The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 11, 1995 7B
Women place second at Miami
Slater finishes with top time in first competition as a Wolverine
Diy sports writer
The Michigan women's cross
country team got off to a positive
start this season with a second-place
finish at the Miami Invitational in
Oxford, Ohio Saturday.
"I t's good for us to start (the sea-
son) at Miami," senior Kelly Chard
said. "Miami is a pretty good opening
meet. Competition is fairly good but
not too strong."
The Wolverines finished with 68
paints, 17 behind the winner, Eastern
IKentucky (51 points) and 21 ahead of
third-place Ball State.
"(The Miami meet) helps us get
into race-shape," Chard added.
In addition to the team's strong
performance, three Wolverines
posted top-10 finishes.
In her first Big Ten and cross coun-
try meet, sophomore Michelle Slater
finished with the race-winning time
of 18:01, 16 seconds ahead of
Vanderbilt's Whitney Spainnuth.
"I was really happy," Slater said.
"UI was a really good start."
Freshman Katie McGregor placed
seventh for Michigan with a time of
18:25. Chard rounded out the top
Wolverine finishes just behind her in
"I'm not satisfied yet," Chard said.
"Considering I'm working back from
an injury, I guess it was fair. I cut a
minute off my time from last'year."
Injuries are something that have
plagued other members of the team as
well, including All-American
Courtney Babcock, who will run in
her first cross country event since the
1993 NCAA championships, next
As more runners recover, the out-
look for Michigan is good.
"We need to work on depth," Chard
said. "We've got a lot of strong indi-
viduals but we need to work on group-
ing up more and strength.
"There are a variety of reasons:
illness, injuries. It'll all come together
with more training."
In a season where the Wolverines
are chasing their fourth consecutive
Big Ten title, one might see pressure
to do well as one of the team's biggest
However 'pressure' isn't the word
the.team would use.
"It really doesn't seem like there's
much pressure," Chard said. "There's
a lot of excitement. We want that to
"We've got a good, strong team and
a lot of good athletes. We're really
hopeful for a successful season."
Slater echoed herteammate*sopinion.
"We're hoping for Big Tens," she
said. "Our goal is to win the NCAAs
this year. Our coach says we have all
the people to do it."
The team will continue its season
next Saturday at the Boston College
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