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Taking the Crown Sprinting around the track, freshman Sierra Hauser-Pnce looks toward the finish tine. As a sprinter, Hauser-Pnce helped the Wolverines win the Big Ten Outdoor Champi- onship with her 7th place finish in the 100-meter dash in a time Of 1 1 .7 seconds. Athletic Media Relations photo Winding up for her throw, sophomore Melissa Bickett spins as she throws her discus. Showing promise for future seasons, Bickett placed second in the discus at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship with a throw of 174-10. Athletic Media Relations photo Despite key teammates falling to injury and stiff competition, the women ' s track team beats all odds and emerges as the 2002 B gTen Champion. By Carly McEntee Even with unexpected injuries, the women ' s track team pulled 01 a successful season ending in a No. 50 national finish. They even managed, to become indoor and outdoor Big Ten track champions. Junior Carly Knazze said of the championships, " So many people were injured and it didn ' t look like we could pull it off, but a lot of people stepped up and really put forth effort to help the team. Those meets were the most important because it helped us to reestablish ourselves as the best track team in thej Big Ten. " The team also concentrated on creating a sense of unity among! the members. " At the beginning of the year, our coach assigns the freshmen big sisters to help them with the adjustment to college and with any errands or info they need, " Knazze said of this unity. " We also have team gatherings quite frequently bowling, movies, dinner with recruits. Every Friday we play games such as football, volleyball and soccer with freshmen versus upper class. " This unity gave them the ability to succeed even with all the injuries. The team sent three of its members to the NCAA outdoor championships. Lisa Ovellet went for the 1500 meter, finishing 1 7 th overall. Melissa Bickett went to the finals for discus, finishing 18 th overall. Katie Jazwinksi also went to the finals for the 5000 meter run and finished 12 th overall. These three represented the team and its season of success. The Wolverines also achieved good finishes at their meets during the year. They took first place at the Michigan Intercollegiate indoor meet and the Michigan State and Central Michigan meet outdoors. They place second at the Central Michigan Invitational. The team continued witr a good showing. Knazze said of the level of competition, " Traveling al over the country is also a great perk, and competing against world class competition raises our level of thinking to expect greatness. . .in all areas o our lives. " The team attempted to achieve greatness and succeeded. Scoreboard Indoor Indiana Dual 2nd Of 2 Mich. Intercollegiate 1st of 5 USTCA Challenge 2nd of 13 Big Ten Champ. 1st of 11 Outdoor Miami (Ohio) Invit. 1st of 5 Len Paddock Invit. 2nd of 4 Big Ten Champ. 1 st of 1 1 NCAA Champ. 59th place 140 MlCHIGANENSIAN
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Reaching back to gain power, sophomore Jennifer Gandolf spikes the ball on her teammate during practice. Gandolf consistently led her team in kills throughout the season. V. (jnuiuiu photo
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MICHIGAN Leaping over a hurdle, freshman DarNell Talbert sprints to get ahead of his competition. Running his best time ot the season, Talbert posted a time of 15.05 in the 100-meter hurdles at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship. Athletic Media Relations photo Scoreboard Indoor Indiana Dual 2nd of 2 USTCA Challenge 3rd of 14 Big Ten Champ. 9th of 1 1 E Michigan Invit. 5th of 8 Outdoor Ml. SAC Relays 6th of 12 Penn Relays 5th of 13 Len Paddock Invit. 3rd of 6 Bg Ten Champ. 9th place NCAA Champ. 28th place Positive Predictions By Kara DeBoer Despite high hopes, the 2002 men ' s track season ended with little success due to an onslaught of injuries. The season ' s highlights included the team ' s 28rd place finish in the NCAA championships in Fayetteville, Arkan- sas, and placing ninth out of ten teams at the Big Ten tournament where the team had several outstanding placers. Sophomore LSA student Alan Webb won the 1,500-meter title, sopho- more kinesiology student Nathan Brannen placed third in the 800-meter run, and 2002 engineering senior Mike Wisniewski took third place in the 10,000-meter run. To open the season the team hosted the Jack Harvey Invitational. Although the meet was non-scoring, the team scored one first place and ten other top three finishes. This was Sour Injury plagues the men ' s track team and causes the Wolverines to come in 9th in the Big Ten Championship, despite high expectations. a positive start to the season, but when LSA senior and captain Derek Applewhite pulled a hamstring at the Invitational, it was a sign of negative things to come. Soon the majority of the team ' s strong players suffered from injury. Kinesiology senior Brent Cummings also pulled a hamstring, kine- siology senior Ike Okenwa, LSA sophomore Nathan Taylor, engineering junior Dustin Gress, and others were also injured. Many teammates participated again later in the season, but were still hindered by their injuries. " Many came back from injuries, " said School of Art senior Andrew Ochs, " but it ' s always hard to come back because the injury is always in the back of your mind. " The team went into the season expecting unprecedented success. Ochs, who competed in the hurdles, said, " We were sup- posed to be amazing. " Webb and Brannen were all-Americans in high school. The half-mile runners, including computer science senior Jeremy Schneider, computer science junior Dan Cooke, and Brannen provided a strong founda- tion for the rest of the young team, who also had every reason to be optimistic. However, in the end the season only left room for improvement. Assistant coach Fred LaPlante said, " We had a young team and a lot of top athletes. We learned a lot that will help us out next year. " In the words of Gress, " We had a few good points that did not work out in the end. We just need to gear up and get at ' em next year. " SPORTS 141
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