women's seventh-place finish

By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
It was as if the voters in the polls had
consulted the Psychic Friends Network.
Pollsters ranked Michigan No. 7, two
places in front of Wisconsin, inthe final
women's cross country poll prior to the
NCAA.National Championships.
The -polls couldn't have predicted
Michigan's impending future any bet-
ter. At-the NCAAs yesterday in Ames,
lowa, the Wolverines finished in sev-
enthplace with 199 points.
Michigan also finished ahead of con-
ferende. rival Wisconsin for the second
time in three meets this year. The Badgers
scored 255 points to place them in tenth.
Both teams had a strong showing with
top- 10 finishes among the field of 22.
The Big East tightened its reign on
the collegiate field once again with

Providence displacing Villanova as the
NGAA champion.
The Friars won their schools first
NCAA title in any sport by capturing
the championship with 88 points. Colo-
rado finished in second place as it edged
out the next Big East team, Villanova,
by 18 points.
Wisconsin's Kathy Butler added an-
other trophy to her mantle as the senior
finished out her cross country career as
the top collegiate runner in the country.
Butler was also the Big Ten and District
IV champion. Her time of 16:51 was
four seconds better than Arizona fresh-
man Amy Skieresz.
Last year's NCAA champion,
Villanova's Jen Rhines;closed out her
outstanding collegiate career by taking
third place in 17:02.
The top five scorers for Michigan

included sophomore All-American
Pauline Arnill, the team's first finisher,
who placed 23rd at 17:47. Freshman
Michelle Slater crossed the line in 35th-
place in 18:02. Her time was one sec-
ond better than freshman Kathryn
McGregor. The Big Ten Freshman of

the Year, McGregor placed 39th among
a pack of runners who all finished within
hundredths-of-a-second of each other.
Rounding out the rest of Michigan's
scorers were senior co-captains Kelly
Chard and Courtney Babcock. The
veteran harriers placed 64th and 70th,

respectively, in their final meet as Wol-
verines.
Senior Katy Hollbacher concluded
her collegiate career in 113th as
Michigan's seventh runner, Jennifer
Barber, was 162nd..
After covering nearly 40,000 meters of

cross country courses from the east to the
west coast, it took just 5,000 meters to
decide the cross country team's final rest-
ing stop yesterday in Iowa.
As it turned out, Michigan ended upe
right where they were supposed to be,
in the top ten and ahead of Wisconsin

Sullivan takes a disappointing eighth; men rank 11th

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's cross country
season ended yesterday with a fizzle.
The No. 17 Wolverines placed a
disappointing 1Ith in the team stand-
ings of the 1995 NCA A Cross Coun-
try Championships at Iowa State.
Michigan scored 267 points.
Arkansas captured the team title,
tallying a tournament-low 100 points.
The Razorbacks blew away the
field on the 10,000-meter course.
Finishing far behind Arkansas was
second-place Northern Arizona with
142 points. Oklahoma State, Colo-
rado and Stanford took third, fourth
and fifth, respectively.
And there was more displeasure for
the Wolverines.

Kevin Sullivan, the two-time All-
American and last week's winner of the
Big Ten Championship individual title,
crossed the finish line eighth (30:59).
Yet the junior still received his third
straight All-.American award.
Arkansas's Godfrey Siamusiye took
the individual title, running the meet in
30:09.
Entering the national championship
meet, Sullivan was among the heavy
favorites to win the individual grand
prize.
The junior posted two straight first-
place finishes in the Big Ten Champi-
onships (24:21) Oct. 28 and the NCAA
District IV Championships (31:10) Nov.
11.
Even though, his eighth-place finish
was kind of deceiving.

It wasn't as if Sullivan was lagging
behind the rest of the pack. Only 14
seconds separated second place from
eighth place, while runners two-
through-12 finished within 18 seconds
of each other.
John Mortimer ran in his first NCAA
Championships, placing second on the
team. Mortimer finished 37th overall
with a time of 31:47.
Theo Molla placed 54th (32:06),
David Barnett105th(32:58), Ryan Burt
144th (33:42), Don McLaughlin 157th
(34:08) and Todd Snyder 159th (34:14).
One positive did arise from the dis-
appointing day. This was the first time
in three tries that the Wolverines saw
Wisconsin in their rear view mirror.
The Badgers headed into the na-
tional title meet with the No. .1 rank-

ing in the country.
Wisconsin took the conference and
district titles as Michigan couldn't keep
pace with the top team in the country.
Not this time.
The Badgers are probably heading
back home even more frustrated than
the Wolverines. Finishing 14th over-
all (285) and 18 points behind Michi-
gancan't sit well in Wisconsin'sstom-
ach after cruising through its competi-
tion the entire season.
The Badgers were the champions in
all of their six prior meets.
Rounding out the remaining teams,:
of the top 15 are: Georgetown (212),,
Oregon (228), Notre Dame and Provi-
dence (237), Brigham Young (254),
Tennessee (272), North Carolina St.
(283) and Villanova (302).

