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I 1The Michigan Daily -Thursday, October 5, 1995 - 13A

aCk stops Babcock;
aniers suffer for it

Blue heads to Maine
Sullivan and eighth-ranked cross country team
will look for a win - and maybe some lobster

y Nancy Berger
or The Daily
The wake-up call at the-Creekside
nn was not the only shock that the
Jniversity of Michigan's cross-coun-
ry team received last Saturday morn-
ng.
Arizona and Brigham Young also
;ae wake-up calls to Mike McGuire
nd his harriers at the Mountain West
lassic in Missoula, Mont.
Michigan relinquished their two-
ear reign as invitational champion to
krizona, which ran away from the
leld with 28 points. The Wolverines
laced a disappointing third with 89
ioints, well behind BYU's 42-point
;owing.
"We got a bit of a wake-up call and
Ne will go from there," McGuire said.
We didn't run well and didn't look
harp."
The Wolverines never got a good
hiff of the Montana coffee - except
naybe sophomore All-American
Pauline Arnill. Arnill was the top Michi-
gan performer on the 6,000 meter
Bourse. Her time of 21:06 was good
,ough to place her second behind Amy
Skieresz of Arizona, who won the indi-
vidual title in 20:40.
Senior Katy Hollbacher crossed the
inish line in 17th place.
One ofthe more noticable problems
with the meet that McGuire saw was the
nability to execute their group pacing
trategy.
"We are not grouping well,"
cGuire said.
Arizona and BYU were successful
n breaking up Michigan's group of
unners with their own group.
UOur goal is to run together," co-
:aptain Kelly Chard said. "We try to
alkto each other before and during the

meet."
The opponents' success in displac-
ing Michigan runners was evident in
the individual placing of the squad.
Freshman Katie McGregor finished in
20th place and sophomore Eileen Fleck
came in 24th, while seniors Kelly Chard
and Jen Stuht finished 32nd and 58th
respectively.
Stuht was a last-minute replacement
for senior Courtney Babcock. Babcock,
who is nursing an ailing back, is not
expected to run this coming weekend in
Seattle, according to McGuire.
Babcock is looked upon as a vital
piece of Michigan's puzzle.
"We have to have Courtney back in
there" McGuire said.
Her absence calls for other veter-
ans to step up and run better, especially
co-captain Kelly Chard. Chard herself
is still recovering from injuries that
have plagued her.
"I am disappointed and hope to im-
prove in each race," she said.
Last weekend's results jeopar-
dized their national ranking. The
Wolverines will most likely drop from
third to either 10th or 11th. Despite a
poor showing at one invitational,
Michigan can make up the ground
lost at NCAAs, where the pieces of
the puzzle will hopefully come to-
gether.
"We will bounce back," Chard
said. "We were all disappointed and
will channel the negative energy. We
are going to keep doing what we are
doing."
When the team travels to the
Sundodger Invitational, some pieces
will remain missing. With the sixth-
ranked Washington Huskies calling,
the Michigan Wolverines will try to
send a message of their own.

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
If they don't win, says Michigan
men's cross country coach Ron
Warhurst, they don't get their lobster
dinner.
The Michigan men's cross country
team will compete in Maine Saturday
for the first time ever. The Wolverines
not only can come away with a victory
at the Maine Invitational, they can pos-
sibly gain a souvenir lobster bib as well.
No.8 Michigan travels to the Univer-
sity of Maine in Orono, Maine, as the
favorite. No other Big Ten teams will
be participating in this weekend's meet.
The only other schools in the top 25
competing in this event are William &
Mary and Ball State.
"If we don't win this weekend, we
know that we wouldn't be able to beat
Wisconsin," Warhurst said. "But I know
that we will win (this weekend)."
The Wolverines trail the Badgers in
the conference standings. Wisconsin is
No. 1 nationally.
Michigan will not compete against
the Badgers until the Big Ten Champi-
onship, Oct. 28, in Bloomington. So in
the meets leading up to the conference
grand finale, the Wolverines are hoping
to accept first place finishes and noth-
ing less.
Michigan's last meet was three weeks
ago at Boston College, where it was
victorious. According to the Wolver-
ines, however, the rest should not turn
them into rust Saturday.
"We have to get first place this
Saturday," Kevin Sullivan said. "Any-
thing less would be a huge disap-
pointment."
Sullivan, a two-time All-American,
should run away with the race. The key

