The Wolverine

October 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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������ inside michigan athletics Poll Results ������ Behind The Scenes A Buckeye Memorialized ��� On U-M���s Campus The hatred that exists between Michigan and Ohio State is fierce and welldocumented. Some say it goes all the way back to the Toledo War, fought between Michiganders and Ohioans near the border in 1835. Whenever the Michigan-Ohio rivalry started, one thing is for sure ��� you���ll never find a Charles Woodson statue along the Olentangy River or a Woody Hayes memorial on Main Street. One athlete, though, was so excellent at his sport and so special to American culture that his accomplishments transcend Scarlet and Grey, Maize and Blue. During the 1935 Big Ten track and field championships, which were held in Ann Arbor, Ohio State���s Jesse Owens set four world records in an hour ��� tying the record for the 100-yard dash and breaking it in the long jump, 220-yard dash and the 220-yard low hurdles. The next year, at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Owens dominated the Aryan racers of Germany, with Hitler watching from the grandstands. He won four gold medals. It was one of the biggest moments in sports history, not only because Hitler���s supposedly unbeatable athletes fell, but because it was an African-American who did it. When he got back from the games, Owens wasn���t a Buckeye or a Wolverine ��� he was an American Hero. In Ann Arbor, the Michigan athletics department commemorated Owens��� historic day at the Big Ten Championships with a large plaque at Ferry Field, still the only monument to a Buckeye anywhere at the University of Michigan. ��� Andy Reid Each month, runs a new poll for its readers to vote on. If you would like to vote, go to The poll is located on our premium message board, The Fort. With potential seismic shifts in conference expansion, what should the Big Ten do? Stand pat at 12 ��� 33 percent Add two, to 14 ��� 38 percent Add four, to 16 ��� 29 percent 736 votes Staff of The Wolverine���s consensus: Add two, to 14. Michigan���s Top Performers Of The Month Junior cross country runner Zach Ornelas: After a pair of developmental years with the Wolverines, the Cedar Park, Texas, native has emerged as one of U-M���s top runners. He led all competitors across the finish line at the Michigan Open Sept. 2, covering 5,000 meters in 15:35.21 for his first career victory, and then led the Maize and Blue, while placing fifth overall, at the Illinois Orange & Blue Preview Sept. 16, clocking 24:35 in the 8,000-meter race. Sophomore soccer player Fabio Pereira: It has not been easy for the men���s soccer team to hit the back of the net this year ��� U-M has just 10 goals in eight games ��� but the sophomore midfielder is doing everything he can to jumpstart the offense. The Brazil native has already recorded career highs in goals (three) and points (eight), both team bests, while his two assists also lead the Maize and Blue. Want More Michigan Stats And News? Visit Us Online On The Network at 18��� the wolverine��� ������ October 2011 Fifth-year senior cross country runner Danielle Tauro: In her final season, Tauro is attempting to snag the one award that has eluded her during an otherwise stellar career ��� All-America honors. The Manahawkin, N.J., native is off to a strong start, taking first place at both the Michigan Open Sept. 2 (18:02.40, 5,000 meters) and first at the Illinois Orange & Blue Preview Sept. 16 (20:19, 6,000 meters). Sophomore field hockey player Rachel Mack: Michigan���s top offensive threat in 2010, with 16 goals, Mack started the year slowly, registering just three markers in U-M���s first six games. However, she���s heating up, with three goals in her next two contests. Mack ranked second among Wolverines in goals (six) and points (14) through eight games, helping Michigan to a 6-2-0 record. Junior tennis player Evan King: Ranked as the nation���s fifth-best prospect in 2009, King has lived up to his lofty acclaim in two seasons, going 51-22 (.699 winning percentage) at the No. 1 singles position since stepping onto campus. King finished the season ranked the No. 17 player nationally and now begins his junior campaign ranked eighth ��� the highest slot ever awarded to a Wolverine. King returns to action at the ITA All-American Championships Oct. 3-9.

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