University of Michigan - Michiganensian Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 2003

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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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