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-- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 18, 1995

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'M' loses track of the course but not the race
Michigan women's team wins at Boston College despite difficulty following trail

By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
BOSTON - For the Michigan
women's cross country team,
Saturday's dual meet against Boston
College was just another run in the
park with one small exception - the
Wolverines kept getting lost.
No. 4 Michigan not only got lost on
the way to the Franklin Park course,
but on it as well.
Neither was a major problem, how-
ever, since Michigan won the meet,
20-39, and had seven of the first 10
runners that crossed the finish line of
the five-kilometer route.
Senior captain Courtney Babcock
won the race, which was her first in
two years, in a time of 17:04. Junior
Pauline Arnill, running her first race
of the season, came in second, just
two seconds behind.
"I was a little nervous, but it went
well," Babcock said. "It really helped
running with Pauline out there."
Babcock had missed all of last sea-
son because of injury.
After the first lap of the course,
Babcock and Arnill were among the
top three runners. However, by the
time they came around on the second
pass they had built a lead on the rest of
the pack.
The two would have been further
ahead except that they kept losing the
trail.

"We had to keep stopping because
we didn't know where we were go-
ing," Arnill said.
Still, after the second lap the only
question was whether Babcock or
Arnill would win.
Arnill took the early lead, but it was
Babcock who led for most of the last
half of the race. It also wasn't the
most competitive race between the
two.
"She was pushing me through most
of the first half," Arnill said. "Then,
after she passed me, I was pushing her
for the rest of the race."
Babcock agreed that it was a much
friendlier competition than normal.
"It wasn't like I was running against
someone on another team where you
have to beat them," she said.
Babcock and Arnill, along with
teammates Jennifer Barber and Katy
Holbacher, sat out Michigan's first
meet last week at Miami (Ohio).
Barber finished sixth and Holbacher
10th. The other top-10 finishers for
the Wolverines were Michelle Slater,
who came in fourth, and Katie
McGregor, who finished seventh.
Michigan coach Mike McGuire was
happy with the win, especially since
his entire team didn't make the trip,
and because like many others, the
Wolverines had a hard time finding
the Franklin Park course.
"These are the people who are per-

We had to keep
stopping because
we didn't know
where we were
going.
- Pauline Arnill
Michigan junior
forming the best for us right now," he
said after the meet. "The course ran
pretty fast, and we kind of thought
Boston College would be fired up for
us, just like they'll be fired up for the
football team."
Because the cross country team
travelled to Boston with the football
team, it had an extended stay and a
charter flight back to Ann Arbor.
Babcock said they planned to see
Boston Saturday afternoon, and go to
the football game Saturday night. The
Wolverines were also going to take a
tour of the Boston Harbor Sunday
morning.
"It doesn't happen very often that
we're in the same place at the same
time," Babcock said of the Michigan
teams that were in Boston. "And we
ran well. The rest is just an added
bonus."

Women's cross
country schedule
October
1: Rocky Mountain
Shootout at Colorado
8: Michigan
Intercollegiate at W. Michigan
16: WOLVERINE
INTERREGIONAL
21: at Eastern Michigan
29: Big Ten
Championships at Iowa
November
11: NCAA District IV
Championships at Purdue
21: NCAA Championships at
Arkansas
Home meet in CAPS

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
Michigan's Chris Eggle finished 20th at the Boston College invitational, but the
four of his fellow Wolverines placed in the top 10.

Haniers pass test in front of
unusual collection of visitors

By Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Editor
BOSTON- Michigan men's cross
country coach Ron Warhurst thought
he was going through a job evalua-
tion.
Michigan athletic directors and fans
in 'town to see the Wolverines play
football came out Saturday to see the
runners participate in the Boston Col-
lege Invitational at Franklin Park.
Among the spectators who saw
Michigan take the meet by a six-point
margin were senior associate athletic
director Fritz Seyferth and assistant
athletic director Jeff Long.
The Wolverines placed four run-
ners in the top 10to edge Iona, 42-36.
Brown finished a distant third with 82
points followed by the host Eagles
with 96.
Top Michigan runner Kevin
Sullivan fought off blisters to finish
in 24:06. He couldn't hold off Martin
McCarthy of Iona for the top spot,
though. McCarthy outpaced the rest
of the pack to finish in 23:53.
Iona only placed one other runner
in the top 10.
"Kevin's been training hard and
he's a little tired," Warhurst said. "He
was uncomfortable out there. He'll be
OK in November. He'll be OK when
it counts."
Sullivan developed two large blood
blisters on his right foot during the
race. It made for a discomforting run,