iZons, Spartans
fight for Tampa I

'M' hopes to send
Buckeyes to Citrus

By Donald Adamek
Daily Sports Writer
It's the last weekend of Big Ten foot-
ball -.nd bowl bids are still on the line.
With the bowl coalition picking teams
not ecessarily based on record, all games
become important. Six leagueteams have
the six wins needed to qualify for a bowl.
Tfemost vital games: Minnesotatrav-
els to Iova, where fans will be treated to
two ofthe worst uniforms in sports. Michi-
gan Ste hosts Penn State while North-
westemsits idle, rooting for Michigan.
Purdue (1-5-1 Big Ten, 3-6-1 Over-
all) at Indiana (0-7, 2-8)
ABC must have thought this was a
basketball game when it bought the
rights to it.
Purdue has been a one-man team all
seasor. Fullback Mike Alstott has aver-
aged 117.3 yards a game on the ground
in Big Ten games.
It hasn't done Purdue any good the
last two weeks. He hasn't crossed the
goalite in either game and his team
has only managed eight points off a
blocked punt.
Indiana's been worse. The Hoosiers
have dropped all seven of their confer-
ence games, by an average of 19 points.
Purdue 24, Indiana 14
Illino'is (3-4, 5-5) at Wisconsin (3-
4, 4,5).
This will not be a good
gameto be a quarterback. Arou
The Bzdgers have sacked
more-signal callers than
any other team this season.
Dapiell Bevell set the
Wisconsin record for 1
completions last week. That
was gainst Iowa. He won't
hav lhat kind of luck
against Illinois.
The Badger running game will not be
ably toestablish the passing game be-
cause of the I Ii ni linebacker tandem of
Simeon Rice and Butkis Award finalist
Keviiillardy.
Johvy Johnson led the Illinois of-
fense to a season high 44 points last

week. Even
against Minne-
sota that was a
sign that this
team is capable
ofscoring points
occasionally.x
Against Wis-
consin it will.
Illinois 20,
Wisconsin 9
Minnesota
(1-6, 3-7) at
Iowa (3-4, 6-4)
Earlier this
season Iowa put
up a nine-game
win streak by
playing some
teams of ques-
tionable caliber.
Thisstreakended
once it got into
the meat of its
c on fe r e n ce Mercury Hayes attem
schedule, but a
new streak has begun. A one-game streak.
Iowa's offense will exploit Minne-
sota just like it did to New Mexico
State, Northern Iowa, and some junior
high school in Kentucky.
Junior tailback Sedrick Shaw is fourth
in the Big Ten in rushing and has set
Hawkeye records for single
id the season and career yards.
The Gophers have given up
over 250 yards per game in
conference. Look for Shaw
to add the Iowa single game
record to his list ofachieve-
ments.
Minnesota's offense is
proof of that statistics can
lie. The Gophers are sec-
ond in the league in total offense. Cory
Sauter is leading the conference in at-
tempts, completions and yards.
The passing attack might pose a prob-
lem for Iowa ... once it puts in its second
string. Virtually all ofthe Gopher's points,
yards, and other offensive triumphs have

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
mpts to ward off a Penn State defender during Michigan's 27-17 loss Saturday.

By Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Editor
For the second time in three years the
Michigan-Ohio State game has Rose Bowl
implications. Like 1993, it is the Buck-
eyes who have the chance to go to Pasa-
dena and it is Michigan that is relegated
to the spoiler's role.
Two years ago, Ohio State came to
Ann Arbor with a 9-0-1 record and a No.
5 ranking. The Wolverines smackedthem
back to Columbus with a 28-Obeating
that allowed Wisconsin to go to the Rose
Bowl.
This season, Northwestern has com-
pleted its conference slate undefeated.
The Wildcats would lose a tiebreaker
with Ohio State, though, based on their
nonconference loss to Miami (Ohio).
Northwestern's hopes rest on Michigan.
A Wolverine loss Saturday sends the
Wildcats to the Florida Citrus Bowl.
A Michigan victory would enable
Northwestern to win the Big Ten outright
and go to Pasadena.
"(Who goes to the Rose Bowl) doesn't
matter to me - I just don't want Ohio
State to go," senior wide receiver Amani
Toomer said. "It's a big rivalry and I
figure if we can't go then Ohio State
shouldn't go either."
Others see the pending matchup as an
opportunity to gain something for Michi-
gan - not as a chance to take something
away from Ohio State.
"I don't see itas playing aspoilerrole,"
defensive tackle Trent Zenkewicz said."I
can see it as winning for ourselves. That's
what's going to happen when we beat
them."
"We don't have the attitude to try to be
spoilers," junior safety Chuck Winters
said. "Wejust have the attitude to try to be
winners."
The Michigan-Ohio State matchup
usually stirs something special within all
the players during the week. Everyone
pulls out all the stops in preparing for this
matchup.