question is how the rest of the team will
step " up now that senior Scott
MacDonald has been red-shirted forthe
rest ofthe year due to a stress fracture in
his left femur.
MacDonald was All-American last
year and is Michigan's No. 2 runner
behind Sullivan.
"With Scott, we had a national cham-
pionship team," Sullivan said. "With-
out him now for the rest of the year, we
have to have people step up if we want
to compete for the national champion-
ship."
Freshmen runners have done their
part so far in contributing. Rookies John
Mortimer and Todd Snyder have filled
in admirably for MacDonald. Mortimer
finished second on the team and fourth
overall in the Boston College Invita-
tional, Sept. 18.
Theo Molla, Don McGloughlin,
David Barnett, Kris Eggle, Ryan Swan
and Cory Brown fill out the Wolver-
ines squad. These are the runners
Warhurst is counting on to finish up
strong.
"If there is one thing that I'm con-
cerned with for this meet, it is that we
need to fill the gaps," Warhurst said.
"We need to string the runners behind
Kevin closer together. We must have.
close to a forty seconds difference'
between the first and fifth runners. If
we are anywhere near a minute to a-
minute and a half, I will be disap-
pointed."
With Michigan's confidence forthis
weekend's meet, it seems as if the,
Wolverines have a good shot at a
juicy Maine lobster. Maybe going.
back to the Northeast for a second
time in three weeks won't be so bad.
after all.

JONAHAN LUI/Daily

The women's cross country team lost to Arizona and Brigham Young this weekend
despite their then-No. 3 ranking. They next head to Seattle.

COURTESY OF PAT MATERKA
e new Michigan field hockey field Is named after former women's athletic
'eptor and field hockey coach Phyllis Ocker.

DCKER
Contenued from Page 10A
key player in a time when women's
ports were less popular.
Though regarded as a visionary in
vomen's sports, Ocker modestly says
he just did her job.
"I don't think I was a key player, but
was involved," she said.
After becoming the field hockey
coach in 1974, Ocker stressed the need
For the Athletic Department to remem-
ber that the athletes are students.
"I started the Academic Hall of
Honor," Ocker said. "For me, that was
important."
Ocker began coaching field hockey
after regent approval of varsity women's
sports programs.
Ocker was a successful coach, lead-
ing her team to a 5th place finish in the
1978 Big Ten tournament.
In 1977, Ocker's career at Michigan
took a monumental turn when she as-
sumed the role of interim associate ath-
letic director for women's athletics.
Gradually, the title "interim" evapo-
rated and Ocker stayed for 13 years.
"It was very difficult, long hours,"
Ocker said. "I wanted to retain my ten-
ure as a faculty member while still
coaching andbeing administrator. Even-
tually, I gave up coaching after having

been administrator for two years."
Amid lawsuits and changing confer-
ences, Ocker managed to implement
lasting changes without hurting any
other sports.
"We did not have to deny any men's
sports which is a huge credit to the
institution," she said. "With the Title
IX, many schools had sacrificed men's
sports for women's. It speaks well for
the administration. Not many schools
can say that."
Looking at the Athletic Department
today, Ocker said that they've made a
lot of headway.
"Everything I see indicates they are
moving forward," Ocker said. "They
have added more varsity sports and
three of the women's teams were na-
tional runner's up."
Ocker criticized the lack of media
coverage but also explained that men's
sports have longer histories.
"(Women's athletics) haven't quite
caught up to football, but it's chang-
ing," she said. "Athletics were men's
domain for years and years and fitting
into that was very difficult."
With the addition of new facilities,
including the Phyllis Ocker Field and
the new women's soccer field, the Ath-
letic Department is well on its way to
addressing the issue of inequality in
athletics.

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