but Sullivan did not want to disqualify
himself because of the blisters.
This weekend's race was
Michigan's first real competition al-
though it raced previously at its own
unscored open meet.
"That's great for our first meet,"
Sullivan said. "The freshmen ran re-
ally well. Everyone really grouped
together well. We had a bunch of guys
in the top 10."
Among Wolverines racing for the
first time were John Mortimer and
Todd Snyder. Mortimer, whose par-
ents drove in from nearby
Londonberry, N.H., was the second
Michigan runner to cross the finish
line. He claimed fourth overall with a
time of 24:16.
"It was my first cross country meet
in college," Mortimer said. "I was
both excited and nervous. It was a
new experience and I really didn't
know what to expect."
Sophomore Dave Barnett (24:42)
took seventh overall. Snyder, a fresh-
man, finished four seconds later for
eighth.
Theo Molla was the final scorer for
Michigan in fifth at 24:57. Rounding
out the roster for the Wolverines were
Don McLaughlin (18th, 25:02), Chris
Eggle (20th, 25:12), Nick Watson
(28th, 25:28) and Mike Mahler (34th,
25:39).
Warhurst liked the effort given by
his runners in the middle of the pack

but sees that as an area where the
Wolverines can improve.
"Theo Molla and Kris Eggle came
on really strong. Now they've got to
get up closer in the middle. Once they
do that and run like they did at the
end, then we'll be in really good
shape."
Michigan remains idle the next three
weeks before competing in the Moun-
tain West Invite at Missoula, Mont.
If that job review goes as well as
Saturday's, then Warhurst and the
Wolverines will no doubt be in good
shape.

Men's cross
country schedule
September
30: Mountain West Invite,
Missoula, Mont.
October
7: Sundodger Invite,
Seattle
13: Michigan
Intercollegiate, Ypsilanti
20: Eastern Michigan
Classic, Ypsilanti
28: Big Ten
Championships at Minnesota
November
11: NCAA District IV
Championships at Purdue
20: NCAA Championships at
Iowa St-

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daly
The Michigan men's soccer team complained of poor playing conditions in its 2-1 victory over Madonna Saturday.
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By Chaim Hyman
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's soccer team
extended its winning streak to two
games with a 2-1 victory over Ma-
donna Saturday.
The Wolverines (2-2-1) were ex-
pecting an easier time at Madonna
after easily defeating Macomb Com-
munity College on Wednesday. How-
ever coach Steve Burns is still pleased
with the victory.
"It was an ugly game but a win
nonetheless," Burns said.
Others on the team are pleased with
the win and confident with their per-
formance despite the close score.
"Any win is a good win," senior

captain Rick Weinberg said. "Even
though Madonna isn't exactly a pe-
rennial power, they were a lot better
in this game than they were in the one
last year."
Although Madonna scored the first
goal early in the game, at about the
five-minute mark, Michigan players
believed they controlled the remain-
der of the playing time. The Wolver-
ines executed solid crossover patterns
and dominated Madonna with their
passing, a fact that is not indicated by
the score.
"We had a lot of chances to score,"
goaltender Mike Milman said. "We
barely missed on some of our attempts,
and we definitely could have had
more."
Some of the Wolverines also at-
tributed their scarcity of goals to the
playing field.
"Under the circumstances, we did
well," Weinberg said. "It was a really
crappy field that we played on be-
cause the grass was too long."
The first of Michigan's two goals
came 15 minutes into the game from
Adam Carriere off an assist by
Weinberg. Dave Colliver scored the
Wolverines' second goal with an as-
sist from Chris Coleman.
The most pleasing aspect ofthe game
for the Wolverines, aside from the vic-
tory, is the way that the 5-3-2 formation
worked throughout the game.
Michigan had been struggling with
the formation since Burns instituted it

"It was an. ugly
game, but a win
nonetheless
- Steve Burns
Michigan men's soccer
coach
at the beginning of the season. Al-
though Michigan looked more at ease
with the formation during its win over
Macomb, the Wolverines still ap-
peared shaky.
"It's finally beginning to work,"
Milman said. "We are really starting
to understand the 5-3-2."
"We hooked up really well with the
formation this game," Weinberg said.
"Instead of thinking about it, we were
doing it instinctively, especially with
our second goal."
Michigan players were also pleased
with the win because it comes before
the Wolverines are scheduled to meet
Western Michigan at home Tuesday.
"This game gave usa good chance
to warm up for some of our tougher
games," Milman said. "Western
(Michigan) should be harder than
some of the other games we've played
this season."
"This win comes at a good time for
us," Weinberg said. "It's a real confi-
dence booster and we hope we con-
tinue to do as good."

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