Feb. 9, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), juniors Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) and Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and sophomore/freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) of the University of Michigan women's cross country team each earned 2011 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic honors, the association announced on Thursday (Feb. 9).
"I'm proud of what all four of them accomplished in the fall, both in the classroom and on the cross country course," said head coach Mike McGuire. "They embody the true meaning of a student-athlete."
Tauro, Addison, Smith and Pogue were Michigan's top four finishers on its 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional champion squad. All four honorees finished in the top 25 at the regional meet to earn a spot on the All-Great Lakes Region team.
Tauro won the individual crown and was later tabbed the Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year for her performance. After leading the Wolverines to a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, Tauro graduated from Michigan with a degree in sport management in December.
Addison, a movement science in the School of Kinesiology, recorded a runner-up finish at the NCAA Regional.
Smith and Pogue finished fifth and eighth, respectively, helping secure the regional victory for Michigan. Smith is an environment major is the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, while is Pogue is undeclared in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
The four Wolverines are joined by 100 other female student-athletes from 66 institutions who received the honor. Villanova's Sheila Reid was named the USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year.
To qualify for the All-Academic award, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.
Addison, Smith and Pogue will each return to compete for the Wolverines, who finished second at the Big Ten Championships, first at the Great Lakes Regional and 15th at the NCAA Championships in 2011.
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