"Its the biggest rivalry in college
football," Winters said. "You get but-
terflies no matter how many years.
you've played.
"You concentrate a little harder, you
may even miss a few classes. You try to
prepare forthis game with everything you'
have - it's the last one."
A Michigan victory certainly helps out
Northwestern's bowl situation, and a win
can still help the Wolverines positioning.
Outback Bowl officials have not elimi-
nated Michigan from consideration from
its game, but a loss to Ohio State certainly
would finish the Wolverines off.
A win would also be a nice consolation
for a Michigan team that has dropped
games to Northwestern, Michigan State-'
and Penn State this season.
"A victory in this game gives us a
season that we can be very proud of,'
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "When
we looloback at this season, ifwe can bea
Ohio State I think it will be a season th
we can all be proud of."
INJURY sTATUs: Clarence Thompson
missed most of last week's game at Penn
State after suffering a mild concussion:
His status for Saturday is unclear, but
Winters certainly feels that his defensive
mate will be on the field to face the
Buckeyes.
"Clarence will be there no matter what,"
Winters said. "Clarence is a tough player.
He plays hard on every play."
Offensive tackle Jon Jansen has an
injured foot and is also questionable.
Tight end Jerame Tuman will have his
knee scoped and will miss the game.
"We got some guys banged up," Carr
said. "We've a lot of work to do, a lot of
mending to do."
O11o CONNECTION: Three Michigan
regulars hail from the state of Ohio.
Zenkewicz (Cleveland), freshman
cornerback Charles Woodson (Fremont)
and senior defensive back Deollo Ander-
son (Youngstown) arenatives ofthe Buck-
eye state.

come at the hands of the backup defenses
of teams blowing out Minnesota.
Iowa 41, Minnesota 27
Penn State (4-3, 7-3) at Michigan
State (4-2-1, 6-3-1)
The focus of this game will be on the
sidelines.
No football fan in Ann Arbor needs
to be reminded that Joe Paterno can
coach. The verdict is not in yet on
Spartan coach Nick Saban, but he can
take a big step towards proving himself
this weekend.
Michigan State had a week off to
prepare for the Nittany Lions, are play-
ing at home, have a better conference
record and need the win more than the
Nittany Lions do to go to get a good
bowl bid,
Unfortunately for Spartan fans, Penn
State has more talent and a better coach.
Paterno's boys may have had a down
season, but Michigan State is not going
to make them go to a Texas bowl game.

The winner of this game will most
likely go to the Outback Bowl, not quite
the motivation a trip to Pasadena car-
ries, but enough that this should be a
good game.
Tony Banks will have a chance to
shine on Saturday. Since returning to
the quarterback slot he's been dominat--
ing. Against a surprisingly bad Nittany
Lion defense (tenth in the Big Ten) he
should put up some big numbers.
But Penn State's running tandem of
Curtis Enis and Stephen Pitts will be
enough to run over a Spartan defense
that has allowed nearly 200 rushing
yards pergame. Michigan State will not
be able to concentrate on the run, know-
ing that if it does, Bobby Engram will
show why he is leading the Big Ten in
receptions.
The game will be closer than Nittany
Lion fans would like, but in the end
Paterno will find a way to win.
Penn State 42, Michigan State 35

Arizona 144, media 1: Blue's next opponent is back in Top 25.'

Associated Press
Arizona's basketball team is back in The Associated Press'
Top 21,'although coach Lute Olson can't understand why the
Wildcats ever left.
Arizona's streak ofbeing ranked in 144 consecutive polls was
broken when the Wildcats were missing from the preseason
rankings last week.
Arizona will face No. 16 Michigan in the semifinals of the
Preseason NIT at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in New York's Madi-
sop Square Garden, after No. 5 Georgetown takes on No. 25
Georgia Tech on the other side of the bracket.
The"Wildcats were 19th in Monday's first regular-
season voting after winning two games to reach their

matchup with the Wolverines.
"How can you tell how good a team is until they've played
a few games?" Olson said. "If we played two or three games
and lost them and fell out of the poll, then we played our way
out of it."
The Wildcats' poll run started with the preseason Top 25
for the 1987-88 season and dwarfed that of runner-up North
Carolina, whose two appearances this season made it 92
straight times in the poll.
Olson said the poll snub fired up his players, as Arizona
beat Long Beach State 91-57 at home and then-No. 16
Arkansas 83-73 at Fayetteville.
"We'll know a lot more about our team after (this week's)

games,"Olson said. "I think we're making good progress and
I think we'll be a good team this year, but the first two games
didn't tell us a lot. The Arkansas team we beat was very
inexperienced."
Georgia Tech was the poll's other newcomer as the Yellow
Jackets beat Manhattan and Oklahoma to advance to the Pre-
season NIT semifinals. Georgetown, with crushing wins over
Colgate and Temple, and Michigan, which beat DePaul and
Weber State, also advanced in the 16-team tournament which
supplied all the action in the opening week of the season.
Arkansas, which beat Northeast Louisianabefore losingto
Arizona, dropped out of the rankings for the first time since
early in the 1992-93 season.

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