March 7, 2011
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- University of Michigan women's track and field associate head coach Mike McGuire was named the Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA on Monday (March 7). It is the fifth time McGuire has earned the regional honor in his 21 years at Michigan. He also collected the award during 2008 indoor season and the 2005, '06 and '07 outdoor seasons.
McGuire helped the Wolverines to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, with his athletes winning two individual titles. Sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) won her second consecutive crown in the 800-meter run, which was Michigan's fifth win in a row in the event. Fellow sophomore Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) picked up her first individual conference crown with a win in the mile run.
In addition, his distance medley relay team won its eighth consecutive Big Ten title, setting a new conference record for consecutive wins. The team of senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), fifth-year senior Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac), Addison and Smith kept Michigan's streak in the event alive, finishing more than four seconds ahead of second-place Minnesota.
The DMR team, along with Smith and Addison in the 800-meter run, automatically qualified for the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, held this weekend (Fri-Sat., March 11-12) at Texas A&M University.
Tauro is ranked 13th in the mile and expected to receive a berth to compete. The entire field will be announced later today by the NCAA.
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